August 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for August 2020!

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!

Please share with your colleagues!

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SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. OSHA’s COVID-19 F.A.Q.’s
  2. 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)
  3. Video – COVID-19: Unmasking A Novel Pathogen. This is a live recording of our Virtual Safety Council meeting on Thursday, August 13, 2020. The topic was COVID-19: Unmasking A Novel Pathogen and it was presented by Kristen Dickerson, PhD, Statewide Health, Wellness, & Special Program Manager, OCOSH-Ohio BWC.
  4. [Inspiring Safety] Becoming an Industrial Athlete. George Nelson‘s LinkedIn videos inspired us to do an entire podcast series on #inspiring #safety! He joined us on Zoom to chat about having real conversations and how to start seeing yourself as an “industrial athlete” to ensure longevity. (15:40)
  5. August’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  6. Pathways Lighting Requirements: August’s Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  7. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. FY21 Membership Renewal: Time to renew as we LEVEL UP IN SAFETY with our new Virtual Safety Council program! Join today!
  2. August 27, 2020 – Finding Facts, Not Faults: How to Improve Safety After an Injury, presented by Nicholas Coia, MPA, Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Sponsored by UH Portage Medical Center. Follow link to register today!
  3. Podcast Apps: Our podcasts are now available on Google Podcasts & Apple Podcasts!

HEALTH & WELLNESS RESOURCES:

  • Free webinar from UH: Suffering from Back Pain? Treat Back Pain and Get Active Again – Jeffrey Nelson, MD. Aug 13, 2020, 05:00 PM

Pathways Lighting Requirements: August 2020 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Question: What are the requirements for Pathways Lighting and maintenance of Emergency Lights?

Answer: Many folks are aware of OSHA 29 CFR 1910.37 Exit Routes and Emergency Planning requirements for Exit signs and routes.  However, for the requirements for pathway lighting to exits and maintenance, you must refer to  Ohio Fire Code.   

Section 1008 Means of egress illumination 1008.3 Emergency power for illumination. The power supply for means of egress illumination shall normally be provided by the premises’ electrical supply and 1008.3.1 General. In the event of power supply failure in rooms and spaces that require two or more means of egress an emergency electrical system shall automatically illuminate all of the following areas: aisles, corridors and exit access stairways and ramps.

For Testing and Maintenance look at Ohio Fire Code 604.6 Emergency lighting equipment.

604.6.1 An Activation test – shall be completed monthly. The activation test shall ensure the emergency lighting activates automatically upon normal electrical disconnect and stays sufficiently illuminated for not less than 30 seconds.  604.6.1.1 Activation test record-  Records of tests shall be maintained and shall include the location of the emergency lighting tested, whether the unit passed or failed, the date of the test and the person completing the test.

604.6.2 Power test – For battery-powered emergency lighting, a power test of the emergency lighting equipment shall be completed annually. The power test shall operate the emergency lighting for not less than 90 minutes and shall remain sufficiently illuminated for the duration of the test. 604.6.2.1 Power test records shall be maintained. The record shall include the location of the emergency lighting tested, whether the unit passed or failed, the date of the test and the person completing the test.

Now is a great time to incorporate your monthly test with your other inspections.  You can add them to your Fire Extinguisher check list.  You can also add the yearly testing to your preventative Maintenance program to ensure annual testing is completed.

*Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

August 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for August 2019!

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!

Please share with your colleagues!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. Insight from the Chardon School Shooting. On February 27, 2012, Coach Frank Hall chased a gunman from the Chardon High School cafeteria just seconds after three students were mortally wounded and another three were injured from gunfire, putting his own life on the line to protect the school’s children and staff. Accompanied by his colleague Coach Snyder, Frank shared his insight & experience at our May 9, 2019, safety luncheon.
  2. Fire Safety Interview. Lt. Jeff Coffee of the Kent Fire Dept. stayed over with us after his presentation this month to chat about fire safety in the workplace!
  3. August’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  4. OSHA’s Top Workplace Safety Tips for Employers. Article by Ving!
  5. 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!

PCSC NEWS:

  • NEXT MEETING: Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11:30am-1:00pm. The topic will be When OSHA Knocks and it will be presented by Pat McCon, Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant, Zurich North America. RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, September 9th.
  • PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY: Help us with our new Why I Stay Safe Campaign (which will launch at the above monthly meeting) by completing this short, 4-question survey. Thanks!
  • DID YOU KNOW? That we have created & published over 20 hours of workplace safety & health content through the Portage County Safety Council Podcast!

PROGRAM UPDATES:

  • 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.

COMMUNITY NEWS:

August 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 9th 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!

Please share with your colleagues!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone!
  2. August’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. Episode 45 – Safety Training with Innovative Technology. Donald Elswick, EHSS Trainer & Specialist at ELSMART Associates and Assistant Professor at the University of Findlay, stayed over with us to recap his presentation on how to better engage employees during safety training by using innovation technology! (11:06)
  4. Power Point from our August 9th luncheon on Safety Training with Innovative Technology with Donald Elswick, EHSS Trainer & Specialist, ELSMART Associates, LLC. Here’s a link to the video from the presentation. Here’s a link to more supplemental information provided by the speaker: The Road Map to Safety Training by Jeff Dalto.
  5. The Ultimate Safety Playbook For Training Millennials By Millennials.

 

PCSC NEWS:

 

PROGRAM/REBATE UPDATES:

  • 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.

August 9, 2018 – Safety Training with Technology

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, August 9, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna.  The official meeting notice is attached.

Our topic for this month is…

Safety Training with Technology, Donald Elswick, EHSS Trainer & Specialist, ELSMART Associates, LLC.

Donald D. Elswick, CIH, CSP, CHMM, CET, is currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental, Health, and Occupational Safety department at the University of Findlay. Previously he was employed as the Health, Environmental, Safety, and Security (HESS) Manager at American Sugar Refining, Inc. (ASR), Manager of Environment, Health & Safety to support its’ Non-Refinery Operations across North America.

This training is ideal for safety managers & human resource staff!

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, August 6, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

Please make your check payable to: “Portage County Safety Council.” If you would like to pay by credit card prior to the event, please email us for an invoice. Cost for lunch is still just $15/person for members (who RSVP by deadline) and $20 for non-members or walk-ins (including members who do not RSVP by deadline).

This Meeting is Sponsored By Ving!

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August BWC Safety Classes in Canton

There are a few Free BWC safety classes coming to the North Canton Service office in August that might benefit your company.

Please consider attending one of these ½ day classes.  See the BWC catalog for descriptions for each class.

  • Behavior-based Safety Systems Half-day Workshop – Aug 2 – 8:30AM – 12noon
  • Personal Protective Equipment Selection Criteria – Aug 8 – 8:30AM – 12noon
  • Job Safety Analysis – Aug 8 – 1 PM to 4:30PM
  • Lockout/Tagout and Safety-related Work Practices – Aug 2 – 8:30AM – 12noon
  • Machine Guarding Basics – Aug 2 – 1 PM to 4:30PM

Go to www.bwclearningcenter.com to enroll.