General Industry

To listen to any of the following general industry related podcasts, simply click on the title of each episode below.

  1. Episode 224 – Finding Facts, Not Faults: How to Improve Safety After an Injury (Live). Nicholas Coia, Industrial Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, presents on Finding Facts, Not Faults: How to Improve Safety After an Injury. Click here to watch the video. Click here to view the slides or here for the handout mentioned. (43:16) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  2. Episode 219 – Fleet Safety Q & A. Timothy Brewster, Director of the Loss Prevention & Recovery Unit at National Interstate Insurance Company, answers questions after his presentation on Reducing the Risk of Accidents Through Effective Fleet Safety Controls. (6:07) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  3. Episode 218 – Noise Hazards. In this follow up interview, Marissa Scott, Industrial Hygiene Consultant at Safex, chats with us about noise hazards, ototoxins, sound level apps and more! (31:16) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  4. Episode 217 – Top 10 Most Costly Workplace Injuries 2021. Did you know that the top 10 disabling workplace injuries cost employers over $58 billion every year? In this episode, we cover those top 10 injuries according to Liberty Mutual Insurance’s 2021 Workplace Safety Index report and chat about what you can do to prevent them. (18:24) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  5. Episode 214 – Safety Considerations for Robots in Manufacturing (Live). Mark Eitzman, Safety and Project Manager at Integrated Mill Systems, presents live on robot safety at one of our recent virtual meetings. Click here for the Power Point. Click here to view the video recording. (46:04) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  6. Episode 213 – Reducing the Risk of Accidents Through Effective Fleet Safety Controls (Live). Timothy Brewster, Director of Loss Prevention & Recovery Unit at National Interstate Insurance Company presents on fleet safety at our May 21, 2021, virtual meeting. (31:46) Listen/Download Google Drive.
  7. Episode 212 – [Q & A] Robot Safety. Mark Eitzman, Safety and Project Manager at Integrated Mill Systems, answers questions after his presentation on Safety Considerations for Robots in Manufacturing. (8:33) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  8. Episode 205 – Recharge Your Workers’ Compensation Program (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021. The topic was Recharge Your Workers’ Compensation Program  and it was presented by Debbie O’Connell &  Wendy Sergent, Regional Managers, 1-888-OhioComp. (53:02) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  9. Episode 203 – Rig it Right (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021. The topic was Rig it Right or it Will be Wrong and it was presented by Al Abel, Lifting Specialist, Mazzella Lifting Technologies. Click here for a copy of the slideshow used or the handout mentioned. (38:50) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  10. Episode 201 – Combating Fatigue in the Workplace (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, January 14, 2021. The topic was Combating Fatigue in the Workplace and it was presented by Dr. Bruce Hensley, St. Vincent Charity Medical Center. (36:05) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  11. Episode 191 – Ladder Safety for Work and the Holidays (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, November 12, 2020. The topic was Ladder Safety for Work and the Holidays, and it was presented by Dave Dennison, End User Safety Specialist, Werner Ladders (Flaherty Sales) (54:27) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  12. Episode 182 – Stay Cool! How to Reduce Heat Stress During COVID-19 (Live). This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, September 10, 2020. The topic was Stay Cool! How to Reduce Heat Stress During COVID-19 and it was presented by Shelly McCullough, Certified First Aid, CPR, AED Trainer, Swift First Aid. (35:42) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  13. Episode 175 – 5 Ways to Shift Your Safety Culture. Ami Gignac & Katie Woodhall, Managing Partners at Sparrow Tale, joined us to chat about how to shift safety culture through management commitment, employee engagement, communication, training and consistency! (43:47) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  14. Episode 174 – 5 Causal Factors of Workplace Injuries. When investigating the root cause of a workplace injury, many variables are typically involved and often overlooked. Join Mike & Nic as they discuss the 5 causal factors of workplace injuries. (31:13) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  15. Episode 173 – When OSHA Knocks. Pat McCon, Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant at Zurich North America, stayed over with us to recap his presentation and to give us some tips on what to do during an unexpected OSHA visit! Click here to listen to a live recording of his full presentation titled,  Someone’s at the Door – They’re from OSHA! (9:40) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  16. Episode 171 – [Safety Crash Course] Machine Guarding Basics (Live). This is a live recording of the 3rd of 3 Safety Crash Course – Part 2 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on March 5, 2020. The topic was Machine Guarding Basics and it was presented by Renee Onesti, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. Click here to view the power point. (13:53) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  17. Episode 169 – How Chiropractic Care Can Help You Return to Work. Dr. Tyler Munn of Munn Chiropractic in Aurora, OH, stayed over with us after a recent workplace safety luncheon to chat about how chiropractic care can help you to both prevent workplace injuries and return to work much faster! (12:14) Listen/Download Google Drive.
  18. Episode 167 – [Safety Crash Course] HazCom & GHS Basics (Live). This is a live recording of the 2nd of 3 Safety Crash Course – Part 2 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on March 5, 2020. The topic was HazCom & GHS Basics and it was presented by Matt Mohler, Facilities Director, Delta Systems, Inc. Click here to view the power point. (18:45) Listen/Download Google Drive.
  19. Episode 158 – [Safety Crash Course] Bloodborne Pathogens (Live). This is a live recording of the 1st of 3 Safety Crash Course – Part 2 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on March 5, 2020. The topic was Bloodborne Pathogens Basics and it was presented by Brenda Allen, Certified Trainer, Swift First Aid. (14:56) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  20. Episode 149 – How Stress Affects Workplace Safety. Is stress really a safety concern? In this episode, Mike & Nic chat about stress before & during the COVID-19 pandemic and how it significantly impacts your workforce, even in regards to safety! (22:52) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  21. Episode 145 – [Safety Crash Course] JSA & JHA Basics (Live). This is a live recording of the 4th of 4 Safety Crash Course – Part 1 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on February 13, 2020. The topic was JSA & JHA Basics and it was presented by Debbie O’Connell, Regional Account Manager, 1-888-OhioComp. Click here to view the power point. (11:41) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  22. Episode 144 – [Health Talk] COVID-19. Becky Lehman and Ali Mitchel of the Portage County Combined Health District, joined us to talk about COVID-19 and what we can do to prevent it! Please Note: this episode was recorded on 3/18/20 and at the time of this publishing, state & federal agencies are providing updates multiple times a day. Please visit the CDC or coronavirus.ohio.gov for more up to date information. (16:08) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  23. Episode 143 – [Safety Crash Course] Forklift Safety Basics (Live). This is a live recording of the 3rd of 4 Safety Crash Course – Part 1 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on February 13, 2020. The topic was Forklift Safety Basics and it was presented by Robert Campbell, Safety Coordinator, Viking Forge Corporation. Click here to view the power point. (8:58) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  24. Episode 142 – [Safety Crash Course] PPE Basics (Live). This is a live recording of the 2nd of 4 Safety Crash Course – Part 1 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on February 13, 2020. The topic was PPE Basics and it was presented by Twilla Watson, Human Resources Manager, Hess Print Solutions. Click here to view the power point. (5:50) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  25. Episode 140 – [Safety Crash Course] Lockout Tagout Basics. This is a live recording of the first of four Safety Crash Course – Part 1 presentations at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on February 13, 2020. The topic was Lockout Tagout Basics and it was presented by Renee Onesti, Director of Engineering & Maintenance, Kent Elastomer Products, Inc. Click here to view the power point. (8:38) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  26. Episode 138 – Practical Application of Electrical Safety (Live). This is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on December 12, 2019. The topic was Practical Application of Electrical Safety and it was presented by Karl Cunningham, Global Electrical Safety, Maintenance and Project Specialist, ES Squared, Inc. (34:26) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  27. Episode 132 – Healthy Workers are Safer Workers (Live Campaign Launch). This is a live recording of our Healthy Workers are Safer Workers campaign launch at our monthly workplace safety luncheon on January 9, 2020. PCSC Manager, Mike Thompson, shares the insight from a recent survey that led to the development & launch of the campaign as well as the free resources that are available online aimed at helping employers promote & improve workplace wellness. (10:17) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  28. Episode 124 – The Effects of Drugs at Work (Live). This is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on March 14, 2019. The topic was The Effects of Drugs at Work: Warning Signs & Prevention and it was presented by Dr. Amanda Burke, Prevention Specialist at Townhall II. Click here to view the power point used in the presentation. (43:34) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  29. Episode 119 – Behavior-Based Safety 101 (Live). This is a live recording of the “BBS 101…It’s Not BS!” breakout session at the NE Ohio Safety Expo on Oct. 11, 2019. The topic was presented by Sarah Ghezzi, CSP, Industrial Safety Consultant, for Ohio BWC! (45:34) Listen/Download via Google.
  30. Episode 117 – Ohio Fire Codes in the Workplace (Live). This is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on August 8, 2019. The topic was Ohio Fire Codes in the Workplace and it was presented by Lt. Jeff Coffee of the Kent Fire Dept. (44:46) Listen/Download via Google.
  31. Episode 112 – Someone’s at the Door – They’re from OSHA! (Live). This episode is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on September 12, 2019. The topic was Someone’s at the Door – They’re from OSHA! and it was presented by Pat McCon, Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich North America. (43:25) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  32. Episode 111 – Breaking Out of the Safety Box. What is “the safety box” and how can you break out of it to improve your company’s safety performance? Join Nic & Mike as they answer these questions and chat about how to overcome common industry blinders that may be hindering your company’s safety score! (20:55) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  33. Episode 107 – Fire Safety Interview. Lt. Jeff Coffee of the Kent Fire Dept. stayed over with us after his presentation to chat about fire safety in the workplace! (9:27) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  34. Episode 96 – Drugs in the Workplace. Dr. Amanda Burke, Prevention Specialist at Townhall II, stayed over with us after her presentation to chat about drugs in the workplace! (15:27) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  35. Episode 95 – Interview with Dr. Don Maple. We caught up with Dr. Don Maple of Corporate Health Testing at the Portage County Workplace Health & Safety Expo to chat about safety issues he commonly sees at facilities across the state! (4:38) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  36. Episode 94 – Confined Space Rescue Plan. Is 911 your only confined space rescue plan? If so, this episode is a must for you! Pat McCon joins Nic to talk about the importance of having a confined spaces rescue plan! Pat advises companies not to assume your local fire dept can help in the case of a confined space emergency. For more insight, listen today! (9:11) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  37. Episode 92 – Confined Spaces. We caught up with Glenn McGinley before his presentation at the Northeast Ohio Safety Expo to chat about confined spaces! Glenn is the Director of the Public Employment Risk Reduction Program (PERRP) at The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. (14:32) Listen/Download via Google Drive
  38. Episode 91 – Crisis Communications (Live Training). This episode is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on Feb. 14, 2019. The topic was Crisis Communications & Crisis Management and it was presented by Thom Fladung, Managing Partner at Hennes Communications. (47:20) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  39. Episode 90. Using Virtual Reality to Improve Safety. Can virtual reality help improve workplace safety? Eric Irwin, Founder of Speculr thinks so! We caught up with him at the 2019 Ohio Safety Congress in Columbus to discuss how he’s using virtual reality technology to help companies improve their safety performance! (11:52) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  40. Episode 89 – Exoskeletons & Ergonomic Risk Reduction. Is Sci-Fi coming to life to help improve workplace safety? We caught up with Jason Gillette, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Iowa State University, at the 2019 Ohio Safety Congress in Columbus to discuss how exoskeletons can help reduce ergonomic risks at work! (9:10) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  41. Episode 88 – Silica Standard Overview. We caught up with Dianne Grote Adams & the Safex superhero 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. (8:35) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  42. Episode 84 – Ladder Safety (Live Training). This episode 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). (38:32) Listen/Download in Google Drive.
  43. Episode 83 – The Real Cost of Safety with Rich McElhaney. Health & Safety Keynote Speaker, Rich McElhaney, stayed over with us at our monthly safety luncheon to give our listeners a quick recap of his presentation titled The Real Cost of Safety in this follow-up interview! (14:15) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  44. Episode 81 – Crisis Communications: Interview with Thom Fladung. Thom Fladung, Managing Partner at Hennes Communications, stayed over with us to recap his presentation on Crisis Communications at our monthly safety luncheon! (12:03) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  45. Episode 80 – LEPC Chemical Reporting. The Portage County EMA Director, Ryan Shackelford, stayed over with us after his presentation at our monthly safety luncheon to share about the LEPC and required chemical reporting! (5:51) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  46. Episode 78 – Safety Talk: How to Prevent Cold Stress. What is cold stress & how can we prevent it? This episode is a great snapshot from OSHA’s Cold Stress Guide! (6:12) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  47. Episode 64 – Fork Lift Safety. Victor Rossi, Owner & Lead Trainer at Job Safety First, joins us after his presentation at the Northeast Ohio Safety Expo to discuss fork lift safety! (10:39) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  48. Episode 63 – Emergency Preparedness Plans. Marianne Kitakis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for the Portage County Combined Health District, stayed over after her expo presentation to recap 4 steps to developing an emergency preparedness plan. Click here to view her power point. (5:24) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  49. Episode 61 – Site Security & Vulnerability Assessments (Live). This episode is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on Oct. 11, 2018. The topic was presented by David DiRocco, Security Subject Matter Expert, Johnson Controls. (39:43) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  50. Episode 60 – Safety Talk: How to Avoid Slips, Trips & Falls in Winter Weather Conditions. Cari Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, called in to share some tips on how to avoid slips, trips & falls in winter conditions! (7:20) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  51. Episode 58 – SARA, LEPC & Company Compliance (Live). This episode is a live recording of our monthly workplace safety luncheon on Nov. 8, 2018. The topic was SARA, LEPC & Company Compliance and it was presented by the Portage County EMA Director, Ryan Shackelford. (34:37) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  52. Episode 57 – Ladder Safety. Dave Dennison, Safety Specialist at Flaherty Sales (Werner Co), joins us after his presentation at the Northeast Ohio Safety Expo to discuss ladder safety! (13:42) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  53. Episode 56 – Safety Blast: Winter Walking-Working Surfaces Standard. Cari Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, gives us a snapshot of OSHA’s walking-working surfaces standards in regards to inclement winter weather often experienced in Northeast Ohio and beyond! (2:19) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  54. Episode 55 – Site Security Interview. David DiRocco, Security Subject Matter Expert at Johnson Controls, stayed over with us to recap his presentation on Site Security & Vulnerability Assessments! (9:54) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  55. Episode 54 – Until Help Arrives (Live). This is a live recording of our Until Help Arrives training on Sept. 20, 2018, with Susan Forgacs, Public Health Nurse Portage County Health District! (1:34:42) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  56. Episode 51 – Accident Investigation (Live). This episode is a live recording of our interactive monthly workplace safety luncheon on Sept. 13, 2018. The topic was Accident Investigation and it was presented by Debbie O’Connell, Regional Manager, 1-888-OhioComp. (34:50) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  57. Episode 47 – Safety Blast: 4 Ways to Fight Mosquito Bites. Theodore Russell, BSPH, Vector Control Seasonal Worker at the Portage County Health District, gives us 4 ways to “fight the bite!” (1:48) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  58. Episode 43 – Safety Blast: Heat Stress Warning Signs, Prevention, & Remedies. Joe Barney, Compliance & Training Officer from The Great Lakes Construction Co. shares his insight on heat stress warning signs, prevention, and remedies! (2:22) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  59. Episode 42 – OSHA Working-Walking Surfaces Update. Cari Gray, Safety Consultant Specialist for the Ohio BWC, stayed over after her presentation at our 2018 expo to discuss the top 3 changes to OSHA’s walking-working surfaces standards! (8:58) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  60. Episode 41 – First Aid Kits. Shelly McCullough of Swift First Aid gives us some tips on what to stock in your facility’s first aid kit! (4:05) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  61. Episode 37 – Heat Stress: Warning Signs & Prevention. Joe Barney, Compliance & Training Officer from The Great Lakes Construction Co. stayed over with us to recap his presentation on how to prevent heat related illnesses & injuries at work! (7:23) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  62. Episode 31 – Interview with Brad Hurtig. Our May keynote speaker Brad Hurtig stayed over with us to share his inspirational comeback story after a devastating workplace injury that changed his life! He gives us some key principles to stay safe at work and to “find a way” through any adversity! (7:54) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  63. Episode 29 – Fall Protection Interview. Nic Coia interviews Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, for an in-depth conversation on fall protection! (15:09) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  64. Episode 28 – Safety Talk: Fall Protection Harness Inspections. Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, gives some tips on how to properly inspect fall Protection harnesses! (3:58) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  65. Episode 27 – Safety Talk: The ABC’s of Fall Protection. Eric White, Construction Safety Consultant for the Ohio BWC, gives us an overview of The ABC’s of Fall Protection! (8:08) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  66. Episode 25 – Silica Standard Interview. Rick Maj, Industrial Hygienist from the Ohio BWC stayed over last week to give our listeners a quick snapshot of his presentation and a brief overview of OSHA’s new silica standard. (8:30) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  67. Episode 12 – Rig it Right: Interview with Al Abel. After his excellent presentation at our monthly luncheon, Lifting Specialist Al Abel from Mazzella Lifting Technologies stayed over to give us a recap. (24:16) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  68. Episode 5 – The Costs of Improper Handwashing at Work. In this interview, Justin Rechichar of the Portage County Health District shares that according to CDC statistics, employers lose an average of $1,685 in production per employee every year. Something he says that can be significantly reduced by proper handwashing. (14:21) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  69. Episode 4 – Safety Talk: Workplace Handwashing. Justin Rechichar, Program Supervisor from the Portage County Health District gives us a crash course on the importance of proper handwashing at work. (4:43) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  70. Episode 3 – How to Reduce the Risks of Slips, Trips, & Falls at Work. PCSC Manager Mike Thompson interviews BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Nicholas Coia on how to reduce the risks of slips, trips, & falls at work. (8:00) Listen/Download via Google Drive.
  71. Episode 2 – Safety Talk: Slips, Trips, & Falls. Nicholas Coia, Industrial Safety Consultant from the Ohio BWC presents on how to prevent slips, trips, & falls. (4:46) Listen/Download via Google Drive.

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