Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council receives recognition

Photo Provided The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation’s Division of Safety and Hygiene presented the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council with its grand award, First Place Safety Council of the Year. From left, Co-Managers Carrie Ankrom and Candi Heiss, Safety Council board members David Miller of Globe Metallurgical, Joan Zoller of Trademark Solutions, Joe Wesel of American Producers Supply Co., Gary O’Brien of O’Brien’s Safety Services and Ted Szabo of Pawnee Maintenance.

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council recently was honored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation’s Division of Safety and Hygiene with the grand award for First Place Safety Council of the Year.

The Safety Council is sponsored by the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce and the Division of Safety and Hygiene. Administrator Stephanie McCloud presented the award to the council for its efforts in 2018.

“We are extremely excited that the Mid-Ohio Safety Council was named Safety Council of the year. All the credit for this award goes to the Safety Council leadership and Chamber staff. This recognition simply drives us to take the Mid-Ohio Valley Safety Council to the next level.” Kristopher Justice, chairman of the board of the Marietta Area Chamber of Commerce, said.

Each year, the bureau recognizes the top four safety councils in Ohio.

Councils provide communities with quality programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation, risk management education and information. They inform participants about new techniques, products and services, and provide a thorough knowledge of these services.

Second to fourth place wards were presented to: second, Stark County Safety Council; third, Summit County Safety Council; and fourth, Ross County Safety Council.

“This is an incredible honor,” Carrie Ankrom, president and CEO of the chamber and the co-manager of the Safety Council.

“I am so proud to work every day with area individuals who have the ultimate goal of sending our co-workers and employees home safely every day to their families, ready to play with their children, able to engage in community events and to enjoy life to the fullest after a hard day’s work,” she said. “We will continue to bring the highest level of safety topics, speakers and education to our members.”

Safety Council Co-Manager Candi Heiss also thanked the bureau.

“We are excited to share the news with our (Safety Council) members and board of directors that helped to make this goal a reality,” she said. “Our most important job is that each member is well informed on safety topics pertaining to their jobs and life and that they return home safely every night.”

The bureau’s Division of Safety and Hygiene sponsors 83 safety councils across the state that are organized through chambers of commerce, trade and manufacturing associations or other local safety-oriented organizations. Safety councils provide communities with programs addressing occupational safety and health, workers’ compensation and risk management education and information.

“I am very proud for the (Safety Council) to win this award of Grand Safety Council in the state of Ohio,” Joan Zoller, president of the Safety Council board. “We are competing with over 83 different safety councils in the state of Ohio that come from larger areas of the state. This award represents the passion and dedication that our (Safety Council) members, our board and Safety Managers Candi Heiss and Carrie Ankrom are all committed to making safety a priority and a lifestyle for our community.”

The Safety Council was established in 1988. For more information about the Safety Council, call 740-373-5176.

The annual membership fee is $50 per company.

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