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Southern Ohio Safety Council

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors 83 safety councils, across the state, organized through chambers of commerce, trade and manufacturing associations, American Red Cross chapters or other local safety-minded organizations. These safety councils provide their local communities with quality programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers' compensation and risk management education and information. They inform participants about new techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of these services.

The Southern Ohio Safety Council is organized and managed through the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce. We provide the community with programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers' compensation, and risk management education and information. We have over 80 members who are keeping their workforce safe through education.

Each Ohio safety council has the same goal - to increase safety awareness.  But developing and maintaining a safe workplace is no easy task. That is why it must be a combined effort of local businesses and the community.

BWC and the Southern Ohio Safety Council are committed to this goal and will continue programming virtually for FY21.


Meeting Resources


5 Ways to Shift Your Safety Culture - February 2021

Developing an Effective Safety Program, January 28, 2021, Mark Plucinski, Sheakley Risk & Safety Solutions

COVID and the Workplace - August 27, 2020, SOMC, Dr. Byers

Power Point presentation BWC Update - September 22, 2020, Rob Powell, Loss Prevention Supervisor

Power Point presentation BWC Update - September 22, 2020 (part 2) Wendy Queen, Regional Business Consultant


BWC Updates

Safety Update - January 2021

Safety Update - February 2021

Safety Update - March 2021

Safety Update -April 2021

BWC is hosting a number of occupational safety and health webinars and virtual classes in April including:

                Weekly Webinars –presented live with BWC discount program & continuing education credits

    • Cost-Control Strategies: A Collaborative Approach
    • Engaging Millennials in the Workplace

Virtual classes -

    • Electrical Safety in the Workplace through Insight and Implementation of NFPA 70E
    • Safety Series 1: Intro to OSHA and Safety Culture Basics
    • Noise and Hearing Half-day Workshop
    • Electrical Hazard Recognition and Abatement
    • Wellness in the Workplace
    • Personal Protective Equipment Selection Criteria

Online E-Courses

  • Bloodborne Pathogens, Developing a Safety Culture, OSHA Recordkeeping 101 and others

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For more information or assistance when registering, contact the staff member listed or

For more information about Southern Ohio Safety Council, please call the Portsmouth Area Chamber of Commerce at 740-353-7647.