Hancock County Safety Council

The Hancock County Safety Council is partially funded through the Ohio Department of Safety and Hygiene and holds regular meetings to increase awareness of a safe environment in the workplace. The Council meets the first Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m at Owens Community College, FCE 111 (unless noted). Lunch is $18 per person.

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2014 Dates
April 10 - Workplace Violence and Mental Health Roundtable Discussion (Meeting will be held at Drury Inn & Suites)
May 15 -Safety Council Awards Banquet (Meeting will be held at Findlay Country Club)
June 5 - OSHA Recordability/Recordkeeping
August 7 - Industrial Gas Monitoring
September 4 - Emergency Preparedness
October 2 - CEO Event - Legal Update
November 13 - Industrial Commissioned Hearing Officer
December 4 - OSHA Regulations

Here's what people are saying: 

  • I really enjoy the interactive programs.
  • They continue to do a great job in scheduling relative topics.
  • Outside speakers have been very informative.
  • It is a well run program that provides ideas, and professional contacts with fellow safety professional.
  • Hancock County Safety Council does an awesome job and I look forward to attending the meetings.
  • Hancock County’s safety council program meetings are managed by dedicated individuals who have a passion for safety. I applaud these individuals who are "as busy" as everyone else, yet they DO take the time to plan and prepare for topics of interest for an audience that comes from a wide variety of businesses and needs. This mention is not a recommendation for improvement-- I just wanted to take time to mention these folks who sign up for an entire year of "extra work" and I thank them.
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Rebate Fact Sheet
Rebate Flyer
"A Billion Back" Program

Ohio Safety Council Program to Expand

(COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 31, 2011) – Stephen Buehrer, Administrator/CEO of the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), has announced the continuation and expansion of the Safety Council Rebate Incentive Program, which allows employers to earn rebates on their workers’ compensation premiums for participating in their local safety council and reducing workplace injuries.

The incentive program, which was due to expire soon, allows participating employers to receive a 2 percent rebate for attending a specific number of safety council programs, and an additional 2 percent for demonstrating a reduction in the frequency and/or severity of workplace incidents. Under Buehrer’s proposal, the program will not only continue, but also will be expanded to allow group-rated employers to participate in safety councils and earn a 2 percent performance rebate for demonstrating improvements in workplace safety. This would be in addition to receiving their group rating discount.

“We know that those employers who are most active in taking control of their safety programs are the most successful in preventing claims and managing workers’ compensation costs,”

Buehrer told 1,400 employers and workplace safety professionals attending yesterday’s general session of BWC’s 81st Annual Safety Congress & Expo. “I believe good safety programming ought to be good for all employers across the state.”

Buehrer noted the savings potential is significant, providing an additional opportunity to reduce overall premium costs for nearly 100,000 Ohio employers allowing them to direct those resources into business growth and job creation. He also stated that he will soon present the proposal to the BWC Board of Directors for their advice and consent.

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors more than 80 safety councils across the state that are organized by local safety-minded groups to inform participants of new safety techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education.

BWC is a non general-revenue fund state agency that provides workers’ compensation insurance for 230,000 Ohio employers and covers approximately two-thirds of Ohio’s workforce. With approximately $2.1 billion in annual premium and assessment income, BWC is the largest state-fund system in the United States and one of the top 10 underwriters of workers’ compensation insurance in the nation.

Ohio Employers Receive $9 Million + In Safety Rebates
Hancock County Safety Council Earns $39,052.90

(FINDLAY, Ohio, October 8, 2010)—Hancock County area businesses are among the thousands of Ohio employers that shared more than $9 million  in savings through the recent Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Safety Council Discount Program. Locally, over $39,052 was reinvested into the business community by those earning a “Performance Bonus” through the Hancock County Safety Council, a division of The Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce. This bonus is given to those Safety Council employers that reduce either frequency or severity of claims by 10-percent or more below the previous year, or that maintain both frequency and severity at zero.
The BWC’s Division of Safety and Hygiene sponsors 80 statewide safety councils which inform participants of new safety techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education.

Eligible employers participating in BWC’s Safety Council Discount Program can earn a two-percent premium discount. An additional two-percent performance bonus is available for employers that reduce either frequency or severity of claims by 10-percent or more below the previous year, or that maintain both frequency and severity at zero.

For more information about this or any other Chamber programs, contact Findlay•Hancock County Chamber of Commerce at 419-422-3313 or visit www.findlayhancockalliance.com.

Workplace Safety Web Courses

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene is dedicated to meeting customers’ needs for occupational safety and health training. The division’s training center offers many resources, including *Web-based training classes.

Employees can learn in their own work environment at their own pace,
choosing a window of learning time when work is not adversely affected. This reduces travel time to zero, and saves travel expenses and time away from the job.

Click here to download flyer and learn about course information.

Safety Leader's Discussion Guide

Annually, the Division of Safety & Hygiene publishes the Safety Leader's Discussion Guide. The monthly articles are written in a style that encourages participation and interaction and includes lists of additional resources. For the first time this year, DSH accepted submissions from the public and staff to create the guide.

Monthly 2009 Discussion Guide topics include: job safety analysis, computer workstation ergonomics training, traffic control/flaggers, hand tool safety, safety on the road, preventing cuts and lacerations, combustible dust in the workplace, crisis plans for schools, asbestos awareness, protecting older workers, and safety management systems.

Employers can click here to download an electronic copy or request a hard copy. Copies can also be requested by calling 1-800-OHIOBWC (644-6292) and press 0212 for the safety services customer service line.




In addition to traditional occupational safety and health courses, BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH) offers a variety of specialty courses to meet the unique needs of Ohio's workforce, including:
Attendance at a DSH course qualifies for one safety council discount program external training credit with submission of a certificate of completion to your safety council.

These courses are offered at no additional cost to Ohio employers. Click on each specialty course and follow the instructions on the attached flyers to register today!