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Ohio Workers' Comp Bureau Offering Classes on Safety, Cost Reduction

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) will hold several classes for employers this month around the state to help them prevent workplace accidents and reduce costs. Employers and employees from a variety of fields can gain information about workplace safety in their specific industries, the agency says.

Through safety education, BWC says it hopes to decrease the number of workplace injuries throughout Ohio. Employers can protect their employees from harm by preventing accidents and being proactive about safety during day-to-day operations. In addition, the information gained during safety classes can help a business maintain a positive safety record, and therefore, save money on premiums.

These classes are free to all employers who have an active BWC policy. All classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 4:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

The class schedules and locations follow:

Cambridge Customer Service Office, 61501 Southgate Parkway, Cambridge

  • Accident Analysis Jan. 5
  • Lockout/Tagout Jan. 18 (ends at noon)

Canton Customer Service Office, 402 Second St. SE, Canton

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Jan. 12 (ends at noon)
  • Ergonomics: Basic Principles Jan. 31

Dayton Customer Service Office, 3401 Park Center Drive, Suite 140, Dayton

  • Ergonomics: Developing an Effective Process Jan. 10

Garfield Heights Customer Service Office, 4800 East 131st St., Garfield Heights (Cleveland area)

  • Enhancing Safety Through a Drug-Free Workplace Jan. 10 (ends at noon)
  • Effective Safety Teams Jan. 18
  • Safety Management for Public Employers Jan. 25 (ends at noon)

Governor's Hill Customer Service Office, 8650 Governor's Hill Drive, Cincinnati

  • Hazard Communication Jan. 18 to 19 (ends at noon on second day)
  • Hazwoper Refresher Jan. 26 (ends at 5 p.m.)

Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health, 13430 Yarmouth Drive, Pickerington (Columbus area)

  • Asthma! Is Your Company at Risk? Jan. 4
  • Ergonomics: Developing an Effective Process Jan. 5
  • First Aid in the Workplace Jan. 11
  • Laboratory Safety Jan. 11
  • Machine Guarding Basics Jan. 26 (ends at noon)

Owens Community College, Center for Development and Training, 2249 Tracy Road, Northwood (Toledo area)

  • Hazwoper Refresher Jan. 5 (ends at 5:00 p.m.)
  • Fall Hazard Recognition, Avoidance and Protection Jan. 18 to 19
  • Controlling Workers' Comp Costs Jan. 24

Portsmouth Customer Service Office, 1005 Fourth St., Portsmouth

  • Fundamentals of an Effective Safety and Health Program Jan. 18
  • Youngstown Customer Service Office, 242 Federal Plaza W., Youngstown
  • Personal Protective Equipment Selection Criteria Jan. 5 (ends at noon)

For additional information on the classes listed above, other classes offered or to register, go to the Safety services section of BWC's Web site. Register by phone at (800) OHIOBWC.

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