Volume 23 / Issue 1 - January, 2018
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Date:  Friday, January 26, 2018 (PLEASE NOTE DATE)
Topic: HazCom (Hazard Communications)

Speaker: Kristy Milo, Corporate Health and Safety Program Manager, Lubrizol-Wickliffe

(and) Wally Deja, Safety Coordinator, Lubrizol-Painesville


Registration: 11:15 a.m. Lunch & Program: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095

Cost: Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Date:  Friday, February 9, 2018 (PLEASE NOTE DATE)
Topic: Emergency Response & Preparedness

Speaker: Cliff Smith, Eckart America Corp., Environmental, Health & Safety Manager


Registration: 11:15 a.m. Lunch & Program: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: Villa Croatia - Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH 44095

Cost: Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Hazard Communications - LCSC Mtg. - Friday, January 26

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to present the January monthly program  ---  Hazard Communications (HazCom) --- on Friday, January 26.

The keynote speakers will be Kristy Milo, Corporate Health & Safety Program Manager - Lubrizol-Wickliffe (and) Wally Deja, Safety Coordinator, Lubrizol-Painesville.

They will provide essential information pretaining to Hazard Communications.

Their presentation will discuss:

The fact that more than 30 million workers are potentially exposed to one or more chemcial hazards on a daily basis.

And, the fact that exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today.

Milo provides strategic and tactical health and safety support to 50 company sites worldwide. Deja is an EMT and a volunteer firefighter.

Milo and Deja also will discuss the revised HazCom standard that provides a more common and comprehensive approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets.

Deja helps keep a 90-acre plant with a multitude of highly hazardous chemicals safe by providing training and daily support in the field. He has been with Lubrizol for 11 years and started as a chemical operator. Milo has numerous certifications including Certified Safety Professional (CSP), CPR Instructor, EMT and volunteer firefighter.

The Hazard Communications Standard covers both physical hazards (such as flammability or potential for explosions) and health hazards (including both acurte and chronic effects).

Milo and Deja will discuss how the first line of defense for protecting employees against hazardous chemicals is knowledge of the chemical iteslf; and how all chemical containers in the workplace must have a proper label which identifies the chemical and gives some information about its hazards.

The meeting will be held at the Villa Croatia Event Venue & Party Center (The Croatian Lodge), 34900 Lakeshore Blvd., Eastlake, OH  44095, 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

Council Director
Andrea Vann
(440) 354-2310

Council Director Elect
Position Open

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director
Mike Orlando
(440) 290-9785

Council Advisor
Bob Siktberg
(216) 383-4737

Council Liaison
Chris Weber-Bresky


(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Gordon Levar
(440) 479-1539

Joanne Clapp
(440) 259-2671

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative

Scott Turner
Garfield Heights Office

Joan McAllister
Garfield Heights Office

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.

BWC News and Updates - January

Ohio's injury rates, claims continue to fall

Results from a national study show nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in Ohio took a 9 percent tumble last year and fell well below the national average for the fourth consecutive year. Ohio experienced 2.7 injuries per 100 full-time employees in 2016, bettering the national average of 3.2.

“The commitment of Ohio workers and employers to safety is impressive and clearly growing, making our state a leader in tackling workplace injuries and illnesses,” said BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison.

The study showed an injury rate among Ohio private employers at 2.7 per 100 workers, below the national average of 2.9.  Rates for public employers were 3.1 injuries per 100 workers, compared to a national average of 4.7.  

The results coincide with an overall drop in workplace injury claims in the BWC system. There were 87,883 allowed claims for Ohio employers insured by BWC in 2016, a 16.8 percent drop from 2010. This is the lowest number of claims dating back to at least 1997, when there were more than 277,000 claims.

We attribute the declines to many factors, including more employers putting safety education and resources to work. From 2010 through 2015, we saw a 71 percent increase in the number of employers using BWC’s safety programs and services.  

Are you taking full advantage of the safety resources available through our Division of Safety & Hygiene?

New website coming in 2018

BWC will launch a new website in 2018.

For the better part of a year, we have been working with internal staff, customers and outside consultants to better understand how our customers want to use our website and how to best create a design to meet those expectations. The result is a site that provides a better customer experience through better design, easier navigation and more relevant content.

The first phase, which is expected go live in early 2018, will focus on those areas you see prior to logging in. Content and services that exist after logging in will be the focus later in the year.

While the design change may be most apparent, there are other changes. Content will be timelier, much shorter and easier to read. This lets you scan a page, understand what it’s for and move quickly to conduct your business online. The new site will also better meet guidelines for accessibility with color schemes that improve readability, and we'll have fewer .pdfs, which interfere with software for the visually impaired.

Because the design and content are completely new, you will need to familiarize yourself with the new site. Also, while the main site will remain, many individual pages will go away, replaced by new content. This means any bookmarks or favorites you have saved will no longer work.

Keep an eye on future editions of BWC eNews and on our current website over the next few months for more information on the new site.

Take Charge Ohio

BWC is one of several state agencies committed to addressing the epidemic of pain medication misuse and abuse. We’ve taken several steps to rein in excessive opioid prescriptions and help providers, employers and injured workers better understand the potential risks of pain medications.

We’re now proud supporters of Take Charge Ohio, a new initiative aimed at raising awareness among health care providers, patients and the general public about safe pain management and medication use.

The Take Charge Ohio website is a valuable resource for information about the proper use of pain medication, non-opioid pain management options, preventing misuse, as well as treatment and recovery options for dependence and abuse. Please take a moment to review these educational materials and share them with your colleagues, family and friends.

At BWC, we’re focused on protecting the health and safety of Ohio’s injured workers by balancing appropriate care with the dangers of pain medications. Increasing understanding of these medications will benefit all Ohioans seeking the best possible medical treatment without facing the consequences of dependence or addiction.

New program for employers that work with the developmentally disabled

BWC is now accepting applications for a new program that assists private and public companies that work with disabled children and adults.

The Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities Grant Program provides these employers with dollars to purchase training and/or equipment to reduce injuries or illnesses. Ohioans who work in this area experience injury rates that exceed those of construction workers and workers in most manufacturing operations.

Program details and application are available at bwc.ohio.gov

BWC eBriefs


Don’t miss Ohio’s premier workplace health & safety event

Save the date for the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, BWC's annual occupational safety, health and workers’ compensation event. Safety Congress will be March 7-9, 2018, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health Symposium for healthcare providers and office staff members will also run March 8 and 9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

For more information on both events, visit bwc.ohio.gov. Interested in exhibit space at either event? Just click on “EXHIBIT” for details.

Safety Update

Winter holiday safety highlights the December Safety Update, BWC’s monthly roundup of the latest news in occupational safety and health.

From the BWC Blog

Slipping in a winter wonderland? Not if you take these steps first, says BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Cari Gray.

Employer webinar Dec. 28

Join us Thursday, Dec. 28 at 11:30 a.m. for our next employer webinar. Topics will include the Enhanced Care Program, the new lumbar fusion rule, rating plans for the 2018 policy year, upcoming deadlines for public employers, and our monthly safety tip. Register to attend online here, or sign up here if you prefer to attend in person at a claims office.

The webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing at bwc.ohio.gov.


Attendance - 12/15/17

A & J Cement Contractors
Action Door
Advocate for Independence
Aexcel Corporation
Alloy Precision Technologies
Alloy Precision Technologies
Amerathon, LLC
AMG Resources Corporation
Around the Clock Home Care
Astro Manufacturing & Design
Avery Dennison - EFD
Avery Dennison Corp
Beachwood City School District
Brotzman Nursery
Career Centered Staffing
Champion Contract, Inc.
City of Eastlake
City of Kirtland
City of Mayfield Heights
City of Mentor-on-the-Lake
City of Painesville - Water Department
City of Painesville - Water Department
Classic Auto Group
Cometic Gasket, Inc.
Component Repair Technologies, Inc.
Concord Township
Cres Cor
Crossroads, LCACS
Crown Services, Inc.
CT Consultants
De Nora Tech Manufacturing
De Nora Tech R&D
Dyson Corporation
EA Group
Empro Job Network (Thomas Emp.)
Equistar Chemicals, Inc.
Euclid Fish Company
Eye Lighting Intl, Inc.
Fredon Corporation
Frontage Laboratories
Fusion, Inc.
GBGI, Inc.
Grand Rock
Hardy Industrial Technologies
Holden Arboretum
Home Care of Lake County
Hose Master LLC
HZW Environmental Consultants, LLC
Infinity Resources, Inc.
Inova Staffing Services
Just In Time Staffing
Kalcor Coatings Company
Kerr Lakeside, Inc.
Kirtland Local Schools
Kline Rostocil Construction Corp.
Klyn Nurseries, Inc.
Lake County Council on Aging
Lake County Nursery
Lake Health
Lake Metroparks
Lake Metropolitan Housing Authority
Lakeland Community College Retired
Lantern of Madison
Leroy Township
Levin Furniture
Life Services
Lincoln Electric
Lintern Corporation
Lubrizol Corporation
Lubrizol Corporation
Madison Local Schools
Maersch Environmental & Safety Consulting
Mapleview Country Villa
McNeil Industries
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce
Mentor Public Library
Mentor Public Schools
Metal Seal Precision
Metz Culinary Management
Mold Masters Intl. LLC
MT Heat Treating
MUM Industries
Nicola, Gudbransoon & Cooper LLC
North American Coating Laboratories
North Perry Village
Northeast Masonry
Olon Ricerca Bioscience, LLC
Omni Cart Services
Pace Engineering, Inc.
Painesville Township
Paisley Farm
Pepco (Professional Electric Products Co.)
Permanent Solution Staffing
Perry Joint Fire District
Point Blank Range & Gun Shop
Polychem Corporation
Preformed Line Products Company
Process Technology
Ranpak Corp.
RJ Kirkland Construction Co., Inc.
Royal Plastics Inc.
Sheet Metal Products Co., Inc.
The Holden Arboretum
Tom Schaefer Plumbing, Inc.
Tracom - Trailer Component Manufacturing
Transfer Express, Inc.
Tri County Ambulance Service
Umicore Specialty Materials Recycling
Universal Metal Products
V.L. Chapman Electric
Vector Security
Vector Technical Inc
Village of Fairport Harbor
Visiting Angels of Northeast Ohio
Volk Optical
West Geauga Local Schools
Western Reserve Water Systems
Wickliffe Country Place
Willo Security
Zagar, Inc.