BWC’s Destination: Excellence programs to be explored at Stark County Safety Council March Luncheon

CANTON, OH (Mar. 7, 2013) – The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (Ohio BWC) Destination: Excellence program protects Ohio’s workforce by sharpening employers’ focus on safety, accident prevention and return-to-work opportunities that bring injured workers back to work sooner.

The program allows employers to combine existing and new programs to create a comprehensive discount program that meets their individual needs and provides opportunities to reduce premiums through adoption of best practices and meeting certain performance requirements.

At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Mar. 14, Lorrie Goodnight, Ohio BWC business consultant, will explain each program under Destination: Excellence and the potential savings that your company can (and should) be taking advantage of!

Tickets to the Mar. 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 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meyer’s Lake Ballroom (3218 Parkway St. NW in Canton).

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Drug Free Safety Program explored at Stark County Safety Council Luncheon Feb. 14

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.

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Final Safety Council luncheon of the year to feature Marvin Montgomery and ‘The Power of Attitude’

CANTON, OH (December 4, 2012) – At final the Stark County Safety Council luncheon of the year, on Thursday, Dec. 13, attendees will be energized by the ultimate attitude guru—Marvin Montgomery.

During the luncheon, Montgomery will share seven ways to maintain a positive attitude, even when things are not going your way. This engaging attitude session is perfect planning for the coming year.

The luncheon will also provide a review of 2012 issues and focus on plans and issues for 2013. The luncheon presentation will be made by the SCSC steering committee and committee chairman, Colleen Maurer, who will complete the second year of hertwo-year term this year. Deb Schlabach will take on the duties of chairman for her two-year term on Jan. 1.

Once again, the Safety Council will host a Toys For Tots Holiday Toy Drive. Many children in our community will not get the items on their wish lists this holiday season. Bring some holiday happiness to these children by donating NEW, UNWRAPPED toys at the December luncheon. Please help make a difference for these needy children and their families.

Tickets to the Dec. 13 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).

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Stark County Safety Council presents first free defibrillator in AED Program to Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority

CANTON, OH (November 9, 2012) – The Stark County Safety Council has announced that they have presented the first free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority.

The Safety Council AED Initiative Program was launched this past spring and offers significantly reduced price units to members, as well as free units to area non-profits at periodic milestones in the program. Program co-chairmen, Dave Dennison and Christopher Zabel, presented the unit to Annette Smith, SMHA’s director of human resources, who was joined by several other members of SMHA management.

“What we want to do is make these life saving devices more readily available to our member companies. AEDs aregaining in popularity and should be considered a necessity in every workplace, just as first aid kits have,” said Dennison. “Statistics show that these units, if available and applied in the first few critical minutes following a cardiac arrest, increase the possibility of survival to over 70 percent.”

To date, 23 units have been purchased by area businesses. With more sales, the safety council will be able to present more free units. The program is being made possible through a collaborative effort between AED manufacturer Zoll Medical Corporation, an area safety equipment distributor and safety council member U.S. Safety Gear, and the Stark County Safety Council.

Photo Caption: Program co-chair Chris Zabel, Jessica Kiser, Annette Smith, Mark Dunivant and Bruce Allison of SMHA, and co-chair Dave Dennison.

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Stark County Safety Council November Luncheon features the Ohio BWC’s Transitional Work program

CANTON, OH (November 3, 2012) – At the Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 8, attendees will get all of their questions answered about the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Transitional Work program.

During the luncheon, Anthony Serluco, disability management coordinator for the Ohio BWC will introduce the transitional work program, help guests determine if a TW Program is right for their business and how to get started.

The BWC’s transitional work program offers meaningful, productive work to workers with restrictions in helping them remain or return to work sooner. It’s a program the employer sets up so injured employees can return to work more quickly and safely—either in their original job or a temporary work assignment until they’re ready to resume their original job. The program increases the odds the worker will stay connected to the job and recover more quickly.

Tickets to the Nov. 8 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). This month’s spotlight company is Superior Glove Works, Ltd.

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47th annual Fire Prevention Week Kickoff Breakfast honors local heroes

CANTON, OH (September 13, 2012) — The Stark County Safety Council, Canton Fire Prevention Bureau and Exchange Club will host Canton’s 47th annual Fire Prevention Breakfast, a key event observing National Fire Prevention Week from Oct. 7 through 13.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 9, from 8 to 9:15 a.m. at Skyland Pines Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Canton. Registration begins at 7:15 a.m.

The breakfast will feature the city and county Firefighter of the Year awards and keynote speaker Mary Mondozzi, Akron Children’s Hospital Burn Center education coordinator.

In addition, brief remarks will be made by Canton Mayor William J. Healy II, a representative from the Stark County Safety Council, and Captain Lorenzo Bagley, Canton Fire Prevention Bureau.

The event is open to the public at a price of $14 per attendee.

Register online at www.CantonChamber.org. Donations of seats or tables for local firefighters are also being accepted. Contact Connie Cerny for more information at conniec@cantonchamber.org or (330) 458-2061.

The Stark County Safety Council is a committee of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and is comprised of local companies dedicated to the safety of their employees. The SCSC has been recognized statewide for quality programming. For Stark County Safety Council Members, attendance at this event counts as an attendance credit towards the BWC Safety Council Discount Program.

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Stark County Safety Council hosts “Welcome to JEOPARDY!” game show-themed monthly luncheon on Sept. 13

CANTON, OH (Sept. 6, 2012) – Guests at the September Stark County Safety Council luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 13, will have a chance to show off their trivia skills with a special safety edition of America’s favorite game show!

Join the Stark County Safety Council for a true test of safety knowledge. This month’s luncheon is sure to be a hit, as safety professionals throughout the area have to answer safety categories in the form of a question. This month’s spotlight company is 3M.

Tickets 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).

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.

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