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Timber Talk 12/7/17

Posted By Gayla Fleming, Thursday, December 7, 2017
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Important Notice: OFA's 614 area code phone and fax numbers have changed! The new phone number is 1-888-38-TREES (888-388-7337). The new fax number is 740-452-2552. Please update your records accordingly and change any speed dials you might have set up for us.

Forest Markets Weekly Newsletter
The National Association of State Foresters' Forest Markets Committee releases a Weekly Newsletter full of all things Forestry and Forest Products Industry related. Each week’s newsletter has articles about: Forest Markets, Housing, Working Forests, New Products and Technology, and Renewable Energy. See the complete newsletter here. 

Workers Compensation Notes
CareWorksComp, OFA’s Group Ratings provider, provided the following information that is applicable to all employers.
Unemployment Taxable Wage Base Increases for 2018: Ohio employers will be paying more unemployment taxes in 2018 mainly due to an increase in the taxable wage base. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) has raised the taxable wage base from $9,000 per employee to $9,500 per employee. In addition to this increase, the tax table used by ODJFS has shifted upward for 2018 which will also have an impact on the amount of unemployment taxes Ohio employers will pay. 
CareWorksComp can assist you in controlling unemployment claims and taxes.  Employers who would like an analysis of their tax notice, or to learn more about different tax options (such as common/joint rating) may contact Kammy Staton, our Unemployment Manager, at 614.526.7165 or

Also, here is a PDF, “SafetyGrantsHandout”, explaining how employers can apply for Safety Intervention Grants that can be used for the purchase of ergonomic, safety and/or industrial equipment.

National Alliance of Safe Pest Control
This website provides information on all types of pest control; from ticks and mosquitos, to bees and ants. Check it out for information on control and/or eradication if you are having pest problems at your home or business.

Winter Safety Alert
Any day now, we could be hit with cold and snowy/icy weather. There are a few things that you should do to help protect yourself, your family, and your employees as we move into the winter season. Following are a few of these things.

Vehicle Safety

  •  Make sure your vehicle is ready for winter, including: proper antifreeze, proper windshield washer fluid, proper tire pressure, and most importantly, tires with proper tread depth to handle snowy/slushy conditions.
  • Carry warm gloves, a hat, boots, and a warm coat at all times in case of a breakdown.
  • Keep a safety kit in the car that includes a warm blanket, some emergency food rations, a flashlight and extra batteries, and a small folding shovel.


  •  Keep walkways, and especially stairways, free of snow and ice. Use an ice melting products when applicable.
    Install, or replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Keep cut Christmas trees properly watered to decrease chances of a house fire.


  •  Just like at home, keep walkways and outside stairways and ramps clear of snow and ice. Use ice melting products when applicable.
  • It is especially important to keep areas just outside of doorways ice free, as it is often hard to see this when stepping outside into bright sunlight.
  • In cold environments, wear proper clothing and footwear. Dress in layers to allow for warming up or cooling down as necessary. Remember, sweating and then cooling down rapidly can cause hypothermia.

For more Winter Safety Tips, check out the info from the National Safety Council and the Centers for Disease Control.

OFA Annual Winter Meeting
Keep these dates open: Tuesday evening, February 27 and Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Details coming soon!

Other Upcoming Events:

  • SEOLC Meeting – 12/13/17 – 7:00 PM – Jackson, Ohio
  • NEOLC Meeting – 12/13/17 – 5:30 PM – Middlefield, Ohio
  • SOFA Christmas Dinner & Annual Business Meeting – 12/14/17 – Lake White Club – Waverly, Ohio
  • Best Management Practices - 3/22/17 - Fernwood State Forest
  • CSAW Level 1 - 3/23/17 - Fernwood State Forest - PROFESSIONAL LOGGERS ONLY!!!

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