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Our Mission

To promote safety and health in the workplace through a professional forum and networking with the goal of exchanging knowledge, expertise and best practices.

Join Us!

Council Meeting Time:
(September – May) 3rd Wednesday 7:30 am

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

Board Liaisons:
Jason Demeter, Industrial Safety & Environmental Services
Ernie Rivas, Ernesto Rivas II Insurance Agency

Staff Liaison:
Merritt Dilts


What we do together

  • 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

The OSHA Council is an organization of member companies with an interest in safety and health awareness in the workplace. Representatives meet 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. OSHA Council Breakfasts are open to all Greater Elkhart Chamber members.

2023-24 OSHA Breakfast Program Schedule

Sep 20 Building Effective Safety Committees
Oct 18 Machine Guarding
Nov 15 Active Shooter Preparedness
Dec 20 Annual IOSHA Update
Jan 17 Workers Compensation from the Insurer’s Perspective
Feb 21 Lock Out to Lock In Safety
Mar 20 Emergency Action Planning and Fire Extinguisher Training
Apr 17 Fall Protection
May 15 Local Best Practices and Safety Wins

2023-24 Event/Training Schedule

Event/Training Dates
Safety Conscious Supervision Workshop Sept 28, 2023
10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance Oct 3-4, 2023
Root Cause Accident Investigation Workshop Nov 30, 2023
10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance Jan 31-Feb 1, 2024
20 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance Mar 5-6-7, 2024
Safety Conscious Supervision Workshop Apr 25, 2024
10 Hour OSHA Voluntary Compliance Oct 2-3, 2024

Upcoming Events