Wood County Safety Council

Basic information on the Wood County Safety Council & benefits.

  • Help eliminate or reduce workplace injuries and illnesses
  • Learn from our experts and your peers
  • Enable your organization to take advantage of savings through Safety Rebates and Performance Bonuses
  • Connect you to knowledgeable, experienced safety practitioners and experts
  • Increase productivity and morale
  • Save direct and indirect costs
  • Promote workplace safety awareness
  • Provide peer-to-peer advice and training sessions
  • Networking opportunities with your peers

Link to application.

Eligibilty Requirements

Thousands of Ohio Employers find value in workers' compensation premium savings by actively participating in their local safety councils...you can join them!

To earn a safety council rebate, employers must meet rebate eligibility requirements in one of over 80 BWC sponsored safety councils.

To qualify for the BWC Safety Council rebate, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Attend ten meetings or events, at least eight through the local safety council. Employer has the option to earn a maximum of two external training credits.
  • CEO (highest ranking authority) must attend any one safety council-hosted meeting or special event. The safety council is the ultimate authority on approving a qualified representative to fulfill the CEO requirement.
  • Submit semi-annual reports for the current fiscal year.
Meeting Schedule



April 4, 2017 Understanding Ergonomics & Annual Awards
Lisa Conine, Bureau of Workers' Compensation
Mick Altherr, Cooper Standard
May 2, 2017 Fire Safety for Manufacturing and Industry
Tom Sanderson, BG Fire Division Chief
June 6, 2017 More Hot HR Topics
Bob Bethel, The Employers' Association
July 11, 2017 Safety Committees
Dennis McMickens, Northwest Safety Council of Ohio
August 1, 2017 Fire Safety & Fire Extinguishers
Rob Rath, Bowling Green Fire Division
September 5, 2017 A.L.I.C.E (Active Shooter)
Sergeant Mike Bengela, Bowling Green Police Division
October 3, 2017 Workplace Injuries
Dr Naheed Sufi, Medical Review Office/Director, Wood County Hospital
November 7, 2017 Violence in the Workplace
Tammy Donaldson, Ohio BWC
December 5, 2017 Mystery Meeeting
Steering Committee

Safety Council Steering Committee

Mick Altherr - Coordinator HS&E
Cooper Standard Automotive Group

Sue Clanton - Area Director
United Way in Wood County

Janet Goldner - Mayor
Village of North Baltimore

Matt Karaffa
First Insurance Group

Teri Laurer - MSN, RN, Manager, Wellness Services
Wood County Hospital

Dee Meyer - HR & Safety Manager
Rosenboom Custom Crafted Cylinders

Allyson Murray - Administrator
Village of North Baltimore

Joan Newlove - Realtor/Leasing Agent
John Newlove Real Estate, Inc.


Safety Council Consultants

Sue Clark - Executive Director
Bowling Green Economic Development

Wade Gottschalk - Executive Director
Wood County Economic Development

Steve Puffer - Retired
Wood County Commissioner's Office

Earlene Kilpatrick - Executive Director
Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

Michael Penrod - Director
Wood County District Public Library


Safety Council Manager

Sandy Kerr - Administrative Assistant/Office Manager
Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

BWC Support Contacts

Tammi Donaldson - Industrial Safety Consultant
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation

Michelle Francisco - Safety Council Program Manager
Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation