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November 2014



Date:  November 19th, 2014 from 8 am - 9 am      

Topic: Building a Workplace Wellness Program

Speaker: Mark B. Schwendeman, President of the Schwendeman Agency, Inc.

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


October 2014



Date:  October 22nd, 2014 from 8 am - 9 am      

Topic: Great Safety Teams

Speaker: Jeff Hanson and John Kaiser, Quanex

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


September 2014



Date:  September 24th, 2014 from 8 am - 9 am      

Topic: Waste Minimization

Speaker: Brent Hylton, Colgate-Palmolive

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


August 2014



Date:  August 27th, 2014 from 8 am - 9 am      

Topic: Employee Involvement through Erginomic Teams

Speaker: Detroit Reman

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


July 2014



Date:  July 23th, 2014 from 8 am - 9 am      

Topic: Safety Orientation for New Employees

Speaker: Gary O'Brien, of O'Brien's Safety Services

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza

Companies attending are encouraged to bring samples of their safety orientation programs that can be displayed for others to view. 



June 2014



Date:  June 25th, 2014 from 8 am - 10 am      

Topic:  A.L.I.C.E. Training (2-Hour Meeting)

Speaker: Bethany Hayes

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


June BWC News

June 2-6 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction - OSHA has partnered with several safety groups to assist with promoting a safety standdown to be held by employers, trade associations, institutes, and other parties anytime during the first week of June. A safety stand-down is a voluntary event for employers to talk to employees about safety and in this case construction fall prevention. Details,
resources and event information can be found on the OSHA website at


Visit the BWC Update Page for more infomation!


May 2014



Date:  May 28th at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Drugs in the Workplace

Speaker: Guernsey County Sheriff's Office

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


May BWC News
 Info to come...


April 2014



Date:  April 23rd at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Overcoming Case Management Difficulties

Speaker: BWC Personnel Panel

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


April BWC News
Monthly BWC Update - Articles and research studies relevant to the safety and industrial hygiene industry put together for YOU each month and available in the BWC Library.
March 2014

GNSC awards funds to Cambridge City Police and Guernsey Co. Sheriff's K-9 Units

17th Annual Guernsey-Noble Safety Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 at the Cambridge Country Club

Registration begins at 11:15

Lunch served at 11:30

Program at 12:00 Noon


Please join us for a very special Safety Awards Luncheon.  This year's program will be honoring the brave Cambridge City Police and the Guernsey County Sherriff K-9 Units and thier training officers. 

Reservations are required.  Click here for registration form.



February 2014


Date:  February 26th at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Social Networks: Policies, Procedures, Pitfalls

Speaker: Tim Domoff, SACS Consulting

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


BWC News

Monthly BWC Update - Articles and research studies relevant to the safety and industrial hygiene industry put together for YOU each month and available in the BWC Library.

Register now for the 2014 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

Get up-to-date on the latest safety trends for free.

Register to attend the 2014 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo (OSC14), March 25 to 27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. BWC is pleased to offer the largest regional safety and health conference in the U.S. Last year, more than 6,000 safety-minded Ohio workers attended the event.


This year’s theme is Your Pathway to Safety. Whether you’re a small business owner, a police officer, a construction worker, or a human resources professional, you can tailor OSC14 to fit your needs. Come for a few hours or attend sessions on all three days – you decide. Every employer and employee pathway to safety is unique, and OSC14 provides the training, equipment and services to start you down your pathway. 


Choose from among 175 expert-led educational sessions; topic sessions include ergonomics, construction safety, cost-cutting safety strategies, emergency planning and safety program development. OSC14 also includes top-notch keynote speakers, full-day workshops and a two-day Expo marketplace, which allows vendors to showcase their products and event attendees to gather ideas and shop for workplace solutions.

All sessions offer free continuing education credits.


Click here for more details and to register for OSC14. We look forward to seeing you there!

Free seminars about Destination: Excellence offered around the state

BWC offers complimentary services and resources to help employers make their workplaces safer and reduce workers’ comp costs through Destination: Excellence.

Destination: Excellence is a bundle of programs offered by BWC to help employers increase workplace safety and enhance injured worker care while lowering workers’ comp costs. Starting Feb. 25, free seminars to discuss the ins and outs of Destination: Excellence will be offered around the state.


These free seminars will be led by BWC’s own regional business development managers. They serve as ambassadors to Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer and can help employers year-round with navigating Destination: Excellence and other workers’ comp issues.


Topics covered include these Destination: Excellence options:

·         Safety councils;

·         Drug-Free Safety Program;

·         Industry-Specific Safety Program;

·         Transitional Work Bonus Program;

·         Vocational rehabilitation.

A variety of representatives from your company may attend, including human resource professionals who work directly with BWC, CEOs and business owners who want to learn more about Destination: Excellence, and safety officers and risk managers who design and implement safety programs in their workplaces.

Click here to find an upcoming seminar event in your area. Register for a seminar by contacting the person listed on the website for the specific event you’d like to attend.


Tax forms for Billion Back rebates available Jan. 31

BWC will soon mail Internal Revenue Service (IRS) 2013 1099 MISC forms to employers who received rebates in 2013 as part of A Billion Back. BWC is required to send 1099 MISC forms to all employers who received payment of more than $600.

The rebate amount listed on your 1099 MISC form may be different from the rebate check amount you received last year.  This difference is due to BWC withholding any outstanding balance owed from your rebate check.

Details for the 1099 MISC can be viewed and printed by clicking here starting Jan. 31.


Click here to email BWC for more information about your IRS 1099 MISC form. Rebate recipients are   encouraged to consult with their tax professionals regarding tax reporting requirements.


January 2014 - Happy New Year!


Date:  January 22nd at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Mock Accident Investigations

Speaker:  GNSC Steering Committee

Location:  BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


2013 2nd Half Semi-Annual Report


December 2013


Date:  December 18th at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Safety Jeopardy!

Speaker:  GNSC Steering Committee

Location:  BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza



BWC News

Save the date: March 25-27, 2014

Ohio Safety Congress & Expo

Greater Columbus Convention Center

Registration opens in January


November 2013


Date:  November 20th at 8:00 am      

Topic:  What your TPA Should Be Doing For You

Speaker:  Diane Barnes, Barnes Consulting

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza

BWC News

BWC is pleased to announce a “just-in-time” new online training to meet OSHA’s Hazard Communication 2012 GHS training requirement.  OSHA’s deadline for this training is December 1st. Click here for steps to enroll.


Safety Council News


Save The Date -
Southeastern Ohio Safety Conference and Expo
Friday, January 24th, 2014
Washington State Community College
Marrietta, OH

Experience a face-to-face boost to your safety education with the Southeastern Ohio Safety Conference & Expo!


The conference offers a variety of hour-long, half-day or day long sessions to help improve loss control and risk management practices. Exhibitors will also be showcasing their products and services.


Attendance at this event will qualify for one external training credit for members of neighboring safety councils as well as a variety of other BWC discount programs. An attendance certificate will be available at the registration table at the end of the day.
For more information, contact
or call (740) 373-1884

 Exhibitor RegistrationForm

Participant Registration Form

October 2013


Date:  October 23rd at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Ohio Gas & Energy Education

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


September 2013


Date:  September 25th at 8:00 am      

Topic:  Fire Inspections: Keeping Your Business Safe

Location: BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza


BWC News

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH) is accepting articles to build its library of safety resources for Ohio’s employers and employees.

Safety professionals are encouraged to review the details in the "Safety Talks" flyer and consider contributing to this collection.

Questions can be directed to


August 2013

    The Guernsey-Noble Safety Council is now on             Facebook! View pictures, get updates and feel free to post.  Go ahead - Like us on Facebook!


August meeting date:  August 28th at 8:00 am       Topic:  Slips, Trips, and Falls                               Where & When:  BWC Office in the WalMart Shopping Plaza

BWC News

The Division of Safety & Hygiene has created a monthly safety update to keep you informed about the safety and industrial hygiene industry.

Click here for the latest edition!

July 2013


BWC proposes $1B employer dividend, safety grant increase, billing revamp

 The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) plans to invest in Ohio’s workforce by injecting a billion dollars into the state’s economy.

 Gov. John Kasich endorsed BWC Administrator/CEO Steve Buehrer’s recent proposal to grant a $1 billion dividend for more than 210,000 private employers and public taxing districts. The plan also creates a sweeping safety campaign that includes an expansion in workplace health and wellness grants, and modernization of BWC billing practices.

 This proposal builds on BWC’s ongoing efforts to prevent accidents, improve injured worker care and keep rates low and stable for employers.  BWC recently recommended an average reduction in private employer rates of 2.1 percent that brings their three-year savings to $224 million.  Public employer rates are also at their lowest level in 30 years. At the same time BWC has created a wellness grant program, improved claims management and instituted better drug management policies.

 Dividend details

Under the proposed dividend, employers would receive approximately 56 percent of what they were billed their last policy period – July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 for private employers and Jan. 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2011 for public taxing districts.

 The dividend is made possible by BWC’s $8.3 billion in combined net assets, which exceed the target funding ratio of assets to liabilities established by the BWC Board of Directors in 2008. BWC’s combined funds are in a strong position due to prudent management and a careful, conservative investment strategy.

 Those eligible include private employers and public taxing districts that pay premium into the State Insurance Fund and have active, up-to-date policies. Employers with outstanding balances will have their dividend payments reduced by the amount of the outstanding balance.

 If approved by the board in May, dividend checks could be mailed as early as June.

 Supporting workplace safety

In addition to the dividend, BWC is proposing to triple funding for Ohio’s Safety and Wellness Grant programs from $5 million to $15 million for the policy year starting July 1. It would coincide with a public push by the Governor and the BWC to encourage employers to invest in protecting workers and prevent accidents in the workplace.

 The Safety Grants Program provides up to $40,000 in matching funds for employers to purchase equipment that will significantly reduce or eliminate injuries and illnesses. It was expanded in 2012 to include wellness and will be expanded again to allow prior recipients to apply for additional grants.

 These grants have a proven track record of success.  Grant recipients see an average reduction in claims of 66 percent.

 Visit for more information on safety grants, and how to apply.


Billing updates

It’s time to modernize the BWC billing system.

 BWC is modernizing in many areas and wants to do the same with billing by requesting authority from the legislature to begin charging prospectively, or in advance of the coverage period. Currently, the BWC bills businesses for the prior six months of workers’ compensation coverage. Prospective billing is an industry standard and a common sense move that has many advantages, including a reduction in rates of two percent for private employers and four percent for public employers, more flexible payment options and better employer compliance. 

 If approved, BWC would recommend that the board authorize credits to employers equal to the amount of their past six months’ premium (their last retrospective payment). It would equate to an estimated $900 million in savings to businesses.  The changes would be implemented beginning in mid-2014, at the earliest.

 Buehrer plans to present the dividend and safety components of his recommendations to the BWC Board of Directors in late May, and has already begun pursuing legislative approval for the billing changes.

 View this fact sheet for all the details, and stay tuned for more exciting updates.



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Safety Council

Welcome to the Guernsey-Noble Safety Council website. Here you will find information about the GNSC and the Ohio Safety Council.

A new enrollment form MUST be filled out and returned to our office if you should decide to join the Guernsey-Noble Safety Council. There is no fee involved to join the safety council. You will also find a link to a semi-annual report so that you may view and become familiar with what a semi-annual report that we ask our safety council members to fill out twice a year. The information on these forms is sent to the Ohio Safety Council in January and in July. By filling out the semi-annual reports, your place of business will qualify for awards and possibly other incentives/discounts offered by the BWC. Our safety council is making a lot of great changes to improve our council and make it as beneficial to our members as possible.

The meetings are held at the BWC Cambridge Office, 61501 Southgate Parkway (Wal-Mart Plaza) please visit our calendar for meeting dates and times as well as topics and speakers. We hope you will be able to join us for an upcoming meeting. If you wish to attend, please contact our office at 740-439-6688 to RSVP or you can let us know by Email at if that is more convenient for you.

We are looking forward to having you and your business become a part of the Guernsey-Noble Safety Council and will always do our best to provide you with the best possible speakers, information and services that we can.

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