Volume 19 / Issue 9 - September, 2014
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Friday, September 19, 2014 Topic: Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Speaker(s): Sandra DiFranco, M.H.Ed., Preparedness and Health and Safety Services, American Red Cross Time: Registration 11:15 a.m. - Meeting & Program 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $20 for LCSC Members, $25 for Non-Members Registration on line at www.councilnews.org RSVP Deadline Monday, September 15, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014 Topic: Benchmarking for the BWC Speaker(s): Rich Gaul, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene, Technical Advisor Time: Registration 11:15 a.m. - Meeting & Program 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites LaMalfa Cost: $20 for LCSC Members, $25 for Non-Members Registration on line at www.councilnews.org RSVP Deadline Monday, October September 13, 2014

Be Prepared -- Emergency & Disaster Preparedness

The Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the September program --- Emergency and Disaster Preparedness -- on Friday, September 19.

The keynote speaker will be Sandra DiFranco, M.H.Ed., Preparedness and Health & Safety Services, the American Red Cross.

September is National Preparedness Month and DiFranco will focus on Workplace Emergency Preparedness.

Natural and human disaster can strike suddenly, any time and any where. There are three actions everyone can take to help make a difference---get a kit, make a plan and be informed.

DiFranco will discuss the 2015 New Year disaster preparedness resolution.

--Know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in our community.

--Have a business and family disaster plan and practice it.

--Have an emergency preparedness kit.

--Have at least one company employee or family members trained in first aid and CPR/AED.

DiFranco has been a high school teacher (Cuyahoga Heights High School), has volunteered with the Red Cross as an aquatic specialist and has worked for the Red Cross for more than 10 years in Preparedness Health & Safety.

Thee meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites LaMalfa, with registration beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The cost of the event is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Reservations may be made online at the LCSC web site listed below.

The event is sponsored by:

---Lake Health

---HzW Environmental Consultants

---EA Group

Council Director Dawn Johnston Council Director Elect Position Open Council Secretary Sue Fuerst sfuerst@painesville.com (440) 392-2975 Past Director Mike Orlando morlando@aexcelcorp.com (440) 290-9785 Council Advisor Bob Siktberg bob_siktberg@lincolnelectric.com (216) 383-2141 Council Liaison Kevin Malecek kmalecek@mentorchamber.org (440) 255-1616 Steering Committee Lee Silvi lsilvi@lakelandcc.edu (440) 525-7252 Dan Nichols dnichols@sfielectrical.com (440) 259-2000 Chris Brill-Packard chris.brill-packard@lakehealth.org (440) 354-1933 Donna McCaskey dmccaskey@eagroupohio.com (440) 951-3514 Kenneth Scott scottken@firstenergycorp.com (440) 953-7538 Clifford Smith clifford.smith@altana.com (440) 954-7653 Gordon Levar gflevar@att.net (440) 479-1539 Council Assistant Mark Wainwright mwainwright@mentorchamber.org (440) 255-1616 Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Representative Joan McAllister Garfield Heights Office 216-538-9721 joan.m.1@bwc.state.oh.us Scott Turner Safety Consultant Specialist Division of Safety & Hygiene 216-469-66900scott.t.1@bwc.state.oh.us Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.mwainwright@mentorchamber.org

Billion Back -- One Year Later

Last year at a homegrown t-shirt shop in Columbus, Ohio Gov. John Kasich joined the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) to announce the Billion Back plan.

In addition to returning $1 billion in rebates directly to Ohio employers, the plan included modernization of BWC's billing system and the tripling of funding available for safety grants that support safe workplaces. A year later, Ohio employers and workers continue to benefit from the Billion Back plan.

The Safety Intervention Grant Program, which was expanded under Billion Back, has gained significant popularity and a record $15 million in grants was awarded to 535 employers over the last year.

The program provides employers financial assistance to purchase equipment that reduces the risk of occupational injuries and illnesses.

"Employers are showing great interest in workplace safety and many now own cutting-edge safety equipment as a result of the grant program," said BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. "The new equipment - some of which I've had the opportunity to see firsthand - protects the safety and wellbeing of employees, and also improves the efficiency of operations. We look forward to partnering with more innovative Ohio employers that are working very hard to protect their workers."

Employers are also on track to receive a $1.2 billion credit as BWC implements a new, industry standard billing system that will collect premiums before extending coverage.

The credit will prevent employers from being "double-billed" as the transition occurs.

In addition to simplifying the billing process for employers and providing more payment options, the change will result in an overall rate reduction of two percent for private employers and four percent for public employer taxing districts. Prospective billing will be effective July 1, 2015, for private employers, and Jan. 1, 2016, for public employers.

"The positive economic benefit of returning $1 billion directly to Ohio employers to invest back into their business and communities was clear from the onset," added Buehrer. "But these additional commitments we have made to workplace safety and modernizing our business practices, are also supporting the success of Ohio employers as well as BWC's ongoing mission to improve the workers' compensation system and better serve our customers."

Attendance - 08/15/14

Active Plumbing Supply
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
American Controls LLC
Arcola Building Company Inc.
Around the Clock Home Care
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Beachwood City School District
Bescast, Inc.
Brotzman Nursery
Chemsultants International
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Mayfield Heights
City of Mentor-on-the-Lake
City of Painesville - Fire Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - WPCP
City of Willoughby
Classic Auto Group
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Compass Group
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Contemporary Electric Inc.
Cres Cor
Crossroads, LCACS
CT Consultants
De Nora Tech R&D
EA Group
EGC Enterprises, Inc.
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Enterprise Welding & Fabricating
Environmental Conditioning Systems
Equistar Chemicals, Inc.
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
First Energy
First Energy - PNPP
Food For Thought
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
GBGI, Inc.
Gotham Staple Co.
Grand Rock
Hartman Personnel Services
Haver Tyler Inc.
Heartland of Mentor
Henkel Consumer Adhesives, Inc./OSI
Holden Arboretum
Home Care of Lake County
Homestead 1 (Saber-Health)
Homestead II (SaberHealth)
Hose Master LLC
Hynes Industries
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
J.J.O. Construction, Inc.
Just In Time Staffing
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kirtland Country Club
Kirtland Local Schools
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
Lake County Nursery
Lake Erie College
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lakeside Safety Management
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lintern Corporation
Lubrizol Corporation
Lubrizol Corporation
Madison Fire District
Madison Health Care
Madison Township
Madison Village
MC Sign Company
McPhillips Plumbing & HVAC Co.
MedLab Green
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Mentor Television, Inc.
Merritt Woodwork
Metal Seal Precision
Midwest Materials
MJM Industries
Mold Masters Intl. LLC
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
North American Coating Laboratories
North Perry Village
Northcoast Inc. Recycling Specialists
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville Township
Perfection Corporation
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Perry Township
PET Processors, L.L.C.
Polychem Corporation
Preformed Line Products Company
R.T. & T Machining Inc.
Ranpak Corp.
Regal Diamond Products Corp.
Restorx MD
Royal Plastics Inc.
Sheet Metal Products Co., Inc.
Stanley Steemer - Lazar Brothers
The Holden Arboretum
The News-Herald
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Trailer Component Manufacturing
Tri County Ambulance Service
Universal Metal Products
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Technical
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
West Geauga Local Schools
Western Reserve Water Systems
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Zagar, Inc.