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June 2018 Entrepreneur Issue

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VOLUME 42 I NUMBER 4 I APRIL 2018 VOLUME 42 I NUMBER 6 I JUNE 2018 Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council Takes Top Honors PLATINUM LEVEL SUSTAINING MEMBER The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Coun- cil (MOVSC) was recently honored by the Ohio BWC's Division of Safety and Hygiene as the second- best Safety Council of the Year for 2017. Eighty-three Safety Councils currently operate in the state of Ohio. "Employers in the Mid-Ohio Valley are fortunate to be serviced by such an effective safety council. Program leaders are committed to connecting employers to the information neces- sary to be successful in accident prevention." stated Michelle Fran- cisco, Safety Council Program Man- ager, BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene. Each year, the BWC recognizes the top four safety councils around Ohio. Success is measured by in- creasing membership participation and safety performance. These safe- ty councils provide their local communi- ties with quality programs addressing oc- cupational safety and health, workers' compensation, risk management education and information. They inform participants about new techniques, products and ser- vices, and provide a thorough knowledge of these services. Other councils in Ohio taking top honors for 2017 are: 1st Place; Stark County Safe- ty Council, 3rd place; Salem Area Safety Council; 4th place; Sandusky County. MOVSC in conjunction with regional em- ployers, both large and small, has created a "strategic alliance" to provide training to ensure that all employees enjoy a safe life- style, both at work and at home. The Mid- Ohio Valley Safety Council offers a forum for exchanging ideas and a chance to learn from each other. The ultimate goal ex- pressed by members of Safety Council is to send each and every employee home safely every day, able to play with their children, able to engage in community events, and to enjoy life to the fullest after a hard day's work. Safety Council mem- bers know that safety is an attitude that is exhibited by top management and cultivat- ed by all company employees. "On behalf of the MOVSC Board of Di- rectors, MOVSC Members and the MACC Board of Directors we are thrilled, hum- bled and proud to be in the top two out of 83 Safety Councils in the State of Ohio. Although the recognition is always great, our main focus is bringing our MOVSC members home safe to their families every day," stated Carrie Ankrom, MACC President and MOVSC Co- Manager. "We plan to invest back in to the program and provide even more safety op- portunities than we ever have in the past…stay tuned for more details!" Established in 1988, the MOVSC is co-sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Ohio BWC. Twenty companies participated in the program in that first year. However, safe- ty is not a new concept at the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce. As manufacturing flourished in the valley begin- ning after World War II, safe- ty awareness developed. Chamber records reveal an involvement in safety back in the 1950's. In 1959 the Greater Marietta Area Safety Council and Marietta Area Cham- ber of Commerce recognized area firms for participating in the Marietta Area In- dustrial Safety Campaign. Safety Councils work now with the Ohio BWC's Division of Safety & Hygiene to increase safety awareness in the workplace and educate businesses on occupational safety and health issues. By providing safety and preventing acci- dents, we can protect our workforce while reducing our workers' compensation costs. Whether you are an industrial firm or a service provider, safety needs to be part of your workplace. Pictured accepting the award are left: Ohio BWC Chief of Medical Operations John Annarino, Candi Heiss ~ MOVSC Manager, Joe Wesel ~ MOVSC President – American Producers, Carrie Ankrom ~ MACC President, David Miller ~ MOVSC Board Member – Globe Metallurgical, Joan Zoller ~ MOVSC Vice-President – Trademark Solutions

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