Volume 27 / Issue 4 - April, 2022
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Topic: Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work (BWC Special Mega Meeting)

Speaker:  Erica Keswin; author, speaker & workplace strategist


Program Begins @ 11 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: No Charge: Virtual Meeting




Thursday, May 19, 2022
Topic: Back to the Basics - 'How NOT to do Safety''

Marissa Scott (Lange) MSOH, CIH, GSP, Industrial Hygiene Consultant, SafeX


Program Begins @ 9 a.m.


Virtual Meeting

Cost: NO Charge Virtual Meeting




Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to promote/present the April virtual/webinar program ---  with keynote speaker Erica Keswin. Keswin is a two-time Wall Street Journal bestselling author, internationally sought-after speaker and workplace strategist. 

The program is from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  This training event is provided by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) and the LCSC steering committee.

The presentation will continue the general theme established for this year "Back to the Basics."

Keswin will present "Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work."

"We've all been through a lot, but managers at every level are dealing with unprecedented levels of stress and pressures."  Keswin will provide tools to help leaders find their way through this difficult time and will exploer five things which will allow organizations to thrive:

--- Communicate often, with transparency and honesty

--- Mind your meetings - in person, remote and hybrid

--- Create a culture of wellness

--- Take professional development personally

--- Return to rituals (and create new ones)

This presentation will assist the attendee in learning more about how successful companies navigate turbulent times, prepare to "bring your human to work," be confident that they can manage the chaos and be ready to rock the hybrid revolution.

The welcoming comments for the program will be presented by BWC Administrator Stephanie McCloud and the program will be moderated by Ohio Safety Council Program Manager Michelle Francisco.

SAVE THE DATE  -- You are invited to this meeting:  April 13 @ 11 a.m.

Topic: BWC and LCSC ----  Now What? How to Lead by Bringing Your Human to Work

At the scheduled date and time, click the link below to join this live event. You do not need to pre-register.


At the scheduled date and time, click here to join this live event. You do not need to pre-register.


                                The April meeting sponsors are:

  HzW Environmental Consulting and Lake Health Occupational Services.

Council Director 
Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Council Director Elect

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director

Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

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


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.

Register today for the Medical & Health Symposium, April 7 – 9

Exhibitor, free continuing education opportunities available

We invite you to our virtual Medical & Health Symposium, April 7 – 9, 2022. Register today and attend our three-day event online from the comfort of your home or office.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Attend:

  1. Registration is free and anyone can attend.
  2. You can watch a live orthopedic surgery Friday, April 8.
  3. National and state experts will address some of today’s most pressing health and medical issues such as COVID-19, Pharmacogenetics and Opioid Use Disorder, Alternatives to Pain Management, Managing the Stress of Change, Optimizing Return to Work, the Aging Eye, and Breaking the Web of Needless Disability.
  4. We are seeking continuing education approval for 19 different health care and legal professions.
  5. Get the chance to interact with over 3,000 registrants worldwide and health care-related exhibitors in our virtual Exhibitor Hall, where you have chances to win valuable prizes.

See our brochure or website (mhs.digitellinc.com) for more information. Questions? Email us at medsymposium@bwc.state.oh.us or call our provider contact center at 1-800-477-2292.  


BWC announces Workforce Safety Innovation Center

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) announced $30 million in grants for research and development of personal protective equipment (PPE) innovations to enhance workplace safety. BWC’s new Workforce Safety Innovation Center (WSIC) will administer the grants with a goal of  accelerating the process for innovations from proof-of-concept to the marketplace.

Based on data collected from BWC claims, WSIC will identify priority areas of focus for cutting-edge technologies and products that will reduce the frequency and severity of on-the-job injuries.

WSIC’s objective is to conduct proof-of-concept work from grant applicants to accelerate the creation of new technologies and applications for the prototyping of PPE innovations. This initiative will encourage strong relationships and collaboration among higher education, research institutions and industry to continually create new ways to protect Ohio’s workers.

Applicants must be from an Ohio not-for-profit higher education institution or research organization. For more information visit: Workforce Safety Innovation Center | Bureau of Workers' Compensation.


10% Rate Cut for Private Employers

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Administrator Stephanie McCloud announced at the Feb. board meeting that Ohio’s private employers will pay nearly $106 million less in workers’ compensation premiums in the next fiscal year due to a 10% rate reduction approved by the BWC Board of Directors. This marks the fourth straight reduction since Governor DeWine took office in 2019.

This rate reduction becomes effective July 1 and follows a 10% rate reduction for public employers – counties, cities, schools, and others – that went into effect Jan. 1.

A history of BWC rate changes since 2011 can be found online by clicking this link.


Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors