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AMRRP President's Messagehttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=65AMRRP President's MessageDear AMRRP Partners:<br> </p>Greetings! Hopefully everyone is surviving the summertime temperatures. Your AMRRP Board of Trustees had a very successful meeting at the end of June which included for the first time the members of our Finance and Loss Control Committees. We took some time to reflect on and celebrate the significant accomplishments of the past year or so, but also worked on some things which will build on the forward momentum that we have.</p> <p>First, the Board approved the concept for a re-focused and re-named Public Safety Assistance Program which will become the 10-78 Program, with implementation not later than the first of January, 2017 (in police 10-code, 10-78 means “need assistance”). The Program will have four benefit areas for our member police departments including policy and procedures review, internal affairs investigation report review, critical incident response assistance, and training. So be watching for more specific information as we get closer to implementing the 10-78 Program. We also got a look at a perspective that I hope will result in Board adoption of a Target Equity Policy which will help us to answer the important question, “how much is enough?” as it relates to surplus, and consequently surplus distribution (dividends). The Board will be getting additional information from our administrator and will consider the issue again at our November annual retreat.</p> <p>The election process for 2 Board seats is currently underway. Board members Rudy Rodriguez (Cottonwood) and Jean Poe (Buckeye) have terms expiring this year. Both are running for re-election and are joined on the ballot by 7 other individuals interested in Board service. Please make sure your city/town representative votes in this important election. I want to also report that Board Member Kristy Brusso has left employment with the City of Bullhead City and therefore her Board position is vacant and will be filled by the Board of Trustees at an upcoming meeting.</p> <p>AMRRP implemented new coverage forms with all renewals starting on July 1st. And many of our members have taken advantage of a benefit under our workers’ compensation program creating a point of first-contact for on-the-job injuries with a company called TriageNow. If you need more information about these or other programs or services, contact Ed Bantel at Southwest Risk Services.</p> <p>As always, thank you all for your partnership with the Pool.</p> Scott Barber</p> HR Director, Town of Florence</p> President, AMRRP Board of Trustees</p>
Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - Safety Data Sheets (SDS)https://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=64Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) - Globally Harmonized System (GHS) - Safety Data Sheets (SDS)Dear AMRRP Members: <br> </p>Due to a number of recent requests, please note the following information and associated link to answer questions regarding the new HCS, GHS & SDS requirements, which replace the old Hazard Communication/MSDS format. </p> Overview</p> The new Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is now aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This update to the Hazard Communication Standard will provide a common and coherent approach to classifying chemicals and communicating hazard information on labels and safety data sheets (SDS). </p> Timeline</p> This required program was introduced worldwide in 2012 with five date-deadlines to compliance. The final deadline was June 1, 2016. Full compliance is now required. Various steps to compliance included employee training, updating your old hazard communication plan as necessary to reflect new chemical label design and SDS formats, and/or (recommended) establishing a new GHS - Hazard Communication program and relabeling of all older chemical containers, tanks, etc. to meet the new SDS standard. </p> Compliance will be enforced by ADOSH/OSHA. </p> For additional information and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the following OSHA link. https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/hazcom-faq.html</p> Please contact your AMRRP Loss Control representative if you have any additional questions. </p>
TriageNow Workers’ Compensation Loss Control Programhttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=63TriageNow Workers’ Compensation Loss Control ProgramAMRRP’s TriageNow Workers’ Compensation Loss Control Program provides employees with the right level of care, while saving Members thousands in Workers’ Compensation expenses.<br> <p>Regardless of how comprehensive your municipality’s safety program is; workplace injuries still occur. It is human nature that things happen to cause injuries in the workplace despite ample training and precautions. When injuries happen, many employees do not feel comfortable having a Manager or Human Resources determine what is medically necessary and may insist on Urgent or Emergency Care. Additionally, the municipality may not want the liability of medical decision making, and routinely leave the decision in the hands of the employee.</p> <p>Statistics in a recent study from the Workers’ Compensation industry show that over 70% of all workplace injuries are minor and do not need clinical intervention to resolve. A large majority of these injuries are sprains and bruises and First Aid or Self Care will help resolve the injury and facilitate return to work. With TriageNow, a Registered Nurse is available 24/7 and with a simple phone call, an RN will assess the workplace injury at the time of the incident and quickly recommend the best level of care. This can reduce your municipality’s overall claim volume by 44% or more! </p> <p>Budget considerations are key to public entities, and the opportunity to reduce overall costs while improving the care of workers is particularly beneficial. Every dollar not spent on unnecessary clinic visits and increasing Workers’ Compensation costs is money that supports the budget. With TriageNow, your City or Town will experience fewer claims overall, reducing the costs associated with Worker’s Compensation and unnecessary medical treatment. </p> <p>To access TriageNow benefits, Members can call Lori Bosken at (480) 822-0322 or email lbosken@triagenow.com to initiate the onboarding process. Please visit http://www.triagenow.net/ for more information.</p> <p>TriageNow—“Because injured employees deserve the appropriate level of care, and the company shouldn’t pay more than necessary for this care.” </p>
AMRRP President's Messagehttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=61AMRRP President's MessageDear AMRRP Partners: <br> I wanted to report on several important things that were reviewed by your AMRRP Board of Trustees at our last meeting. First, we received a report from Justin Pierce and Steve Coleman on the first year experience with the flat-fee arrangement for our employment-related assistance programs and defense with the Pierce Coleman law firm. The program has certainly exceeded our expectations and we continue to see positive results because of this innovative approach to claim avoidance and management. Your Board renewed the agreement with Pierce Coleman for second year…with no increase in cost, by the way.</p> AMRRP took the lead in working with the Arizona Forestry Department to revise the intergovernmental agreement members were being asked to sign to continue their relationship with the department for statewide firefighting response. After a long, complicated and difficult process, agreement was finally reached and a new IGA has been distributed with reasonable indemnification language. In addition, it appears we may have also achieved a breakthrough with the Arizona Department of Transportation on the indemnification language in their project IGAs. That has not yet been finalized, but we’re hopeful. AMRRP’s general counsel, Bill Sims, deserves a big pat-on-the-back for leading these efforts which flowed from our IGA Assistance Program. Accolades also are due our administrator, Southwest Risk Services, and League Director Ken Strobeck for helping make these things happen.</p> I had previously reported our administrator had engaged specialized technical assistance in rewriting all of our coverage forms. I’m pleased to report that project has been wrapped up successfully and you’ll be getting information on the new forms through your renewal process this year. </p> We also got a look at the preliminary financial performance information for 2015 and we’re very encouraged by what we saw. So after three consecutive years of not-so-great numbers, we’ve now had two very good years. And while we ultimately decided not to declare a member dividend for 2015, we are working towards establishing a surplus target policy which we believe will help us to answer the important question, “how much is enough?” as it relates to surplus.</p> I’ll conclude by acknowledging the outstanding work of the members of our Board…Vice President Jean Poe (Buckeye), Secretary/Treasurer Jackie Walker (Kingman), and members Jackie Baker (Camp Verde), Kristy Brusso (Bullhead City), Fred Carpenter (Payson), Rudy Rodriguez (Cottonwood), Kelly Udall (Sahuarita) and Alison Zelms (Prescott).</p> Scott Barber<br> HR Director, Town of Florence<br> President, AMRRP Board of Trustees
Webinar Replay!https://www.amrrp.org/Lists/News Feed/NewsFeedItem.aspx?ID=60Webinar Replay!Did you miss the recent AMRRP Webinar event? Did you attend, but want to share the valuable information you received with your co-workers and employees? </p> Click <a href="https://youtu.be/cbP9T-ftGYg"> <u>HERE</u></a> to access a recording of the Webinar, which contains presentations and discussion on a variety of topics, including e-mods and how they affect your premium; loss control solutions; and claims information.</p> <i>Be sure to check the News Feed regularly for invites to future Webinar events!</i>

 UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

Loss Control Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2662016-11-03T15:00:00ZLoss Control Committee Meeting
Executive Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2672016-11-03T17:00:00ZExecutive Committee Meeting
Finance Committee Meetinghttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2682016-11-09T15:00:00ZFinance Committee Meeting
Board of Trustees Annual Retreathttps://www.amrrp.org/Lists/Events/EventItem.aspx?ID=2692016-11-30T23:00:00ZBoard of Trustees Annual Retreat

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