May 2019 Stand-Down Training Events by the Ohio BWC

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

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Learn fall protection and prevention! Attend a BWC stand-down event

In 2017, there were 971 construction fatalities nationwide; 366 of them resulted from falls from elevation.

Additionally, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) again lists fall protection in construction as its most frequently cited standard.

To raise awareness and reduce injuries and fatalities, OSHA promotes its annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls. The stand-down encourages employers across the nation to hold events in conjunction with the multi-day event, May 6-10 this year. As always, the stand-down encourages employers to pause during their workday for topic discussions, safety demonstrations, and trainings in hazard recognition and fall prevention.

We have scheduled four FREE training events open to the public during the week of the stand-down. We’ve listed information for each below.

 

Garfield Heights event

  • When: 8 a.m. to Noon May 7
  • Where: BWC’s Garfield Heights Service Office – 4800 E. 131st, Garfield Heights, OH 44131
  • Event details: Presentations by experts from T. Allen Incorporated, The Albert M. Higley Co., Werner Ladder, Honeywell and the Cleveland OSHA Area Office
  • Register: Visit the BWC Learning Center and enter Stand-Down Event in the search field then enroll for the Garfield Heights event.

 

Mansfield event

  • When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 7
  • Where: MHS Industrial Supply – 70 Sawyer Parkway, Mansfield, OH 44903
  • Event details: Presentation by experts from FallTech; co-hosted by MHS Industrial Supply
  • Register: Visit the BWC Learning Center and enter Stand-Down Event in the search field then enroll for the Mansfield event.

 

Pickerington event

  • When: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 10
  • Where: BWC’s Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health – 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington, OH 43147
  • Event details: Presentations by experts from Guardian Fall Protection with Pure Safety, LBJ Inc. and the Columbus OSHA Area Office
  • Register: Visit the BWC Learning Center and enter Stand-Down Event in the search field then enroll for the Pickerington event.

 

Youngstown event

  • When: 7:30 – 9 a.m. May 7
  • Where: Boak & Sons, Incorporated – 75 Victoria Road, Austintown, OH 44515
  • Event details: Presentation by experts from 3M and a drop demonstration truck; co-hosted by Boak & Sons, Incorporated
  • Register: Email David Costantino or call 330-301-5825; email David Loughner or call 216-538-9720

We may add more events in the coming weeks. Also, don’t forget the BWC Library offers an extensive collection of audiovisual materials related to fall hazards and fall prevention. Additionally, we offer year-round classes throughout Ohio to address fall protection requirements.

It’s not too late for your company or organization to plan a stand-down event. We’re here if you need help planning your activity. Just call 1-800-644-6292 for assistance.

 

 

 

May 2019 ‘Stand-Down to Prevent Falls’ Challenge

What: In honor of OSHA’s “National Stand‐down to Prevent Falls” the BWC Canton/Cambridge Service Offices are hosting a Safety Council Challenge. We want to encourage every Safety Council member to perform safety training on preventing falls.

It’s easy. Training materials are linked below (or you can use your own) and all you need to do is:

  1. Perform the training to as many employees as possible (but 100% is not required to participate in this challenge)
  2. Document your attendance (keep it for your own records) and
  3. Submit the information (Click here for the form) to your safety council by Monday, June 3, 2019.
  • When: The entire month of May
  • Who: Every Profession – Industry, Healthcare, Construction, Service or any others
  • Where: Your own facility or in the field at your jobsite
  • Why: Falls are the number one reason for fatalities in Construction, but it doesn’t stop there. Every employer has a risk of employees slipping, tripping or falling. It may be the Ohio weather or the fact that all employees walk at some point during the work day. The risk is there, so the Safety Council challenge is for you to “stand‐down” and talk about it. Any employer can hold a stand‐down by taking a break to focus on “Fall Hazards” in your specific workplace and reinforcing the importance of “Fall Prevention”. It’s an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals. It can also be an opportunity for employees to talk to management about fall hazards they see.

The council with the highest member participation percentage will be presented with an award at a regular meeting!

Links to more information, training materials, training events, resources & more!

 

 

May 9, 2019 – Coach Frank Hall

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna.  PLEASE NOTE: The ending time has been extended to due to the nature of this event.

This month will be our Annual Safety Awards & CEO DAY! Click here to view winners.

We’re very excited to announce that our special keynote speaker will be Coach Frank Hall!

On February 27, 2012, Coach 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. Coach Hall chased the gunman from the school, putting his own life on the line to protect the school’s children and staff.

Frank has been the focus of the media, both locally and nationally, because of his show of courage. He was featured on the cover of a June 24, 2013  Sports Illustrated article entitled “A Coach’s Courage,” a story that chronicles Coach Hall’s life and what lead to the collision of his life’s path and the tragedy at Chardon High School on February 27, 2012.

 Click here to make a donation to the Coach Hall Foundation!

This training is ideal for everyone! Please invite everyone you can especially your CEO!!!

Come enjoy a delicious meal catered by “Guido’s”. Cost for lunch is still just $15/person for members and $20 for non-members

Please RSVP online no later than 12pm on Monday, May 6. 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.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP NOW

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May 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 6th 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!

2018 PORTAGE COUNTY WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY EXPO:

*Registration is now open! Click here for the registration form.

  • 16 safety related breakout courses! Based on 4 tracks (Construction, Industrial, Electrical, & Health) there’s something for everyone! Follow the link for more info on courses & speakers.
  • Free health screenings by University Hospitals!
  • Exhibit Hall filled with local vendors & prize drawings!
  • Outdoor exhibits from Engines-LPG, County Fire Protection, and the Portage County LEPC!
  • Safety Feud game by Swift First Aid!
  • Qualifies for 1 Safety Council attendance/CEO credit for PCSC members or 1 external training credit for members of other councils!
  • $10 off registration if paid for by June 8, 2018! Registration fee is $30 by 6/8, $40 after 6/8.
  • Includes Lunch! Every attendee will receive a boxed lunch.  Coffee, water, & breakfast pastries will be available in the morning.
  • Click here to listen to the expo podcast announcement.

 

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. PCSC Podcasts: Click here to listen on iTunes. Click here to listen on Google Play.
  2. May “Stand-Down” to Prevent Falls Challenge safety info & resource links.
  3. May’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  4. Tornado Safety: May 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner by Ohio BWC safety consultants.
  5. Lightning Safety When Working Outdoors. This is FactSheet provided by OSHA.
  6. Brad Hurtig stayed over last week to record a post-luncheon podcast with us! Click here to listen today!

 

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.
  • 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.

May 10, 2018 – Annual Safety Awards

Greetings Safety Council Members!

Our next meeting is Thursday, May 10, 2018, 11:30am-1:30pm, at the Ravenna Elks Club which is located at 776 N Freedom St in Ravenna. PLEASE NOTE: The ending time has been extended to due to the nature of this event.

This month will be our Annual Safety Awards & CEO DAY! Follow the link to view winners.

We’re very excited to announce that our special keynote speaker will be Brad Hurtig!

Brad Hurtig was a student-athlete in a small town in Northwest Ohio. Only days after finishing his sophomore year of high school, a devastating workplace accident resulted in the amputation of both of Brad’s hands.

Through hard work and determination Brad soon rejoined his high school football team. In his senior year, Brad led his team defense, recording 111 tackles and receiving all-state honors all while playing with no hands. Brad’s inspirational story of triumph quickly captured national headlines.

Brad has been featured on ESPN, TEDx, CBS, NBC, Montel, and in The New York Times!

This training is ideal for everyone! Please invite everyone you can especially your CEO!!!

Please RSVP no later than 12pm on Monday, May 7, 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 and $20 for non-members.

 

This Meeting is Sponsored By 1-888-OhioComp!