West Central Ohio 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 the awareness and the importance of safety, health, and wellness to area businesses and communities of the West Central Ohio/Greater Lima Region.

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 2019 Schedule
Attendance – Updated 1/10/19
Enrollment form
Semi-Annual Report Form

Ruth Kreher Safety Person Nomination Form

WCOSC Community Safety Grant Application

Rebate Information

Meeting Files

BWC Safety Updates

News coverage of 2018 Safety Council Awards Banquet

  2018 Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year Jason Glaser with Rudolph Foods
Jason Glaser receives Commendation from Ohio Secretary of State
Jason Glaser and Rudolph Foods Coworkers – 2018 Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year Award Winner
WCOSC Community Safety Grant – Allen County Office of Homeland Security pictured: Tom Berger, Craig Hohenbrink
Presentation of $1015.00 check for Meals Til Monday, West Central Ohio Safety Council’s charity donation for 2017.


2017 BWC Safety Council of the Year Award

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
  • Retaining and increasing membership. 
  • Coordinating membership meetings beyond the BWC program requirements. 
  • Providing opportunities for the BWC to report to the membership on issues of interest. 
  • Review the Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year Award; revise to better serve safety mission. 
  • Continue to increase online presence through the use of social media and other outlets. 
  • Schedule a motivational speaker. 
  • Support community through donations to Toys4Tots and other local charities. 


2017 Successes & 2018 Goals

Membership Dues

$200/person – Annual Membership Dues  

Covers all 12 regular monthly meetings from July through June

Additional attendees or non-members will be charged per meeting ($15-$30)

Safety + Health Magazine – publication of the National Safety Council

Visit www.sh.nsc.org for online resources and articles

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
Micah Brown, Premier Insulation Contracting
Jessie Kidwell, WCORHA
Rose Hesseling, HCF Management
Crystal Jackson, Husky Lima Refinery
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 ohiobwc.com 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 dkatz@limachamber.com.

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