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  • Policyholder Perspective: Safe Workplaces ARE Possible

    04/21/2014

    My name is Maggie Shelton and I’ve been the Human Resource Generalist for the City of Lebanon since 2011. One of my primary duties is workers compensation and safety/wellness coordinator. The last few years have given me a new perspective on safety in the workplace and the keys to how it can be achieved.

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  • Severe Weather: Plan Now or Pay Later

    03/21/2014

    Even though it may be cold, early spring is a great time to develop or review a severe weather plan. Thunderstorms, heavy rains and flooding occur on a regular basis during spring and summer in Missouri. Severe weather can affect a business in many ways including utility and communications outages, structural damage, machine and fleet damage, and temporary loss of employee base. Develop a plan for both your family and your business that includes discussion about proper sheltering and protection of employees and protection of critical business assets or processes.

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  • Asbestos 101: Exposures, Risks and Resources

    02/11/2014

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that there is no safe level of asbestos fiber exposure. Asbestos fibers become a human health hazard when they are inhaled and can create health problems including lung disease and cancer, even short durations of exposure have been known to cause mesothelioma. If your employees are working around asbestos you owe it to them and your company to make sure they are protected.

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  • Combine Wellness with Risk Management to Help Curb Work Comp Costs

    01/28/2014

    Employers are always looking for ways to reduce business costs while improving productivity. One way to accomplish this is by including a wellness program in your employee benefits package. This type of program can be as simple or elaborate as you make it and the results will be good for you and your employees.

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  • Missouri Employers: Stay Up to Date on the Primary/Excess Split Point Value Changes

    01/06/2014

    The new year always brings about many changes and one that Missouri employers may want to take note of is the primary/excess split point value. The 2014 increase is part of a four-year transition period that began last year.

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  • Images of Climate Change (Photo Gallery)

    Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:21:00 +0000

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  • Recycling Association Says American Recycling Habits Have Room for Improvement

    Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:15:00 +0000

    A new survey from the National Waste & Recycling Association finds that a third of Americans are kind of clueless when it comes to recycling.

    Curbside recycling is available to more than half of American adults, but the public could benefit from additional education on what can be recycled, according to a recent national survey.

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  • Celebrate Earth Day with Tips for Greening Business While Lowering Insurance Risk

    Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:08:00 +0000

    A small business online insurance provider highlights strategies to reduce both environmental impact and insurance costs.

    In honor of Earth Day, insureon, an online insurance provider for small businesses, has published guidelines for businesses to reduce their risk exposure while going green.

     

    "Often, what's best for the environment is also best for a business's risk profile," said Ted Devine, insureon's CEO. "Business sustainability and environmental sustainability overlap in a lot of areas."

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  • EPA Administrator Kicking Off Earth Week Tour on Climate Action Plan

    Tue, 22 Apr 2014 14:53:00 +0000

    Gina McCarthy takes the Climate Action Plan on the road in honor of Earth Day.

    In recognition of Earth Day and Earth Week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is taking to the road to ask Americans to act on climate change through simple actions to reduce carbon pollution in their daily lives.

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  • Bay Area Rapid Transit Faces $210,000 in Cal/OSHA Fines for Fatal Accident

    Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:35:00 +0000

    After investigating the October 2013 deaths of two workers, Cal/OSHA has cited the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) for three willful/serious violations carrying $210,000 in fines.

    Christopher Sheppard and Laurence Daniels died on Oct. 19, 2013, when an out-of-service BART train struck them near the Walnut Creek, Calif., transit station.

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  • Work Comp Works

    April 29, May 6, 14, 21, 22

    Work Comp Works is a great way to learn simple and effective ways to reduce your workers compensation costs, increase safety results and improve the overall financial results of your organization.

    Participants will learn best practices of workers compensation claims management including the benefits of proper documentation, prompt reporting, and the value of return to work programs. Presenters will demonstrate how customers can partner with MEM to achieve successful medical outcomes, faster return-to-work and how to reduce the overall financial impact of claims. Additional topics include how to use MEM's websites, resources and technology, explanation of NCCI's experience modifier rates, subrogation, legal issues and pitfalls of improper claims handling. Participants will receive free resources including safety posters and training in materials.

    This seminar is provided at no charge and is perfect for small-and-large businesses, governmental organizations and not-for-profits. New MEM customers and small businesses are strongly encouraged to attend.

    Agents will receive four hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licenses.

    Seminars are from 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. Lunch is provided.

    Independence—April 29
    Springfield—May 6
    Columbia—May 14
    Cape Girardeau—May 21
    Chesterfield—May 22

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM offices with the exception of Cape Girardeau. That seminar will take place at Osage Centre 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701. 

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  • OSHA 10

    April, July and December

    This 10-hour OSHA course is an outreach program geared toward entry level construction workers. The course provides general knowledge required to recognize and prevent construction site hazards. This is a two day course and participants are required to attend both sessions below. 

    April
    April 1   8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    April 4   8:30 a.m.-noon

    July
    July 7    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    July 11   8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    December
    Dec. 4    8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Dec. 5    8:30 a.m.-noon

    Lunch is not provided. Fees must be paid by time of course and are payable by cash or check at the door. Credit cards are not accepted.

    Classes with fewer than 10 participants will be cancelled.

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  • National Safety Council's Defensive Driving

    Sept. 16, 17, 24, 25, 30

    This seminar is a great way to improve your employees' safe driving knowledge. Course topics include how distractions, anger, fatigue and impairment can affect our ability to  make safe driving decisions. It's a perfect session for anyone that drives on the job. Safety materials will be provided to each participant, including:

    • Fleet safety guidebook;
    • Sample drug-free workplace program;
    • Safety posters and training materials;
    • “Click It” window clings for each vehicle in your fleet; and
    • Course certificates from the National Safety Council.

    Agents will receive four hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licesnses.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m. Seminar sessions are 8:30 a.m. - noon.

    Cape Girardeau—Sept. 16
    Chesterfield—Sept. 17
    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM offices with the exception of Cape Girardeau. That seminar will take place at Osage Centre 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

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  • Strategies for Reducing Fleet Incidents

    Sept. 16, 17, 24, 25, 30

    Vehicle accidents are the number one killer of employees in Missouri. During this fleet safety seminar, experts from MEM will provide you with simple and effective methods for reducing vehicle crashes and related injuries. This seminar focuses heavily on steps management can take to improve your safety culture and a review of simple, achievable safety measures your company can put into place today.

    Topics discussed include:

    • The impact of vehicle crashes on Missouri employers;
    • Refinement of the definition of “fleet”, and determination as whether or not your company has employees that do work-related driving;
    • Review of the American National Standards Institute Z-15 standard and the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety ten-step process for reducing fleet incidents; and
    • Policy development that addresses dangerous driving behaviors.

    Safety materials are provided to each participant, including:

    • Fleet safety guidebook;
    • Sample drug-free workplace program;
    • Safety posters and training materials; and
    • “CLICK IT” window clings for each vehicle in your fleet.

    Participating agents will receive two hours of Continuing Education Credits for Missouri, Illinois and Kansas property and casualty licenses.

    Seminars are scheduled from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. as follows:

    Cape Girardeau—Sept. 16
    Chesterfield—Sept. 17
    Springfield—Sept. 24
    Independence—Sept. 25
    Columbia—Sept. 30

    Note: All seminars will take place at MEM offices with the exception of Cape Girardeau. That seminar will take place at Osage Centre 1625 N. Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701.

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