NE Ohio Safety Conference & Expo

The 2013 NE Ohio Safety Conference & Expo is an excellent opportunity for employers to gain valuable occupational safety and health information and education while also earning credit for a number of BWC discount programs, including:
• Safety council rebate program external training credit
• Group rating two hour training credit
• Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) credit
Additionally, HR Certification Institute Recertification Credit Hours will be available.

Those interested in attending are encouraged to register as soon as possible to take advantage of this great opportunity.

This year’s safety conference will be held in nearby Trumbull County at the beautiful Trumbull Career & Technical Center (TCTC). This school is a perfect fit for the event with fantastic educational sessions, easy driving access & parking, large class rooms and good food. For additional information on the school visit:

This is the 6th consecutive Safety Conference & Expo we have had in the Northeast Ohio.

Here are details:
• Conference Partners: Ohio BWC and TCTC
When: Friday October 18, 2013
• Where: Trumbull Career & Technical Center – Champion, Ohio 44483
• Conference Times: Registration: 7:00 – 8:00 am - Conference: 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

Attached you will find the conference brochure, this year’s conference will offer:
• 29 – Sixty minute sessions with a wide range of topics for all employer types. This year we made an emphasis on Violence in the Workplace.
• 5 – Half day educational sessions with four sessions that are Industry Specific Safety Program (ISSP) activity credit eligible. If one person attends 2 half day OCOSC sessions, the employer will get credit for one ISSP activity. If two people attend 4 half day OCOSH sessions the employer can earn credit for 2 ISSP activities.
• 1 – All day session designed for first responders who will train with Ohio's new Comprehensive Agriculture Rescue Trailer, also known as CART. Mounted on a 40-foot flatbed trailer, the simulator includes a grain bin, grain leg, gravity wagon and other training essentials.

The conference fee is $30.00 which includes training materials, breakfast and lunch. The purpose of the conference is to offer an all day safety and health training opportunity for all employers of Northeast Ohio at an affordable cost.

Please help us market the conference by forwarding this information to anyone that would benefit from attending this event.

For additional information, contact BWC’s David Costantino at 330-301-5825.


Workers Compensation Information

Dear Chamber Member,

Ohio is one of only four remaining states that have a state-run, monopolistic workers compensation program. Others, including all of our bordering states, allow employers to purchase workers compensation through private insurers, saving businesses valuable money that could be used to promote expansion and growth. The Ohio Workers Compensation Reform Coalition is a newly formed bi-partisan group of Ohio businesses that wants to jumpstart a discussion with our state government on this important issue.

To be successful, Ohio businesses must join together to form a strong coalition. If you are interested in joining this effort, please complete the attached coalition form and return it via fax to 614-222-8499 or via email to You can also simply reply to this email with your contact information or call me at the number listed below to sign up. I have also attached our fact sheet for your reference. Working together, we can make meaningful changes to workers compensation that benefit businesses and the state economy alike.

Next year Ohio will need to address a looming $8 billion budget deficit. Candidates across the state have already began discussing reform to workers compensation, and together we can make meaningful changes to the system that makes Ohio more competitive and attractive to business. Please join this important conversation by joining our coalition today.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me using the information provided below. Again, thank you for taking the time to learn more about the Ohio Workers Compensation Reform Coalition, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Toby N. Lichtle
Ohio Workers Compensation Reform
C: (614) 361-7908

Dozens of training courses are available through BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene. These courses are offered through the training center in Pickerington at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OCOSH) and at branch sites and BWC service offices across the state, including Toledo, Cincinnati, Canton, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Youngstown and Cleveland. Employers may enroll any number of employees at no additional cost.

To enroll or learn more about the courses available October - December 2010, visit the BWC Learning Center at

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Robin Watson
BWC Canton Service Office
Industrial Safety Consultant


Employee behaviors are a reflection of their Leadership!

4/3/2012 update
Save money, achieve Excellence with BWC’s new programs

More often than not, CEOs and business owners place workers’ compensation near the top of the list of cost drivers for their company.

Last year, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) looked to ease this burden with several initiatives designed to reduce red tape and a base-rate reduction that resulted in more than $86 million in premium savings for public and private employers. The agency also saved an additional $80 million by cutting its own biennial budget by 12 percent.

Now, BWC is focusing on making workplaces safer and improving return-to-work rates. The agency’s leaders believe improvements in these areas will bring further reductions in workers’ compensation costs for Ohio employers.

“Over the past four years, the number of injured workers getting back to work after sustaining a workers’ compensation claim has fallen from 75 percent to below 69 percent here in Ohio,” explains BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer. “Additionally, we’ve seen medical and indemnity costs rising faster than the national average.”

Destination: Excellence takes on troubling trends

With these statistics and trends as a backdrop, BWC created Destination: Excellence – a package of new and existing BWC programs – that allows companies to design a risk-management plan that suits their business needs.

Destination: Excellence’s program options:

• Address safety and accident prevention through on-site consultation by BWC experts, industry-specific training, rebates for safety council participation and help with implementing a drug-free program;
• Provide assistance with developing transitional work and vocational rehab programs, including grants to help develop these types of programs;
• Help save companies money on premiums through adoption of best practices and meeting certain performance requirements. Additional savings are also possible for effective policy maintenance such as doing business online and keeping current on premiums.
“We designed Destination: Excellence to align with our top priority of preventing injuries and getting injured workers healthy and back to work sooner,” Jeremy Jackson, BWC’s chief of public policy & strategy, explains. “A quick return to work has the dual benefit of saving money, but more importantly increasing the chances of a positive outcome for the injured worker.”
From helping to review and develop a transitional work program to on-site safety and health consultation, BWC has experienced staff members to assist employers with all of the elements of Destination: Excellence (See sidebar). There is no additional cost to employers for these services.
BWC offering financial assistance with workplace wellness
In addition to Destination: Excellence, BWC recently unveiled its Workplace Wellness Grant Program for Ohio employers that want to improve the health and wellness of their workers through wellness programs. Developing workplace wellness initiatives can help employers control the escalating costs of health care by proactively addressing risk factors.
BWC will provide a grant over four years to implement wellness programs addressing health risk factors such as obesity and chronic disease. Health experts often point to obesity as a key contributor to conditions that include hypertension, diabetes, stroke, coronary heart disease and cancer. These conditions, in turn, can complicate workers’ compensation cases and returning injured workers back to work.
"Our belief is that employers who support the wellness of their workforce will be less likely to have employees experience work-related accidents, injuries and illnesses," says Buehrer. "Reducing occupational injuries or illnesses reduces the number of workers' compensation claims, which lowers costs and supports a healthy, productive workforce."
Visit for more information about Destination: Excellence and the Workplace Wellness Grant Program.