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This Weds., June 21 is the last class of the 2016-17 Safety Council Session!

We thank you for your support and look forward to having you join us for the NEW 2017-18 Session beginning Weds., July 19 through June 2018. Below is some important information for you to review. Please make sure you have submitted any Outside Training Attendance sheets AND your Semi-annual Reports before June 30. Thank you! Melissa Sponseller

Ashland Safety Council begins the NEW 2017-18 Session in July! We are accepting enrollment for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Please share the enrollment forms with your customers, vendors and other Ashland Area businesses that would like to save money on their Worker's Comp program!

OSC18 call for presenters
Do you have knowledge to share that can keep workplaces safe and healthy?
If so, you could be a presenter at BWC's Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2018 (OSC18), the nation's largest occupational-focused safety and health event. We're now accepting presentation proposals for this multi-day event, scheduled for March 7 - 9, 2018, in Columbus.

We are seeking one-hour educational sessions, panel discussions and live demonstrations as well as three-hour and six-hour workshops. For OSC18, we are particularly interested in topics related to slips, trips and falls, overexertion, and motor vehicle accidents. These injury types represent more than 60 percent of Ohio's workplace injuries.

We're accepting applications until July 31. For application guidelines and to register, visit our call for presentations site. Want to get a glimpse of the event? Take a look back at our OSC17 Twitter recap.
Working hard in the yard?

 Andrea Dong, a BWC Occupational Safety and Hygiene Fellow, has a few tips for staying safe while getting that yard work done this summer. Read Blog 

Employers: $1 billion headed your way in July
Ohio's economy will get a big boost in July. That's when BWC will send $1 billion in rebates to eligible Ohio employers, the first part of The Third Billion Back plan that was announced in March.

Eligible employers will receive checks that total 66 percent of their premiums for the policy year that ended June 30, 2016 (calendar year 2015 for public employers). Private employers who participate in a Group Retrospective rating program will receive their rebates in the fall.
The entire plan includes more than just rebates. We're also planning new health and safety initiatives with a $44 million investment to create a healthier workforce and a culture of safety in every Ohio workplace.
Watch for details to come regarding this plan to help bring Ohio workers home safely to their families and communities after every shift.