February's Featured Program 

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Don't Get Caught By Machine Guarding, Lockout or OSHA!

Rob Medlock, Vice President
Safety Controls Technology (SCT)

  • Machine guarding and Lockout / Tagout applications in the workplace
  • Actions that need to be taken by employers to keep compliant and stay under the radar
  • OSHA preparedness and loss prevention

Before joining Safety Controls Technology in February of 2011, Mr. Medlock spent over 33 years in the forefront of occupational safety & health while working for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). As Area Director of OSHA's Cleveland Office for more than 19 years, he oversaw over 17,000 inspections and more than 40 significant cases which included penalties over $100,000. An expert in OSHA policy and compliance, he has been favorably recognized by OSHA and Department of Labor (DOL) for sustained performance and special projects imperative to the mission of OSHA. 

While serving as Vice President for Safety Controls Technology (SCT), Mr. Medlock has successfully helped manage a staff of 25 employees with various job descriptions related to Safety Consultation, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Health Services in workplaces throughout Ohio.

If you're not pre-paid for the year

February's Sponsor

Sponsor a Safety Council Meeting

Did you know that your company can sponsor a safety council meeting? This is a great way to reach 200+ companies and highlight your services. The average attendance at these meetings is 200-240. 

A $150.00 sponsorship includes your corporate logo in our newsletter (as above) and in the overhead scrolling announcements played 1 hour prior to the meeting for the month you choose to sponsor, 5 minutes of business related commercial time at the podium, a table for display items, an opportunity to giveaway promotional items and two complimentary meals.

Interested in sponsoring a meeting? Have questions or need more information? Call Sally Cox at 330-806-1676 or email summitcountysafetycouncil@gmail.com.

Cari's Safety Corner
Cari Gray
 BWC Safety Consultant Specialist

Question: What are OSHA's most frequently cited construction standards?  What things do BWC Consultants see the most on construction jobs?
Answer: OSHA has released the 2017 list of most commonly cited construction standards.
  1. Fall Protection - Duty to have Fall Protection, 1926.501
  2. Scaffolding - General Requirements, 1926.451
  3. Ladders - General Requirements, 1926.1053
  4. Fall Protection - Training, 1926.503
  5. PPE - Eye & Face Protection, 1926.102
  6. PPE - Head Protection, 1926.100
  7. Toxic and Hazardous Substances - Hazardous Communication, 1910.1200
  8. Scaffolding - Aerial Lifts, 1926.453
  9. General Safety & Health Provisions - Inspection by Competent Person, 1926.20
  10. Fall Protection - Fall Protection Systems Criteria, 1926.502
The BWC Division of Safety and Hygiene Safety Consultants see these same items frequently.  Additionally, we often see a lack of site inspections, corrective action not taken on any hazards identified, no fall protection on roofs, improper lanyard anchorage, body harnesses not worn properly, bad extension cords (missing grounds, worn insulation), step ladder, improper use (standing on top two steps, leaning against walls) and unprotected floor/wall openings.

If you are in the construction industry or if you have construction happening at your location, this is a great checklist to assess the jobsite.

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2018 (OSC18)

Register Now!

Don't sit on the sideline! Do what more than 7,300 attendees did last year. Come to the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo March 7 to 9 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Attend OSC18 to: 

*  Refresh your workplace safety game plan; 
*  Help slash your workers' comp costs; 
*  Earn free continuing education credits;
* Scout out the latest safety gear and services. 

Admission is FREE! Visit www.ohiosafetycongress.com for details.

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of Americans, taking more than 600,000 lives
every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Sometimes, family history and other health problems can play a role in heart disease, But in many instances, with lifestyle adjustments, we can control the risk factors.
  • Healthy diet can bring down blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and even reverse the progression of diabetes
  • Limiting alcohol intake can help keep blood pressure and triglyceride levels in check
  • Quitting smoking can help most of your body parts, not the least of which your heart
  • Regular physical activity can help curb obesity and improve heart health

Having Life-saving Skills is an Amazing Thing. 

Even in our health-conscious society, 790,000 Americans suffer heart attacks and more than 300,000 suffer sudden cardiac arrest each year, according to the CDC. Both can be fatal, but sudden cardiac arrest can happen with no warning and survival rate outside of a hospital setting is only 1% to 5%.

The chance of survival increases significantly, however, if the victim can be treated immediately with an automatic external defibrillator (AED). With about 400 workplace deaths from cardiac arrest reported to OSHA each year, having AEDs in the workplace and employees who know how to use them is a gamechanger.

Prepare Today to Save a Life Tomorrow. 

In addition to heart attacks and cardiac arrest, employees may be confronted with many types of medical emergencies, including:
  • Bleeding, burns and other trauma
  • Drug overdose
  • Allergic reactions
  • Choking
  • Diabetic emergencies
  • Stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Seizure

Seconds can mean the difference between life and death, and preparation is key in all of these situations.
  • Know the CPR steps 
  • Make sure CPR and First Aid training is part of your safety program 
  • Be extra-aware of safety and health risks specific to your organization 

Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summary Beginning February 1

OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of  OSHA's Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between  Feb. 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA's  Recordkeeping Rule webpage  for more information on recordkeeping requirements.

OSHA Adjusts Penalty Amounts for 2018

On Jan. 2, civil penalty amounts for violations of workplace safety and health standards increased by two percent from last year. In accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015, the Department of Labor is required to adjust penalties for inflation each year. New penalties for willful and repeat violations are $129,336 per violation; serious, other-than-serious, and posting requirements are $12,934 per violation; and failure to correct violations is $12,934 for each day the condition continues.

New and Revised Fact Sheets on Silica Now Available

OSHA has released  more than a dozen fact sheets that provide guidance on the  respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. One fact sheet is an overview of the  silica standard. The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1- Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.

BWC Introduces Better You, Better Ohio! ™ 

Helping You Meet Your Health and  Wellness  Goals

The backbone of a successful business is its workers, and the backbone of Ohio is its workforce. At BWC, we take our mission to take care of Ohio's workforce seriously. 

That's why we're offering Better You, Better Ohio!™ - a program that provides health and wellness resources and services to workers who work for small employers (50 or fewer workers) in select high-risk industries. We designed Better You, Better Ohio! to help workers and their employers at no cost and through a simple, paperless process. 

Employers can reap great benefits from having a healthy workforce. Healthy employees are less prone to injury. And, when they are injured, their ability to recover is enhanced greatly. Overall, employers with a healthy workforce have lower workers' compensation and health-care costs. 

Meanwhile, workers can take steps to improve their health and wellness such as completing a health assessment and a biometric screening, digital coaching and more. As a bonus, workers can earn financial rewards by completing various steps in the program. To learn more, visit our Better You, Better Ohio! webpage.

SCSC Training/Seminar Schedule

NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in Workplace and Arc Flash Training

February 26, 2018 (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
SCSC Member Cost $20.00 (Includes lunch)

CPR, First Aid, AED and Bloodborne Pathogen Training

March 13, 2018 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

SCSC Member cost $20  (includes lunch) 
Non member cost $70.00 (includes lunch)

Upcoming BWC Class Schedule (North Canton)

339 E. Maple St., Suite 200
North Canton, OH 44720

Register at

**Free** BWC Classes at the North Canton office:

Combustible Dust Hazards: Recognition, Evaluation and Control Recommendations - February 7 - 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Safety Series Workshop Module 4 (Emergency Preparedness, Flammables & Walking Working surfaces) - February 12 - 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Noise and Hearing Conservation Half-day Workshop- February 22-   8:30 AM - 12 PM
Electrical Basics -  February 22 -  1 PM - 4:30 PM
Fall Hazards in Construction and Maintenance -  February 26 - 8:30 AM- 4:30 PM
Controlling Workers' Comp Costs - March 1 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Restaurant and Food Service Safety Workshop - March 12 - 8:30 AM to 12 PM
Tree Work Essentials: Chainsaws, Chippers and other Safety Concerns - March 15 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Awareness - 
March 20 - 8:30 AM to 12 PM 
Thermal Stress - March 20 - 1 PM to 4:30 PM
Measuring Safety Performance - March 22 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Communication - March 27 - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM


FY 18 Safety Council Rebate Program Requirements

The FY 18 Safety Council Program year began 7/1/17.   

For those members who are eligible to participate in BWC's Safety Council Rebate Program this year, the following requirements must be met between 7/1/17 and 6/30/18:
  • Enrollment with safety council by 7/31/17.
  • Attendance at 10 Safety council meetings/events. At least 8 thru the local safety council. You can get credit for up to two meetings at BWC's safety training courses or other offsite industry-specific training courses./seminars. Certificates must be submitted to safety council no later than 6/30/18.
  • CEO attendance at one safety council sponsored meeting.
  • Submit semi-annual reports for the 2017 calendar year.
Check your company's participation  here

Sally Cox | Summit County Safety Council | 330-806-1676 | summitcountysafetycouncil@gmail.com| www.thesummitcountysafetycouncil.org