April 2020 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for April 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!

COVID-19 Related:

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  1. 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)
  2. [Safety Talk] Tornado Safety Tips. Here’s some safety tips from Ready.gov on how to prepare for and survive a tornado! (4:34)
  3. [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)
  4. [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
  5. [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.
  6. [Safety Crash Course] Lockout Tagout Basics (Live). 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)
  7. April’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  8. Respirator Fit-Testing Guidelines: April’s Safety & Hygiene Corner.
  9. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, Stitcher & You Tube! local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone! Subscribe today!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. COVID-19 Program Updates: The latest program updates from the PCSC as a result of COVID-19. More info coming soon!
  2. Event Cancellations: All PCSC events have been cancelled through June 2020.
  3. Get Outside Campaign:This campaign is aimed at improving worker health & wellness by highlighting local parks & trails while promoting the benefits of spending time outdoors! This page contains links to free campaign tools and related resources to help you, your company and/or community to promote & improve health & wellness. Click here to listen to the official campaign launch!

WORKPLACE WELLNESS:

  1. How to Take Care of Your Mental Health During COVID-19. Jennifer Parmenter, Clinical Counseling Supervisor at Family & Community Services, Inc., in Kent, OH, called in to give us some tips on how to take care of ourselves and our mental health during the COVID-19 crisis! (28:37)
  2. Staying Active at Home During the Lockdown. Leslee Keegan of I’m Power Fitness Center in Ravenna, OH, called in to give us tips on how to stay active at home during the COVID-19 lockdown! Check out her Facebook page for more info today! (12:31)
  3. 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)
  4. [Get Outside] 2020 Campaign Launch!Are there advantages of spending more time outdoors? Should employers implement a #GetOutside campaign to their employees? Join Mike & Nic as they answer these two questions and chat about the Portage County Safety Council’s new Get Outside Campaign with Portage Parks! Follow the campaign link to download a free campaign poster or flyer today! (16:36)

 

 

Closing Out Wellness Month

As we close out Wellness Month, we wanted to provide our members a list of free resources to them improve the health & wellness of their employees!

Wellness Month Podcasts:

Wellness Resources:

  • Engaging Your Workforce in Wellness: Engaging Your Workforce in Wellness is a 24-page toolkit promoting the benefits of employee health & wellness programs and providing employers with evidence-based strategies. 
  • Healthy Workers are Safer Workers Campaign: This campaign was created to help employers reduce workplace injuries by promoting worker health & wellness!The campaign page contains links to free campaign tools and relevant workplace wellness resources to help your company promote & improve worker health!
  • Workplace Wellness Podcast Library: The Portage County Safety Council has teamed up with other organizations to create several workplace wellness related podcasts. These podcasts are great resources of information and are perfect for company newsletters, team meeting icebreakers or toolbox talks! All of these podcast episodes are available not only through our website but also through your favorite podcast app such as iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher
  • Health Talks: We teamed up with University Hospitals Portage Medical Center to create several podcast Health Talks to help employers promote worker health! These talks are straight to the point and are only 3-5 minutes – perfect to get health & wellness info on the go! Again, all of these podcast episodes are available not only through our website but also through your favorite podcast app such as iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher!

June 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our monthly newsletter for June 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. Staying Safe in Wet Driving Conditions. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO shares how to stay safe in wet driving conditions. (5:03)
  2. Hydroplaning. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO gives us a few tips on how to prevent hydroplaning! (2:05) 
  3. Driving Safe in Fog. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central gives us a few tips on how to drive safe in the fog! (2:17)
  4. 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)
  5. Tick Bite First Aid: June 2019 Safety & Hygiene Corner provided by Ohio BWC safety consultants.
  6. 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)
  7. June’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  8. Multigenerational Training Activities to Engage Everyone in Safety. Article provided by Ving!
  9. 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, July 11, 2019, 11:30am-1:00pm. The topic will be How To Successfully Use Baby Boomers & Generation X To Train Millennials On “Your Company’s Way” Of Getting The Job Done Right And Safe, presented by Tony DeAscentis (the CEO) & Gabe King (the millennial) of Ving!  RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, July 8th.
  • External Training Credit Deadline is Wednesday, June 26, 2019! Anyone seeking to use an external training credit to meet the 10 minimum attendance credits must submit the certificate of completion no late than 12PM on 6/26/19 in order to qualify for credit.
  • FY20 starts July 1, 2019! Members enrolling for the first time must submit Enrollment Form by July 31, 2019, in order to qualify for FY20 rebate program. Current members must renew their annual dues and prepaid annual lunch packages prior to this meeting.
  • New Summer Safety Page! We just launched a new podcast archive page linking to topics related to summer safety! Check it out today!

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.

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!

Please share with your colleagues!

SAFETY RESOURCES:

  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!

PCSC NEWS:

  • 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

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

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. Please Note: new monthly updates for FY19 are currently available!

October 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 11th 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!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm. Our topic is Site Security and Vulnerability Assessments and it will be presented by David DiRocco, Security Subject Matter Expert, JCI Northern Ohio Branch, Johnson Controls. RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, October 8.
  2. Accident Investigation (Live): Audio from last month’s monthly meeting is now available!
  3. Mental Health First Aid training on Oct 25: Only a few seats are still available for this event. Follow link for more details about the training or to register today! Registration deadline is October 10.
  4. NE Ohio Safety Expo on October 12th: Hosted by the Ohio BWC Youngstown Service Office, this event qualifies for 1 External Training Credit. Registration ends Oct 5.
  5. Celebrating 50 Episodes!!! Nic & Mike celebrate 50 episodes of the PCSC Podcast! Join them as they discuss the top 10 downloaded episodes and share clips from 4 of their favorites!

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. October’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. Air Monitoring: Oct 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner. Provided by Ohio BWC Safety Consultants.
  4. Online Safety Training Can Use Vulnerability Assessments Too. Article provided by Ving!
  5. 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)
  6. Episode 52 – The Hawthorne Effect: How it Affects Your Safety Culture & PerformanceSteering Committee Member, Pat McCon joins Nic & Mike to talk about The Hawthorne Effect and how it affects both your company’s safety culture and safety performance! (16:39)

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.

 

September 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 10th 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!

PCSC NEWS:

  1. Exciting News!An audio recording of last week’s monthly luncheon presentation on Accident Investigations will be available on Monday, September 24th, through all of our PCSC channels (iTunes, Spotify, etc.)!
  2. Mental Health First Aid training on Oct 25: We’re removing the “per company limit” on this discounted training. PCSC members can now register more than 3 employees for this event. Follow link for more details about the training or to register today!
  3. Celebrating 50 Episodes!!! Nic & Mike celebrate 50 episodes of the PCSC Podast! Join them as they discuss the top 10 downloaded episodes and share clips from 4 of their favorites!
  4. Until Help Arrives training on 9/20 is SOLD OUT!!! Sorry, no walk-ins will be accepted.

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. September’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  3. 11 Common Causes of Workplace Accidents. Article provided by Ving!
  4. Power Point from our August September 13th luncheon on Accident Investigation, presented by Debbie O’Connell, Regional Manager, 1-888-OhioComp. An audio recording of this meeting will be available on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.
  5. Episode 33 – Safety Blast: Hydroplaning. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO gives us a few tips on how to prevent hydroplaning! (2:05)

 

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.