Volume 26 / Issue 8 - August, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Thursday, August 12, 2021
Topic: Back to the Basics - How Transitional Work is Fundamental to Your Safety Program

Shanna Dunbar, RN, COHN-S, founder/president Workplace Health Inc.


Meeting Begins  9 a.m. -- Ends  10 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: No Charge - Virtual Meeting




Thursday, September 9, 2021
Topic: Back to the Basics: Lockout/Tagout and Machine Guarding

Travis Spagnolo, MBA CSP, Safety Consultant -- Safex


Meeting Begins 9 a.m. - Ends 10 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO Charge - Virtual Meeting




Transitional Work Programs - Good for the Employee-Good for the Company

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the August virtual/webinar program  ---  Back to the Basics - How Transitional Work is Fundamental to Your Safety Program  -  with keynote speaker Shanna Dunbar, BSN, RN, COHN-S, President of Workplace Health, Inc. 

The program is from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021.  This training event is provided to you by the LCSC steering committee.

The presentation will cover critical items concerning the importance of return to work programs and grant opportunities to facilitate that process.

Returning workers safely back to work is one of the foundational principles used in occupational health and safety. And right now with grants available to assist any size company with program development (or the refresh of an existing program) this is an opportunity which companies should not miss.

Dunbar is a registered nurse, board certified in occupational health nursing with more than 30 years of experience. She has been a BWC cetrified transitional work developer since 2001.

With the upcoming BWC re-funding of the Transititional Work Program Grants, now is the time to act.

Finding modified work or "light duty" for an employee who has work restrictions can be a difficult task. But providing an injured worker with job activities as they rehabilitate is not only good for the employee, but good for the business as well.

Dunbar holds a certificate in Workers Compensation Administration and Management from the University of California, and her educational preparation at UCLA in Kinesiology brings a particular expertise in ergonomics and job analysis. She has worked with employers in occupational health since 1986.



You are invited to this meeting:  When: August 12, 2021 @ 9 a.m.

You will receive an e-mail to register in advance for this webinar:

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

The August meeting sponsors are:

HzW Environmental Consulting and Lake Health Occupational Services.

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

Council Liaison
Chris Weber
(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.

True-Up available now!

The True-up period for policy year 2021 is available now through August 15! The Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) determines employer premiums based on the amount of payroll (exposure) reported multiplied by a specific rate. At the beginning of each policy period, we'll set an estimated annual premium (EAP) as follows.

  • For a new employer, we'll establish your estimated annual premium by using the 12-month payroll estimate you submitted on your application for workers' compensation coverage.
  • For an existing employer that had coverage before this policy period, we'll establish your estimated annual premium by using the estimated payroll from the previous policy year.

At the end of the policy year, we must ensure the estimated premium we set for you was correct. To do this you must file a true-up report that reflects the actual payroll for that policy year. You must complete the report online using the Payroll true-up report service offering.

If your true-up payroll exceeds the estimated payroll, you'll owe additional premium If your true-up payroll is less than your estimated payroll, you'll receive a premium credit.

Important An employer must submit a payroll true-up report even if it has zero payroll.


Industry-Specific Safety Program (ISSP) changes

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 took 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.

Private employers participating in ISSP for the July 1 policy year must submit the online Safety Self-Assessment (SH-26) no later than July 30.

Click here to submit the SH-26 online.


Deadline extended for Indoor Air Quality program

The deadline to apply for BWC Indoor Air Quality Assistance Program has been extended to December 31, 2021. This federally funded $28 million program provides reimbursement for improvements to HVAC systems at nursing homes, assisted living centers, hospices, and other facilities that serve vulnerable Ohioans. Experts say such improvements weaken COVID-19 spread.  For an application and more on this program, visit this BWC webpage.


BWC joins Ohio Agribusiness Alliance

BWC and the Ohio On-Site Consultation Program are proud to join an alliance with the Ohio Agribusiness Association and the four Ohio area offices of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to raise awareness and develop safety education and training specific to the Ohio agribusiness industry.

Workers in the agricultural industry face unique hazards from grain storage and processing, farm and grain handling machinery, and falls. The alliance will focus on providing information, guidance, and access to consultation and training resources that will help protect the health and safety of workers.

BWC will provide free safety and health consulting through the Ohio On-site Consultation Program and our loss prevention services to assist in addressing site-specific hazards at individual locations. Ohio On-site, jointly funded by OSHA and BWC, has expertise in high-hazard industries, like agriculture.

Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors