By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager
Our efforts to protect Ohio’s workforce would not be the same without our partnership with each of the safety councils throughout the state. By offering training and other safety and health resources, they have a profound effect on the quality of life in their communities.
Each May, Ohio’s safety council sponsors and leaders meet to get the latest news, network and share best practices in safety council program management. At this annual event, we honor the highest achieving programs in the state with our Safety Council of the Year Awards.
BWC Administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud was there to present the 2018 awards to all the winners.
First place went to the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council serves more than 130 members and has a 90-percent attendance average. The council, the second-place award winner for 2017, invested all its award money by introducing a grant program allowing members to apply for grants for workplace safety initiatives. The council also awards a $500 scholarship for students pursuing a career in nursing. Additionally, it offered community-based education on the opioid epidemic.
Stark County Safety Council, sponsored by the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, took home the second-place award.
In third place was the Summit County Safety Council.
Taking fourth place was the Ross County Safety Council sponsored by the Chillicothe-Ross Chamber of Commerce.
Five additional safety councils earned an honorable mention, including the:
- Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio.
- Fairfield County Safety Council.
- Portage County Safety Council.
- CAK Safety Council.
- Greater Cleveland Safety Council.
Congratulations to the 2018 Safety Council of the Year award recipients! And thanks to all the Ohio safety councils for partnering with us to make Ohio’s workplaces safer and healthier.
Visit bwc.ohio.gov for more information about the Safety Council Program.