About Us

The Ottawa County Safety Council was formed in 2007 with one goal – to increase safety awareness in the community. Our Vision is to provide valuable safety information to members and the community, in an effort to prevent accidents in the workplace. BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors 83 safety councils across the state, including Ottawa County. The Ottawa County Safety Council is sponsored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. We provide our business community with quality programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education and information. We keep our members informed about new techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of additional services.

  • Learn techniques for increasing safety in your workplace.
  • Learn how to better manage your workers’ compensation program.
  • Network with other employers in your community.
  • Access useful, money-saving workers’ comp and risk management information.
  • Save money on your workers comp premium.

Our Members

200th RED HORSE SQUADRON

A. T. Emmett

ADfilm/ACPO

Alpha Coatings

Bassett’s Hardware & City Market

Bay Point Resort & Marina

C Nelson Manufacturing

Catawba Island Marina

City of Port Clinton

D & G Focht Construction

Danbury Local Schools

Danbury Township

DeAngelo Brothers, LLC

Fenner Dunlop

Genoa Area Local Schools

Graymont Dolime, Inc.

J Williams Concrete

Jeff Kuras Excavating, LLC

Joyful Connections

Ken Gill Construction

Machining Technologies, Inc.

Magruder Hospital

Materion Brush, Inc.

Mavin Investors

Mid-County Join Ambulance District

Mike-Tell-Char, Inc.

Northern Manufacturing

Oak Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce

Ohler & Holzhauer

Ottawa County

Ottawa Co. Improvement Corp.

Otterbein North Shore

Port Clinton Area Chamber of Commerce

Port Clinton Manufacturing

Portage Fire District

Rhetech Colors

Riverside Machine & Automation

Riverview Industries

Signature Label

Terra State Community College

The Chipmatic Company

Tiger Material Handling

Village of Genoa

Village of Marblehead

Village of Oak Harbor

Village of Put-in-Bay

Next Meeting

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
11:00 a.m.
Brunner Campus (Genoa)

Deck the Halls with Safety

Speaker:
Safety Council Steering Committee

  • Members will be sorted into groups for a roundtable discussion pertaining to a safety-related topic
  • Each topic will be presented by a steering committee member

Cost:

Members of safety council – free
Non-members – $10.00 per person

Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of every month, normally during lunchtime. The location is held at Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Port Clinton.

A program related to safety (i.e. Claim Management; Health & Wellness; Construction, Fire, & Water safety, etc.) is presented at each meeting. A member or guest is allowed time at the beginning of the meeting for a “Company Spotlight” to educate members about a new product or service that they provide for the safety industry. Time is provided before and after the program to network with other safety representatives.

Meeting Agenda:

11:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. Registration/Networking/Lunch
11:30 A.M. – 12:15 P.M. Speaker/Presentation
12:15 P.M. – 12:30 P.M. Networking

FY19 Meeting Schedule
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
(A qualified senior-level manager/director/executive of the company.)
(Individual who handles safety council reporting and attends regular monthly meetings.)
Annual Membership Dues: $150.00
(e.g. Last injury date was 02/16/2011 - no injuries since then)
(All employees - no contractors)
(e.g. 50 employees x 40 hours = 2,000 hours x 26 weeks within the 6-month period = 52,000)
(column G in OSHA 300 Log)
(column H in the OSHA 300 Log)
(column K in the OSHA 300 Log)
Ottawa County Employers earn Workplace Safety Recognition

April 17, 2019

The Ottawa County Safety Council held its annual CEO Breakfast & BWC Safety Council Awards at the Catawba Island Club on Wednesday, April 17. The guest speaker was Joe Clark, Vice President of Risk Control at Bridgestone APM. Mr. Clark presented “Violence in the Workplace” to our members and was well versed on the topic, as he develops and maintains policies and procedures to maintain a Safety Management System. There were 64 business representatives in attendance.

Thirty-one businesses received safety awards from Ohio BWC for safety council membership, calendar year 2018 semi-annual reporting, and safe business practices. The awards include a certificate and a rebate check on their workers’ compensation premiums. Awards are presented to qualifying businesses in the following categories: Group Awards, 100% Award, Achievement Award and Special Award. For information about the award categories, visit bwc.ohio.gov. The Ottawa County Safety Council is sponsored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation.

Put-in-Bay Police Department awarded $4,200 for body armor

Put-in-Bay police dispatch typically handles a high volume of calls on weekend nights.

PUT-IN-BAY – The new Ohio Law Enforcement body armor program recently gave more than $4,200 to the Put-in-Bay Police Department for the purchase of body armor for officers.

The Ohio Law Enforcement Body Armor Grant Program, which was launched by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office in August 2018, offers financial assistance to help the state’s local law enforcement agencies purchase body armor vests.

Funding for the program comes from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation through an expansion of its existing safety grants.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation already offered the safety intervention grant program to private and public employers in the state with financial assistance for the purchase of equipment that reduces or eliminates work-related injuries or other illnesses.

With the expansion of the program, a portion of the safety intervention grant program funds went to the body armor grant program.

According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, the program enables local law enforcement agencies to receive up to $40,000 per agency to purchase body armor vests with a local match of 25 percent.

With the Put-in-Bay Police Department awarded $4,263, the agency can purchase more than $5,000 in body armor vests to equip officers at cost to local taxpayers of around $1,000.

“We filled out the forms, submitted them, and received the acceptance letter fairly quickly,” Put-in-Bay Police Chief Steve Riddle said.

The department learned about the program from the Ottawa County Safety Council, according to a news release from the local organization. The Village of Put-in-Bay, along with many of the other local municipalities and other agencies in Ottawa County, are members or the safety council.

“After the Ottawa County Safety Council told us about the program and how to apply, we contacted OHLEG,” Riddle said. “The time-frame is about one month.”

While the body armor grant program was launched by now-Gov. Mike DeWine when he was serving as Ohio Attorney General last year, he is still supporting the program.

DeWine said in a statement the program helps Ohio’s first responders get the latest body armor, protecting them as they keep their communities safe.

Vests purchased through the program must meet the National Institute of Justice standards, and agencies must demonstrate they have a mandatory-wear policy in place for uniformed officers on duty, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

DeWine, as well as new Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation administrator/CEO Stephanie McCloud, announced an additional $500,000 being added to the existing $2 million in funding for the body armor grant program in 2019.

Eligible law enforcement agencies can apply for the program this year through June. Applications are available online at the Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway.

Ottawa County Safety Council Receives Award

Representing the Ottawa County Safety Council is Jessica Kowalski, Program & Office Coordinator for the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation.

May 7, 2018

The top 8 Ohio Safety Councils were recognized at the Safety Council Leaders Conference on May 7.

The Ottawa County Safety Council received Honorable Mention for the 2017 Safety Council of the Year!

This is the second year in a row the Safety Council has been recognized by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

The Safety Council of the Year criteria consisted of hosting special events and trainings, reporting and recordkeeping best practices, steering committee participation, active communication with members, promotion of BWC’s DSH services, and social media engagement.

The Ottawa County Safety Council promotes safety awareness in the business and industrial community. The Safety Council’s vision is to provide valuable safety information to members and the community, in an effort to prevent accidents in the workplace.

The Safety Council is sponsored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation.

2018 Tri-County Safety Day

Keynote Speaker, Brad Hurtig, shares his “Find A Way” story to nearly 100 attendees during breakfast.

May 4, 2018

The Ottawa County, Sandusky County, and Sandusky Area Safety Councils, and the Sandusky County Human Resources Management Association (SCHRMA), held their bi-annual Tri-County Safety Day at Terra State Community College on Friday, May 4th. There were 200 safety council members and area employers that attended Safety Day.

Safety Day featured a Kickoff Breakfast with a special presentation called Find A Way presented by Brad Hurtig. Brad told his story of the accident he was in during his Sophomore year of high school, which resulted in the amputation of both of his hands, and how hard work and determination lead to him rejoining his high school football team. He led his team defense his Senior year of high school. He explained the importance of safety awareness and to always observe a situation before you act on it.

Safety Day offered the opportunity for individuals to attend 20 different safety-related sessions, including Policies to Incorporate to Maintain a Drug Free Workplace, SHIELD Training, and What to do in an Emergency.

Scott Goodwin, SSOE, presents “Revitalize Your Safety Training with New Techniques and Ideas” to attendees.

Attendees met with representatives at the Interactive Safety Expo, including The Wonders of Wellness, Superheros of Safety, and Hearing Protection Lab station areas, and won door prizes. This was the 4th bi-annual Safety Day event for all three safety councils.

The Safety Day Planning Committee would like to thank the Safety Day sponsors: Ohio BWC, Ottawa County Safety Council, Sandusky Area Safety Council, Sandusky County Safety Council, SCHRMA, Terra State Community College, Wendy’s. The committee would also like to thank all of the Interactive Safety Expo vendors and the speakers for their participation during Safety Day.

Pictures from Tri-County Safety Day can be viewed on the Ottawa County and Sandusky County Safety Council’s Facebook pages.

Ottawa County Safety Council Hands Out BWC Awards

April 18, 2018

The Ottawa County Safety Council held its annual CEO Breakfast & BWC Safety Council Awards at the Catawba Island Club on Wednesday, April 18. The guest speaker was Kimberly Wickert, Director of Rehabilitation & Business Development at VocWorks. Wickert has partnered with employers to assist them in development and implementation of their disability management focusing on Alternative Return to Work Programs. Wickert gave an informational presentation on the topic “Utilizing Local Non-Profits & Alternatives for Transitional Work.” There were 60 business representatives in attendance.

Thirty-five businesses received safety awards from Ohio BWC for safety council membership, calendar year 2017 semi-annual reporting, and safe business practices. The awards include a certificate and a rebate check on their workers’ compensation premiums. Awards are presented to qualifying businesses in the following categories: Group Awards, 100% Award, Achievement Award and Special Award. For information about the award categories, visit bwc.ohio.gov.

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene recognizes the four highest performing safety councils in the state. For the second year in a row, out of 83 Ohio Safety Councils, the Ottawa County Safety Council is a finalist for the 2017 Safety Council of the Year.

The Ottawa County Safety Council is very excited to be recognized by the BWC as a top contender. The winners will be announced at the Safety Council Leaders Conference on May 7. The Ottawa County Safety Council promotes safety awareness in the business and industrial community. The Ottawa County Safety Council is sponsored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. For information about joining the Ottawa County Safety Council, contact Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242 or jkowalski@ocic.biz.

Ottawa County Safety Council Receives Honorable Mention

Representing the Ottawa County Safety Council are Julie Reynolds, Ergonomics Consultant with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and Jessica Kowalski, Program & Office Coordinator with the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation.

May 1, 2017

The top nine Ohio Safety Councils were recognized at the Safety Council Leaders Conference on May 1. Being honored for the first time in this category, the Ottawa County Safety Council received Honorable Mention for the 2016 Safety Council of the Year! The OCSC is a sponsor of the Tri-County Safety Day, which offers a number of additional seminars and trainings to benefit their members in addition to their monthly meetings. In 2016, the OCSC implemented two new programs, one to provide training grants to member companies and the other a 5K Health & Wellness Sponsorship Program. The OCSC continues to offer CPR/First Aid training, and OSHA 10-Hour and 30-Hour trainings to their members.

The Safety Council of the Year criteria consisted of hosting special events and trainings, reporting and recordkeeping best practices, steering committee participation, active communication with members, promotion of BWC’s DSH services, social media engagement, partnerships and community initiatives, and additional safety council activities.

The OCSC promotes safety awareness in the business and industrial community. The safety council’s Vision is to provide valuable safety information to members and the community, in an effort to prevent accidents in the workplace. The OCSC is sponsored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. For more information about the OCSC, please visit www.ocic.biz.

Ottawa County Employers Receive BWC Awards

April 19, 2017

The Ottawa County Safety Council held its annual CEO Breakfast & BWC Safety Council Awards at the Catawba Island Club on Wednesday, April 19th. Guest Speaker, Brian Butcher of Clemans Nelson & Associates, Inc. Mr. Butcher advises clients in human resource management, classification and compensation, labor relations, regulatory compliance, discipline, and policy development. He regularly conducts training on a variety of human resource and labor issues such as FLSA, FMLA, ADA, discriminatory harassment, leave abuse, the use of social media, and union certification/representation. During the meeting, Mr. Butcher spoke on the topic “Managing the Medicated Worker.” There were 65 business representatives in attendance.

Thirty businesses received safety awards from Ohio BWC for safety council membership, calendar year 2016 semi-annual reporting, and safe business practices. The awards include a certificate and a rebate check on their workers’ compensation premiums. Congratulations to all the members!

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene recognizes the four highest performing safety councils in the state. This year, out of 86 Ohio Safety Councils, the Ottawa County Safety Council is a finalist for the 2016 Safety Council of the Year! The OCSC is very excited to be recognized by the BWC as a top 15 contender and would like to thank all of the members for their support and participation in the OCSC. The winners will be announced at the Safety Council Leaders Conference on May 1.

The Ottawa County Safety Council promotes safety awareness in the business and industrial community. OCSC is sponsored by the Ottawa County Improvement Corporation. For information about joining the Ottawa County Safety Council, please contact Jessica Kowalski at 419-898-6242 or jkowalski@ocic.biz.

Ottawa County Safety Council members share their OSC17 experience

By Michelle Francisco, BWC Safety Council Program Manager

Two-hundred and forty miles total. Four hours roundtrip. Ottawa County Ohio employers didn’t let that keep them from capitalizing on the nation’s largest regional occupational safety and health conference. Several employers from Ohio’s north shore descended on Columbus a few weeks ago to find valuable information and resources at BWC’s Ohio Safety Conference & Expo 2017 (OSC17).

It’s no surprise that so many of these employers are also members of the Ottawa County Safety Council. That’s because Jessica Kowalski, manager of the safety council, keeps her membership engaged and focused on workplace safety.

Jessica works tirelessly to promote BWC programs and services through social media and more traditional means of communication, and we appreciate her partnering with us.

After OSC17, she surveyed members of the Ottawa County Safety Council to get feedback on their experience at this year’s event. Below are some of their thoughts.

Dave Barth of Bay Point Resort & Marina attended several sessions on the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new reporting guidelines and found sessions to enhance his understanding of job assessments and their benefits. In the Expo Marketplace, he met several vendors he intends to contact about future business.

Julia Catlett of Magruder Hospital applauded BWC for providing classes that are educational from a variety of different perspectives, ranging from safety officers to human resources. She appreciates that sessions provide credit toward her certifications and give her useful information to implement in everyday processes.

Michelle Ish, Ottawa County HR Director,attended her 13th safety congress this year. She appreciates seeing other industry professionals and knows many are repeat attendees, adding, “It’s nice to network on such a large scale!”

Evan Viery of Signature Label found OSC17 to be an excellent summarization of where safety has gone in recent years and where it intends to go. He also felt it was a great opportunity to meet people from other companies and to see what fellow Ohio companies are doing to keep an edge.  “Every time I attend I am more pleased with OSC,” he says.

Tim Gerkensmeyer of Martin Industries tries to attend the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo as much as he can. He said he enjoys catching up with people who he doesn’t see often, adding that he met several new people from his own county.

Adam Holmes of The Ashley Group praised the Ohio Workers’ Compensation Medical & Health SymposiumHe attended the symposium for the first time, saying it covered topics related to almost every industry, and it promoted open conversation and sharing of ideas among professionals from several different backgrounds. He says, “The chance to hear first-hand from a variety of employer organizations regarding the challenges they face helps me improve as a consultant to my clients. “That in itself is invaluable and reason alone to make the trip again next year!”

No matter the distance to Columbus, employers from all over the state have many reasons to attend the Ohio Safety Congress & Expo. Make your plans to attend in 2018, March 7-9, in Columbus.

Jeff Jadwisiak

Machining Technologies, Inc.

President

Randy Genzman

Village of Oak Harbor

Committee Member

Gaye Winterfield

OC Improvement Corporation

Committee Member

Jena Miller

Ken Gill Construction

Committee Member

Olen Martin

City of Port Clinton

Committee Member

Mark Gallavan

Bay Point Resort

Committee Member

Jessica Kowalski

OC Improvement Corporation

Safety Council Manager

Julie Reynolds

Ohio BWC

BWC Representative

Training Grant

The purpose of the program is to provide funds to member businesses interested in providing additional, professional training opportunities to their employees. The Training Grant funds are intended to pay for the instruction costs and are on a first come, first serve basis. Members have the opportunity to earn up to $1,000.

Training Grants Application

5k Health & Wellness Sponsorship

This sponsorship is part of a continued effort to help benefit you and your employees on your road to being a healthier person, mentally and physically. The 5k Health & Wellness Sponsorship will be available to reimburse a member employee the total cost of a 5k run or walk race in Ottawa County.

5k Application

Invite a Non-Member

We encourage members to reach out to non-member businesses and invite them to attend one or more safety council meetings, for a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate. You have the opportunity to automatically earn a $100.00 gift certificate if that non-member joins.

Invite A Non-Member

$100 Safety Rebate Program

A safety rebate program is designed to assist and compensate members for investing in the safety and wellness of their workforce. Reimbursement categories include Safety Related Training, Personal Protective Equipment, and Safety Awards/Recognition.

$100 Safety Rebate Application

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November 27, 2019

Wishing everyone a safe and #HappyThanksgiving 🍂🥧 #thankful #givethanks

November 22, 2019
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Allen Gahler, OSU Extension Educator, presented "Cultivating the Seeds of Safety (Agriculture Safety) during Wednesday's safety council meeting.

Allen focused on safety considerations surrounding the agriculture industry and the interaction between the public, general industry and farmers. He reported on the number of farms in Ohio, type of equipment on the rode interacting with the traveling ... See more

November 13, 2019
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

SAVE THE DATE! #OSC2020 will be held March 11-13 in Columbus.

Have you saved the date? The 2020 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo will be held March 11-13 in Columbus. This event offers more than 200 educational sessions, 250 exhibitors, and free continuing education credit. https://t.co/tclOXzM2sS #OhioBWC #OSC2020 #safety

November 11, 2019

To all the veterans out there… we salute you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice! 🇺🇸 #VeteransDay

October 31, 2019
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Lisa Drouhard, Employee Safety Specialist at ProMedica DHQ, presented "Office Ergonomics: The Top 4 Changes You Can Make at Your Desk" during our October 16th safety council meeting.

Lisa gave a brief overview of ergonomics. She talked about the adjustments you can easily make to chairs, monitors, keyboards, mice, wrists rest and Vari-Desk options. Lisa was very well versed on the topic. Thank ... See more

October 30, 2019
Make Halloween safe, not scary

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By Erik Harden, BWC Public Information Officer Halloween is an annual favorite for kids, right up there with Christmas. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest. Fading daylight, dark costume…

September 27, 2019
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

BWC safety grants save lives, time and money! Just ask Miles-McClellan Construction, Inc. Read story: http://ow.ly/1Cu430pCnpH
#OhioBWC #Ohio #workersafety #construction #safety

September 24, 2019
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Dave Barth, Director of Business Operations, and Mark Gallavan, Assistant General Manager, presented "Behind the Scenes: Boating & Marine Industry" during last Wednesday's safety council meeting at Bay Point Resort. 🚤

Dave spoke about creating a safety culture for their staff and members. They use the OneCallNow emergency app to text/email/call their members for important safety updates, such ... See more

September 16, 2019
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The 2020 Safety Day Planning Committee met this morning to start the planning process for the 2020 Tri-County Safety Day! We are currently working on confirmation for the date and location of the event. Stay tuned! #safetyday2020 (Sandusky County Safety Council, Sandusky Area Safety Council)

September 13, 2019
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The Ottawa County Safety Council held our third annual Island Wellness Walk at Put-in-Bay, Ohio this morning. Participating members walked a 5k, saw the sites of the island, and stopped at The Keys, Put-in-Bay for lunch. We even had an attendee bring his bike over and rode 11 miles all around the island. A great way to help promote health and wellness for our members. 😊 #OCSC #wellnesswalk ... See more

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