By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager
The spring of each year is always a busy season for Ohio’s safety council programs, and this year was no exception.
Ohio’s 82 safety councils collect semi-annual accident statistics from members to recognize them for their accomplishments in safety.
Certificates of recognition are then presented at monthly safety council meetings in March, April and May. The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council is pictured above.
BWC presented more than 5,000 certificates statewide to recognize employers for their efforts in preventing occupational injuries. Employers can earn one of four awards:
Group – presented to the company with the lowest incident rate in its type of work in the local community;
100% – presented to any company that works the entire year without an incident resulting in a day or more away from work;
Achievement – presented to any company that reduces its incident rate by at least 25 percent from one year to the next;
Special – presented to any company that works over six months and over 500,000 hours without an incident resulting in a day or more from work.
At the Logan County Area Safety Council meeting, I presented multiple awards to representatives of Honda Transmission Manufacturing.
Members of the Columbiana Area Safety Council pose with their certificates below.
The recognition certificates presented reflect countless hours of effort and dedication to creating and maintaining safe workplaces in Ohio. All Ohio employers enrolled and actively participating in an Ohio safety council are to be commended for their efforts.
Each year on the first Monday in May, Ohio’s safety council sponsors and leaders meet in Central Ohio to hear program updates, network with one another and share best practices in safety council program management.
At this year’s conference, BWC Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison (above) and Division of Safety & Hygiene Superintendent Abe Tarawneh (left) both shared timely updates on the importance of safety in managing workers’ compensation costs and BWC’s continuing emphasis and investment in safety in Ohio.
One of the most popular activities of each year’s conference is the speed networking, which allows participants to meet a variety of representatives from other safety councils to discuss trends, challenges and solutions for creating and maintaining successful safety council programs.
Finally, at each year’s Safety Council Leaders Conference, the four safety councils are recognized as the highest achieving programs in the state with Safety Council of the Year awards.
Administrator Morrison presented the Grand Award for first place to the Summit County Safety Council.
Ross County Safety Council, sponsored by the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce, took home the second place award.
In third place was the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council, sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.
Earning the fourth place award was the Ashtabula County Safety Council. (Left)
Five additional safety councils earned an honorable mention, including:
Stark County Safety Council, Portage County Safety Council, Orrville Area Safety Council, Ottawa County Safety Council and Sandusky County Safety Council.
Responsible for the programming for this year’s conference were committee members Briana Hood, Dessie Rogers, Mike Thompson, and Deb Katzenmeyer.
Get involved in the excitement of the Ohio Safety Council program and enroll today!