July's Featured Program 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 11:30 AM - Tangier's

Keeping Up With OSHA: Hot Topics and Changes

Howard Eberts

Cleveland Area OSHA

Join us as we welcome back Howie for a human view of how and why OSHA does what it does! Howie's presentation will cover:

  • OSHA inspection statistics and results
  • Recent significant OSHA enforcement actions
  • Results from a study of OSHA fatality inspections
  • OSHA's enforcement plans and initiatives for the upcoming year

Howie's Bio


University of Notre Dame
Bachelor of Science (Biology) - 1987


Started with OSHA as a Compliance Officer (Industrial Hygienist) in the Columbus Area Office in 1988.  

Worked in the Chicago Regional Office from 2001-2006 as Assistant Regional Administrator for Cooperative and State Programs.  Responsibilities as Assistant Regional Administrator included overseeing Region V's (six states) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP), State and Consultation Programs, Training, Grant Programs, Emergency Preparedness and Response Program, and Compliance Assistance Activities, including Partnerships and Alliances.

Returned to the Columbus Area Office in 2006 and served as the Compliance Assistance Specialist for the office until 2010.

Moved to the Cleveland Area Office as the Area Director in January, 2011.


Currently oversee the Cleveland Area Office, an OSHA enforcement office with 28 people, including 18 Compliance Officers and two Whistleblower Investigators. The Cleveland Area Office is one of four OSHA Area Offices in Ohio, with Toledo, Columbus, and Cincinnati, and it covers twelve counties in the northeast corner of the State.

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Cari's Safety Corner     
Cari Gray 
 Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist (BWC)
Q:  Could you briefly review storage for compressed gas cylinders?

A:  Yes; according to the OSHA Regulations and Ohio Administrative  Codes:

Oxygen cylinders in storage should be separated from fuel-gas  cylinders and/or combustible material (especially oil or grease) a  minimum distance of 20 feet or by a non-combustible barrier at least 5  feet high having a fire resistance rating of at least 1/2 hour OAC  4123:1-5-16-(E)(2)(b)(i) / OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253(b)(2)(ii);(4)(iii) 

When not in use, cylinders should be protected from any excessive
heat radiating objects or open flame OAC 4123:1-5-16(E)(2)(b)(ii) /  OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253(b)(2)(i)

Close valves on oxygen and acetylene cylinders and bleed off hose
pressure after use to prevent damage to regulators and gauges OAC
4123:1-5-16(E)(2)(d) / OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253(b)(5)(ii)(G)

Provide facilities for securely fastening cylinders of compressed gas
in an upright position, such as ropes, chains, etc OAC 4123:1-5-
16(E)(2)(f) / OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253 (b)(2)(ii); (3)(ii); (5)(iii)(A)

Replace the valve protection cap when a cylinder is not connected for use OAC 4123:1-5- 16(E)(2)(c)(ii) / OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253(b)(2)(iv)

Provide check valves and/or flashback arresters on the oxygen and acetylene hoses OSHA  29 CFR 1910.253(e)(3)(ii)(A),(B) & (C)

Except for cylinders that are in use, you should limit the total gas capacity to 2000 cubic feet  or 300 pounds of liquefied petroleum gas OSHA 29 CFR 1910.253(b)(3)

CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard

Worksite health is becoming a key focus for employers and health systems with many advantages that  include healthier employees, reduced health care costs and a decrease in worksite absenteeism. 

The  Employers for Health Consortium of Akron, a group of forward thinking Akron-area employers and  healthcare organizations, is asking each employer of Akron to complete the CDC Worksite Health  ScoreCard for their organization. The CDC Worksite Health ScoreCard is a 
free tool designed to help 
employers assess and improve their evidence-based worksite health promotion programs 
within their
organization. The ScoreCard is user friendly and can be completed in approximately an hour.  Please see the attached  brochure for more information.

Small employers can improve your score by using BWC's Better You, Better Ohio!™ - a program designed to provide health and wellness resources and services to workers who work for small employers (50 or fewer workers) in high-risk industries*. Better You, Better Ohio! is designed to help both, workers and their employers at no cost and through a simple, paperless process. 

This program is managed by ActiveHealth Management and all you have to do is promote it to your employees. Then, it's up to them to enroll. What could be simpler? 
To learn more about Better You, Better Ohio!, join us for a brief (approx. 15 minutes) BWC presentation immediately following this month's safety council meeting.

How it helps employers 

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. 

How it helps Ohio's workforce 

Better You, Better Ohio! gives workers a wealth of resources to help them take ownership of their health and well-being. They can proactively pursue a healthier lifestyle through free offerings that include: 

  • Health and wellness awareness, education and training; 
  • Health assessments and biometric screenings for better understanding of their health and well-being; 
  • A member engagement website that allows them to develop health plans and track their progress to achieve their goals; 
  • A state-of-the art mobile app for creating weekly action plans and getting health tips;
  • Digital coaching to help them on their journey to better health.

Be Your Own Guardian Angel

Check out this new safety campaign for all Ohioans - 

BWC's new focus on safe at home and safe at work.  


Focus on heat stress prevention  - https://www.osha.gov/heat/

SCSC Training/Seminar Schedule

CPR, First Aid, AED and Bloodborne Pathogen Training

August 21, 2018 (9:00 AM to 3:00 PM)

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

Help! My Confined Space Program Needs Work!

September 11, 2018 (8:30 AM to noon)

SCSC Member cost free (includes breakfast)
Non-member cost $15.00 (includes breakfast)

Healthy Backs and Bodies for the Industrial Athlete

October 16, 2018 (8:00 AM to Noon) (Rescheduled from 6/12/18)
Cost $10.00 (Includes breakfast)

Details and registration here

Above classes qualify as regular meeting credit and/or CEO attendance credit for the Safety Council Rebate Program.


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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:

Behavior-based Safety Systems Half-day Workshop - Aug 2 - 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Bloodborne Pathogens - August 2 - 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Personal Protective Equipment Selection Criteria - August 8 - 8:30 AM - 
12:00 PM
Job Safety Analysis - August 13- 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Lockout/Tagout and Safety-related Work Practices - August 28  - 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Machine Guarding Basics - August 28   - 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
**Free** BWC Classes at the Cambridge office:

First Aid in the Workplace - July 25
Ergonomics: Basic Principles - August 2

FY 19 Safety Council Rebate Program Requirements

The FY 19 Safety Council Program year began 7/1/18. 

For those members who are eligible to participate in BWC's Safety Council Rebate Program this year, the following requirements must be met between 7/1/18 and 6/30/19:
  • Enrollment with safety council by 7/31/18.
  • 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 6/30/19. Online courses do not qualify.
  • CEO attendance at one safety council sponsored meeting.
  • Submit semi-annual reports for the 2018 calendar year.
Check your company's participation  here

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.

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