Volume 26 / Issue 5 - May, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Topic: What's Next (after the pandemic) for Safety Councils AND BWC Update - Initiatives & Resources

John Wilton, Business Consultant, BWC


Program Begins @ 9 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: Virtual Meeting




Thursday, June 10, 2021
Topic: OSHA - Updates, Compliance Information & Programming Opportunities

Todd Jensen, compliance assistance specialist, US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration


Program - 9 to 10 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO charge - virtual meeting




BWC Update - What

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the May virtual/webinar program  ---  What's Next (after the pandemic) for Safety Councils AND BWC Update - Initiatives and Resources  -  with keynote speaker John Wilton, business consultant, Northeastern Ohio, BWC. 

The program is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2021.  This training event is provided to you by the LCSC steering committee.

The meeting will include an update on the 2021-2022 (FY2022) safety council program as well as BWC and legislative updates.

Wilton has more than 20 years of experience in the Ohio workers' compensation system, including an extensive history spent working with a third-party administrator. His extensive background provides him with an understanding of the employer issues and challenges faced by BWC customers.

Wilton's duties as a business consultant include working with employers in northeastern Ohio to implement proven risk management strategies through various cost control programs.

The meeting also will review the grants available through the BWC (which have been reinstated) and safety council program incentive deadlines and updates. 

Wilton earned his bachelor of arts degree from Kent State University with a focus on history and a minor in paralegal studies. After graduation he began his careers as a private investigator with a focus on potentially fraudlent workers' compensation claims. 


This is a virtual meeting and the registration information is listed below.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 13, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Lake County Safety Council May Meeting


Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.



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.

Safety Update - BWC Library

BWC Fall Prevention Stand-Down Events

National Stand Down to Prevent Falls in Construction

A free virtual National Safety Stand-Down Event, was held Monday May 3, from 11 a.m. until noon.

OSHA, BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene, the Ohio Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP), and the OSHA On-Site Consultation Program are co-sponsors for this FREE live event.

Guest speaker Kevin E. Wilcox, P.E., C.S.P presents Fall Protection Equipment Misuse: Don’t Fall For it!

For information on national events for the Stand-Down see the OSHA website.

Prevent Falls in All Industries

Falls are a major cause in workplace deaths and injuries. The annual Fall Stand Down focuses on construction. In this event we focus on slips, trips, and, falls across all industries. OSHA kicks off the event and BWC staff follow with strategies for preventing slips, trips, and falls using the hierarchy of controls. We challenge employers to act and get involved. Gain valuable resources to use in the future at this informative webinar on Tuesday May 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Click the link to register for this event.


Ohio Offers Workplace Vaccination Clinics

Ohio has begun working with employers and other organizations to offer workplace vaccination clinics. Vaccine providers can allot up to 25 percent of their vaccine allocation to be used to vaccinate their own employees or to partner with local employers, labor unions, churches, and other organizations to vaccinate their employees at their work locations. Employers and organizations are encouraged to reach out to their local health department and vaccine providers to set up vaccination clinics.

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has updated its vaccination guidance for employers and organizations. To read it, click here (PDF). ODH also has guidance for vaccine providers working with Ohio employers and organizations. To read it, click here (PDF).

All Ohioans 16 years old and older are eligible for vaccinations at clinics and sites across the state. Appointments can be scheduled by visiting gettheshot.coronavirus.ohio.gov or by calling 1-833-427-5634 (1-833-4-ASK-ODH).



New Survey Instrument Available from NIOSH to Help Assess Worker Well-Being

NIOSH published a new survey instrument called the NIOSH Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (NIOSH WellBQ). This new tool is intended to help researchers, employers, workers, practitioners, and policymakers understand workers’ well-being as a holistic construct and target interventions to improve worker well-being. The survey takes about 15-minutes for a worker to complete and covers five areas of worker well-being:

  1. Work Evaluation and Experience.
  2. Workplace Policies and Culture.
  3. Workplace Physical Environment and Safety Climate.
  4. Health Status.
  5. Home, Community, and Society.

New Factsheet on Upper-room Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation

CDC published this new webpage about upper-room ultraviolent germicidal irradiation (UVGI), which can be effective at reducing exposures to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in some group settings. UVGI uses ultraviolet (UV) energy to kill viral, bacterial, and fungal organisms. CDC recommends a layered strategy for reducing exposures to infectious viral particles including other ventilation interventions. BWC’s COVID-19 Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program may help cover the costs of inspections, assessments, maintenance, and improvements to indoor heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems to control the spread of COVID-19.

Opioid Overdose Deaths Video

This new video from NIOSH describes the data on overdoses in the workplace and is based on the NIOSH fact sheet on the use of Naloxone in the workplace. The video helps employers decide if making Naloxone available at their workplace is right for them.

Vaccine Site Safety

The CDC created two new fact sheets, one on conserving sharps disposal containers to address supply shortages and one on reducing needlestick injuries for vaccinators and others assisting at COVID-19 vaccination sites.

COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Construction

The Center for Construction Research and Training developed frequently asked questions and four infographics to help the construction industry understand the science and benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine in collaboration with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and NIOSH.



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