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Congratulations to Jim Stephen of Zemba Bros. and Rachel Taylor of Rosecrans High School.

Congratulations Rachel Taylor on being awarded our Safety Council Scholarship for 2019.

Workplace safety is very important for each and every employee and employer. All workers desire to work in a safe and protected atmosphere. Health and safety is a key factor to all industries in order to promote the health and wellness of both employers and their employees. It is part of a company’s duties and moral responsibilities to look after their employees’ protection.

Workplace safety is very crucial, regardless of a business, its size, or its industry. Without the proper workplace safety measures set into place, a company puts its employees, customers, brand reputation, and revenues at risk. Additionally, failure to teach employees how to maintain a safe work environment may lead to on-the-job accidents, injuries, and worst of all, fatalities. In today’s world, workplace health and safety procedures are very important for the well-being of both employers and their employees because the losses of lives are immeasurably intolerable. Such losses or injuries can cause major grievance to families and friends.

Each and every person who leaves for work in the morning or evening should be able to come back home safely and in good health. It is always a fear amongst every person that a loved one will never return home, or they will get a phone call that a loved one is in the hospital due to an incident that occurred at work or elsewhere. All of these considerations are why it is important to create a safe working environment to ensure the protection of everyone’s lives. With the right approach to workplace safety, companies can develop initiatives to engage and inform its workforce about the short-term and long-term ramifications of on-the-job dangers.

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Congratulations Jim Stephen Zemba Bros. on being named the Zanesville-Muskingum County Safety Council Safety Person of the Year!

You put safety first in everything you do. 0 Positive Drug Test out of 144 employees, 0 Lost Time Incidents, Developed a new Safety Manual, Incident and Root Cause Form and Employee/Mentor Program are just a few of Jim's Safety Accomplishments during 2018-2019.

First and foremost, safety is our culture. Our personnel are our greatest asset. Their safety, wellbeing, and true respect for human life is our number one priority every moment of every day. This belief and mindset are of the utmost importance. It starts with our owner and executive leadership, supported and reinforced by our personnel and our safety expectations are perfectly clear.

Up until Jim joined our team, one of our fellow coworkers carried the safety torch in our organization as one of his numerous responsibilities. As we continued to grow on all levels, it was apparent that we needed to evolve and raise the bar with our safety processes and procedures. Executive management made the decision to remove this responsibility from our coworker as the other items in his lane continued to expand. Simply, we went on the hunt for a dedicated safety manager whose sole focus was safety.

As a result, we had numerous applicants answer the call. However, for the most part, all their technical skills were in place, but something was missing of equal importance. That something was character. To my point, spend five minutes with Jim, he is a people person, witty, believes in the power of relationships, and he communicates well. Without these skills in his role, there is no way he could carry out his duties or meet expectations, let alone exceed them.

Jim takes his job very seriously, as he should. He is always willing to look at himself first when things don't go as planned. His roles and responsibilities are crucial to our continued success. With all due respect to other companies, industries, or trades, relativity cannot be ignored. Our safety program, processes, and procedures have no choice but to operate at a very high level due to its dangerous nature. Jim is not only responsible for our personnel's safety, but equally responsible for public safety. He consistently works to not only improve himself, but also the personnel he influences daily, which directly influences our organization as a whole.

Jim continues to be a great representative and advocate of our culture and professional family. He is without a doubt a valued piece of our team. He truly understands the value of relentlessly pursuing perfection, all the while knowing it will never be achieved. Jim continues to show his commitment, exercise his leadership, and serve an active role in keeping us all safe.

For all the reasons aforementioned and the examples shown below of all his accomplishments to this point, with confidence, I ask that you accept our nomination and please consider Mr. Jim Stephen for this award. With humility, we thank you for the opportunity to spotlight one of our own who is more than deserving.

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Top 5 Reasons EVERY BUSINESS should join the safety council
1. Save Money - You can earn up to 4% off your workers' compensation premiums. Participating local employers are saving thousands of dollars in premiums per year through this program.
2. Training - Informative monthly training presentations are provided on workplace safety, employee health and workers compensation.
3. Stay Informed - Stay up to date on changes and better management practices in Ohio's worker' compensation system.
4. Healthcare Cost - Our new emphasis on workplace wellness training, in addition to safety, can help control healthcare costs and improve productivity and safety.
5. Networking Opportunity - Over 80 people attend the council meetings each month to hear the training presentation, enjoy breakfast and interact with fellow business people.

Steps to Join Safety Council
1. Determine if you are eligible
2. Review, understand and commit to the eligibility requirements.
3. Submit the enrollment form by July 31.
4. Pay the membership fee of $135 when invoiced in August.
5. Begin attending meetings and fulfilling other eligibility requirements.

NOW is the time to seek a rebate from the state on your workers compensation premiums by enrolling in the local Safety Council program.

The deadline to join is July 31 of each year, so read on about the program and get your enrollment form in now.

Safety Council is a program of the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation Division of Safety & Hygiene. Its purpose is to promote workplace safety through education, information and training, and to enable employers to earn a rebate on their workers comp premium in the process. In other words, the Ohio BWC believes that prevention of workplace safety and health issues is a priority and that employers who make an effort to maintain safe workplaces should be rewarded. The result for employers is a program that is an effective way to reduce workers comp premiums. At the local level, the Chamber manages the Safety Council program in our area through an agreement with the Ohio BWC.

The rebate is earned by fulfilling certain simple program requirements. The program offers employers two separate 2% discounts, or a total possible savings of 4%. The first is a 2% premium rebate for completing the program eligibility requirements, and the second is 2% performance bonus for employers who reduce their frequency or severity of claims by 10 percent or more below the previous year’s frequency or severity, or employers who maintain both frequency and severity at zero. Rebate payments are sent by the Ohio BWC to employers who earn the rebate in the last quarter of each calendar year.

The rebate offer excludes self-insuring employers and state agencies. Also, employers already participating in Group Experience Rating who meet the program eligibility requirements will be eligible for a 2-percent performance rebate, and Group Retrospective Rating employers who meet the program eligibility requirements will receive a rebate of 2-percent of their annual premium.

A Safety Council meeting is held each month where a program is presented on a safety, health or workers comp topic. Attendance at the meetings is one of the rebate eligibility requirements. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 8 am to 9 am, and breakfast is served. Sixty to seventy people usually attend the meetings. A meeting notice is sent the week before each meeting. There is a membership fee to participate in Safety Council. The rate for the next year is $135 per person per year. View our calendar of events to stay current on Safety Council meetings and time.

July marks the beginning of the Safety Council year, since it parallels the state’s fiscal year. That’s why it is essential to submit your enrollment form before the end of July if you want to earn the rebate through participation in this program. New members are welcome any time of year but will not be eligible for the rebate until the next fiscal year.

The Safety Council program includes participation in an annual awards program. The program recognizes positive safety records in the workplace and can be used to encourage safe practices and celebrate the efforts of the workforce. Awards are presented each year the Chamber’s “Spring Break” annual meeting.

Even employers that are not eligible for the Safety Council rebate are welcome to join and to earn annual safety awards. Non members are also welcome to attend meetings if a program topic interests them.

If you are already a Safety Council member, you do not need to re-enroll. We will assume you are continuing in the program for the coming year. Please let us know if you are a member and DO NOT plan to continue in the coming year.

Meeting Schedule
Safety Council meetings are generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 8 am to 9 am at Zanesville Country Club. In November and December the meetings are typically one week earlier due to the holidays. Before attending be sure to call to confirm a meeting date, time and location. Contact Lydia

2019 Meeting Schedule

  • June 26th, 2019
  • July 24th, 2019
  • August 28th, 2019
  • September 25th, 2019
  • October 23rd, 2019
  • November 27th, 2019
  • December 18th, 2019
  • January 22nd, 2020
  • February 26th, 2020
  • March 25th, 2020
  • April 22nd, 2020
  • May 27th, 2020
  • June 24th, 2020

Safety Council Steering Committee

Bill Adams

AK Steel

Jamey Baker

ValueCare Ambulance

Doug Hobson

Zanesville Fire Department

Adam Holmes

Frueh Enterprises

Tayor Russell


Kate Klaus

ClearPath Underground Solutions

Howard Stewart

South East Area Transit

Lydia Phillips

Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce

Jim Stephens

Zemba Bros., Inc.


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