Volume 26 / Issue 6 - June, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

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




OSHA Updates and Initiatives 2021-2022

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the June virtual/webinar program  ---  OSHA Updates, Compliance Information and Programming Opportunities  -  with keynote speaker Todd Jensen, US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Compliance Assistance Specialist.

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

The meeting will include an update on the 2021-2022 OSHA complaince and programming initiatives.

Jensen has worked as a compliance officer for 23 years in the Toledo and Cincinnati offices performing fatality and accident investigations in general industry and construction.

He will cover the Covid NEP (National Emphasis Program), recent OSHA guidance for OSHA record keeping as it pretains to Covid and the trends iin OSHA citations for Covid. He will discuss the new and emerging emergency Covid standards being released.

He specializes in refineries, steel mills, foundries and chemical processing with an emphasis on process safety management.

He also will address the proposed national emphasis program on "noise" in general industry which goes into effect in a few months. He will talk about OSHA's current staffing levels and when the Cleveland and Toledo offices will reopen.

Jensen has been a compliance assistance specialist for more than a year and is responsible for outreach, VPP certification and promoting OSHA's initiatives in Northern Ohio.

June meeting sponsors are Lake Health Occupational Services and HzW Environmental Consultants.

You are invited to this Zoom webinar.

When: Jun 10, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Lake County Safety Council Monthly 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.


Industry-Specific Safety Program changes effective July 1

The Division of Safety and Hygiene (DSH) has modified the Industry-Specific Safety Program (ISSP) for Ohio employers who actively partner with DSH to reduce the risk of injuries and illness. The overall goal for ISSP is the identification of risk factors and the implementation of effective control measures that improve employee safety and health.

The following changes take effect July 1 for private employers and Jan. 1, 2022 for public employers.

Following a DSH safety and health consultation, the employer must now complete DSH follow-up activities before the end of the program year to earn loss prevention activity credits. Follow-up activities may include responding to a DSH action plan or completing a post-training survey. Previously, employers completed a post-consultation survey (SH-29).

Learn more about DSH ISSP activity credits


Transitional Work Grant program enhancements June 1 

We have enhanced our Transitional Work Grant (TWG) program for Ohio employers who actively participate in the recovery and return to work of their employees. Beginning June 1, employers are eligible for a TWG every five years, 100% reimbursement up to their approved grant maximum, and COVID-19 services.

Renewable every five years

Historically, an employer was only eligible for one TWG during the lifetime of the employer’s policy. The lifetime eligibility criteria has been removed, and an employer may now apply for a TWG every five years.

In the event an employer already received a TWG, the five years is calculated from the date of the previous TWG approval. Employers with a TWG approval date prior to June 1, 2016, are immediately eligible to apply for a new grant. 

100% reimbursement based on employer size

The 3:1 grant match reimbursement methodology has been removed. Grant reimbursement to the employer is now 100% of the submitted invoice up to the employer’s maximum awarded grant.

The maximum awarded TWG per employer is based on the employer’s number of employees. The maximum grant amounts are listed below.

  • 11 - 49 employees – $2,900.
  • 50 - 199 employees – $5,200.
  • 200 plus employees – $6,300.

An employer may only apply for one grant per policy number; however, employers with multiple policy numbers may combine their grant monies and develop a corporate program. 

Any unused grant monies are referred to as Implementation Funds and are reserved for an employer use until the grant expires. Implementation funds can be used to purchase services an employer needs to facilitate the use of their transitional work program.

COVID-19 services

We added two new Implementation Fund services to the program in late 2020. One service is assisting the employer in managing the injured worker’s return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another is assisting the employer in managing the workspace for health and safety during COVID-19.

In addition, employers that have a TWG are eligible to apply for our Transitional Work Performance Bonus program.


To learn more about this program, visit bwc.ohio.gov  and go to Transitional Work Programs or you may email questions to our transitional work unit at TWSupport@bwc.state.oh.us



Lt. Governor Husted today announced that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), RecoveryOhio, the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and Working Partners® have partnered together to create three new Recovery-Friendly Training Modules. 

These training modules will help employers develop their own approach to hiring and retaining employees who are in recovery. The new Recovery-Friendly Training Modules can be found at RecoveryOhio.gov in addition to the five previously launched modules by the Ohio Chamber of Commerce in 2017. 

Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors

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Heat Stress Bulletin

When working in high-temperature areas for extended periods of time, the body’s cooling process can be disrupted. When this happens, a heat-related illness can occur. Heat illnesses is very serious and can progress rapidly. Our Heat Stress Safety Bulletin covers signs and symptoms, risk factors, prevention, and first aid.

Auger Bulletin

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Two PERRP Webinars

  • A PERRP-spective on the Fire Chief’s Role in Compliance – This webinar will provide you with an overview of the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) and the most common OSHA/PERRP standards identified at fire departments. The webinar is 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on June. 21. Register online.
  • The fight beyond the fire: Battling carcinogens before, during and after the fire ground – This webinar will help identify the main routes of potential carcinogenic exposures and ways to mitigate or reduce exposures. The webinar is 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on June 23. Register online.

BWC Trenching Safety Stand Down Webinar

Trenching poses some of the most severe hazards in the construction industry and sadly, trench failure is a leading cause of an increasing number of fatalities. Sign up to learn more on how to identify risk factors. The webinar is 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on June 15. Register online.