December's Featured Program 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:30 AM

This month bring a guest for free with every paid attendee!

Brad Hurtig

Inspiring Safer Workplaces

Presentation Overview: (from Brad)

Most everyone agrees that safety is important. After working a full day, everyone wants to go home safe. Even though there might be times where some of us feel safety can be annoying and frustrating. Having to do things in specific ways while safe procedures add extra steps and processes to a project. But I can tell you from first-hand experience that safety doesn't hurt, accidents do.

  •  I'll be sharing the events of my accident: How/why it  happened
  • The things I've learned from my accident: Safety equipment  can  fail  you, Take Time To Think, Communicate
  •  Finding A Way: Life can knock us down. How will you  respond?

Through personal stories, I will illustrate that we must Adapt and Persevere.

Brad Hurtig grew up as a typical student-athlete in a small town in Northwest Ohio. Only days after finishing his sophomore year of high school, a devastating workplace related accident resulted in the amputation of both of Brad's hands. Through hard work and determination, Brad soon rejoined his high school football team. His senior year, Brad led his team with 111 tackles and earned all-state honors -  all while playing with no hands. Now Brad is taking his powerful message of workplace safety to businesses and organizations across the country.

If you're not pre-paid

Thank You To This Month's Sponsor

Improving America's health, one patient at a time.

2017 Holiday Food and Funds Drive Continues

Last month's donations totaled $287.00 and 539 lbs. of food - equivalent to 1148 meals! Thank you for your generosity!

Non perishable food items and monetary donations (make checks payable to Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank) will be collected again this month. Every $1 donated equals 4 meals and every 1.2 lbs. of food donated equals 1 meal.  

All donors will be entered into this month's giveaway drawing!

And don't miss the chance to win that brand new Coach Purse modeled at last month's safety council meeting.Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25. One lucky winner will take home this $500.00 purse!  All proceeds to go to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. 

Special thanks to Valerie Craddock of J. Craddock Construction for donating the purse for this very worthy cause!

Cari's Safety Corner
Cari Gray
 BWC Safety Consultant Specialist

Q:  The cold season is around the corner - should we be concerned with carbon monoxide?

A:  Carbon monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless, toxic gas which interferes with the oxygen-carrying
capacity of blood. CO is non-irritating and can overcome persons without warning. Many people die from CO poisoning, usually while using gasoline powered tools and generators in buildings or semi-enclosed spaces without adequate ventilation. 

Effects of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
  • Severe carbon monoxide poisoning causes neurological damage, illness, coma and death
Symptoms of CO exposure
  • Headaches, dizziness and drowsiness
  • Nausea, vomiting, tightness across the chest
Some Sources of Exposure
  • Portable generators/generators in buildings
  • Concrete cutting saws, compressors
  • Power trowels, floor buffers, space heaters
  • Welding, gasoline powered pumps
Preventing CO Exposure
  • Never use a generator indoors or in enclosed or partially enclosed       spaces such as garages, crawl spaces, and basements. Opening windows and doors in  an enclosed space may prevent CO buildup.
  • Make sure the generator has 3-4 feet of clear space on all sides and above it  to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Do not use a generator outdoors if placed near doors, windows or  vents   which could allow CO to enter and build up in occupied spaces.
  • When using space heaters and stoves ensure that they are in good working order to reduce CO buildup, and never use in enclosed spaces or indoors.
  • Consider using tools powered by electricity or compressed air, if available.
  • If you experience symptoms of CO poisoning get to fresh air right away and  seek immediate medical attention.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has a website for fire safety in the winter. Fire safety is an issue especially around winter holidays. Candles, holiday decorations, winter greens and fireplaces all pose a fire risk. The NFPA Winter Holiday website contains data on the fire risks this time of year as well as safety tips, videos and children's activities all designed to keep you safe during winter. This website from the U.S. Fire Administration contains additional holiday fire safety information.

Prevent the spread of seasonal flu

OSHA's  Seasonal Flu webpage offers information about how to reduce the spread of the flu in workplaces. It provides information on basic precautions that should be used by  employers and  workers in all workplaces, such as frequent hand washing and covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue. OSHA provides additional precautions that should be used in healthcare settings, such as strictly following infection control practices; using gloves, gowns, and other protective equipment to reduce exposures; and encouraging sick workers to stay home.

Grants for Ohio Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities  

BWC is now accepting applications for the Employers Working with Persons with Developmental Disabilities (EWPDD) Grant Program. The EWPDD grant can provide up to $20,000 at a match of 5-to-1 to state-fund private or public employer taxing districts that work with children and/or adults with developmental disabilities. The 5-to-1 matching grant can help employers purchase approved equipment/items. If they prefer, employers can apply for a grant of up to $20,000 without a match for nonviolent de-escalation and/or trauma-informed-care training and nonviolent de-escalation and/or trauma-informed-care-training certification.

December 1, 2017 Deadline To Report 2016 OSHA 300A Information Has Been Extended To December 15, 2017
Published on November 24, 2017:
The reason for this extension is that the database was down for 2 weeks in August and this complies with the 4 month reporting window from when the database was made available.
Additionally in the document  -  OSHA intends to issue a separate proposal to reconsider, revise, or remove other provisions of the prior final rule and to seek comment on those provisions in that separate proposal. The separate rulemaking will afford OSHA the time necessary to give full reconsideration to substantive issues concerning the May 6, 2016, final rule.

Beards and Respirators 

Did you grow a beard or mustache in November for any one of the awareness campaigns raising money for charity? If so, this blog post from NIOSH might help you determine which style to wear to still comply with requirements for tight-fitting respirators at work. The post has a chart of facial hair styles and notes as to which ones are likely to give you an appropriate seal. Pencil thin mustaches are in and mutton chops are out!

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)

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

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

Safety Series Workshop Module 3 (PPE, Haz Com, BBP) - December 11 PM
Effective Safety Teams  -  December 14
Accident Analysis Half-day Workshop - January 30 AM
OSHA Recordkeeping Half-day Workshop - January 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 ||