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For immediate release: May 17, 2016

Safety councils recognized for leadership in promoting workplace safety

COLUMBUS - Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) Acting Administrator and CEO Sarah Morrison today announced the annual safety council of the year award winners. More than 80 safety councils across the state serve as partners in BWC's efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety. Eight safety councils were recognized for outstanding accomplishment above and beyond the program requirements for their programs and activities in 2015.

"I congratulate this year's winners, and each of our 83 safety councils that are outstanding partners in BWC's efforts to educate employers and workers about the importance of workplace safety," said Morrison. "Our safety councils' hands-on work in communities across the state really makes a difference in improving the safety of Ohio's workforce."

The Stark County Safety Council was awarded first place for its exemplary performance, communication, and training and employer participation. Also recognized for their outstanding efforts:

  • Ashtabula County Safety Council (2nd place);
  • Summit County Safety Council (3rd place);
  • West Central Ohio Safety Council (4th place).
Four honorable mention recipients, which were recognized for excelling in expanding or maintaining their reach and range of services, include:
  • Huron County Safety Council;
  • Licking County Safety Council;
  • Portage County Safety Council;
  • Richland County Safety Council.
Safety councils are organized by local business organizations around the state. The councils inform participants of new safety standards and regulations, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of topics, including occupational safety and health, workers' compensation and risk management education.

Visit bwc.ohio.gov or call 1-800-644-6292 for more information about the Safety Council Program.

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