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Resources Available at Division of Workers' Compensation Website

Eye Safety at Work

Hazardous Communications

We Will Miss You, Janice






Trivia  Did You Know?

Born Nov. 7, 1914, in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, this country comedian and Grand Ole Opry regular is best known for his writing and acting talents on the hit television show "Hee Haw." This individual died from a heart attack on Aug. 29, 1987.

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Message from the President 
 
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Happy New Year to all! We hope everyone had a great holiday season.
 
Public Entity Partners is in the planning process for our annual workshops to be held across the state. These sessions will be held March through May of this year. As we prepare, we would like to hear what topics are of greatest interest to you. Please either respond to the SurveyMonkey survey we have issued or send us an email at MemberServices@PEpartners.org. 
 
This time of year presents a good opportunity to update and test your disaster plans. Here are a few items to consider as you review your DR:
 
Are You Afraid of the Dark? Nearly 70 percent of businesses will lose power sometime in the next 12 months. Since every organization has different power needs, it is important to know and understand your risk, as well as your building’s power requirements — ahead of time.
 
The Skeleton in the Closet. Is it time to dust off your plan and put it in motion? Testing your recovery plan is the best way to ensure that your business will remain operational. Remember: Disaster recovery tests should be learning experiences, not pass/fail exams.
 
You Can Run but You Can’t Hide. In the event of a disaster, where will you go? Share your evacuation plan and meeting place with employees, and post it around the building. Schedule a drill so all employees know exactly where to go and what is expected of them.
 
The Silent Killer. You may not be able to rely on cellular networks in the event of an emergency, as they may be overloaded or simply unavailable. Regardless of the severity of the interruption, it is critical that you have a way to communicate with employees, citizens and vendors. SMS text messaging has proven to work even when other mobile functions are down.
 
Office Turned Ghost Town. If your place of business becomes nonoperational due to a disaster, that is not the time to be thinking about where you can temporarily set up or permanently relocate your operations. With a well-planned and tested program, everyone will know what to do.
 
Additionally, make sure you keep photos of your building, equipment lists and policy information stored in a safe and secure off-site location. For members with Public Entity Partners’s property coverage, please remember the Agility Disaster Recovery subscription that is provided for you. The most relevant information necessary for a disaster recovery program can be safely stored on the Agility website. For more information on this program, please contact your member services representative or email MemberServices@PEpartners.org.
 
Best regards for 2015,

Dawn R. Crawford, President



Resources Available at Division of Workers' Compensation Website 

Have you visited the Division of Workers’ Compensation website lately? The division has worked hard to provide resources for employees and employers in an easy-to-navigate format. If you have questions about benefits, the responsibilities of employees or employers after a workplace injury, or even the Ombudsman Program, visit
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/wcomp.shtml. 

 
 

 
 
Proper eye protection is essential to a safe work environment. According to Prevent Blindness, 10 to 20 percent of work-related eye injuries cause temporary or permanent vision loss. As with any type of injury, an eye injury can have lifelong effects. From chemicals to debris, it is important to keep your eyes safe!

·     Wear eye protection whenever hazards require you to do so — whether at work or at home.

·     Avoid looking directly into any source of brilliant or potentially harmful light unless your eyes are shielded.

·     Wipe your face and eyes with clean hands only to avoid transferring any particles to the eyes.

·     If something does get into the eye, do not rub it; get the proper first-aid or medical treatment immediately.

·     If your eyes are burned, flush immediately with cool water for several minutes. Keeping the eyes open to the soothing and diluting water may be somewhat uncomfortable, but it can help save your sight until you can seek medical attention.
                        Source: Safety National Online Resources
 

 

 

Hazardous Communications

Did you know that hazard communication was the second-most cited OSHA violation for FY 2014?  Common mistakes include failing to have a written program, failing to have safety data sheets (SDSs) for each chemical in the workplace, labeling mistakes, and lack of employee training, including the hazards of chemicals in the workplace. 
 
Do you know the components of a HazCom chemical label?
 
·       Name, address and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer or other responsible party.
 
·       Product identifier can be (but is not limited to) the chemical name, code number or batch number. The manufacturer, importer or distributor can determine the appropriate product identifier, but the same identifier must appear on both the label and in Section 1 of the safety data sheet.
 
·       Signal words are used to communicate the severity of a chemical’s hazard: “Danger” for more severe hazards, “Warning” for less severe hazards.
 
·       Hazard statements describe the nature of a chemical’s hazards and their severity. All applicable hazard statements must appear on a label, and chemical users should always see the same statement for the same hazards no matter what the chemical is or who produces it.
 
·       Precautionary statements describe preventive measures chemical users should take to reduce the risk of handling the chemical. There are four types of precautionary statements: prevention to minimize exposure, response in case of accidental spillage or exposure, storage and disposal.
 
·       Supplementary information is any additional information a chemical manufacturer or distributor decides to provide, such as hazards not otherwise classified on the label, recommended personal protective equipment, directions for use, expiration date or fill date. This section must also state the percentage of ingredients of unknown acute toxicity when present in a concentration of 1 percent or higher.
 
·       Pictograms consist of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border, and each represents a distinct hazard. There are eight mandatory pictograms.
                                   Source: Safety National Online Resources

 
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We Will Miss You, Janice 

Janice (Wright) Anderson worked in public risk services at Public Entity Partners as a workers’ compensation adjustor for 18 years before retiring on Dec. 31. Prior to adjusting claims for Public Entity Partners, Janice worked at CNA for more than 13 years in the claims clerical unit, where she JaniceAnderson.pngwas promoted to senior workers’ compensation adjustor.

Michele Williams, Public Entity Partners’s workers’ compensation claims supervisor, shared that what set Janice apart and made her an asset to PE Partner members over her long career was her “attention to detail and knowledge, and her ability to apply the workers’ compensation statute. Janice had great rapport with PE Partner members and established great working relationships over the years. Additionally, her work ethic was incredible.”
 
Janice plans to travel and enjoy spending time with her children, grandchildren and husband, Teddy, during her retirement.
 
“After 18 years, PE Partner members and my co-workers have become like family,” she says.  “I’ve become very close to the people I would speak with on a daily basis. It was bittersweet on my last day. I really appreciated the support that I received when I was out with cancer. I wanted to retire in good health, and I am blessed to be able to say I am cancer-free. I am fortunate to have wonderful people in my life.”
 
We are grateful for Janice’s many years of service to Public Entity Partners and wish her the best in retirement.
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trivia — Did You Know?
 

Born Nov. 7, 1914, in Bulls Gap, Tennessee, this country comedian and Grand Ole Opry regular is best known for his writing and acting talents on the hit television show "Hee Haw." This individual died from a heart attack on Aug. 29, 1987.
Answer: Archie Campbell