Coweta Safety Alliance
Coweta Safety Alliance Monthly Meeting
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
3:00 – 5:00PM
Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority
545 Corinth Rd. | Newnan
Dr. Nikki DeGeorge Weaver, an audiologist and owner of the Coweta Hearing Clinic will present information about hearing health (including falls and comorbidities) She has over 18 years of experience as a practitioner.
The Coweta Safety Alliance provides guidance and training to businesses in Coweta County. It is comprised of safety professionals who desire to share their collective knowledge to help local industry comply with OSHA regulation and ultimately keep the Coweta County workforce healthy and safe. The Safety Alliance believes that it takes the combined efforts of local companies and community resources to effectively promote safe work practices.
Formed under the auspices of the Chamber, the Coweta Safety Alliance exists to help make sure that local businesses are leading the way in keeping employees safe and preparing for natural disasters and unexpected emergencies.
The Coweta Safety Alliance meets monthly, usually at The Summit in Newnan. For more information, contact contact President Jeff Johnson at jjohnson@Kasonind.com or call the Newnan-Coweta Chamber at 770.253.2270.
The Coweta Safety Alliance had a great time at our August meeting with a hands-on presentation from Chris Williams of Sonetics. The group had the opportunity to demonstrate their handsfree, wireless communications systems, designed to increase team safety and productivity. Thank you to Coweta County Water & Sewerage Authority for providing the fantastic meeting space.
Kenny Bishop of Eraclides Gelman Enlightens The Council on Workers' Compensation
May's guest speaker, Kenny Bishop, attorney with Eraclides Gelman specializing in Georgia Workers’ Compensation for Employers and Insurers, enlightened the Coweta Safety Alliance on Workers' Compensation and an employer's duties as they relate to accidents on the job or when accidents are reported.
Mr. Bishop's presentation included:
*Important items of documentation during the early phases of a claim.
*Emphasis on the necessary paperwork such as the WC-200a, Employer’s First Report of Injury (WC-1 Form), WC-6 Wage Statement, WC-204 and the timelines in which they legally must be submitted.
*The benefits that employees are entitled to.
*The Compensability test for injuries and reasons for denial of a Workers’ Compensation Claim.
Mr. Bishop explained the importance of the Posted Panel of Physicians being the first line of defense for an employer or insurer during a workers’ comp case. It is necessary to present all employees with a copy of the Posted Panel of Physicians, and as an extra precaution, have them sign a copy during their on-boarding process.
At the March Coweta Safety Alliance meeting, we heard from Marc Beidermann of R.S. Hughes Co. and Jamison Alston, Senior Account Representative of 3M Personal Safety Division. The topic was preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace. Special thanks to 3M for the high-quality safety glasses!
Drugs Don't Work director discusses solutions for workplace drug abuse
Did you know that a company is eligible for a 7.5% discount on Workmen’s Compensation premiums if they are state certified as a drug-free workplace? Chuck Wade, State Director of Drugs Don’t Work, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs discussed the steps to do just this during the Coweta Safety Alliance’s meeting on January 15th at the Delta Community Credit Union/Summit Urgent Care building in Newnan. Mr. Wade’s presentation included: An update of the current status of drug use, abuse and dealing in the workplace; a presentation of viable solutions to workplace drug abuse; and the steps necessary for a business to be state-certified Drug Free and receive the 7.5% discount on Workman’s Compensation premium.
Mr. Wade also introduced Dr. Gregg Raduka, Executive Director of Let’s Get Clear Georgia. Dr. Raduka presented information about upcoming legislation geared toward expanding legal use of medical marijuana and the absence of approval by established medical associations.
Twenty-seven safety industry professionals attended the meeting, which was led by Coweta Safety Alliance Chairman Jeff Johnson of Kason Industries. The training presented by Mr. Wade met the annual required training for Drugs Don’t Work administrators.
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