2022 Safety Expo!

  • 2022 Safety Expo
    October 20, 2022
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The 2022 Northeast Ohio Safety Expo is Back!!

We are happy to announce that after a two-year hiatus the NE Ohio Safety Expo is back.  This event is jointly sponsored by the Ohio BWC/Division of Safety & Hygiene – Youngstown Service Office and the Northern Ohio Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

This year’s safety expo will be held in Niles, Ohio at the beautiful new Eastwood Event Centre. This new conference center is a perfect fit for the expo, with easy driving access and ample parking, and large breakout rooms.

There will be educational sessions as well as a vendor area where companies and organizations will exhibit their latest offerings.

  • When: Thursday October 20, 2022
    • Registration: 8 – 9 a.m.
    • Conference: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • Exhibit Area: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
  • Where: Eastwood Event Centre – 5577 Youngstown Warren Rd, Niles, Ohio 44446
  • Conference Price
    • Attendees: $30 Lunch is not included in the registration fee. There are many options around the area for lunch.
    • Exhibitors: $150 which includes an exhibit table. Spaces are limited.

Click Here for Safety Expo Informational Brochure

Educational credits

  • Safety council members may earn one external credit in the BWC’s Safety Council Rebate Program. Stop by the BWC booth located in the Expo Center to get your certificate. Maximum – one external training certificate per company.
  • One Industry-Specific Safety Program (ISSP) loss prevention activity can be earned by attending three different one-hour educational sessions.
  • Attendance at the NE Ohio Safety Expo can earn your company a maximum of one loss prevention activity credit no matter how many employer representatives attend or how many sessions they attend.
  • Attending two sessions marked with an asterisk (*) fulfills the two-hour training requirement for BWC’s Group-Experience-Rating Program or Group-Retrospective-Rating Program.
  • Must include your BWC# in your registration if you would like to receive the BWC credits for attending these sessions.

Educational sessions
The educational sessions are listed below by time of day. You can attend one session in each time slot for the $30 registration fee, what a deal!  On-site registration is welcome for an additional $10 but we cannot guarantee there will be space available in all the sessions.


9:00 am to 10:00 am  |  Lockout/Tagout*   |  Brian Zachetti  |  BWC/Division of Safety & Hygiene

This session will examine best practices surrounding the control of hazardous energy and how they may apply to your workplace.  Topics of discussion will include machine specific energy control procedures, minor servicing considerations, energy source evaluation, and employee training.  This session will also provide instruction regarding requirements for energy isolation devices, group lockout requirements and program development.  Objectives: Participants will learn principles and procedures of hazardous energy control including employee types/training, device requirements, and how to handle minor service and tool changes. Participants will be able to determine when lockout/tagout procedures need to be implemented in their facility and what those procedures should contain.  Participants will be able to explain the purpose of a hazardous energy control program and how to begin implementation of a program in their workplace.  Participants will also be able to plan, implement and/or review an energy control procedure.

9:00 am to 10:00 am  |  Industrial Hygiene 101*  |  Tom Kelly  |  BWC/Division of Safety & Hygiene

This session will discuss the importance of industrial hygiene as an element of a company’s overall safety process. He will describe the process of health hazard recognition in the workplace as well as common chemical exposure controls and required written programs.

9:00 am to 10:00 am   |  Fire protection systems – an important part of employee safety*  |  Pat McCon  |  Zurich Resilience Solutions 

Every year many workers worldwide die or are seriously injured by fires in the workplace.  Yet many employers (and many safety professionals) see fire protection as a function separate from workplace safety.  In many businesses fire protection systems are the responsibility of plant maintenance or engineering or someone else – not the safety professionals.  This presentation will help familiarize safety committee members and safety professionals with the basics of fire protection systems and the importance of proper care and maintenance.

9:00 am to 10:00 am   |  Aerial lift training (MEWP) Mobile Elevated Work Platforms*  |  Mandy Forlina  |  Safety Training Group USA 

The information in this presentation provides a broad overview of the A92 Standards A92 Standard changes that went into effect June 2020. The session will also review the following standards: A92.20 Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs), A92.22 Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and A92.24 Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs)


KEYNOTE SPEAKER 10:15 am to 11:15 am  |  Future of Safety – Impact on the Environmental Safety Occupational Health Profession*   |  Donald D. Elswick  |  University of Alabama 

Rapid and profound changes anticipated in the future of work will have significant implications for occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals. As the nature of the workplace, work, and the workforce change, the Environmental, Safety,  and Occupational and Health (ESOH) field must expand its focus to include existing and new hazards which consider how to protect the health and well-being of a diverse workforce and understand and mitigate the safety implications of new work arrangements. The world of workplace environmental, safety, and occupational health has been impacted significantly over the last few years. And as a result, so has the profession. Many workplaces are struggling with ESOH demands, and it’s time for us to get ahead of the issues. This session will look at the research and trends that will provide direction and success in the future. Exploring emerging themes and the impact of safety, sustainability, occupational disease, mental health, remote workers, and communication. As an environmental,  safety,  and occupational health (ESOH) profession, we need to explore and use new technology to ensure success for our workplaces and employees!


11:30 am to 12:30 pm  |  Are Transitional Work Programs Really Worth the Effort?  |  Shanna Dunbar  |  Workplace Health Inc. 

Finding modified work or ‘light duty’ for an employee who has work restrictions can be a bother. But – providing an injured worker with job activities as they rehabilitate is not only good for the employee – but for your business as well.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm   |  How to Reduce Complacency and Inspire Safety Excellence  |  Cari Gray  |  BWC/Division of Safety & Hygiene

Are your employees paying attention to safety? Do incidents happen because employees are not “being careful”?  Are you leading the safety charge with excitement and passion? In this session we want to explore how you can INSPIRE safety excellence.  You must to “sell” safety to make an impact. We will discuss complacency and how it impacts the workplace.  Our goal is to provide tools and resources to increase safety mindfulness and attention to tasks.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm   |  Truck Safety – Are You in Compliance?*  |  Christopher Eastly  |  HUB International Limited

Many small businesses have USDOT registered vehicles. But do you know your responsibilities under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR)? This session will summarize issues such as: Fleet Types & Regulatory Authority, Vehicle Types, How to Register, Driver Qualification, What About Drug & Alcohol Testing, and Enforcement Concerns.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm  |  OSHA On-Site Consultation: Ohio’s Best-Kept Secret  |  Ranzy Brown  |  BWC/OSHA On-Site

The BWC’s OSHA On-Site Consultation Program provides free safety consultations for private businesses, yet most employers have never heard of us. Come find out  who we are and what we do, and how we can help you improve safety!


LUNCH BREAK  12:30 pm to 1:30 pm  |  Lunch is not included in the registration fee, there are many options around the area for lunch.


1:30 pm to 2:30 pm  |  Total Worker Health® – The 4 reasons why your company should be using this approach!  |  Shanna Dunbar  |  Workplace Health Inc. 

Total Worker Heath® is not a new concept.  Integrating the protection of workers with the promotion of the health is the goal of any comprehensive Occupational Safety and Health program striving to advance employee well-being.  Where are we falling short, how do we get leadership to best understand the value of this approach?  Join us at the Safety Expo to hear form Shanna Dunbar, Certified Occupational Health Nurse and Total Worker Heath® facilitator,  who takes companies who want to go from good to great in both Safety and Worker Well Being as she presents: “Total Worker Health® – The 4 reasons why your company should be using this approach!”

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm   |  3D Printing Safety and Additive Manufacturing Safety*  |  Sarah Ghezzi  |  BWC/Division of Safety & Hygiene

Do you use a 3D printer or does your company utilize additive manufacturing? Do you want to learn more about the hazards created from the use of this technology? This session will include information on desktop 3D printer safety as well as large scale additive manufacturing processes. In this session, we will define additive manufacturing and explore printing processes,  identify safety and health concerns when using this technology and categorize control measures for each process.

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm  |  Workers’ Compensation 101 – Basics from a MCO prospective  |  Cheryl Altizer  |  Promedica Medical Management

This presentation will review all parties to a WC claim and roles of each, discuss BWC’s criteria for a compensable claim, show how to review a claim for any “red flags”, and discuss how an employer can minimize the impact of a WC claim.

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm   |  The Real Cost of Safety*  |  Nic Coia  |  BWC/Division of Safety & Hygiene 

Safety and health training and programs are focused on how to prevent injuries in the workplace by setting rules and expectations within the workplace. We often discuss the costs associated with lost time, medical treatment and damaged equipment in an effort to encourage safe working practices. However, we rarely look at the effects an injury has on an employee, their family and the future success of that employee. In the real cost of safety we will explore the effects of a workplace injury beyond the walls of our establishments and bring to light the real cost employees pay when injured on the job.


2:45 pm to 3:45 pm  |  OSHA Update*  |  Howie Eberts  |  OSHA – Cleveland Area Office 

This presentation covers what you should know about Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) changes for fiscal year 2022 and beyond, including:  An update on recent workplace fatalities and new standards. Frequently cited standards. How OSHA handles fines and citations. The importance of comprehensive safety and health management systems. Specific industry changes.

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm  |  Increasing Involvement in Your Safety Team*  |  Jennifer Lingafelter  | BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene

This one-hour workshop demonstrates and provides tools for increasing participation, engagement, and involvement during your team meetings all while having fun! Topics include ice breakers, large and small group feedback, group activities, and team member roles.

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm  |  Assessment: The Prescription for Success*   |  Walter Fluharty   |  Simon Roofing 

This very interactive and lively workshop will demonstrate, via structured exercises, how a properly conducted assessment allows safety professionals to evaluate the effectiveness of their organization’s safety efforts.  The session will illustrate the need to customize “off the shelf” safety programs or behavioral-based safety processes to fit their organization’s culture.  Attendees will leave understanding how to capture the perceptions of cross section of employees which are used by organizations to make informed decisions on where to place resources to obtain optimum results, visibility and worker buy-in. These elements are critical precursors to the success of any safety process.

2:45 pm to 3:45 pm  |  Confined space identification and hazards*  |  Jennifer Wasilk  |   Sandstone EHS Services, LLC

This session covers identifying confined spaces, recognizing their hazards, rules for monitoring of atmospheric hazards, and controlling confined space hazards.


For questions and more info contact:
David Costantino, CPM  |  Loss Prevention Supervisor at Ohio BWC Youngstown Service Office

Patric E. McCon, CSP, CFPS, CHMM  |  Sr. Risk Engineering Consultant at Zurich Resilience Solutions

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