Safety Council

“The West Central Ohio Safety Council is an organization co-sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety & Hygiene and the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce. Our mission is to increase awareness and the importance of safety, health and wellness to area businesses and community.

To view our meeting dates/topics, member attendance sheet, BWC classes and eNews, or to download the semi annual report and/or enrollment form, please click the links below.”

WCOSC 2017 Schedule
Enrollment form

Semi-Annual Report Form

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2017 BWC Safety Council of the Year Award


Perry Township Fire Department received the West Central Ohio Safety
Perry Township Fire Department received the 2017 West Central Ohio Safety Council Community Safety Grant to purchase a 911 teletrainer.

2013BWCDestinationExcellenceDestination Excellence – the Ohio BWC’s bundle of programs designed to help improve workplace safety, enhance injured worker care & lower workers’ comp costs.  Click the image for more information.

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Safety Council Goals
  • Continue to increase and retain membership.
  • Coordinate membership meetings beyond the BWC program requirements.
  • Promote the different programs provided by BWC to all area employers.
  • Continue the Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year Award and the WCOSC Community Safety Grant.
  • Continue to increase WCOSC’s online presence.
  • Partner with community groups to share our safety mission outside of just our members.
  • Create safety resource email for safety questions from members.
    2016 Successes & Accomplishments
Membership Dues
  • $30/year – Annual Membership Dues
Safety + Health Magazine – publication of the National Safety Council
Steering Committee Members

President: Craig Hohenbrink, INEOS
Vice President: Amy Ricker, Lima Pallet Company
Past President: Tony Daley, Spallinger Millwright
Mike Meenach, Lima Construction Services
Lucy Balmer, Husky Energy (retired)
Micah Brown, Premier Insulation Contracting
Jessie Kidwell, WCORHA
Rose Hesseling, HCF Management
Mike Nigh, Superior Forge
Jessica Rodgers, Allen County Commissioners
Dean Bidlack, BWC
Jed Metzger, LACCC
Safety Council Manager: Deb Katzenmeyer

Regional Customer Service Office

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers more than 74 occupational safety, health and ergonomic courses for Ohio employees to attend. Classes are available online and held throughout the state at our regional service offices.

One of the benefits for employers with active workers’ compensation coverage is there is no additional charge to register their employees for classes. The following is a list of courses available online and at the Lima Customer Service Office. A listing of courses offered at our other service offices can be found at under the safety services section of the website.

For additional information as to how you can participate in Safety Council, contact Deb Katzenmeyer at 419.222.6708 or

BWC Classes

BWC News