Safety Council


As a valued member of the West Central Ohio Safety Council, the steering committee has information to share with you. First and foremost, we wish to thank each of you for your patience and understanding during this process.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the BWC provided all Ohio Safety Councils the option to conduct all meetings virtually (online only) through June 2021. The BWC feels that this is the safest way to hold meetings as we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ohio. Our safety council steering committee voted to NOT participate in hosting virtual meetings for this timeframe – thru June 2021. Since we are not hosting virtual meetings, the BWC will connect you with a couple of neighboring safety councils that will host you until in-person meetings resume.  More information on the virtual meetings from neighboring safety councils will be sent at a later date.

A reminder that in light of the difficult and unusual times, BWC will not be offering a rebate for participation nor the performance rebate (for those eligible) to employers who participate in the BWC Safety Council program.

What this means to you is:
1.  There will be no attendance tracking
2.  No required semi-annual reporting during this time.
3.  No charge for annual dues for FY21, which would have normally been invoiced in June 2020.
4.  However, we do still intend to maintain a large social media presence and share useful information via a monthly newsletter, etc.

The West Central Ohio Safety Council will still remain your primary source for occupational safety and health and workers’ compensation information and resources. WCOSC will just not be providing the virtual meetings during this time. As always, you can reach out to Deb via phone or email anytime and she will answer questions or find someone to answer them for you. If you have specific topics you really want/need to know about, let us know. We welcome input from all of you during these unprecedented times.

Best regards,
Your Steering Committee

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 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 Monthly Meetings – no virtual meetings thru June 30, 2021

View Active Safety Council Events on the Calendar
Attendance – not tracked again until after June 30, 2021
Enrollment form 
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
Old Meeting Files

Steering Committee Members

President: Amy Ricker, Lima Pallet Company 
Vice President: Crystal Jackson, 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
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

$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)

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 Safety Services Catalog 2019-2020

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

BWC Classes

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

BWC Safety Newsletters – Archive

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.

2019 Successes & 2020 Goals


West Central Ohio Safety Council Partners

Activate Allen County Newsletters