SCT VP Jocko Vermillion featured in AGL Magazine

SCT VP Jocko Vermillion was recently featured in AGL Magazine (Above Ground Level), a tower industry specific trade publication.

In the article titled, “OSHA Seeks Comment on Better Protections for Communications Tower Workers,” Mr. Vermillion, a former OSHA compliance officer and the agency’s national tower expert, said OSHA leaders and tower industry leaders need to renew their partnership in order to attain the level of commitment to safety they want.

A PDF of the article, written by Don Bishop, is below. See the fully May issue of AGL Magazine here:

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Ohio BWC Drug Free Safety Deadline Fast Approaching

Private employers have until Friday, May 29, 2015, to complete the Drug Free Safety Program application for the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation before being shut out for the year.

Employers who participate in the DFSP are eligible to receive a BWC premium rebate depending on the program level they choose.

Those selecting the Basic DFSP are eligible for a four-percent (4%) rebate, while those on the Advanced DFSP are eligible for a seven-percent (7%) rebate. Rebates are contingent upon a company satisfying requirements of its program level.

The Occupational Health Department at Safety Controls Technology can customize a Drug-Free Safety plan for your company that aligns with BWC regulations. Gail Grueser, SCT’s Substance Abuse Professional, can walk your company through the application process, develop your policy, train your employees and supervisors, conduct your drug testing and teach you how to maintain your program in-house.

Contact Gail at 440-449-6000 / 800-204-1729 to find out how SCT can help you make your workplace drug free today.

Visit the Ohio BWC website to find out more.

National Safety Stand-Down

The National Safety Stand Down is from May 4-15 and is to raise awareness for fall hazards. The worst part about falls is that each and every one is completely preventable with the correct equipment, training and PPE.

Join us in preventing death and injury by falls and conduct a safety stand-down. Safety stand-downs are when employers and employees come together every day to reduce the risk of a fall; and you can do this by talking about potential risks on the job, conducting equipment inspections, or developing safety plans. Click here to learn more and to receive a certificate of participation.

Check out this short video we created with SCT Vice President Jocko Vermillion, and Dr. Bridgette Hester, founder/presdient of the Hubble Foundation, about the Safety Stand Down and how you can partake.

Get ready for Workers’ Memorial Day at Progressive Field

Thank you for purchasing tickets for the Cleveland Indians game on Workers’ Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. Below is information regarding some of the features of the special features attached to the event and a PDF of the Indians’ Seating Diagram.

1. If attendees DO NOT want to participate in the parade, they should enter through GATE C and proceed to the Upperfield Terrace Area where the Crunch & Munch is located. The special Workers’ Memorial Day ticket will get the attendee a wrist band so that they can exit and re-enter the group area.

2. If attendees DO want to participate in the parade, they will enter through GATE A and line up there, too. Progressive Field staff will be on hand to direct people where to go. The parade route is wheelchair and stroller accessible. Parade participants need to line up at 5pm and will be in a holding pattern until batting practice on the field is over. Indians staff will guide guests where to go. Once the parade is over, attendees will proceed to the Upperfield Terrace Area to enter the Crunch & Munch Area and receive their wristbands.

3. Because of the potential for a wait time with the on-field batting practice, the Crunch & Munch time has been extended to 8:10pm.

4. If it is raining when the parade is set to begin, the parade will be canceled for safety reasons. Everyone will be directed to the Crunch & Munch area.

5. Gates open at 5:10pm. Batting practice is open before then, but attendees cannot access the Upperfield Terrace Area prior to 5:10pm.

6. In the event of a rainout, the Indians will set the date and time. Attendees must hold on to their tickets in order to prove they were at the event. At no point, neither at the entrance gates nor at the entrance to the Upperfield Terrace Area, will Indians staff take a ticket.

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SCT and ISNetworld

You’ve taken the steps to make your company or business as safe as can be with a customized safety program and training from SCT. But did you know that SCT’s safety standards make your company or business a better candidate for ISNetworld?

ISNetworld (ISN) is the largest online database connecting contractors and suppliers with clients looking for services across myriad industries. ISN collects and verifies members’ self-reported safety, environmental, insurance and compliance information.

For clients looking to obtain contractor or supplier services, ISN can help cut down on the administrative costs it takes to find, research and evaluate potential contractors/suppliers. For contractors and suppliers, ISN is a way to keep all safety and compliance information in a single location.

Joining the database is a client’s decision. SCT is an independent third party and is no way affiliated with ISN. The only correlation is SCT’s safety training and programming better enable companies to participate in ISN should they so choose.

Visit ISN’s website here.

NIOSH Talks About Forthcoming NIOSH Pocket Guide Mobile App

Columbus, Ohio – Mobile Safety Apps were a particularly popular subject at the 2015 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo, held March 31 – April 2 by the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

More than 200 people registered for the session titled, “Occupational Safety and Health Mobile Apps: Case Studies and Discussion of Current Environment.”mNPG

Presenter Donna Van Bogaert, Ph.D., chief information resources and dissemination branch for National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health in Cincinnati said the NIOSH Pocket Guide To Chemical Hazards is one of the most requested government documents and the most popular NIOSH publication.

With the ubiquity of smartphones, Pocket Guide users have naturally wanted to have the convenience of an electronic, easily searchable version in the field.

Van Bogaert said a three-year grant from the National Occupational Research Agenda competition allowed NIOSH to research the concept of launching a mobile Pocket Guide app.

Questions they had to answer included how much interactivity is important to the user, how much memory storage the app requires and the long-term sustainability costs of this app.

“We are starting the field test period with occupational safety and health professionals, emergency responders and healthcare professionals,” Van Bogaert said. “Once we complete NIOSH and CDC clearance, we’ll be making the (mobile NIOSH Pocket Guide app) available in Fall 2015.”

But what about the NIOSH Pocket Guide apps that already exist in an App Store when a cursory search is performed?

They’re not legitimate.

“Of the three apps currently available that brand themselves as NIOSH Pocket Guide none is a sanctioned version of the guide,” Van Bogaert said. “We don’t know the level of integrity of the data. And as we’re a government agency, our guide will be free.”

The imposter NIOSH Pocket Guide apps available, which at last check were costing about $8 to download, most likely ripped their content from NIOSH’s website.

While NIOSH can verify the integrity of information on its website, it cannot assure these unsanctioned “NIOSH” apps haven’t tampered with the data.

The best bet? Wait for the official NIOSH Pocket Guide to be released in the fall.

Van Bogaert said the official app will feature a responsive content design, which means the app would recognize the type of device being used to access the information and adjusts the format to best fit the specific device.

Another benefit to the app, it will be useable offline, she added, which means a device doesn’t have to be connected to the Internet in order for the user to access the information.

For more information about the NIOSH Pocket Guide, visit here: NIOSH Pocket Guide

Spend Workers’ Memorial Day with the Cleveland Indians

Honor America’s working men and women on Workers’ Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio.

The baseball game is the final event in a day filled with commemorative events celebrating the American worker. Northeast Ohio is privileged to have David Michaels, M.P.H., Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, in town to attend all the scheduled events, which can be found here.

Dr. Michaels will throw out the first pitch at the Cleveland Indians Workers’ Memorial Event. The Indians take on the Kansas City Royals at 6:10 p.m.

Special pricing has been obtained for the Workers’ Memorial Day game at just $20 per ticket.

At 5 p.m., a pre-game parade around the field will be available for Workers’ Memorial Day event guests. Parade participants must line up at the Gate A ramp by 5 p.m.

Dr. Michaels will throw the first pitch at 6 p.m.

Attendees will have a private space in the new upper outfield terrace club with light snacks (chips/popcorn) along with Pepsi products. Snacks will start when gates open and will run until one hour after first pitch.

Game starts at 6:10 pm, Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals.

Want to attend the game? Contact Jackie Plys, Indians’ Group Sales Account Executive, at 216-420-4162. Say you’re calling to order tickets for the April 28th Workers’ Memorial Day Event, pass code “BASEBALL.” DISCOUNTED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 20th. BUY NOW!

For additional information, contact Julie Weis from OSHA at 216-447-4194.

Savic promoted to Vice President

The future of SCT looks bright as younger employees, who have proven their worth after years of dedication and hard work, rise to upper management.

Dragan Savic, CHST

In addition to a new baby at home, Dragan Savic also has a new position: Vice President of Glass Technology and Safety Staff Augmentation.

Savic, who joined SCT in 2004, said he is honored with the promotion and is ready to take on more responsibility.

“I am excited and looking forward to it,” he added.

“As (the glass) division has grown, it has taken a life of its own and is now a standalone department at SCT,” said Joe Ventura, General Manager. “There is no one better to lead this new department than Dragan Savic, who has been with the company since we started safety staff augmentation work.

“He started as a technician in the field and worked his way up to Vice President, earning the respect of his peers and the engineering and safety professionals who work in the glass industry.”

Joining Dragan in the expanding glass division is Irwin Caraballo.

“After a year working in the field and sacrificing his personal time for the company, Irwin has accepted a position as an assistant to Dragan where he will be helping to lead the team of technicians in the field while also servicing the needs of our clients in Cleveland,” Ventura said.

SCT Hires Whitney Murray, MBA

Joining the SCT Team is Whitney Murray, MBA, who will serve as a research and field analyst and assistant to Vice president Jocko Vermillion. Whitney, who is moving to Cleveland from Jacksonville, Florida, has a background in environmental work and wastewater treatment.”That’s a service we haven’t been able to offer, the wastewater treatment industry,” Jocko sawhitneyid. “We’ve had to sub contract that work. We’re hoping to keep that in-house now. We want to really be a one stop shop.”Jocko added Whitney will be a big help in the expert witness field. By joining SCT, Whitney brings more than 12 years of experience in the field of Environmental, Health & Safety and business management. Her background spans the aerospace, maritime and glass industries. After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with a major in Environmental Engineering from Florida State University, Whitney achieved her Engineer Intern status and followed that with an MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2012. “I worked with Whitney when she was the EHS Director for Anchor Glass in Jacksonville last year,” said Joe Ventura, SCT General Manager. “She demonstrated to me that she had strong competencies in the area of general industry safety and had a real desire to learn construction rebuild safety.”Joe added that with her background in wastewater safety management, Whitney will bring a whole new dimension of environmental safety that SCT is not practicing right now.


Workers’ Memorial Day 2015


OSHA, Hubble Foundation, Northeast Ohio Safety Council, COSE, the Cleveland Indians, the City Club of Cleveland, Lorain County Community College, the Painters and Allied Trades International Union, and the International Chemical Workers Union will host David Michaels M.P.H, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, on Workers’ Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 28th, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Workers’ Memorial Day honors workers who have died on the job, acknowledges the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities, and allows us all to recommit ourselves to the fight for safe and healthful workplaces. It is also the day the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established in 1971.

For Workers’ Memorial Day 2015, Northeast Ohio will be in the national spotlight as we are joined by Dr. David Michaels, who is scheduled to appear at several events throughout the day.

The Schedule for Tuesday, April 28, 2015, is as follows:

OSHA 7405 Fall Protection Class 8am-1:30pm in Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Sponsored by Mid America OTI.
FREE to the first 25 participants. Register online.

OSHA 7500 Intro to Safety & Health Management, 8am-2pm in Middleburg Heights, Ohio

Sponsored by Mid America OTI.
FREE to the first 25 participants. Register online.

Dr. Michaels Speaks at The City Club of Cleveland, 12pm (Noon)

Lunch included.
Cost per single ticket: $20 members / $35 nonmembers
Corporate group: $450 for a 10-person table
Nonprofit group: $350 for a 10-person table
Register online.

*NOTE: The City Club has informed us that a price increase occurred on April 1, 2015. No, this was not an April Fools’ joke. The corporate table is now $450, and the nonprofit table is now $350. We apologize for the unexpected change. Thank you for your understanding.*

Chemical Workers Annual Memorial Ceremony, 2:30 pm

FREE to the public. For reservations, call 330-926-1444
Chemical Workers Union Hall
1655 West Market Street, Akron

Cleveland Indians Workers’ Memorial Event

Attendees will have a private space in the new upper outfield terrace club with light snacks (chips/popcorn) along with Pepsi products. Snacks will start when the gates open and will run until one hour after the first pitch.

Lower box seating: $20/ticket includes parade, scoreboard greeting, raffle and prizes.

Participate in a pre-game parade around the field at 5 pm. Parade participants must line up at the Gate A ramp by 5 pm.

Dr. Michaels throws the first pitch at 6 pm.

Game starts at 6:10 pm, Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals.

Want to attend the game? Contact Jackie Plys, Indians’ Group Sales Account Executive, at 216-420-4162. Say you’re calling to order tickets for the April 28th Workers’ Memorial Day Event, pass code: “BASEBALL.” THESE DISCOUNTED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE UNTIL MONDAY, APRIL 20th.

For additional information, contact Julie Weis from OSHA at 216-447-4194.