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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. The Council provides a great opportunity for networking with other safety directors, human resources personnel, plant managers and members of plant safety committees to share expertise, learn from each other and exchange best safety practices.

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 through a professional forum and networking with the goal of exchanging knowledge, expertise and best practices.


  • Inform members on the latest 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 30-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 Time: (September – May) 3rd Wednesday 7:30 am

Council Co-Chairs: Mary Barrett, Patrick Industries and Darrick Parker, Thor Industries

Board Liaisons: Jason Demeter, Industrial Safety & Environmental Services and Eric Thomason, NIBCO Inc.

Staff Liaison: Merritt Dilts

OSHA Council Breakfasts are open to all Greater Elkhart Chamber members

2022-23 OSHA Breakfast Program Schedule

2023          Topics

Sep 21       Controlling Workers Comp Costs

Oct 19        Active Shooter

Nov 16       Creative Safety Training Strategies

Dec 21       Simple Technology for Safety Inspections


Jan 18        Artificial Intelligence (AI) Driven Safety Solutions for Ergonomic Assessments 

Feb 15      Emergency Action Planning

Mar 15     Best Safety Practice Sharing: Dust Collection/Control, Engaging Safety Teams, LOTO, Machine Guarding

Apr 19      Managing the Aftermath of Trauma Incidents

May 17            Annual IOSHA Update

2023 Event/Training Schedule

Event/Training                                    Dates

10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance            Jan 31/Feb 1, 2023

20 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance            March 7-8-9, 2023

Safety Conscious Supervision Workshop        April 27, 2023

10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance            October 3-4, 2023




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