March 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to the 16th edition of our new monthly newsletter!

Our goal for the newsletter is to connect our members to relevant safety resources, all linked together in one convenient location every month. We hope you find this resource useful and valuable!

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  1. Silica Standard Overview: We caught up with Dianne Grote Adams & the Safex team at the 2019 Ohio Safety Congress in Columbus, OH! She sat down with Nic to share steps companies can take to ensure full compliance with OSHA’s silica standard update that went into effect last year. 
  2. Ladder Safety Training (Live Recording). This is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on Jan. 10, 2019. The topic was Ladder Safety and it was presented by Dave Dennison, Safety Specialist at Flaherty Sales (Werner Co).
  3. Engaging Millennials in Safety (Live Recording). This is a live recording of the Engaging Millennials in Safety breakout session at the NE Ohio Safety Expo. The topic was presented by Nicholas Coia, Industrial Safety Consultant, for Ohio BWC!
  4. March’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  5. 5 Benefits to Having a Safety Culture During an Emergency. Article provided by Ving!
  6. Overcoming Fatigue: In this short Health Talk, Mindy Gusz, Community Outreach Coordinator at University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, gives us a snapshot of fatigue and how to overcome it!
  7. March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month: Dr. Amanda Burke, Prevention Specialist at Townhall II, tells us how problem gambling can cause big problems at work, especially around the time of March Madness!
  8. Employee Engagement Best Practices: We caught up with Stephen Francis, ESQ, President & Lead Strategist at Franchise D & I Solutions, before his presentation at the 2019 Ohio Safety Congress on how we can better engage employees through inclusion, involvement & investment!
  9. Crisis Communications Interview: Thom Fladung, Managing Partner at Hennes Communications, stayed over with us to recap his presentation at our monthly safety luncheon!
  10. The Real Costs of Safety: Safety Keynote Speaker, Rich McElhaney, stayed over with us at our monthly safety luncheon to give our listeners a quick recap of his presentation! 
  11. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!


  • NEXT MEETING: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 11:30am-1:00pm. Our topic is Tornado’s Don’t Care: Are you Prepared? and it will be presented by Cody Brookover, Deputy Director, Portage County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, Apr. 8th.
  • New Podcast Archives! We’re excited to announce that new free PCSC Podcast archives are now available on our website under the “Podcasts” tab! You can now easily search for podcasts by topic, format or episode number

Please Note: these are not PCSC sponsored events but do qualify for 1 external training credit for PCSC members.


  • BWC Updates: These are the power points presented by BWC Representative Nic Coia at our monthly meetings.
  • Monthly Meeting Power Points. We post them on our website after the presenters send them to us and give us permission to publish. If the speaker provides additional info, we’ll post it there as well.
  • External Training Credit Opportunities: We post them on our blog as outside organizations send them to us. A maximum of 2 external training credits are allowed per program year to help members earn the 10 minimum attendance credits required by the rebate. Please Note: ETC certificates of completion must be submitted by June 30 every year in order to qualify. Click here for ETC guidelines.
  • Rebate Participation Spreadsheet. Rebate eligible members can review how close they are to fulfilling the minimum rebate eligibility requirements by reviewing the Participation Spreadsheet which is typically updated on a monthly basis. Please Note: new monthly updates for FY19 are currently available!