PUTNAM COUNTY — The Putnam County CIC has announced it will begin a new program aimed at helping local business and industry improve safety, save money on workers compensation premiums and provide a forum for education and networking.

The Safety Council of Putnam County will kick-off in June and is open to all area business and industry as well as public entities.

The council hosts programs to address occupational safety and health, workers compensation and risk management education. Members will learn techniques to increase safety in the workplace, manage their BWC program, stay informed about new money-saving workers’ comp services and network with other employers.

Held in collaboration with Ohio BWC, the program gives businesses a potential cost savings on workers’ compensation rates. Employers meeting all safety council eligibility requirements can earn a two percent participation rebate on their premium and have the potential to earn an additional two percent performance bonus. State agencies and self-insuring employers are invited to join the safety council, but are excluded from receiving the rebate.

The Safety Council of Putnam County joins 82 other safety councils across the state sponsored by Ohio BWC.

The introductory program is planned for Wednesday, June 27. Businesses will then have until July 31 to register as a member of the new safety council. Currently, the CIC is seeking three individuals who will meet once per quarter as the steering committee to help plan programs. Updated registration information will be posted online at www.putnamcountyohio.com as it becomes available. For more information, call 419-523-5595.