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Ohio Oil & Gas Safety Council

The Ohio Oil & Gas Safety Council (OOGSC) is a not for profit organization organized in 2013 by the Ohio Oil & Gas Association (OOGA) in collaboration with the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) Division of Safety & Hygiene (DSH).


BWC Division of Hygiene and Safety Training Courses

Dozens of training courses are available through BWC’s Division of Hygiene and Safety. These course are offered through the training center at the Ohio Center for Occupational Safety and Health (OCOSH) located in Pickerington. Courses are also offered at branch sites located in Toledo, Cincinnati, Canton, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Youngstown and Cleveland. Employers may enroll any number of employees at no additional cost.

To enroll or learn more about the courses available, visit the BWC Learning Center.

Since 1927, BWC has provided a forum for Ohio businesses to increase their knowledge and discover products and services that can keep their workers safe and healthy.

Join five thousand representatives from businesses, associations and government to find realistic solutions to:

  • Improve worker health and productivity;
  • Prevent work force injuries and illnesses
  • Reduce workers’ compensation costs;
  • Identify solutions for hazardous situations; and
  • Provide cost-effective, multidisciplinary training and professional development.

Well at home. Safe at work.

BWC Information for Oil & Gas Industry Employers

For information regarding Ohio workers’ compensation that is specific to the oil and gas industry, please visit the BWC Info for Oil & Gas Industry Employers web page.

Additional BWC Safety Resources


  • 2020
    Jan 8

    The BWC, Yesterday - Today and Tomorrow. This session will explain the full scope of services from the BWC Scott St. Clair, Business Consultant, BWC

    Feb 12

    OOGA's The State of the Play. This session will review how the industry is growing production while reducing emisions Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Relations, Ohio Oil and Gas Association


    Safety Congress

    April 8


    Hull and Assoc. share the Benefits of in-vehicle monitoring systems. This session will cover how these systems work and their benefits Mark F. Zakrzewski, CSP, Hull

    May 13


    ODOT says: Don't Text and Drive, Arrive Alive. This session will educate on the hazzards of distracted driving Lauren Borell, Public Information Officer at Ohio Department of Transportation

    June 10

    Williams Shows Leadership in Pipeline Safety. This session will cover how the industry operates the vast pipeline network safely Jake Burnett, Operations Supervisor -Utica, Williams

    July 8

    Equinor says Send'em home safe at the end of the day. This session will examin how to keep a culture of safety Nicole Snyder, Senior Consultant Safety, Equinor

    August 12

    ODNR will review the New Rules Packages Scott King, Environmental Administrator, Emergency Operations and Response Division, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

    September 9

    Malta gives us The ABC's of Fall Protection. This sesson will show the basics of fall protection Michele Tipton, Regional Sales Manager, Malta Dynamics

    October 14

    Litman explains the in's and out's of Compliance, Best Practices and Networking. This session willl show the importance and value of being connected to a STEPS Network Jessi Marcincavage, HSE/HR Manager, Litman Excavating

    November 11

    Our Ohio Highway Patrol provides tips and tricks and some things to watch out for while on the road Lieutenant Alan Ogden, Warren District 4 and Cambridge District 7, Licensing & Commercial Standards Commander

    December 12

    No Meeting - Happy Holidays

  • 2019
    Jan 9th

    BWC Fraud Finders Mike Mathers

    Feb 13th

    Hand injuries Hand and Microsurgery Associates

    March 6th

    Safety Congress No meeting

    April 10th

    Ohio has abundent wildlife including snakes and coyotes as well things that bite and sting that live around

    our sites. This session will explain how to stay stafe while working around wildlife Anthony Lemle, State Wildlife Officer, ODNR Division of Wildlife District 4 Unit A
    May 8th

    An example of a model EH&S program. This session will provide examples of best practices to keep your crews safe Joe Steele, Environmental, Health, Safety Specialist, Ascent Resources

    June 12th

    How to impliment a culture of safety. This session will share how to best impliment a true culture of safety in the workplace. Scott Fairhurst, Sr. Health and Safety Representative, CSP, Encino Energy

    July 10th

    Site Security best practices. This session will examine some best practices for today's oil field site security. Dwyane Jones,Senior Security Leader, TransCanada

    August 14th

    Well Trainer Visit. We will visit the well site trainer facility at Stark State Colllege in Canton. Dan Switzer, Program Director, Oil &Gas, Environmental, CDL, Stark State College

    Sept 11th

    Common safety concerns with the Trucking and Oil and Gas Industries. This session will show how we maintain a safe working site with and around various types of trucks. Becky J. Perlaky,Executive Vice President, Safety & Compliance, Kenan Advantage Group

    Oct 9th

    Drones. Drones are a hot new topic and are increasingly more available to the industry and the general public. This session will provide some guildlines working and being around Drones. Lt. James Faunda, Ohio Highway Patrol, Lieutenant and St. Clairsville Post Commander (Belmont and Monroe)

    Nov 13th

    Crisis Communication Plan. This session is all about reacting to and engaging with the media during a crisis. Mike Chadsey, Director of Public Relations, Ohio Oil and Gas Association

    Dec 11th

    NO Meeting

  • 2018

    FR Clothing Treatment and Care Sophia Dixon, VF Bulwark


    Oil and Gas Traffic Interaction and Special Hauling Permits Anna Kuzmich and Mike Moreland, Ohio Department of Transportation


    Emergency Response Program Scott King, Manager, Emergency Operations and Response Division, Ohio Department of Natural Resources


    Fleet Safety and PUCO Regulations Keith Kerns, Field Supervisor, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio


    The Hidden Danger-hydrocarbons in the Oil/Gas Industry Kevin Yeager, Safety Compliance Specialist, EnLink Midstream


    Assistance Before, During and After a Natural or Manmade Event David Brown, Administrator, Ohio Public Private Partnership (OP3)


    Heat Stress Matt Gauerke, Market Force, Inc.


    ODNR Rule Update Brian Hickman


    Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness Gary O'Brien, O'Brien Safety Services


    Safety Apps and Resources Sharon Roney, Library Administrator, BWC


    Recent Changes to Ohio's Underground Protection System Roger Lipscomb, Ohio Public Utilities Commission


    Drugs in the Oilpatch Lt Melanie Appleman

  • 2017

    Trenching & Excavating Andy Cirata, United Rentals


    Pipeline Safety / Overmarking George Gillespie, Ohio Utilities Protection Service


    Ohio Safety Congress Oil/Gas Sessions 4 sessions offered


    Safety and Corporate Involvement James Wood, EHS Specialist, Rice Energy, Inc.


    OOGEEP Spring Industry Training Multiple speakers


    Loading/Unloading Safety - Oilfield Trucks Gary Babb, Ergon Trucking, Inc.


    Lone Worker Safety Mark Sitch, EHS Operations, Bobcat Energy Resources


    Injury Trends in the Oil & Gas Industry John Lanning, Safety Consultant, CompManagement


    New Trends and Developments in the Safety Product Industry Chris Zabel, US Safety Gear


    A Successful Behavioral Based Safety (BBS) Program John Niceswanger, Safety Manager, Dow Cameron Oil and Gas


    Slip Stablization at Compressor Site Corey Mislinski, GeoStabilization International


    OSHA Update Howie Eberts, Cleveland Area Director, OSHA

  • 2016
    Cold Stress Charlie Dixon, OOGEEP
    Active Shooter Guernsey County Sheriff's Office
    Ohio Safety Congress Oil/Gas Sessions 4 sessions offered
    Safety Roundtable Sarah Ghezzi
    Heat Stress Sam Crowther, Program Director/Athletic Training, Marietta College
    Reducing BWC Premiums through Various Means Scott St. Clair, Business Consultant, BWC
    Fall Prevention Gary O'Brien, O'Brien's Safety Services
    Safety/Regulatory Update Sarah Ghezzi, Safety Consultant, BWC
    Root Cause Analysis of Oil/Gas Workplace Accidents Facilitated by Sarah Ghezzi, BWC; Charlie Dixon, OGEEP and Brent Powell, Triad Hunter
    OOGEEP Fall Industry Training
    Oil and Gas Extraction Safety and Health: Recent Trends and Emerging Issues Ryan Hill, NIOSH
    Winter Driving / Snow Emergencies Ohio Department of Transportation

If you have any additional BWC questions, please contact:

Ohio Oil and Gas Association
Mike Chadsey

Main Office
88 E Broad Street, Suite 1400
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614.824.3901
Fax: 614.824.4329