Volume 16 / Issue 6 - June, 2011
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, June 8, 2011 Topic: Synthetic Marijuana, Bath Salts & the Latest Trends in Drug Use Speaker: Dr. Nancy Rodway, MPH, Lake Health Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $18 for members and $20 for non-members Pre-registration is required. No refunds
Friday, June 17, 2011 Topic: Disciplining for Safety Speaker: TBD 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

Synthetic Marijuana & Other Drug Trends

The Lake County Safety Council presents:

Synthetic Marijuana, Bath Salts and the Latest Trends in Drug Use

Key Note Presenter - Dr. Nancy Rodway, Lake Health:

--Dr. Rodway, medical director-occupational services and urgent care centers, will discuss the latest trends related to substance abuse and convey to the audience how these trends and issues may impact employees and their business in general.

There will be plenty of time for questions (they are highly encouraged) and open discussion on the isues at hand.

The presentation is appropriate for student audiences, for those 12 years old and older.

TIME: 7:30 to 9 a.m. - registration @ 7:15 a.m.

DATE: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SITE: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa @ Route 2 and Heisley Road

RSVP: Online @ www.councilnews.org or e-mail mark@mentorchamber.org

COST: $18 Members and $20 Non-Members

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 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.

Rate Reduction Proposal for Private Employers

Ohio Governor John R. Kasich joined BWC Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer to announce a proposal to reduce overall workers' compensation base rates by 4 percent, for a total cut in premiums of about $65 million annually.

Unlike prior years, the average rate reduction would apply to employers regardless of whether they participated in incentive programs such as group rating.

"Our goal is to increase premium stability and lower costs for all Ohio employers," said Buehrer. "Rates are a critical part of job growth decisions made by Ohio employers, but we'll also continue to focus on other aspects such as containing medical costs and helping injured workers return to leading healthy productive lives sooner."

In addition to the overall drop in base rates, the average rate for some key industries would fall even more. For example, the average rate for the manufacturing industry group would fall 7 percent and the average rate for the commercial industry group, which includes various retail and wholesale establishments, would fall 5 percent.

The rate change reflects an average reduction. Each employer's actual rates incorporates overall claims costs within their specific industry as well as their own individual performance.

If approved by the BWC board of directors the new rates would become effective July 1.

Attendance - 05/20/11-Accident Investigation 101

Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Air Power Dynamics
ALBA Contractors, Inc.
Allied Door Systems
AMG Resources Corporation
Apple Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Aqua Ohio, Inc.
Arcola Building Company Inc.
Around the Clock Home Care
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Avery Dennison - PTD
Beachwood City School District
Bescast, Inc.
Career Tech
Cast Nylons Ltd.
Chardon Metal Products
Chemsultants International
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Painesville, Fire Department
City of Painesville, Water Department
City of Painesville, WPCP
Classic Auto Group
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Core Systems LLC
Crossroads, LCACS
CT Consultants
Damon Morgan Corporation
De Nora Tech R&D
EA Group
Emeritus at Mentor
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Environmental Conditioning Systems
Equistar Chemicals, Inc.
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Fluid Line Products
Food For Thought
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
Grand Rock
Hallmark Building Co.
Hartman Personnel Services
Heartland of Mentor
Holden Arboretum
Home Care of Lake County
Hose Master LLC
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
KW Lang Mechanical
Lake Business Products
Lake County Educational Service Center
Lake County Nursery
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lakeland Community College
Laketran
Lantern of Madison
Levin Furniture
Libra
Life Services
Lintern Corporation
Madison Local Schools
Madison Township
MC Sign Company
McNeil Industries
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
MedLab
MedLab Green
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Mentor Television, Inc.
Mentor Way Nursing & Rehabilitation
Merritt Woodwork
Midwest Materials
Modern Employment
Moscarino & Treu, LLP
MT Heat Treating
North American Coating Laboratories
North Perry Village
Northcoast Inc. Recycling Specialists
NOVA Chemicals
Ohio Broach & Machine Co.
Ohio Moulding Corporation
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Perfection Corporation
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Township
PET Processors, L.L.C.
Polychem Corporation
Preformed Line Products Company
Progressive Foods (Dunkin Donuts)
Quality Assurance Supported Living Services, Inc.
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Radix Wire
Ranpak Corp.
Roberts Roofing Company
Royal Plastics Inc.
SafeAir Contractors, Inc.
SFI Electrical Contractors
Stanley Steemer - Lazar Brothers
Star Precision Technologies
STERIS Corporation
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Trailer Component Manufacturing
Transfer Express, Inc.
US Endoscopy
USM Precision Products
V.L. Chapman Electric
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
Willoughby Eastlake City Schools

Grant Savings for Wholesale - Retail Employers

As part of its partnership with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the BWC is launching a grant program to reduce occupational injuries and illnesses in the wholesale/retail trade sector.

The program will assist employers in this sector in enhancing safety practices by providing funds to purchase safety equipment while participating in a study that will guide future programming and establish best practices for accident and injury prevention.

"Ohio wholesale/retail employers have a unique opportunity with this program to not only save money, improve safety and reduce injuries in the short term, but to also contribute to research that can help lower workers' compensation costs in the future," said BWC Administrator/CEO Stephen Buehrer.

Participating employers will receive 2-to-1 matching funds, up to $40,000, through the BWC's SafetyGRANT$ Program to purchase equipment that can reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. A two-year follow-up study conducted by the BWC and NIOSH will analyze the cost effectiveness of these interventions in reducing occupational injuries.

More information and the SafetyGRANT$ application is available at ohiobwc.com.