Safety Council

The West Central Ohio Safety Council,  founded in 1955, 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 importance of safety, health, and wellness to area businesses and communities of the West Central Ohio/Greater Lima Region.

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

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The West Central Ohio Safety Council’s monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:30am at Howard Johnson Lima.   We are your primary source for occupational safety, health and wellness, including workers’ compensation information and other resources. Attend our monthly meetings to receive important safety, health and wellness education to help keep your workplaces (and your homes) safe.  If you have specific topics you want/need to know about, please let us know via email by clicking the button below.

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CHECK YOUR ATTENDANCE – updated May 10, 2023

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Register for June 13, 2023 Meeting

Active Shooter/Workplace Violence

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The non-profit that our members voted to have receive the proceeds from our 50/50 raffle ticket sales for FY2023 is Frontline Freedom.  Click to view their website and learn about their mission.  Click their logo to watch a YouTube Video. They attended October 2022 meeting to share their story with our members.

Membership Dues


(July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024). 

Each annual membership allows one person to attend all monthly meetings at no cost.   Additional attendees of a SC member would be $15.  Non-SC Members charge per meeting is $20. 

Registration for each meeting is required due to needing a headcount for set up and food.

Rebate Information FY24

Semi-Annual Reports and the CEO attendance requirement were both discontinued by BWC as of July 2022.

Steering Committee Members


resident: Amy Ricker, Lima Pallet Company

Vice President: Crystal Jackson, Cenovus-Husky Lima Refinery
Past President: Craig Hohenbrink, INEOS
Tony Daley, Spallinger Millwright
Rose Hesseling, HCF Management
Joe Hutton, Fort Amanda Specialties
Deb Mosher, Institute for Orthopedic Surgery
Dean Bidlack, BWC Rep
Jed Metzger, Chamber Liaison
Safety Council Manager: Deb Katzenmeyer

Click here to view recorded BWC webinars 

News Coverage

View News Coverage – July 12, 2022 Monthly Meeting  

View News Coverage – August 8, 2022 Monthly Meeting  

View News Coverage – Sept. 13, 2022 Monthly Meeting  

View News Coverage – Oct 11, 2022 Monthly Meeting 

Sgt. Robert Fisher, On-Site Sheriff at Allen County OhioMeansJobs/JFS, received the Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year Award at the 63rd Annual West Central Ohio Safety Council Awards Banquet on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.  Also pictured: Craig Hohenbrink, WCOSC President.


Sgt. Fisher with co-workers from the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.
WCOSC Community Safety Grant Recipient Bath Local Schools – Bus warning lights/signals Pictured: Keanna McNamara and Craig Hohenbrink
Presentation of $1000.00 check to Justin Davis with Rock for the Heart, West Central Ohio Safety Council’s charity donation for 2018.
Ruth Kreher, former Safety Council Manager, and Jed Metzger, President/CEO of the Lima/Allen County Chamber of Commerce.
Safety Council of the Year – 4th Place 2015 – West Central Ohio Safety Council pictured: Amy Ricker, Craig Hohenbrink, Deb Katzenmeyer Click picture to view news coverage

Destination Excellence
Destination 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.


Regional Customer Service Office

The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation offers 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. Click on the green button below to view a list of courses available online and at BWC training facilities throughout Ohio.

BWC Classes

Register for courses online using the BWC Learning Center, or call 1-800-644-6292 or 614-995-8622.

Click here to view BWC online training resources

BWC Safety Newsletters – Archived




Sign up for a free copy of Safety + Health Magazine – a publication of the National Safety Council.

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Safety Council Goals

  • Retain and increase membership.
  • Coordinate membership meetings beyond the BWC program requirements.
  • Provide opportunities for the BWC to report to the membership on issues of
  • Continue to increase online presence through the use of social media and other outlets.
  • Schedule motivational speaker.
  • Support the community through donations to Toys4Tots and other local charities.
  • Collaborate with regional safety councils.

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West Central Ohio Safety Council Partners

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