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Johnson City Hosts TOSHA Training

TOSHA Safety Tips and Newsletter

TnPRIMA Conference

Property Conservation Grant Program

Prioritize Safety


Tennessee Trivia

Q. On what Eve was Nashville founded?

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Message from the President

DawnIt’s hard to believe that 2015 is coming to a close. It seems like the year just began!

As we look forward to 2016, I have found two quotes that I believe stand out for consideration:

"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”
Helen Keller, American author, political activist and lecturer

"Let our New Year's resolution be this: we will be there for one another as fellow members of humanity, in the finest sense of the word."
Goran Persson, former Prime Minister of Sweden

With these thoughts in mind, Public Entity Partners wishes you a safe and joyous holiday season and the very best for 2016.

Warmest Regards,
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Dawn R. Crawford
President/CEO

Johnson City Hosts TOSHA Training

Whether it’s a descent into a manhole, accessing a crawl space beneath a building, or entry into a tank, safe navigation of confined spaces is a serious potential hazard for many local government employees. Before entering any confined space, employees are required by TOSHA to obtain Permit-Required Confined Space certification.

The newly revised TOSHA standard for “Permit Required Confined Spaces” went into effect this past August and is one of the most cited standards by TOSHA inspectors for the public sector in Tennessee.

To help regional employees understand the new standard, the City of Johnson City hosted a “Permit-Required Confined Space for Construction” workshop in October. More than 100 participants from Johnson City, Baileyton, Bristol, Bluff City, Collegedale, Elizabethton, Jonesborough, Kingsport and Mt. Carmel attended the workshop.

After receiving overwhelming response to the first workshop, an additional session was held at the beginning of December. Public Entity Partners was proud to provide refreshments for the training participants.

For further information on the new standard, visit https://www.osha.gov/confinedspaces/index.html.

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TOSHA Safety Tips and Newsletter

Did you know that TOSHA puts out a quarterly newsletter that’s an excellent resource for safety tips, as well as-updates on rules and regulations? Click here to view the latest newsletter and sign up for future editions.

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TnPRIMA Conference

As an organization committed to supporting risk management training and education, Public Entity Partners was proud to participate in the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association’s (TnPRIMA) 29th anniversary conference, held November 18-20 in Nashville, Tennessee. Public Entity Partners was pleased to participate as an exhibitor and sponsor, and to also provide speakers for the risk management educational sessions. From speaking at training conferences to issuing loss control surveys, we place a high priority on education for our members.

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Property Conservation Grant Program

Has your building been repeatedly struck by lightning? Could you reduce the likelihood of additional strikes by installing lightning attenuation equipment?

Has your facility been vandalized? Could you reduce or help prevent this risk with a new security system or a monitoring program for your existing system?

Property conservation efforts are designed to safeguard your entity’s assets by preventing and reducing property losses. Public Entity Partners’s Property Conservation Grant Program assists eligible members in the purchase of items that help protect insured property from a variety of covered perils. Public Entity Partners will reimburse up to 50 percent of the cost of eligible items, with a maximum reimbursement based on your Total Insured Value. Grant applicants are encouraged to be creative in proposing ways to reduce their property loss exposure.

Visit our website or click here to view applications and grant instructions. Applications may be completed online and are due by February 19, 2016.

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Prioritize Safety

One of our goals at Public Entity Partners is to do everything we can to ensure that all employees get home safely to their families at the end of each workday. It is with heartfelt sadness and concern that we share that three municipal employees have passed away in the past month due to work-related injuries. All three employees, in two separate incidents, were working at the rear of sanitation trucks at the time of the accidents. These losses are both heartbreaking and unbelievable.

We encourage you to make safety a priority at your entity. Please take time to evaluate the safety practices for all job classifications, including your sanitation employees.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has published the Safety Standards for Mobile Refuse Collection and Compaction Equipment to address the safe operation of sanitation equipment. This ANSI standard recommends that workers:

  1. Ride only in the vehicle cab or on steps specifically designed for riding;

  2. Remain completely inside the vehicle cab until the vehicle has come to a full stop;

  3. Ensure that no riders are using the riding steps when the vehicle is backing, exceeding 10 miles per hour,
    or traveling more than 0.2 miles; and

  4. Ensure that no one rides on the loading sills or in hoppers.

While not every accident or injury can be prevented, any life that can be spared, or injury that can be averted, is worth the investment in an effective risk management and safety program.

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Tennessee Trivia

Q. On what Eve was Nashville founded?

A. Nashville was founded on Christmas Eve 1779.