Saving lives and preventing injury through education and partnerships

The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio

The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio has been in Middletown since 1947. Governed by a Board of Directors, the council continues to provide safety education in the schools, workplace and community for over 65 years.


We are data-driven to keep our programs focusing on the leading causes of injury and accidental deaths. Although motor vehicle crashes and falls in the elderly continue to rank in the top three for accidental deaths, accidental poisonings have surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in Ohio.  Prescription drug abuse has contributed to this shift, especially in our young adult population.  As a result, the Coalition for a Healthy Middletown was added in 2008 to assess drug and alcohol use in the Middletown community, and use the information to implement environmental prevention strategies.


Our Occupational Safety Program remains committed to reducing injury and illness in the workplace by providing monthly safety meetings and training resources. Those who participate in the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation Safety Council Discount Program may receive up to a 4% discount on their BWC premiums.


The Council provided quality driver’s education for years, but eliminated this from its services in spring 2009. Traffic Safety continues to be a priority of the Council which provides both adult and juvenile remedial classes each month for driver improvement.


Funding for the non-profit comes from many sources. As of 2007, the Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio no longer receives any funding from United Way for operating costs, thus forcing the Council to rely more heavily on grants to support our community programs and staff. Safety Council Membership also helps us to provide educational safety programs such as Safety Town, and other traffic, school, and occupational initiatives to save lives and prevent injury in our community.



  • Butler  County Safe Communities

    Every day in Ohio nearly 3 people lose their lives in a traffic related crash. Fathers, Mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters having their lives cut short. The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio is fiscal agent for the Butler County Safe Communities. This grant focuses on reducing traffic related crashes and fatalities through public awareness and community coalition building.  Click Here for more info.

  • Coalition For A Healthy Middletown

    The Coalition for a Healthy Middletown’s mission is to reduce alcohol and other drug use by youth and over time, reduce abuse among adults in the community through collaboration, education and policy change. Click Here for more info.

  • Remedial Driving Classes

    The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio provides a state-approved remedial driving course for both adults and juveniles. The 8-hour Adult Remedial Course meets the requirements for a 12-point license reinstatement, a reinstatement for operating a motor vehicle after underage consumption and a 2-point credit in Ohio. The 6-hour Juvenile Remedial Course meets the requirements for license reinstatement after obtaining two and three traffic convictions before reaching 18 years of age. Click here for more info.

  • Safety Town

    Safety Town has been a long time rite of passage for incoming Kindergarters for many years.  The Jack Combs Memorial Safety Town was started by Harvey Poff of the Middletown City Police Department in 1977 in response to several accidents involving children going to and from school. The program was led by Poff until 1984, when Officer Mike Davis took over. Officer Davis retired from the Middletown Police Department in 2010 after serving as “Mayor of Safety Town” for 26 years. Officer Salm and Officer King served for a short time following. Officer Robin Rawlins is now in charge at Safety Town! Click Here for more info.

  • Occupational Safety

    Keeping employees safe on and off-the-job is the focus of the Occupational program. Learn how to save thousands of dollars by avoiding costly injuries. Monthly safety meetings host speakers on a wide variety of topics to help you and your company reduce injury and illness in your employees – both at work and at home. Click Here for more info.

  • Middletown Neighborhood Watch

    The City of Middletown is working hard to ensure a brighter future for our city. But there are many challenges facing Middletown — one being an increase in crime. Thefts and property crime are on the rise and is directly related to drug use in our city. Finding a solution is not always easy, but one thing is certain: It will take a community effort! Click Here for more info.

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Membership in the Safety Council benefits your workplace as well as helping your employees off-the-job in areas of traffic, school and public safety. Individual memberships are also available.



















When you join the Safety Council you will:


  • Learn how to save thousands of dollars by avoiding costly injuries
  • Network with peers and discover their methods of saving money by avoiding lost time/money from accidents
  • Be served by training and evaluation staff from BWC Division of Safety & Hygiene
  • Keep worker’s compensation claims to a minimum through accident prevention
  • Receive special discounts on First Aid/CPR and Driver Improvement Courses for you and your personnel
  • Remain up-to-date with new standards and be informed by instructors whose business is to save lives


Your membership also supports Safety Town, Neighborhood Watch, Alcohol/Drug Prevention and other safety programs offered by the Safety Council.


The Safety Council partners with the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation – Division of Safety and Hygiene to offer a 4% discount program and conduct the safety campaign which rewards companies for no lost-time accidents. As a Safety Council member your organization is eligible to participate in the campaign and attend the yearly recognition luncheon (See details)


Contact us or view our Membership Brochure (PDF) for more information, then download an application today!


The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio operates & contributes to a number of community action & safety programs. Below is a brief outline of some of our programs; click on a program to view its page for more information.



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The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio is a non-profit 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. The Council is funded by donations, membership, program fees and grants. It no longer receives any funding through the United Way.


Your donation will help support community safety programs such as Safety Town, Mock crashes and other safety prevention programs in our community.


For more information on how to donate, please contact us or click the paypal button below to make an on-line contribution.





We appreciate your support!


Contact US

The Safety Council of Southwestern Ohio is located in downtown Middletown in the TV Middletown Building on the corner of Central Avenue and North Verity Parkway. The Council entrance is on the Central Avenue side of this beautiful mural painted building.


You can contact the Safety Council directly via phone, fax or email:















Telephone: (513) 423-9758

Fax: (513) 423-9759

Email: info@safetycouncilswohio.org




You can also check us out on Facebook to keep up-to-date with Safety Council events and news.


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