Volume 26 / Issue 10 - October, 2021
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Topic: Leading From Your Heart! - BWC Special Mega Meeting

David Sarkus, MS, CSP, Chief Servant Leader and Founder of David Sarkus International


Meeting Begins at 11 a.m. - Ends at Noon


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO Charge - Virtual Meeting




Thursday, November 11, 2021
Topic: Back to the Basics - Part One

Brian Basbagill, CSP, SafeX


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


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO Charge - Virtual Meeting




October - MEGA Meeting - Leading From Your Heart

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the BWC's October virtual/webinar program  ---  Leading From Your Heart  -  with keynote speaker David J. Sarkus, MS, CSP. 

The program is from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, October 6.  This training event is provided to you by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

The presentation will cover critical items concerning the importance of impactful attituess and actions, and turn followers into safety leaders.

You want to achieve zero-incident culture for safety—who doesn’t? But what does it really take to get to that point? For starters, it takes great leadership, coaching and engagement.

This inspiring keynote, which parallels servant leadership principles, is infused with humor, and will reveal seven contemporary and empirically based principles that will move your people from superficial compliance to deeper and more durable forms of personal commitment to safety.

You’ll leave this talk with actionable ways to: 

• Impact attitudes and actions in deeper and broader ways for three especially important types of changes in attitudes and actions 

• Turn your followers into safety leaders and champions Develop a culture where safety is viewed as vital to the health of your organization by also experiencing positive changes in productivity, quality and morale.

Sarkus, is Chief Servant Leader and Founder of David Sarkus International Inc., a leading health and safety management consulting and training firm based in Pittsburgh. He is a motivational safety speaker who delivers keynotes, training and consulting in a broad variety of industries.

His experience, education and leadership qualities have allowed him and his firm to successfully apply strategies and tactics within a large variation of mainstream work-processes for over 30 years. His customized safety interventions have produced improvements in key performance indicators from 35% to more than 85% over the previous year. He’s proven that results like this are not only possible, but scalable and sustainable. 

Join us for the first of two free webinars hosted by BWC in coordination with Ohio Safety Council sponsor,:the Ohio Safety Council, Governor Mike DeWine and Administrator/CEO Stephanie  McCloud.

Sarkus holds Master of Science degrees in both safety management and organizational psychology. He is a recognized leader in the practice of safety management and has written cover stories for major industry magazines including Professional Safety and Industrial Safety & Hygiene News.

He has been recognized by ISHN as one of the “Top 50 Leaders” in the field. He has written five books and over 100 evidence-based articles. Sarkus works with some of the biggest and best run organizations in the world and can help you move toward— and embrace— sustainable excellence in safety.


You are invited to this meeting:  When: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 @ 11 a.m.

At the scheduled date and time, click here to join this live event.

Click here to join this Live Event

You do not need to pre-register.

The October 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.

BWC Board of Directors approve dividend expansion

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Board of Directors have approved the expansion of the agency's December 2020 $5 billion dividend to approximately 3,000 employers who did not originally meet eligibility requirements.

The expansion was requested by Governor Mike DeWine and allows for approximately $30 million to go to the previously-ineligible employers who, through no fault of their own, could not perform their 2019 True-Up  in the timeframe for the dividend return.

"Today's decision by the BWC Board of Directors will give thousands of additional employers the opportunity to invest more in their people and their products." said Governor DeWine. "This will not only help these individual businesses, but it will also help strengthen Ohio's economy as a whole."

BWC will communicate directly with eligible employers. BWC will first apply the dividend to an employer's unpaid premium balance, then send a check for the rest. Employers that receive this dividend may receive an IRS 1099 tax form in January 2022.

Rates drop for public employers

Ohio's public employers will pay nearly $17 million less in premiums next year to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) thanks to a rate cut that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2022. This 10% rate reduction was made possible by declining injury claims and relatively low medical inflation costs by Ohio's counties, cities, public schools, and other public taxing districts.

Approved by BWC's Board of Directors on Aug. 27, the reduction marks BWC's 13th rate cut for public employers since 2009. There have also been several rate reductions for private employers in recent years.

The reduction represents a statewide average. The actual premium change for an individual public entity will differ based on multiple factors, including employer type or classification, payroll levels, recent claims history, and their participation in various BWC programs.

BWC announces Workplace Wellness Grant Program

BWC is accepting applications for the Workplace Wellness Grant Program (WWGP). The program assists employers with the creation and implementation of a workplace wellness program.

A workplace wellness program consists of a health-risk appraisal (HRA), a biometric assessment, and programs designed to address those risk factors. Employers may receive $300 per participating employee over a four-year period, up to a maximum amount of $15,000 per policy.

Employers that do not have a wellness plan and meet other eligibility requirements may apply. Employers can find more information on the program, including program requirements, and complete an online application.


Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors