January's Featured Program 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Fighting the Opiate Epidemic

Doug Smith, MD ~ Medical Director/CCO
County of Summit ADM Board

The abuse of opiates, including certain prescription drugs and heroin, has reached epidemic proportions throughout Ohio. This significant public health problem has resulted in a dramatic rise in accidental deaths and immeasurable heartache. Dr. Smith's presentation will highlight:
  • The scope of the problem in Ohio and Summit County
  • Addiction as a disease
  • What Summit County is doing about the epidemic
Dr. Doug Smith completed his Medical Degree at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine and his Internship and Residency in General Psychiatry at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as the Outpatient Chief Resident in his final year. He then completed a Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry through a combined program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. For over 10 years he served in the role of Medical Director for 3 Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare inpatient and 3 outpatient sites until 4/30/12. Most recently, since 5/1/12, he has served as the Medical Director for the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services Board.

If you're not pre-paid

Thank You on Behalf of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

Congratulations and thank you SCSC Members on another successful food/funds drive!

November:  $287.00 in Cash and 539 pounds

December:  $1059.00 in cash and gift card and 161 pounds

Total Meals:  5,967

Our next food/funds drive will be held during our regular safety council meeting in July.

Cari's Safety Corner
Cari Gray
 BWC Safety Consultant Specialist

Question:  So, you want to grow out your beard, but wear a tight-fitting respirator at work?

Answer:  Ensuring the respirator seal is a vital part of respiratory protection practices. Facial hair that lies
along the sealing area of a respirator, such as beards, sideburns, or some mustaches, will interfere with  respirators that rely on a tight face piece seal to achieve maximum protection. Facial hair is a common
reason that someone cannot be fit tested.

The reason for this is simple - gases, vapors, and particles in the air will take the path of least resistance  and bypass the part of the respirator that captures or filters hazards out. So then, why can't facial hair act  as a crude filter to capture particles that pass between the respirator sealing area and the skin?  While  human hair appears to be very thin to the naked eye, hair is much larger in size than the particles inhaled.  Facial hair is just not dense enough and the individual hairs are too large to capture particles like an air  filter does; nor will a beard trap gases and vapors like the carbon bed in a respirator cartridge.  Therefore,  the vast majority of particles, gases, and vapors follow the air stream right through the facial hair and into  respiratory tract of the wearer. In fact, some studies have shown that even a day or two of stubble can  begin to reduce protection. Research tells us that the presence of facial hair under the sealing surface  causes 20 to 1000 times more leakage compared to clean-shaven individuals.

The Respiratory Protection standard, paragraph 29 CFR 1910.134(g)(1)(i)(A), states that respirators shall  not be worn when facial hair comes between the sealing surface of the face piece and the face or that  interferes with valve function. Facial hair is allowed as long as it does not protrude under the respirator  seal, or extend far enough to interfere with the devices valve function. Short mustaches, sideburns, and  small goatees that are neatly trimmed so that no hair compromises the seal of the respirator usually do  not present a hazard and, therefore, do not violate paragraph 1910.134(g)(1)(i).

Winter Is Here: Be Prepared to Protect Workers from Weather-Related Hazards

As outdoor temperatures drop and winter storms approach, employers should take measures to keep their employees safe. OSHA's  Winter Weather webpage provides information on protecting employees from hazards while working outside during  severe cold and snow storms. This guidance includes information on staying safe while   clearing heavy snow from walkways and rooftops.

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo 2018 (OSC18) registration opened Jan. 3 

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.

Tech Bulletin: Universal Wastes - Ohio Rule Change
The Ohio EPA has a gift for you this season. Yes, you read that right. Their new rule adopted December 8, 2017, and effective December 21, 2017, adds three waste types to the universal waste list. Unlike many new regulations that require more paperwork and hoops to jump through, their gift this year is less burden for universal wastes.  Allowing these items to be classified as universal wastes should simplify the management of hazardous waste for your company.

We Wish You a healthy New Year

Does Your Wellness Program Need a Facelift? 

With employee participation, wellness programs can mean lower healthcare costs, higher productivity and reduced absenteeism. Most larger companies today have some form of wellness program for employees. But if it's been a while since a program was implemented, it may need a facelift. You don't need to have an on-site fitness center, but elements of a successful program should include:
  • Biometric screening
  • Health education 
  • Access to fitness classes 
  • Tobacco-free campus Drug rehabilitation programs 
  • Basic financial education 
  • Incentives and healthy challenges 
  • Available healthy food 
Trends in wellness also are leaning toward flexible work schedules and work-from-home policies. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers this comprehensive guide to workplace health programs.

NIOSH Blog Posts on Musculoskeletal Health Research 

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Musculoskeletal Health Cross-Sector program published three blogs in a series to highlight musculoskeletal health research at NIOSH. The first blog post highlighted the history of Ergonomics Research at NIOSH. The second post discussed research on Temporary Retail Workers. The final post covered research on Couriers, Messengers and Baggage Handlers

For more articles such as this, click here for BWC's Monthly Safety Update

SCSC Training/Seminar Schedule

CPR, First Aid, AED and Bloodborne Pathogen Training

January 23, 2018 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

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

EPA Seminar

January 30, 2018 (8:00 AM to 11:30 AM)
Free (includes breakfast)

Details and registration here

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:

Accident Analysis Half-day Workshop- Jan 30  -  8:30 AM - 12PM
OSHA Recordkeeping Half-day Workshop - Jan 30 - 1PM - 4:30PM
Combustible Dust Hazards: Recognition, Evaluation and Control Recommendations - February 7 - 8:30AM- 4:30PM
Safety Series Workshop Module 4 (Emergency Preparedness, Flammables & Walking Working surfaces)- February 12 - 1PM - 4:30PM
Noise and Hearing Conservation Half-day Workshop- February 22-   8:30 AM - 12PM
Electrical Basics -  February 22 - 1PM - 4:30PM
Fall Hazards in Construction and Maintenance -  February 26 - 8:30AM- 4:30PM


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