Volume 16 / Issue 4 - April, 2011
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, April 15, 2011 Topic: Annual Lake County Safety Council Awards Banquet Speaker: Tom Nichols, Optimization Training Coordinator for BP/Husky-Toledo Refinery Time: Registration begins at 11 a.m. - Event 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $20 PRE-REGISTRATION AND PRE-PAYMENT is required. No refunds
Friday, May 20, 2011 Topic: Accident Investigation 101 Speaker: Scott Cole, Safety & Security Manager, Lake County Department of Utilities Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $18 for members and $20 for non-members Pre-registration is required. No refunds

Awards Banquet Celebrates Safety

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Division of Safety and Hygiene has announced the winners of the annual safety campaign.

The Lake County Safety Council, in conjunction with the BWC, directs the safety campaign. This year nearly 120 local companies and organizations will be recognized for excellence in workplace safety.

This celebration will take place on Friday, April 15 at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites LaMalfa, registration begins at 11 a.m. Make your reservations on line at the LCSC web site. The link is at the bottom of the page.

The LCSC directs the safety campaign to promote greater interest in the prevention of occupational accidents by recognizing area companies and organizations with excellent or improved safety records.

This year a total of more than 165 awards in four specific categories will be presented to the winners.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Tom Nichols, who is the Optimization Coordinator for BP/Husky-Toledo Refinery. His presentation will be "Incident Command System."

The largest "Incident Command System" ever implemented in the world was utilized during the Deep Water Horizon BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill incident in 2010. Nichols was the ICS Demobilization Lead for the Deep Water Horizon incident FOB Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

Also making a presentation will be Michelle Francisco, Safety Council Manager for the BWC Disision of Safety & Hygiene, who, in addition to distributing the safety awards, will discuss the continuation and expansion of the safty council rebate incentive program.

Council Director Cliff Smith cliffsmithehs@componentrepair.com (440) 255-1793 Council Director Elect Position Open Council Secretary Position Open Past Director Chris Brill-Packard chris.brill-packard@lakehealth.org (440) 354-1933 Council Advisor Bob Siktberg bob_siktberg@lincolnelectric.com (216) 383-2141 Council Liaison Marie Pucak, IOM MPucak@MentorChamber.org (440) 255-1616 Steering Committee Dawn Johnston dawn.johnston@averydennison.com (440) 358-4646 Scott Cole, CSP scott.cole@lakecountyohio.gov (440) 350-5706 Lee Silvi lsilvi@lakelandcc.edu (440) 525-7252 Dan Nichols dnichols@sfielectrical.com (440) 259-2000 Donna McCaskey dmccaskey@eagroupohio.com (440) 951-3514 Sue Fuerst sfuerst@painesville.com Mike Orlando morlando@aexcelcorp.com (440) 205-7317 Council Assistant Mark Wainwright mwainwright@mentorchamber.org (440) 255-1616 Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Representative Dennis Patterson 216-403-7433 dennis.patterson@bwc.state.oh.us Ron Abrams 216-308-2996 ron.a.2@bwc.state.oh.us Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Scott Cole for more information.

BWC Announces Expansion of Safety Council Program

Stephen Buehrer, Administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC), has announced the continuation and expansion of the safety council rebate incentive program, which allows employers to earn rebates on their workers' compensation premiums for participating in their local safety council and reducing workplace injuries.

The incentive program, which was due to expire soon, allows participating employers to receive a 2 percent rebate for attending a specific number of safety council programs, and an additional 2 percent for demonstrating a reduction in the frequency and/or severity of workplace incidents.

Under Buehrer's proposal, the program will not only continue, but also will be expanded to allow group-rated employers to participate in safety councils and earn a 2 percent performance rebate for demonstrating improvements in workplace safety.

This would be in addition to receiving their group rating discount.

"We know that those employers who are most active in taking control of their safety programs are the most successful in preventing claims and managing workers' compensation costs," Buehrer said. "I believe good safety programming ought to be good for all employers across the state."

He noted the savings potential is significant, providing an additional opportunity to reduce overall premium costs for nearly 100,000 Ohio employers allowing them to direct those resources into business growth and job creation. He will present the proposal to the BWC Board of Directors for their advise and consent.