What is Safety Council and How Does It Work?

Eligibility Requirements For the fiscal year that begins July 1, 2014

Enrollment Form  The Safety Council year begins every July 1 - Enrollment form must be submitted by July 31 to be rebate eligible for that new fiscal year.  We welcome new members at any time, but you won't be eligible for the rebate unless you joined before July 31.



Meeting Schedule For the fiscal year that begins July 2013 (2014-15 update coming soon)

Attendance Spreadsheet  For the fiscal year that begins July 2013 (2014-15 update coming soon)

Member List With Rebate Eligibility For the fiscal year that begins July 2014


Semi Annual Report Form Word file to print and submit as paper copy - Report Form Instructions



PowerPoint from 3/27/13 on Hazard Communication

Online Training: Hazard Communication 2012 Basics: Labeling, Safety Data Sheets, and Pictograms Online

Other Haz Comm Information Links: 
OSHA Haz Comm Site
OSHA Fact Sheet on Dec. 1 Training Requirement 

BWC Fraud Special Investigations Department
Fraud Red Flags








            The Zanesville-Muskingum County Safety Council, a division of the Chamber, is a group of local employers that have joined together in the interest of promoting employee safety awareness within their companies.  The Safety Council is operated in conjunction with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, Division of Safety & Hygiene.


            Membership in Safety Council is open to all companies, corporations and individual employers in the State of Ohio.  There are specific requirements that must be met in order to earn the rebate.  Also, there is a membership fee charged anually.  In 2012-2013 the membership fee is $110 per person.


            The Safety Council meets ten or eleven times per year with a breakfast or luncheon meeting held on the fourth Wednesday of every month except July and August.  Each meeting features a speaker on a timely and informative topic relating to safety in the workplace.

For example, meetings in the recent past have included speakers on topics such as hearing loss and conservation, lock out-tag out, minimizing back strain, behavior based safety and red flags to worker’s comp fraud.


            The annual safety campaign conducted by the Safety Council is designed to promote a greater interest and awareness of the prevention of workplace injuries.  Companies that maintain the highest safety records during the year will receive awards at a banquet held in their honor.  To participate in this campaign, reports are completed on a semi-annual basis and returned to the Safety Council office.  Reports are compiled at the end of the campaign year to determine award winners.



Ohio Safety Councils

Each Ohio safety council has the same goal - to increase safety awareness. But developing and maintaining a safe workplace is no easy task. That is why it must be a combined effort of local businesses and the community.

BWC’s Division of Safety & Hygiene sponsors more than 80 safety councils, across the state, organized through chambers of commerce, trade and manufacturing associations, American Red Cross chapters or other local safety-minded organizations. These safety councils provide their local communities with quality programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education and information. They inform participants about new techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of these services.

Rebate program

For the Eligibility Requirements for the fiscal year that begins July 2012, click here.

Employers can earn a 2-percent rebate for meeting all of the participation eligibility requirements and a 2-percent performance bonus for reducing either frequency or severity by 10 percent, or with maintenance of both frequency and severity at zero. An employer must meet all eligibility requirements to be eligible for the performance bonus rebate. The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers, and state agencies. Employers enrolled in BWC’s group-rating and group-retrospective programs can earn 2% only.

Safety Awards

In conjunction with the Division of Safety & Hygiene, the safety councils present safety awards throughout Ohio to promote greater interest in the prevention of occupational accidents and disease. Members with the highest safety records are honored at annual awards events.

The safety council campaign is open to all companies, corporations, groups and employers in Ohio. Members work with their safety councils to determine accident records. Accident statistics are used for the purpose of determining eligibility for safety awards and are not reported to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or any other enforcement agency.

Awards are presented to qualifying businesses in the following categories:
  • Group Award - lowest incident rate in each group;
  • 100% Award - zero injuries or illnesses resulting in a day or more away from work in the previous calendar year;
  • Achievement Award - 25-percent reduction in incident rate from the previous year;
  • Special Award - at least 500,000 hours and at least six months without an injury resulting in a day or more away from work.