Safety Council

WCOSC Monthly Meetings – Virtual meetings begin on July 13, 2021.

Our first virtual meeting for FY 2022 is July 13, 2022, @ 8:00 AM via ZOOM. 

Click here to register for July meeting

Anyone is welcome to attend.  There is no cost to register.  However, you MUST register to access the webinar.

All of the West Central Ohio Safety Council monthly meetings for the upcoming fiscal year will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar.  In addition, no attendance requirements (including the CEO requirement) will be enforced, and no semi-annual reports will be collected.  Subsequently, the annual policy rebate for Safety Council will not be offered for FY22.   OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

If changes to these policies and procedures occur during the year, we will provide an update to all safety council members and on this website. We hope you continue to attend our monthly virtual meetings to receive important safety education to help keep your workplaces safe.

The West Central Ohio Safety Council is your primary source for occupational safety and health and workers’ compensation information and resources.  If you have specific topics you really want/need to know about, please let us know via email by clicking the button below.

Email Safety Council Manager

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 awareness and the 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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Safety Council Meeting schedule
Enrollment Form Previous Meeting Files
Semi-Annual Report Form  – not accepting semi-annual reports at this time
Ruth Kreher Safety Person Nomination Form
WCOSC Community Safety Grant Application
Rebate Information

View recorded BWC webinars (link to be added soon)

    • May 2021Webinar slides (Topics: Employer’s estimated annual premium and available installment options, the MCO’s role in workers’ compensation, 2021 open enrollment, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • April 2021 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, the annual rate letter and true-up, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • March 2021 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, Better You Better Ohio program, BWC website resources, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • February 2021 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, true up and why it’s important to review your Estimated Annual Premium (EAP), winter hazards,  important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • January 2021 | Webinar slides (Topics: 2020 year in review, updates on your Estimated Annual Premium(EAP), 1099s, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • December 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on the third employer dividend of 2020, face mask distribution, work from home considerations, important dates and our monthly safety tip)
    • November 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, BWC risk management services still available, handicap reimbursement cost reduction option,, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • October 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on the approved dividend, additional face masks for employers, payment plans, identifying fraud, approved website pages, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • September 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, proposed premium dividend, non-compliance claim resolution, transitional work bonus program and grant, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • August 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, the annual true-up report, premium reduction strategies, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • July 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, policy year 2020 estimated annual premium, private employer annual true-up, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)
    • June 2020 | Webinar slides (Topics: BWC updates on COVID-19, policy year 2020 renewal, annual true-up report, important dates, and our monthly safety tip)

Steering Committee Members

President: 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

News coverage of 2019 Safety Council Awards Banquet

Lima News article – 2019 Safety Council Awards

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.

Above: 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

Media Coverage: 2015 BWC Safety Council of the Year Award

WCOSC – Safety Council of the Year – 4th Place 2015

Membership Dues


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 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. 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

Safety + Health Magazine – publication of the National Safety Council

Visit for online resources and articles

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 the Ruth Kreher Safety Person of the Year Award.
  • Continue the Community Safety Grant.
  • 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.

West Central Ohio Safety Council Partners

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