Volume 27 / Issue 6 - June, 2022
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NO June Meeting - Back to In-Person Meetings in July

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to announce beginning in July the LCSC will be returning to in-person meetings. 

The programs will be on the third Thursday of every month (unless otherwise noted) and will be organized in a luncheon format.

NOTE: The June LCSC meeting has been cancelled.

ALSO Returning is the participation rebate of 2 percent for companies that are enrolled in a safety council and attend a minimum of 10 meetings, The semi-annual report has been eliminated, the CEO attendance requirement has been eliminated and there are no group rating eligibility distinctions - the 2 percent rebate is for all eligible employers.



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

Tim Bleich
(440) 946-8800

Josh Eckford
(440) 354-0777

Tamera Tuck
(440) 417-0681

Joe Singer
(419) 704-8402

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 Safety News

https://info.bwc.ohio.gov/for-employers/safety-and-training/safety-consultations/requesting-consultationsNew Safety Talks, Safety Bulletins, and Sample Written Program Templates

Preventing Violence in the Workplace safety talk

Power Lawn Mower Safety bulletin

May is Electrical Safety Month blog

Stay Cool! How to prevent heat illness this summer blog

See BWC’s Safety Talks page for a complete list of talks that are available for print and download. See BWC’s Safety Newsletters and Bulletins page to view current and past newsletters and safety bulletins. Download customizable safety program templates from BWC’s Written Safety Program Templates page.

BWC Virtual Training Classes

Violence in the Workplace, June 1, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Thermal Stress June 2, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Improving Hazard Recognition through Visual Literacy, June 7-8, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Accident Analysis Half-day Workshop, June 9, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Crisis De-escalation Tactics and Safe Practices Workshop, June 15, 2022

9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Electrical Hazard Recognition and Abatement June 16-17 and 20-21, 2022

9:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Safety Series Workshop Module 5: Electrical Safety and Lockout/Tagout Basics , June 21, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Health Hazards and Toxicology Fundamentals, June 22-23, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Scaffolding Safety Workshop June 27-28, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 1:35 p.m.

Ergonomic Basic Principles, June 28-29, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Safety Training for New Employees June 28, 2022 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Confined Space Assessment and Work June 29-30, 2022 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

BWC Safety Webinars

Outdoor Equipment Safety June 9, 2022 1-3 p.m.

What do I do When I Spill a Chemical? June 14, 2022 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Safety Training for New Employees June 28, 2022 11 a.m.  – 12 p.m.

BWC Library Question of the Month

A question received by the library over the past month with our response.


What does OSHA say about employees who are deaf/hard of hearing and wearing noise reducing personal protective equipment (PPE)? Are deaf/hard of hearing employees required to wear noise reducing PPE in noisy environments?


OSHA addresses this issue through a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) under it’s 1910.95: Occupational Noise Exposure standard. The LOI is titled “Application of the Occupational Noise standard to employees who are deaf or have a diminished capacity to hear.” This is what it says about deaf and hard of hearing employees wearing noise protection PPE:

Employees with a diminished capacity to hear cannot satisfy the requirement to wear hearing protection simply by turning off their hearing aids when working in a high noise area. Hearing aids are not hearing protectors. Employees should actually leave their hearing aids on and wear ear muffs with sufficient attenuation to reduce all workplace noise below 85 dBA TWA. Employees need to be protected from excess noise but should also be able to hear any machine noises or warning signals necessary. Even employees, who have been diagnosed with severe or profound deafness, may still hear some noise and need to be protected from additional loss.

Here’s a link to the LOI in its entirety.

If you need help with your hearing conservation/noise program, contact BWC Safety Consultants. Consultation services are free for those with a BWC policy. Find out more on our website.

If you have question related to occupational safety and health, email the library at  library@bwc.state.oh.us.

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