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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 ccummins@akpei.com.
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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!

Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Number of views (1938)/Comments (0)/
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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.
Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Number of views (2278)/Comments (0)/
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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 ccummins@akpei.com
Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Number of views (2260)/Comments (0)/
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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 ccummins@akpei.com.

Monday, July 1, 2013/Author: Alaska Public Entity Insurance/Number of views (2040)/Comments (0)/
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APEI Offeres OSHA 10-Hour General Industry Outreach Training

APEI’s annual OSHA 10-hour training will be held April 25th and 26th at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage. This training is a valuable introduction to a wide range of safety regulations and principles. The OSHA 10-Hour training covers a variety of required course topics and materials applicable to school, city, and borough employees.
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