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The OSHA Council is an organization of member companies with an interest in safety and health awareness in the workplace. Representatives meet for breakfast monthly to update themselves on regulatory changes and hear from fellow safety professionals with other companies. Networking opportunities developed in this format allow for safety directors, human resources personnel, plant managers and members of plant safety committees to better understand OSHA requirements. 

Any Chamber member may send one or more representatives to the monthly breakfast meeting, but reservations are required.


To promote safety and health in the workplace with a professional forum for the exchange of knowledge and experience.


  • Keep members informed of actual and proposed changes in OSHA regulations and legislation at the national and state levels
  • Conduct monthly breakfast meetings with presentations on subjects relative to occupational safety and health
  • Provide training on basic OSHA regulations and programs through 10- and 20-hour voluntary compliance seminars
  • Coordinate with the Environmental Council to sponsor an annual conference
  • Coordinate with CBE (Center for Business Excellence) to provide health and safety assistance to local businesses

Council Meeting Times: (September - May) 3rd Wednesday 7:30 am

Council Chair:  Steve Yaw, NIBCO

Board Liaison: Mark Bagwell, The Horton Group
Council Liaison: Merritt Dilts

OSHA Council Breakfasts are open to all Greater Elkhart Chamber members     

2018 - 2019 OSHA Breakfast Program Schedule

2018       Topic/Speakers           
Sep  19     Safety Incident Investigation                   Jason Demeter, LCI
Oct  17     Emergency Action Planning                    Joe Neuklis, IDEM                              
Nov  14     Workplace Violence/Harassment            Shawna Neilson, Gibson
Dec  19     How to Organize Safety Priorities           Tris Gour, ISES
Jan 16     Safety Committees: How to Start and Motivate                         TBD          
Feb  20     OSHA Record Keeping                           TBD
Mar 20     Active Shooter                                       TBD                                                   
Apr 17     Effective Safety Training Strategies        Steve Jacobson, Manchester Tank and Lynne Syer, LCI
May 15     Annual IOSHA Update                         Mark McDaniel, INSafe

2018 – 2019 Event and Training Schedule

  • Safety Conscious Supervision Workshop                 October 17-18
  • Environmental & Safety Conference                         November 1, 2018
  • 10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance                      December 4-5, 2018
  • 10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance                      February 5-6, 2019       
  • 20 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance                      March 5-6-7, 2019
  • Safety Conscious Supervision Workshop                 April 18, 2019

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