January is Workplace Wellness Month

PCSC Members:

We’re teaming up with SCSC to promote workplace wellness throughout the month of January!

At our monthly meeting on Thursday, January 9, 2020, we’ll be officially launching our new Healthy Workers are Safer Workers Campaign which provides employers with free campaign tools and workplace wellness resources aimed at helping them improve worker health!

We’ll be giving away 100 free campaign posters to those in attendance! Click here to download a free electronic copy today!

In addition to the campaign launch, we’ll be publishing a new workplace wellness podcast every Monday throughout to month! Once released, these episodes will be available through all of our podcast channels on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher!

To learn more, click here to listen to the January is Workplace Wellness Month podcast announcement today!

 

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:

Why Workplace Wellness: December 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner

Provided by the Ohio BWC safety consultants.

Question: Why should I bother with a Wellness Program at my Company?

Answer: There is a lot of talk recently about wellness programs in the safety world.  Especially in Ohio,since the BWC has rolled out the Better You, Better Ohio free wellness program for Ohio Employees that work in high risk industries. 

 So, a big question is: Why should a company want a wellness program?  Employees are your most important asset – so you want them healthy! Let’s review just a few other reasons you want healthier employees: 

  1. Fewer injuries and if injured they recover quicker
  2. Less absenteeism and more presenteeism – Boost Productivity!
  3. Boost morale, reduce stress, create a sense of accomplishment, reduce depression and build community at work
  4. Lower healthcare costs and good return on investment.  Studies show for every $1 spent on health intervention employees recoup $1.40 to $4.60 in avoided medical cost and productivity losses.

 These are just a few reasons and they sound pretty good!  If you are eligible, consider promoting the BWC Better You, Better Ohio free wellness program. If you are a larger company, it still makes sense.  You can also talk with your insurance carrier, they may have programs to assist you as well. 

 

November 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 12th 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. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. November’s Safety Update from the Ohio BWC Library. Each edition provides up-to-date news & safety information.
  4. Fire Extinguisher Inspections: Nov 2018 Safety & Hygiene Corner. Provided by Ohio BWC Safety Consultants.
  5. 5 Benefits Of Having A Safety Culture During An Emergency. Article provided by Ving!
  6. PCSC Podcasts: Our podcasts are now available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, & Stitcher! Access local & relevant workplace safety information right through your phone!

WINTER DRIVING SAFETY:

  1. Episode 11 – How to Stay Safe Driving in the Winter. In this interview, Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO joins us to discuss how to stay safe driving in winter weather. (13:11)
  2. Episode 10 – Safety Talk: Winter Driving Safety. Lori Cook, Traffic Safety Advisor for AAA East Central NEO shares how to stay safe on the road in the winter. (7:18) This episode would make a great tool box talk!
  3. Episode 9 – How to Prepare Your Vehicle for the Winter. Vince Stropko and Lori Cook of AAA East Central NEO join us on this Safety Chat to discuss how to prepare your vehicle(s) for the winter. (11:02)
  4. Episode 8 – Safety Talk: Winter Vehicle Prep. Vince Stropko, Approved Auto Repair Rep for AAA East Central NEO, provides tips on how to prep your vehicle for that frigid Northeast Ohio winter! (3:15) This episode would make a great tool box talk!

 

PCSC NEWS:

  1. NEXT MEETING: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 11:30am-1:00pm. Our topic is The True Cost of Safety and it will be presented by Rich McElhaney, VP Safety & Risk Management, Allied Insurance Brokers/Ascinsure. RSVP deadline is 12pm on Monday, December 10th.
  2. SARA, LEPC & Company Compliance (Live): Audio from last month’s monthly meeting is now available!
  3. Certifications: 25 PCSC members completed their Mental Health First Aid certification last month! Good work & congratulations!

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: Updates won’t begin until the first of the year.

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.

 

Loading Dock Fatality

A message from Steering Committee Member, Pat McCon, on 6/7/18.

Just yesterday in Findlay, OH an employee of a plastic film manufacturing plant died while working outside a loading dock.  He was crushed when a tractor-trailer backed into the dock without the driver seeing him.  It sounds like he was working on the dock leveler, but that hasn’t been confirmed.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2018/06/06/Valfilm-employee-killed-in-Findlay.html

This tragic incident points out the need to plan every job, no matter how large or small and no matter how routine.  The planning process should include a thorough, objective look at potential safety issues.

The incident has opened my eyes.  At one time I provided service to a company that serviced dock levelers.  I did safety audits on a lot of mechanics who were working on levelers, and never once noticed this potential for catastrophic injury.  (Nor did their very competent and experienced safety director, nor any of their very competent and experienced mechanics.)

Please take a few moments to contemplate where you or your customers may have similar exposures and develop preventive measures so this doesn’t happen again.

Pat

‘Better You, Better Ohio!” Workplace Health Program

The following is a communication from the Ohio BWC posted here for your convenience. Click here for the full PDF.
A workplace health and wellness program offered by BWC
The backbone of a successful business is its workers, and the backbone of Ohio
is its workforce. At BWC, we take our mission to take care of Ohio’s workforce
seriously.
That’s why we’re offering Better You, Better Ohio!™ – a program designed to provide health and wellness resources and services to workers who work for small
employers (50 or fewer workers) in high-risk industries*. Better You, Better Ohio!
helps workers and their employers at no cost and through a simple, paperless
process.
How it helps employers
Employers can reap great benefits from having a healthy workforce. Healthy
employees are less prone to injury. And, when they are injured, their ability to
recover is enhanced greatly. Overall, employers with a healthy workforce have
lower workers’ compensation and health-care costs. Better You, Better Ohio! can:
  • Help prevent injuries through improved workforce health and safety;
  • Reduce absenteeism and improve presenteeism;
  • Reduce the severity of an injury;
  • Improve the recovery time from an injury;
  • Reduce time away from work due to an injury.
How it helps Ohio’s workforce
Better You, Better Ohio! gives workers a wealth of resources to help them take
ownership of their health and well-being. They can proactively pursue a healthier
lifestyle through free offerings that include:
•Health and wellness awareness, education and training;
•Health assessments and biometric screenings for better
understanding of their health and well-being;
•A member engagement website that allows them to develop health
plans and track their progress to achieve their goals;
•A state-of-the art mobile app for creating weekly action plans and
getting health tips;
•Digital coaching to help them on their journey to better health.
Better health pays off
Employers can use Better You, Better Ohio! to help manage and reduce their
workers’ compensation and health-care costs by having a healthier workforce.
Meanwhile, workers can earn financial rewards for taking steps to improve their
health and wellness such as completing a health assessment and a biometric
screening.
Even more important, with your help, we’ll improve the
health and well-being of our state’s workforce. Learn more!