Safety Council

Safety council logoThe Safety Council strives to enhance the overall safety and health of the people who live and labor in our community by sharing and applying collective knowledge, skills and experiences for the purpose of promoting and facilitating continuous safety improvements. Some of the meetings are held jointly with the Human Resources Council if the topic is of interest to both groups.

Participants are comprised of safety, maintenance and human resource personnel who handle company/business/plant safety issues like OSHA requirements, ergonomics, environmental safety, and emergency disaster plans.

In an effort to meet the needs of all business people in the personnel field, the Human Resources Council has tailored their programs to meet the needs of business personnel situations. The traditional forum for this Council includes tours of other local businesses, discussion relating to human resource issues, sharing of forms and policies, and colleague networking. The Council also brings in speakers who make presentations on timely topics or topics of concern to the profession such as worker’s compensation, FMLA, employee benefits, workplace violence, drug testing policies, etc. Some of the meetings are held jointly with the Safety Council if the topic is of interest to both groups.

The group generally meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday for a lunch meeting. Meetings that have already taken place in 2018 were a February 13 presentation on the proper inspection process of safety eyewash and showers; and on April 10 with IDES presenting Unemployment claims, unemployment law changes, & the appeal process. On September 11, "Proper Workers’ Compensation Claim Handling for Employers” was presented by Eric Chovanec from Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, LLP (Sept. 11); and a meeting regarding the “Step Up” meetings held at/hosted by Second Church of Christ with 3 arms for combatting and providing services for: Mental Illness; Substance Abuse; & Family & Parenting was presented on November 13 by Jim Russell, Executive Director at Vermilion County Mental Health 708 Board; Melissa Rome, Emergency Planning and Response Coordinator / Community Liaison, Vermilion County Health Dept.; and Dale DeNeal, Pastor at Second Church of Christ. We will have a meeting in early 2019 regarding Employer Retirement Plan options and also a planning meeting for other topics desired in 2019.

Contact Machelle Dykes or call 217-442-6201 for more information.