June's Featured Program 

Wednesday,  June 21, 2017
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency: Release Reporting

Kurt Kollar - ER On-Scene Coordinator
Mike Eberle - Environmental Supervisor

Ohio EPA's Environmental Response (ER) Unit is a specialized group of staff stationed throughout Ohio who coordinate with first responders and other Federal, State and local responders and support entities on environmental emergencies such as train wrecks, facility malfunctions, highway crashes, fish kills, oil and gas releases, natural disasters, etc., to minimize and abate the impact these releases cause to the environment. ER is capable of responding 24 hours a day, seven days a week and responders are fully trained in the Incident Command System.

Statewide, Ohio EPA records more than 5,000 incident reports annually through calls to our emergency response spill hotline from citizens, companies, law enforcement, emergency responders and other agencies. This presentation will emphasize...
  • The organization of Ohio EPA's ER Program
  • The resources and capabilities of Ohio EPA's ER Program
  • Release reporting of a hazardous substance

Kurt Kollar has worked for the Ohio EPA's Division of Environmental Response, Investigation and Enforcement (DERIE) for 25 years with prior experience working for environmental remediation firms. Kurt has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science. His work spanned multiple disciplines within the division. Kurt is the project manager for the Formerly Utilized Sites Remediation Program
which entails the cleanup of radioactive contaminated sites associated with the country's WW II nuclear weapons development initiative. He is the agency's lead person for radiological dose assessment/plume modeling at the county Emergency Operations Center during a release from a nuclear power plant

Kurt is also a member of the State of Ohio's Radiation Assessment Team. He is trained in the National Incident Management System and is a member of the Ohio EPA's Strike Team for responding to state wide environmental emergencies.

As an On-Scene Coordinator, he investigates and coordinates the cleanup of hazardous materials and oil released into the environment. He has managed the cleanup of spills ranging from home heating oil tanks, train derailments and pipelines and chemical facilities.

Mike Eberle holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and has been employed by the Ohio EPA for over 22 years. Originally with the Division of Emergency and Remedial Response (DERR), Mike has been involved with State Lead, CERCLA and Voluntary Action Program investigations and clean-ups in addition to supervising the ER program in the Northeast District Office. Mike now supervises and coordinates the ER program in the Northern half of Ohio for the Division of Environmental Response, Investigation and Enforcement (DERIE).
 If you're not pre-paid

June's Featured Sponsor

Gregory Newsome is an OSHA 1910 Authorized Trainer who uses Neuroplasticity to educate employees in long term memory ideas. 

Gregory can be reached by e-mail at  gregory@projectsafeohio.com .

National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) has a campaign that you can participate in to celebrate this important initiative. Each week has a different emphasis.

Week 1 : Stand Up to Falls
Week 2 : Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue)
Week 3 : Prepare for Active Shooters
Week 4 : Don't Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics)

Free downloadable materials such as posters and tip sheets are available   
online  fro m NSC to help spread National Safety Month's messages.
Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Safety Council Challenge

Welty Building Company's Stand-Down 
at Akron Children's Hospital

The following SCSC Members reported Fall Prevention Training stats for the Stand-Down to Prevent Falls Safety Council Challenge. A total of 2828 employees reportedly received Fall Prevention Training during the month of May!

Akron Canton Regional Foodbank Leppo Rents
American Light Metals Liniform Servce
ASW Supply Chain Little Tikes
ATA Tools Marik Spring
Bemis Maxion Wheels
CC Supply NMG Aerospace
City of Barberton Pasadena Buiilders
City of Cuyahoga Falls Revlis Corporation
City of Macedonia SD Myers
Copley Township Steere Enterprises
County of Summit - DSSS Structural Building Systems
County of Summit - EXEC Synergy, LLC
DTJ Enterprises Tech Center
Ellet Neon Signs The Geopfert Co.
Emerald performance Materials Waltco Lift Corp
Fastenal Welty Building Company
HOC Transport Company WMK / Mobility Works
J Bowers Construction Xtreme Elements, LLC
J W Didado Electric

Cari's Safety Corner
Cari Gray
BWC Safety Consultant Specialist

Questio n:

I know there are not "standards"...but are there any recommendations concerning anti fatigue matting for an employee who stands in one area a given length of time?


There are no standards, but here are some good recommendations:
  • First, check shoe wear - always recommend tuft gum sole, and heel - both provide support and are slip and chemical resistance
  • If you have an employee standing in an area more than one hour straight, a mat or other measures should be employed.
  • Or if an employee stands 50 % of the time on a job, a sit stand should be provided (if appropriate) or a foot rails to rest lower extremities, are a good option.
  • Anti-fatigue matting should be at least 1 inch thick - with tapered edges
  • Also matting needs to be placed on a preventative maintenance program for wear and tear issues.
  • Be sure the mat is easy to clean
  • Anti-fatigue mats are engineered to make the body naturally and imperceptibly sway, which encourages subtle movement of the leg muscles. This promotes blood flow and prevents stagnation in the veins - and, incidentally, burns more calories! So, what you're looking for in a mat is one that's not so hard it discourages muscle movement, but not so springy it requires too much energy to maintain balance, creating a different kind of stress.
There are 2 key words for prolonged standing risk factors - is the type of posture and repetition being completed by the employee.

Young Worker Safety

Spring and summer are times when many young workers enter the workforce for the first time. OSHA has a website dedicated to young worker safety. The page includes a poster employers can display at their workplace, specific information for young workers, employers and parents and educators, real-life stories of injuries, information on the types of hazards at typical youth worksites and resources for more information.

Safety Standards Online

The BWC Library is often asked for information on safety standards. This  website from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) contains links to standards that have been incorporated by reference in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations and are freely available for online reading. Links are provided to standards on the ANSI website as well as those hosted by other standard development organizations.

Silica Exposure Rule Delay

OSHA delayed the implementation of the Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica until Sept. 23, 2017. The rule was to take effect in June 2017 for the construction industry. More information about this new rule is found on the 

Upcoming BWC Class Schedule (North Canton)

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

Register at

  • Safety Series Workshop Module 6 - June 13 AM
  • Thermal Stress - June 13 PM
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Refresher - June 13
  • Electrical Hazard Recognition and Abatement - June 19-22
  • Measuring Safety Performance - June 28

Upcoming SCSC Class Schedule

First Aid, CPR, AED, Bloodborne Pathogen Training

August 24, 2017

6 hour class at Tangier's
Instructed by John Shull of Shull Medical Educators 
(ASHI Certified)

FY 17 Safety Council Rebate Program Requirements

The FY 17 Safety Council Program Year ends 6/30/17. Check your company's participation here

For those members who are eligible to participate in BWC's Safety Council Rebate Program this year, the following requirements must be met between 7/1/16 and 6/30/17:
  • Enrollment with safety council by 7/31/16.
  • 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 6/30/17.
  • CEO attendance at one safety council sponsored meeting.
  • Submit semi-annual reports for the 2016 calendar year.

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