CANTON, OH (Feb. 6, 2013) – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Drug-Free Safety Program (DFSP) offers a premium discount to eligible employers for implementing a loss-prevention strategy addressing workplace use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs, especially illegal drugs.
The Ohio BWC designed the DFSP to help employers more effectively prevent on-the-job injuries and illness by integrating drug-free efforts into their overall workplace safety program. The DFSP can help employers achieve both long-range safety and cost-saving benefits.
At the Stark County Safety Council Luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 14, a local panel of experts will discuss the benefits of the Drug-Free Safety Program and answer attendee questions. Panelists include:
- Gust Callas, Attorney, Black, McCuskey, Souers and Arbaugh
- Dr. Bruce Hensley, medical director, Work Health and Safety Services, Mercy Medical Center
- Jodi Sabatino, Employer Service Specialist, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation
Tickets to the Feb. 14 luncheon are $16 and are available online at StarkCountySafetyCouncil.org, or by calling (330) 458-2070. The luncheon is open to the public, but guests are encouraged to join the Stark County Safety Council.
Each monthly luncheon of the Stark County Safety Council is held at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom (3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton).
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Gust Callas currently serves as coordinator for the Labor and Employment Practice Area of the firm. He is also a member of the Firm’s Litigation and Workers’ Compensation Service Groups. He has extensive experience in litigation and particular specialty in the defense and counseling of clients in employment-related matters. Callas received both his law degree and undergraduate degree in accounting with the highest honors from the University of Akron. He is recognized by his peers as one of the preeminent lawyers in his field, having received an AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell*, and has been recognized as an Ohio Super Lawyer from 2004 to 2013.
Dr. Hensley is the medical director of Mercy Medical Center’s occupational medicine program, Work Health and Safety Services. Serving in the position for over 17 years, Dr. Hensley has partnered with over 1,600 companies in the Stark County and surrounding areas. He is a certified medical review officer for companies throughout the United States. Work Health and Safety Services provides programs from health and wellness to work related injuries and drug screening services. He received his medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, internal medicine training at Akron General Medical Center and his occupational medicine training at the University of Cincinnati.
Jodi Sabatino has been with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation since 1991, working in various roles prior to becoming employer services specialist. She works directly with employers, assisting them in understanding ratemaking and implementing various claims and risk management strategies and BWC programs. Sabatino attended Kent State University and is currently working to complete her ARM certification.
ABOUT THE STARK COUNTY SAFETY COUNCIL
The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene, administers Stark County Safety Council.
The mission of the Stark County Safety Council is to provide a forum for safety and health information, education and networking in Stark County. The Stark County Safety Council has been recognized as one the top five councils out of more than 80 in the State of Ohio for the past seven years, honored for its membership growth and excellent programming.
There is no membership fee, and members enjoy many benefits, including potential eligibility for Ohio BWC rebates. Visit www.StarkCountySafetyCouncil.org for more information.