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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.

The Safety Council program will be virtual throughout FY21 and FY22.



Meeting Resources

May 2021 safety notice

Safety 4 C's How to Prepare for Safety - May 2021 Presentation

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

Safety Update May 2021

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

              National Fall Protection Stand-Down Event

    • Fall Protection Equipment Misuse: Don’t Fall For It! (May 3)

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

    • Prevent Falls in All Industries (May 4)
    • Special Two-Hour Event – Conducting Safety Inspections in the Workplace (May 11)
    • Is Fatigue Affecting Your Safety Program? (May 23)

Virtual classes -

    • Accident Analysis Half-day Workshop (May 4)
    • Lockout/Tagout and Safety-related Work Practices (May 5)
    • Confined Space Assessment and Work (May 11-12)
    • Safety Series Workshop Module 3: Hazard Communication and Personal Protective Equipment Basics (May 13)
    • Violence in the Workplace (May 18)
    • Work Zone Traffic Control and Safety (May 19)
    • Safety Series Workshop Module 2: Ergonomics, Accident Analysis, and Hazard Assessment Basics (May 20)
    • Machine Guarding Basics (May 26)

Online E-Courses

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

Additional information on all May distance learning, including registration, can be found by clicking on DistanceLearning_May

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.