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Darke County Safety Council
SAFETY COUNCIL STEERING COMMITTEE
Kent Myers, Brumbaugh Construction Inc., Chairman
Jeff Francis, Phelan Insurance Agency, Vice Chairman
Sharon Deschambeau, Secretary / Treasurer & Safety Council Manager, Darke County Chamber
Shelly Acker, Wayne HealthCare, Member
Bob Heater, Safety 4U, LLC, Member
Todd Kindle, BASF, Member
Jerry McEldowney, Midmark Corporation, Member
Sandy Peters, H&M Precision Concrete LLC, Member
Shawn Sachs, The Andersons, Member
Susan Shamis, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Liaison
Since 1994 the Darke County Safety Council has been co-sponsored by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene. Thousands of Ohio employers find value and worker’s compensation premium savings by actively participating in one of Ohio’s 82 BWC sponsored safety councils.
A company has a potential to earn a 2% rebate when you become an active member of the Safety Council and a potential to earn an additional 2% by reducing either the severity or the frequency of injuries by 10%, or by remaining at zero. The Darke County Safety Council helps you to learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace, teaches you to better manage your workers’ compensation program, enables you to network with other area employers, and shows you how to access useful, money-saving workers’ compensation and risk management information.
Join the Darke County Safety Council by July 31st of each year, attend 10 safety council meetings or BWC sponsored events, send a qualified senior-level manager to a safety council sponsored meeting, and submit semiannual workplace accident reports for the calendar year to be eligible for potential rebates. Membership in the Darke County Safety Council will enable a business to take advantage of savings by eliminating or reducing workplace injuries and illnesses.
Membership is open to all companies in Ohio regardless of Chamber membership status. Companies must have a BWC policy number and have active BWC coverage status. There is a $100.00 annual membership fee. Safety Council meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Brethren Retirement Community. The meetings include a lunch buffet and a safety/health related topic and speaker. For more information about Ohio safety councils, visit Ohio BWC Safety Services, Training Services and Safety Councils, or call 1-800-644-6292.
Council Members Receive Safety Awards
The Darke County Safety Council recognized companies for their excellence in safety at the Thursday, March 23, 2017, monthly meeting. Michelle Francisco, Safety Council Program Manager, Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC), Division of Safety and Hygiene, was in attendance to present the annual awards. The safety awards are based on the individual company’s semi-annual report data submitted for the period of January through December 2016. The companies were recognized for their achievements with certificates from the BWC in four different categories. Thirty-nine Darke County Safety Council members received safety awards.
Special Awards - to each employer that accumulated at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work;
Achievement Awards - to each employer that decreased its incident rate by at least 25% from the previous year;
100% Awards - to each employer that worked the entire calendar year without an injury or illness resulting in a day away from work;
Group Awards - to the employer with the lowest incident rate in each group.
Excellence in Safety award recipients were A.L. Smith Trucking, Inc., Bob Drees Construction, Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Classic Warehousing, Comprehensive Health Network, Craft Tire, Inc., Crop Production Services, Darke County Chamber of Commerce, Dick Lavy Trucking, Inc., Greenville City Schools, Greenville Federal, Greenville Technology, Inc., H & M Precision Concrete, LLC, Harold J. Pohl, Inc., Hobbs Trucking, Inc., J & A Construction, Inc., JAFE Decorating Inc., Keller Grain & Feed, Inc., King’s Command Foods, LLC, Ludy Greenhouse Mfg. Corp., Mideast Machinery Movers Inc., Midmark Corporation, Neff Motivation, Inc., Norcold, Inc., Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc., Pohl Transportation, Inc., PolyOne Designed Structures & Solutions, Production Paint Finishers, Inc., Rebsco, Inc., Recovery & Wellness Centers Midwest Ohio, Rest Haven Nursing Home, Rowland Truck & Equipment, Inc., Staffmark Investment LLC, Stateline Power Corp., The Andersons Marathon Ethanol, LLC, Trans Alliance, LLC, Versailles Health Care Center, Village of Union City, and YMCA of Darke County.
In 2016 Ohio employers shared more than $9.5 million in Participation and Performance Bonus safety rebates. The Darke County Safety Council member companies received $14,821.00 representing a 2% performance bonus safety rebate. To earn a performance bonus, employers must reduce either the severity or frequency of injuries in their workplace by 10% or remain at zero. Safety Council member businesses receiving a rebate were A.L. Smith Trucking, Inc., Bob Drees Construction, Inc., Brumbaugh Construction Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Inc., Continental Carbonic Products Inc., Darke County Chamber of Commerce, Integrity Ambulance Service LLC, J&A Construction Inc., Keller Grain & Feed, Inc., King's Command Foods, LLC, Kremer Roofing Inc., Ludy Greenhouse Mfg. Corp., Mideast Machinery Movers Inc., Neff Motivation, Inc., Phelan Insurance Agency, Inc., Rebsco, Inc., Recovery & Wellness Centers of Midwest Ohio, Rest Haven Nursing Home, Stateline Power Corp., Troy Sunshade Corp., and Village of Union City.
The Safety Council member companies receiving $31,547.59 in a 2% participation rebate were Continental Carbonic Products, Inc., Craft Tire, Inc., Darke County, Dick Lavy Trucking, Inc., Greenville City Schools, Greenville Township Emergency Services, H&M Precision Concrete, LLC, Integrity Ambulance Service, LLC, Ramco Electric Motors, Rowland Truck & Equipment, Inc., Trans Alliance, LLC, Wayne HealthCare, and Western Ohio Therapy Associates.
Safety Council Featured Programs
Dr. Julia Bowlin (pictured), M.D., LLC, Personal Awareness Medicine (PAWAR), spoke to the Darke County Safety Council on January 26, 2017, on the topic of "Excelling At Your Career Without Undermining Your Health: Leading A Balanced Life". Mental, physical, and emotional fatigue is a huge risk in the everyday work place. Safety and success in the workplace encompasses more than just preventing accidents on the job, it requires education, insight, and the acknowledgement of needed change. Dr. Julia Bowlin reviewed how mental, physical, and emotional life balance is possible with just some common sense Personal Awareness Medicine™ changes.
"Breath Of Fresh Air: Environmental Factors and Lung Disease" was presented during the Darke County Safety Council Meeting on October 27, 2016, by Shelly Acker, Director of Cardiopulmonary, Wayne HealthCare and representatives of BASF. Shelly shared safety information gathered in her 30 years experience in the field of respiratory therapy and BASF employees gave a comprehensive overview of equipment used at their facility. Pictured (left to right) are Todd Kindle, EHS Specialist III, BASF, Sharon Deschambeau, Chamber President and Safety Council Manager, Kathy Hiatt, Learning & Development Coordinator, BASF; Terry Brewer, Emergency Response Leader Trainer, BASF, Kent Myers, Brumbaugh Construction, Steering Committee Chairman, and Shelly Acker, Wayne HealthCare and Safety Council Steering Committee Member.
Jerry McEldowney (pictured), Environmental, Health and Safety Manager, Midmark Corporation speaks to the Darke County Safety Council on Thursday, August 26, 2016. His topic was "Behavioral Based Safety: Are You Ready To Assist?"
During the March 23, 2017, Darke County Safety Council meeting Jordan Francis, Wellness Coordinator, Wayne HealthCare, presented "Hit Your Stride: Move It!" During the meeting Safety Council members were presented "Excellence in Safety" awards by representatives of the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Division of Safety and Hygiene and Safety Council Steering Committee members. Pictured, left to right, Sandy Peters, H&M Precision Concrete, Steering Committee Member, Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager, Susan Shamis, BWC Industrial Safety Consultant Specialist and Safety Council Liaison, Jordan Francis, Sharon Deschambeau, Safety Council Manager, Darke County Chamber, Kory Bakenhster, BWC Fellow, Mark Leung, BWC Fellow, Shawn Sachs, The Andersons, Steering Committee Member, and Bob Heater, Safety 4U, Steering Committee Member