Wednesday - August, 15 2018

Please join us in warmly welcoming Buffy and Lisa to the APEI team

Buffy Lisa

APEI said goodbye to long time employees Jennifer Bregar and Jodee Goldsberry, both departing for new adventures. We will miss them and wish them well. 

While saddened to see them go, we are excited to announce that Buffy Blais and Lisa Mattson have joined the APEI team. Buffy is the new Professional Administrative Assistant and will be your new front desk contact and can be reached at Lisa joins APEI as the new Claims Administrative Assistant and can be reached at Please join us in warmly welcoming Buffy and Lisa to the APEI team.

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December 1, 2013 Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communications Standard from OSHA

OSHA has revised its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to align with the United Nations' Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Two significant changes in the revised standard require the use of new labeling elements and a standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), formerly known as, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs). The new label elements and SDS requirements will improve worker understanding of the hazards associated with the chemicals in their workplace. OSHA requires that employers train their workers by December 1, 2013 on the new label elements and Safety Data Sheets format. For more information on the new GHS standard, contact Cole Cummins, your loss control manager, at
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Reflections on APEI Board Service

Amy Lujan, ALASBO

I will be stepping down from APEI Board service after nine years this fall.  It has been an incredible nine years of growth, both for me and for APEI.

When I became Business Manager at Nome Public Schools in 2002, I was told that my predecessor had been on the APEI Board, so I should plan on Board service too!  At that time, we were in the middle of an escalation of property and liability insurance rates following 9-11, so I felt it would be a good time to learn more about what was behind the rates.

I started attending committee and Board meetings and found that APEI was in the middle of a transition.  The company had to find ways to improve its financial position, while still remaining competitive in the market.  Over the next nine years, I was able to take part in that transition from a Board member seat, assisting APEI to be responsive to member needs and improving its structure to meet those needs.

I have remained on the Board because I have benefited from my involvement professionally.  Not only did I meet my original goal of learning about the insurance industry, but I learned from being part of a forward-thinking organization that was pursuing continuous improvement.  Leadership stability, both with staff and the Board, has enabled APEI to keep moving forward and improving.  When I was at Nome Public Schools, the insights I brought back from meetings helped the district to improve its risk management.

I would encourage anyone seeking professional development from involvement with a well-functioning Board to contact APEI Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bush about Board membership.  You’ll learn about the underpinnings of the insurance industry, from risk management to investments, and you’ll take part in a thoughtful planning process for APEI’s future.  The knowledge you’ll gain will benefit your current and future employers!

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Congratulations to Southwest Region School District Superintendent Dave Piazza

Congratulations to Southwest Region School District Superintendent Dave Piazza for winning the APEI $1,000 Champions for Children scholarship at the recent Alaska School Activities Association spring dinner in Juneau. Mr. Piazza has worked for Southeast Region School District for 15 years and became the Superintendent in 2011.
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Portable Fire Extinguishers

As of November 2012, the State of Alaska no longer issues Class I permits through the Division of Fire and Life Safety. Class I permits allow you to conduct inspections and non-invasive annual maintenance of portable fire extinguishers. The permit allows such things as weighing the unit, making sure the internal powder has not settled, inspecting tags, seals, hoses, and locking items. 

The State of Alaska says "It is the responsibility of the employer to provide training and documentation to enable the employer's personnel to conduct a Class I inspection and non-invasive maintenance of portable fire extinguishers." 

APEI is now offering a free Class I Fire Extinguisher Training Program for all members. This training program allows your employees to conduct annual non-invasive fire extinguisher inspections. It also gives you explanations of multiple OSHA requirements and NFPA standards.  

Training your employees on conducting annual fire extinguisher inspections saves you money. The average cost for an extinguisher servicing company to conduct an annual inspection is $8 per extinguisher, which can add up fast. For some of our remote members, having to pay for a service company's travel costs can be very expensive.   

For more information on APEI's Fire Extinguisher Training Program, contact Cole Cummins, your loss control manager, at
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How to Save Premium Dollars

Employee Training

APEI offers many opportunities for our members to save money. One way to save is to utilize the APEI Playground Improvement Grant. In order to reduce the number and severity of playground injuries, APEI will reimburse members for half the cost, up to $10,000 for labor and materials to improve a playground surface. The grant includes the purchase and installation of appropriate unitary surfaces like shredded tires, engineered wood fiber, and rubber tiles.

For more information on APEI’s Playground Improvement Grant, check your loss control manual or contact Cole Cummins, your loss control manager, at

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Changes to the State of Alaska First Report of Injury Forms

The State of Alaska, Division of Workers’ Compensation has made changes to their First Report of Injury Forms.

The employee and the employer will be required to fill out separate forms to first report an occupational injury or illness. Alaska Workers Compensation Board (AWCB) confirms these new forms should be used for all new injury reports starting July 22, 2013.

On the old form (Form 07-6101 Rev 08-2012) the employee and employer sections were both on the same page. The new forms are:

07-6100 -- Employees Report of Occupational Injury or Illness to the Employer

07-6101 – Employer Report of Occupational Injury or Illness to Division of Workers’ Compensation

The State also issuedan instruction sheet on the use of these forms and advises employers that items #13, 15, 16, 17 on form 6101 can be completed by APEI, anditem #14 will be populated by the AWCB upon acceptance of the claim.

APEI felt it was important to provide all members immediate awareness and access to these forms, so you can become familiar with these new requirements.

Please make sure you send both new forms to APEI for our handling.

Updates by the State of Alaska can be found at

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Members Doing the Right Thing

Employee training is valuable for both employer and employee. Well trained employees will have confidence in their performance, leading to improved production and job satisfaction. Training also helps organizations reduce the risk of violating employment laws and OSHA regulations. APEI just held it's annual OSHA 10 Hour Seminar in Anchorage where members from all over the state came to learn how to stay in compliance with OSHA. Stay tuned for the dates of APEI's annual HR Seminar coming this fall.  
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About 15-Passenger Vans

From the Desk of the CEO, Jeff Bush

One of the things I like about my job is that new challenges are presented almost daily. Here’s an example:

Recently we received a question from a member’s broker regarding how APEI insures 15-passenger vans. In researching the broker’s question, we learned much.

We have long known that 15 passenger vans are more dangerous than other motor vehicles. Research indicates that 15 passenger vans have a 70% greater chance of rolling over when loaded with 15 people or the equivalent in people and luggage. They also have a higher rate of single vehicle accidents than any other vehicle.

However, research in response to the broker’s question revealed more. School districts should never use such vans to transport kids. Since 1974, federal law has prohibited pre-primary, primary and secondary schools from purchasing or leasing new 15-passenger vans to be used significantly to transport students unless the vans meet the federal standards for school buses. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has determined that 11-15 passenger vans do not and cannot meet many such federal standards, including rollover protection, body joint strength, and crash protection systems.

In short, schools are prohibited by federal law from leasing or purchasing new vans designed to carry more than 10 passengers (even if some seats are removed), if the school intends to use the vehicle to transport students. They are, quite simply, unsafe. “Pre-primary, primary and secondary schools should not use 15-passenger vans for transporting school children, as they do not provide the same level of safety as school buses. It is also against federal law for schools to buy new 15-passenger vans for school transportation purposes.” NHTSA Consumer Advisory, Oct. 10, 2010. Any auto dealer selling a 10+ passenger van to a school district is subject to severe penalties.

We see many vans with seating capacities above 10 on our school district auto schedules. We strongly encourage districts to look for ways to de-commission those vehicles that transport students and replace them with other types of vehicles that meet federal safety standards.

Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Number of views (3281)/Comments (0)/
Reporting a Loss?

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