Volume 26 / Issue 1 - January, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Topic: OSHA Record Keeping

Scott Cole, CSP, SMS, LEED GA, Business Unit and EH & S Director, Turner Construction


Meeting Begins @ 9 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: Virtual Meeting

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Topic: Three Steps to Prevent Machine Related Injuries

Ken Hackworth, PE, FS Eng, Safety Services Manager, Machine Safety Specialists


Meeting Begins @ 9a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: Virtual Meeting

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the January virtual/webinar program  ---  OSHA Record Keeping -  with keynote speaker Scott Cole, Turner Construction. 

The program is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2021.  This training event is provided to you by the LCSC steering committee.

The webinar will provide important notes and instruction for employers and employees on how to research, prepare and present the OSHA 300 report.

Cole, an environmental, health and safety director at Turner Construction Company, is a board certified safety professional (CSP), as well as a certified safety management specialist (SMS).

He will stress the importance of understanding OSHA recordkeeping requirements and expectations. He also will demonstrate how to understand how a "recordable" is determined and what constitutes a "recordable."

Cole graduated from Kent State University with a degree in business management and business administration. He has a certification from Ohio University in Occupational Safety and Industrial Hygiene. Cole has significant safety experience in the manufacturing and government related fields and also is an independent safety consultant.

Program attendees will learn how to probperly docement incidents on the OHSA 300 report. Cole has various certifications in safety from Ohio State University and Texas A&M University. He is the current chapter delegate of the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and also serves on the executive committee of the Lake County Safety Council.

OSHA requires employers (who are required to keep OSHA logs) to post their OSHA summary (Form 300A) during the required posting period (February 1 thru April 30) for the prior calendar year. The summary log must be posted on premises where all employees/visitors can readily view the document


This is a virtual meeting and the registration information will be sent soon:

Council Director
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Council Director Elect
Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky
(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Jim Ruttinger
(440) 710-5399

Tobin Hawes
(440) 205-3933

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Mike Orlando

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative

Jennifer Lingafelter
Garfield Heights Office

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.

BWC Presents Hazmat Webinar

The BWC will be presenting a Hazmat webinar on Tuesday, January 26 from 11 a.m. to noon. Ben Hissam, REM, CHSP, CHST, who has more than 30 years of environmental, health and safety experience (including 15 years with the BWC) will be presenting the class.

There are a lot of agencies that regulate hazardous materials. This session will primarily discuss the department of transpotation training requirements for handling hazardous materials. This includes shipping, receiving and handling.

Hissam is an Indirect Instructor for Site Protection Observation Techniques with the Federal Emergancy Management Agency; a Modular Emergency Radiological Response Transportation Training Instructor with the Transportation Emergency Preparedness Program-the Department of Energy; and an unmanned aircraft commercial pilot.

The webinar also will discuss the different labels that are found on containers of hazardous materials as well as labeling and placarding requirments for bulk and non-bulk shipments. This session is considered general awareness training for Hazmat employees.

If you are a Hazmat employer this program will tell you what you need ot know to stay in compliance.

For more information, please contact Kaylee Blevings at:





Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors

BWC Information Updates - W-9 Forms and Face Masks


W-9 Forms - Please

Earlier this month the BWC issues $5 billion in dividends to employer customers to ease the impact of COVID-19 on their bottom line. This is the third dividend this year, with all three totaling nearly $8 billion, some or all of which may be taxable to recipients. Employers should consult their tax adviser.

Accordingly, t6he BWC needs to update their files to ensure they have a current W-9 tax form on file for their employers.

Employers, please send the BWC your W-9 by Dec. 31, 2020. They apologize for the urgency. This is a requirement of the Internal Revenue Service.

Employers can upload the form on the BWC website using their Upload W-9 service offering, the preferred method. They can also mail the BWCa W-9 (find the form on the IRS website) to Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, 30 W. Spring St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Please note: Employers must include their BWC-issued policy number in Line 7, which asks for their account number. This will help the BWC more efficiently match a W-9 with a business.

For more, please call the BWC customer contact center at 1-800-644-6292.


Face Masks

The BWC is distributing a second round of face masks to private and public employer customers. This round includes another 23 million masks aimed at weakening the spread of COVID-19. The BWC expects the -- Protecting Ohio’s Workforce – We’ve Got You Covered -- initiative to continue through June 2021. Employers will not be billed for the masks. Read more on our website.


COVID-19 updates

BWC has been busy throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to issuing nearly $8 billion in dividends and millions of face masks to employers, they are administering a federally funded program – COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program – to help nursing homes and similar facilities upgrade their HVAC systems to mitigate COVID-19’s spread. In addition, they are working with the Ohio Department of Health at Governor Mike DeWine’s behest to ensure Ohio retailers and their customers are following state-mandated COVID-19 safety protocols (see Retail Compliance Unit).