What’s a safety council?
The State of Ohio
began safety councils in an effort to raise the safety awareness of
Ohio employers. Councils offer valuable information, education and
training on occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation
and risk management issues.
When are the meetings?
Regular monthly meetings of the Safety Council of
Greater Columbus are typically held the first Wednesday of the
month, with registration, networking and breakfast beginning at 7:30
a.m., unless a holiday prevents it. The meetings run
from 8 to 9 a.m. (except July, which runs until 9:30 a.m.) and are
held year round to allow SCGC participants to meet their 10 meeting
All regular monthly meetings will be held at The Makoy
Center, 5462 Center St., Hilliard, Ohio 43026. | Directions |
Do I have to be a BX member?
No. Membership to the council is available to all central Ohio
employers regardless of their affiliation with any organization or
What's the cost?
Annual membership in the SCGC is $150 per policy number and is due before the deadline to file enrollment each year.
What companies are eligible?
Only state-funded employers are eligible for the discount, but all
companies – including self-insured firms – are welcome to
If I'm self-insured, can I still participate in the meetings?
Yes. Employees of a self-insured company are welcome to attend the
monthly meetings to receive valuable safety training; however,
self-insured companies will not be eligible for the 2% rebate on
workers' compensation premiums.
Can I join multiple safety councils?
No. Enrollment and the rebate for companies are limited to one
safety council; however, your employees are encouraged to take
advantage of the training opportunities offered by all of the safety
Can I attend a meeting of another safety council to count for my 10 meetings a year?
No. Your meeting eligibility requirements must be met by attending
one council. For example, you may send employees to councils in
other counties, but you must attend at least eight meetings from the
council in which you are enrolled to receive your discount.
How will the Bureau know that I am participating?
The Safety Council of Greater Columbus will handle all of the
paperwork with the Bureau of Workers' Compensation - from enrollment
to semi-annual reporting. As long as you turn in your reports to the
Safety Council, your company will not be responsible for reporting
directly to the BWC.
What if a meeting doesn't apply to my work?
A company joins the council, so if a certain meeting topic is best
served by the attendance of another individual in your company, they
may attend in addition, or to replace you. Your credit is based on
attendance by someone from your firm, not a single individual.
The meetings are also an invaluable resource
for networking. Before each meeting, registration, networking and
breakfast will take place, allowing time for you to talk to others
who do business in your industry.