ARCHBOLD – Workplace safety was the theme of the day Tuesday at the Four County Career Center when Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison encouraged students to build a “safety-first” mindset and make it a lifelong practice.
“The hallmark of a safe workplace is not only a supportive management team that provides the tools and training necessary to prevent accidents, but also a workforce that puts safety into practice,” Morrison said to students studying auto technology, carpentry, welding and pre-engineering. “As you enter the workforce, I challenge you to embrace your important role in building a culture of safety in your new workplace.”
Four County Career Center provides experience-based education to prepare Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams County students for college, secondary education and a range of careers. The school invited Morrison to visit with students as part of its February celebration of Career and Technical Education Month.
“With the number of labs that incorporate the use of power tools, equipment and other like materials, the importance of safety in our school is of the utmost importance,” said Superintendent Tim Meister. “It is our top priority every day at Four County Career Center.”
Morrison said BWC offers many safety-focused services to Ohio employers and workers. The agency’s proposed 2018-2019 budget continues its ongoing commitment to promoting workplace safety and encourages further investment in protecting Ohio’s workers.
Visit the safety section of bwc.ohio.gov to learn more about training, on-site consulting and other programs included as part of an employer’s workers’ compensation premiums.