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The Ohio West Safety Council is sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation and Eastman & Smith, Ltd. Attorneys at Law and is open to all area businesses, is an initiative of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce designed to increase safety awareness, and to give businesses a potential cost savings benefit on their Workers’ Compensation rates.  Held in collaboration with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, the program aims to provide a forum for safety and health information, education and networking in local communities.  Program topics must be classified under occupational safety & health, risk management, workers’ compensation, BWC services, rehabilitation or environmental issues.


The Ohio West Safety Council currently meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:00am-9:30am at Vantage Career Center with breakfast included. Each meeting will feature a update from the Ohio BWC, our sponsor Eastman & Smith, Ltd. Attorney's At Law, followed by our featured speaker. A steering committee made up of safety professionals from various local employers and a representative from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation will guide the program development.

Upcoming Meetings:

8:30am on Wednesday April 10, 2024: "General Safety Knowledge Competition" with John Schlatter Safety Director with Woolace Electric, John has 37 years of Environmental, Health and Safety plan development, implementation and compliance management experience. John's experience is in manufacturing, construction and consulting. John is an OSHA authorized construction trainer. John has a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health Engineering from Columbia Southern University and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Columbia Southern University.

8:30am on Wednesday May 8, 2024: Chazz Roger, SEH Manager with Danfoss Power Solutions: “OSHA Recordable vs. Reportable & What to Expect from an Injury Related OSHA Visit”. Chazz has spent the last 14 years in the manufacturing environment and after holding various positions at all levels of the organization, starting with entry level production, he is now the current SEH Manager for Danfoss Power Solutions in Van Wert, OH.  In this role he is responsible for all aspects of regulatory Environmental, Health, and Safety compliance requirements for the location.  Additionally, his responsibilities include the development and implementation of safety programs and data analysis, as well as training and new hire onboarding.  Chazz also holds a bachelor's degree and OSHA 30 Hour certification.


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Membership includes:

  • A scheduled monthly safety meeting
  • Breakfast for up to two attendees
  • Take-Away Safety Information from each meeting
  • Updates on the latest BWC programs
  • Opportunity to speak with a BWC regional representative at each meeting
  • Opportunity to network with other local companies
  • Earn a 3% discount on your workers compensation insurance by attending 10 safety council meetings

For additional information about the Ohio West Safety Council or to register for the upcoming Safety Council program, please see the links located above, email the chamber at or call us at (419) 238-4390.

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