TRU Safety Conference to feature meteorologist Jay Berschback

Apr 9, 2024 | Around Ottawa County | 0 comments

Jay Berschback, Chief Meteorologist with 13abc Action News, will be the guest speaker at the TRU Safety Conference on May 1. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

The Ottawa County Safety Council and the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) is hosting the first TRU Safety Conference on Wednesday, May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Catawba Island Club.

TRU stands for Teach, Review and Understand safety. The purpose of this conference is to provide Ottawa County Safety Council members, ASSP members, as well as area employees, with valuable information that addresses accident prevention in the workplace and raises awareness among employees for a healthier safety culture.

“We are thrilled to be hosting Ottawa County’s first TRU Safety Conference,” stated Jessica Grzechowiak, Manager of the Ottawa County Safety Council. “We really want to highlight the importance of safety, not just in the workplace, but in our everyday life.”

The keynote breakfast will feature Jay Berschback, Chief Meteorologist with 13abc Action News. Attendees will participate in this hour-long session on Extreme Weather Preparedness.

“We’ve had a lot of crazy weather patterns the past several years,” Grzechowiak said. “We’ve had severe windstorms, floods, tornadoes, waterspouts. Lake Erie now holds the world record for most waterspouts in a 24-hour period as of last fall. Severe weather affects everything and can happen at any time. People need to be prepared and know what steps to take.”

But the safety council is hoping for blue skies on May 1. AEP Ohio’s SPARK Force One Electrical training trailer will be onsite during the conference. Attendees will be able to observe a safety training display that educates people how to stay safe around electricity. The demonstration includes miniature power poles, live wires and a transformer, in addition to a mini car, a squirrel and other items that can disrupt power or pose a safety threat when confronted with electricity.

“We wanted to have a LIVE demonstration, but we weren’t sure on what,” Grzechowiak said.

Julie Reynolds, BWC representative for the Ottawa County Safety Council, got in touch with AEP and asked if the safety council could use their trailer for this event.

“I haven’t seen it in action before, so it will be interesting to watch. And just to clarify, no live squirrels will be harmed in this live demonstration,” Grzechowiak said.

The cost to attend the TRU Safety Conference is $40 per person, however, if you are an Ottawa County Safety Council or ASSP member, the cost drops to $10 per person. Topics related to wellness, workplace violence, silica exposure, boating safety, heat stress and ag safety will be featured during the conference, and attendees will have an opportunity to network with other area employees.

“For anyone who has attended Ohio Safety Congress, consider this a mini safety congress but with the benefits of being close to home or work,” Grzechowiak said. “We’ve been wanting to host a safety event in Ottawa County for a while now, and it’s exciting to see that it’s finally happening.”

For more information about the TRU Safety Conference or to register, visit The deadline to register is April 19.

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