Volume 27 / Issue 11 - November, 2022
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LCSC Program Committee Presents

Thursday, November 17, 2022
Topic: Marijuana & The Workplace: Navigating A Challenging Landscape

Dyann McDowell, President/Training & Business Development, Training Marbles, Inc, (and) Michael J. Bertsch, Attorney, Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper


Registration: 11:15 a.m.

Lunch & Program:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Cater To You Catering Co. - Father Kline Social Center, 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor, 44060

Cost: Members: $25

Non-Members: $30




Thursday, December 15, 2022
Topic: Emerging Safety Technology - Virtual Design Construction (VDC) & Drone Safety Applications

Scott Cole, CSP, SMS CHST, Business Unit EHS Director, Turner Construction (and) Joe Singer, EHS Manager, Process Technology


Registration:  11:15 a.m.

Lunch & Program:  11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


AWT (Alliance for Working Together) Transformation Training Center, 8980 Tyler Blvd., Mentor 44060

Cost: Members: $25

Non-Members: $30




Marijuana and the Workplace - Navigating a Challenging Landscape

The steering committee for the Lake County Safety Council is proud to announce the November LCSC program ... Marijuana & The Workplace: Navigating a Challenging Landscape, with keynote speakers Dyann McDowell and Michael J. Bertsch.

They will address issues such as: 

*** Understanding Ohio Medical Marijuana Guidelines for Employers

*** Drug Testing - What Every Employer Needs to Know

*** The Truth About CBD Products

*** And, Changes to Come with the DEA Schedule ...IF  Rescheduled

McDowell is an HR Business Partner & Program Administrator (and Owner/President & Trainer) with Training Marbles. Bertsch is an attorney with the law firm Nicola, Gudbranson & Cooper, LLC. 

McDowell has in depth knowledge of; human resources and drug-free workplace issues, the Ohio BWC and both public and private sector employers.

Bertsch's principal practice areas are; workers compensation, employment law and litigation, OSHA compliance and litigation and civil litigation - trial and appellate.

They also will discuss;

*** Medical marijuana affects on the BWC Drug Free Workplace program

*** Interplay with existing employer policies prohibiting on-the-job drug use

*** Effect on RC 4123.54 post-accident drug testing rebuttable presumption defense 

*** FMLA/ADA accommodations

LCSC programs will continue to be on the third Thursday of every month (unless otherwise noted) and will be organized in a luncheon format from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m..

ALSO Returning is the participation rebate of 2 percent for companies that are enrolled in a safety council and attend a minimum of 10 meetings. The semi-annual report has been eliminated, the CEO attendance requirement has been eliminated and there are no group rating eligibility distinctions - the 2 percent rebate is for all eligible employers.

The November meeting is on Thursday, November 17 at  Cater To You Catering Company, Father Kline Social Center - St. John Vianney Church - 7575 Bellflower Road, Mentor, 44060.

The meeting sponsors are:  HzW Environmental Consultants and University Hospitals.

Council Director 
Tymra Gerhart
(440) 352-4079

Council Director Elect

Council Secretary
Sue Fuerst
(440) 392-2975

Past Director

Chris Brill-Packard
(440) 354-1933

Council Advisor

Council Liaison
Chris Weber
(440) 255-1616

Steering Committee
Donna McCaskey
(440) 951-3514

Lee Silvi
(440) 525-7252

Scott Cole
(216) 318.3878

Clifford Smith
(440) 954-7653

Jim Ruttinger
(440) 710-5399

Bob Bradley
(440) 639-4494

Tim Bleich
(440) 946-8800

Josh Eckford
(440) 354-0777

Tamera Tuck
(440) 417-0681

Joe Singer
(419) 704-8402

Mike Orlando

Council Assistant
Mark Wainwright
(440) 255-1616

Ohio Bureau of Workers'
Compensation Representative

Jennifer Lingafelter
Garfield Heights Office

Interested in joining our Steering Committee? Contact Mark Wainwright for more information.

We’ve got you covered!

This short video highlights the safety programs, services, and resources that BWC offers to help you create a safe and healthy workplace for your employees at no additional cost.

Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program and Drug-Free Safety Program

The nation’s substance use epidemic touches us all, including the business community. Employers have jobs to fill but hesitate to hire workers with a drug-use history. This video shows how the Substance Use Recovery and Workplace Safety Program can help you more effectively manage substance use issues in the workplace. The Drug-Free Safety Program offers premium rebates to employers who integrate drug-free efforts into their overall workplace safety program.

Workforce Safety Innovation Center

BWC’s Workforce Safety Innovation Center awarded $2.1 million in grants to two University of Cincinnati research teams developing new, innovative personal protective equipment and personal protective technology for Ohio workers.

Ohio Safety Congress and Expo®

The Ohio Safety Congress and Expo® will return in-person to the Greater Columbus Convention Center March 8-10. A select number of sessions will be streamed. Stay tuned for more information!

November In Person Training Eleven classes are available for November. See the full In-person Course Schedule for all safety and health classes. Enroll at the BWC Learning Center.

BWC Safety Webinars

Attention Public Employers–It’s Time for Your Safety Check-up! Nov. 8, 2022, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Life Safety Code Nov. 10, 2022, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

BWC Virtual Training Classes

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Series Module 1: Regulatory Background (EPA, DOT, OSHA) Nov. 7, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Crisis De-Escalation Tactics and Safe Practices Nov. 9, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Controlling Workers’ Compensations Costs Nov. 30, 2022 – Dec. 1, 2022, 9:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

BWC Library Question of the Month

Our facility just tested above the Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) for lead (fifty micrograms per cubic meter of air (50 ug/m3) averaged over an 8-hour period [see OSHA 1910.1025(c)). Are employees required to shower before leaving the facility? And are there any special requirements for employee lunchrooms?


According to OSHA’s Toxic and Hazardous Substances standard for Lead, 1910.1025:

"1910.1025(i)(3)(i) The employer shall assure that employees who work in areas where their airborne exposure to lead is above the PEL, without regard to the use of respirators, shower at the end of the work shift." So, yes, if employees work in an area that exceeds the PEL for lead, they must take a shower before leaving work. Also, OSHA states the following: "1910.1025(i)(3)(iii) The employer shall assure that employees who are required to shower pursuant to paragraph (i)(3)(i) do not leave the workplace wearing any clothing or equipment worn during the work shift."

OSHA covers lunchrooms in workplaces where the airborne exposure to lead is above the PEL in 1910.1025(i)(4) Lunchrooms 

It might be helpful to look at OSHA's safety and health topics page for lead: Lead - Overview | Occupational Safety and Health Administration (osha.gov) and NIOSH’s lead info page: Lead: Workplace Lead Publications | NIOSH | CDC 

If you need help with understanding OSHA PEL requirements, or conducting measurements for lead at your facility, contact BWC Industrial Hygienists. Consultation services are free for those with a BWC policy. Find out more on our website.

If you have a question related to occupational safety and health, email the library at library@bwc.state.oh.us.

Thank You To Our Meeting Sponsors