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Mahoning Valley Safety Council

The Mahoning Valley Safety Council (MVSC) offers solutions to reduce workplace injury and manage workers' compensation claim frequency and severity.

Established in the 1970s as the Greater Youngstown Safety Council, and later, as the Manufacturer's Association, the Mahoning Valley Safety Council is a private, non-profit public service organization dedicated to workplace safety awareness among small, medium and large employers and their employees. Whether your business is in the service, health, retail or manufacturing industries, the MVSC offers something for everyone.

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Safety Awards table

The Mahoning Valley Safety Council:

  • Is free to join.
  • Meets 12 times a  year for breakfast or luncheon training sessions.
  • Strives to attract all local companies as members.
  • Promotes workplace safety awareness.
  • Advocates employer safety programs.
  • Encourages networking opportunities among Mahoning Valley safety professionals.
  • Is one of more than 80 local safety councils in Ohio - and the largest chamber-affiliated program in the state.
  • Is co-sponsored by the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Division of Safety & Hygiene, in cooperation with the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber.
  • Serves Mahoning, Trumbull and northern Columbiana counties in Ohio and Mercer and Lawrence counties in western Pennsylvania.


MVSC board

Front row: Tim Herrman, Karen Stacey (Regional Chamber), Debbie Gilger
Back row: Nathan Massie, William Dennis, Joe Russo, Brian Zachetti (BWC)


Monthly meetings provide a place for members to discuss similar safety concerns and solutions with fellow members. An Ohio BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene Safety consultatnt attends each meeting and is available to provide members with one-on-one guidance regarding specific safety needs.

Click here to view the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 meeting schedule. Click here to download the most recent attendance sheet as of May 1, 2020.


There will be no collection of semi-annual reports for FY21.

Click here to download the 2019 Second Half Semi Annual Report Instructions.
Click here to download the
2019 Second Half Semi Annual Report.

The Joan Kovach Safety Leadership Award

First issued in 2007, the Joan Kovach Safety Leadership Award recognizes Mahoning Valley businesses and individuals who have effectively transformed their workplaces from high-risk cultures to safety-driven environments funded and supported by executive management. The award is named in honor of Joan Kovach, a long-time safety advocate and owner of City Machine Technologies, Inc., until her death in 2006.

The Joan Kovach Safety Leadership Award recipient is honored at the annual Mahoning Valley Safety Council Leadership Awards Luncheon. The luncheon also recognizes companies that have made significant progress in reducing the number and severity of worker injury claims.

Recipients of the Kovach Safety Leadership Award include:

2019 Niles Expanded Metals
2018 Canfield Local School District
2017 Woodlands at AustinWoods
2016 Magna Seating
2015 Antenucci, Inc.
2014 Steel & Alloy Utility Products, Inc.
2013 Boak & Sons, Inc.
2012 Taylor Steel, Inc.
2011 Ronald Nicolli, Ohio BWC Safety Consultant
2010 Dearing Compressor & Pump Co.
2009 Mike Coates Construction Co., Inc.
2008 AmericanChurch, Inc.
2007 Parker Hannifin

2019 Joan Kovach Safety Award