Only two weeks until Ohio Safety Congress & Expo tips off!

Here are just some of the highlights

By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer

Keeping workers safe on the job is truly a team effort. From frontline workers to upper management, teamwork, practice and planning are all necessary elements.

This year’s Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC18) is here to assist in developing a winning game plan to help slash your workers’ comp costs and, more important, to keep your workforce safe and healthy.

With only two weeks until tip-off, it’s crunch time to get registered for the largest regional safety and health conference in the United States. Over three days, we’ll provide hundreds of educational courses and showcase scores of vendors in the Expo Marketplace. OSC18 also features a roster of world-class keynote speakers in our general sessions.

Wednesday, March 7 – 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Welcome and opening remarks
Sarah D. Morrison
Administrator/CEO, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC)

Morrison, who has led BWC since May 2016, will set the stage for OSC18 with her opening remarks.

Followed by

Ready to Win: Creating Effective Teams
Terry L. Mathis
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ProAct Safety

Organizations with excellent safety performance make safety a team effort. But what does it take to make a winning team? This session explores the characteristics and capabilities that make up an effective team and applies specific methods to each that have proven effective at other organizations.  Sitting people around a table and calling them a team is not going to prove successful. Learn what it takes to build a highly-functioning safety team and shape your efforts around proven methodologies.


Wednesday, March 7 – 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.

The Game-Winning 3
Dave Davlin
Owner, DTD Communications

 Davlin was deserted by his father when he was less than a year old. He was forced to live with his grandmother until age 10. It was under her guidance that he learned about the qualities of integrity and honesty. With his quick wit and master story-telling ability, Davlin challenges attendees to pursue a new level of personal and professional excellence. “Travelin” Davlin has inspired people of every age and background – from NBA and major college arenas across America to the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea. Davlin plays competitive golf on the Golf Channel AM Tour and landed his name and picture in the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records. We all get one shot at this life. Make it count.


Thursday, March 8 – 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Tools to Re-energize Your Team in Crazy Times
Linda Edgecomb
Resilience Strategist and Team Engagement Expert

Edgecombe’s footprint is seen and experienced around the world. Her non-BS approach is funny, refreshing, engaging and relevant. She is a bestselling author and her promise is to help you create powerful shifts, become more resilient and build on momentum. She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal as an expert in “Shifting Perspectives.” Currently, she is filming her reality show “Re-Set TV,” where she gives advice to busy families and out-of-control work teams. Her message is as welcomed as a deep belly laugh and as profound as an honest look in the mirror.


Other OSC18 highlights

 Safety Innovations Awards
The Safety Innovation Awards recognize the development of innovative ergonomic and/or safety solutions in the workplace. A panel of judges and audience input determine which of four finalists has Ohio’s most innovative solution. We offer cash awards to the finalists for their solutions to an occupational safety or health issue. Stop by booth 933 in the Expo Marketplace to see this year’s finalists and to vote for your favorite.

Exoskeleton displays and workshop
Learn how these wearable devices that augment human activities reduce physical stresses on the body and allow workers to work longer with less fatigue.

Displays – Wednesday and Thursday Hall B, Aisle 900

Industrial Exoskeletons Workshop (#9231) – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4: 30 p.m.

Visit to register and plan your visit to OSC18. We look forward to seeing you March 7-9 at the Columbus Convention Center!

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