All Ohio Safety Councils have the same goal - to increase safety awareness.
The Bureau of Workers' Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene and the Coshocton County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsor the Ohio Safety Council program locally to provide a forum for safety and health information, education and networking in our area.
Ohio has 80 Safety Councils; all made up of local companies and typically organized through chamber's of commerce, trade and manufacturing associations or other local safety-minded organizations. Safety Councils hold regular meetings to examine and resolve potential and existing safety issues, inform participants about new techniques, products and services and to provide a thorough knowledge of these services.
In conjunction with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation division of Safety & Hygiene, the Safety Councils direct safety campaigns throughout Ohio to promote greater interest in the prevention of occupational accidents and disease. Companies with the highest safety records during the year are honored at annual awards events. The Division of Safety & Hygiene's Meetings and Conventions department assists in the overall operation of the Safety Council's activities.
The Coshocton County Safety Council meets the third Thursday of the month at noon located at Coshocton Moose Lodge. The Annual Safety Council Awards Banquet is held in May.
Safety Council Attendance
Guidelines for meeting credit
- A representative must attend 10 out of 12 meetings during the calendar year which runs from July 1st through June 30th;
- The attendance of any employer representative qualifies to meet the attendance requirement.
- A person can represent only one policy number with their attendance at a safety council meeting or external training event;
- A CEO / Executive Level Director must attend one safety council meeting per year;
- The CEO credit must be fulfilled at a meeting of the safety council in which the employer is enrolled.
- Where a CEO represents multiple policy numbers, his/her attendance at one meeting will fulfill the CEO requirement for all policies, but attendance credit will be given to only one policy number.
- Employer must submit two Semi-Annual Reports per year.
No matter the duration of the meeting, training or special event, attendance equals one meeting credit. Multiple representatives at one meeting, training or special event equals one meeting credit.
Attendance of a qualified external training will count for a monthly meeting attendance. It is the employer’s responsibility to submit an official certificate of attendance for external training credit to the safety council in which they are enrolled by June 30th of the current enrolled year.
External training may include:
- Ohio Safety Congress – maximum of one meeting credit per event, no matter the number of sessions or days attended;
- Division of Safety & Hygiene safety courses – maximum of one meeting credit per course;
- Industry-specific safety training – maximum of one meeting credit per scheduled training with at least one hour of safety curriculum;
- Seminar, conference or special event sponsored by another safety council (not safety council monthly meetings);
- Safety training conducted at the employer’s workplace, online courses, webinars or required Drug Free Safety Program training does not qualify for safety council rebate program credit.