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Chamber Says Safety Council Can Lower Employers' Worker Comp Premiums
Posted on: 10/15/2013
By  Andy Rex
 
One of many programs offered by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses is the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council. WMOA News spoke with Chamber president Charlotte Keim…
 
“The intention of Safety Council is to create more awareness, particularly in the workplace, of safety.  But, a lot of the lessons also carry over to people’s personal lives.  The goal really is to ensure that every employee gets home to their family and friends every night.”
 
The council typically meets on the third Wednesday of each month, discussing safety issues in the workplace…
 
“We have speakers on different topics, trying to reach every type of business.  Bringing the latest on equipment, new rules and regulations from OSHA, as well as things the Ohio Bureau might require of people – updates on how to save money on your workers’ comp premiums, for example.”
 
Membership to Safety Council is open to representatives of business and industry, interested in developing increased safety awareness.  The annual membership fee is $50 per company.
 
Keim says being a member of Safety Council can save businesses money on workers’ compensation premiums.  The enrollment deadline for this year has passed, however, she says…
 
“We still encourage companies, even though it’s past the enrollment, to come to the Safety Council meetings, to gain that information.  They’ll also learn about other programs that are offered that can save them (money) on their workers’ comp payments.  The drug-free workplace is an example of that, but there are several other programs that are able to help companies save money and provide that safe environment.  Most of all, I think those that attend Safety Council learn from each other.”
 
The next meeting of the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council is tomorrow (Wed.) at the Marietta Country Club.  Registration begins at 11:30, with the program at noon. A $12 fee includes lunch.
 
For more information, contact Carrie Ankrom at the Chamber: (740) 373-5176.
 
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