POOL/PACT provides its members with a substantial array of risk management tools, policies, procedures, training, and information. The following information is designed to inform all members in general, and safety directors specifically, about the risk management programs which are designed to reduce and/or eliminate risks to the public, members, and their employees.
POOL/PACT Loss Control Committee
The Loss Control Committee is responsible identifying risks and developing, administering, and supervising risk management policy, procedure, and planning as well as developing and administering risk control techniques to reduce the frequency and severity of losses. The Committee also administers the Risk Management Grant Program.
Risk Management Grants
POOL/PACT provides funding for various risk reduction/mitigation programs.
1. Risk Management Educational Grants: The Educational Grant program may be applied for any time of the year. Funds may be used to attend a risk management seminar or conference such as AGRIP, PRIMA, PARMA, SHRM, or ASSE. These funds may also be used to host risk management-centered training at the member’s location or attending web-based trainings.
2. Risk Management Grants are available for general risk management/reduction projects such as purchasing equipment that promotes employee or premises safety, purchase of equipment or materials that facilitate OSHA or other regulatory compliance.
3. Applications and further information may be found at http://www.poolpact.com/risk-grant.asp.
On-Line E-Learning Safety Courses
OSHA Rights and Responsibilities * Slips, Trips, and Falls * Office Ergonomics * MRSA Awareness in Hospitals/Corrections * Strip Search Training * The Complex Quadriplex of Lifeguard Blindness * Cyber Security Awareness * Bloodborne Pathogens * Back Safety in the Workplace * Asbestos Training * Heat-Related Illnesses * GHS Hazard Communication * Defensive Driving * OSHA Ladder Safety * Infectious Diseases in Schools * Contracting Fundamentals * Swimming Pool Safety for Employees * OSHA 30 and OSHA 10 Certifications
Site Safety Inspections, Training, and Audits
Playground & Parks Safety Surveys
Identification of hazards on public playgrounds using ASTM standards, establish a system of repair, retrofit, and/or removal of hazardous equipment.
Workstation Ergonomic Evaluations
Evaluations and education provided to decrease the risk of repetitive strain injuries caused by improper workplace set-up and/or ill-fitted workstation equipment.
Confined Space Risk Assessments
Surveys provided to support the identification and classification of confined spaces. Risk assessments conducted to determine acceptable policies, procedures, and training in compliance with OSHA’s Confined Space Standards.
Surveys can be conducted to identify hazards in an effort to reduce or eliminate hazards and prevent potential loss or injury including fire and life safety, earthquake remediation, slip, trip, and fall hazards, electrical hazards, machine guarding.
Fire Extinguisher Education
The use of a fire extinguisher in the hands of a trained person can be a life and property saving tool. However, most people have not had fire extinguisher training and don’t know how and when to properly use fire extinguishers. Fire extinguisher use requires a sound decision-making process and training on proper use and maintenance.
Respirator Fit Testing and Education
Respirators protect workers against insufficient oxygen environments, harmful dusts, fogs, smoke, mist, gas, vapor, and spray, which may cause cancer, lung impairment, other diseases and death. Compliance with Respiratory Protection Standards could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually.
CPR/First Aid/AED Education and Training
First Aid, CPR, and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and certification meets the needs of workplace responders, emergency responders, and professional rescuers, school staff, and healthcare providers as well as the general public.
Accident Investigation Training
Incident and accident investigation should be an integral part of any loss control program. The unexpected actions of people, equipment, supplies, or surroundings cause most accidents. Accident investigations determine how and why these unexpected actions occur and are used to help prevent future accidents.
Infrared (IR) thermal Imaging of Electrical and Mechanical Components
Electrical systems require periodic maintenance and inspection to ensure power is supplied to buildings and facilities in a safe and efficient manner. Thermal imaging is the fastest and safest method of early problem detection on electrical and mechanical equipment. A thermal imaging scan increases confidence in equipment, decreases the potential for fire loss, reduces high-energy costs, and helps avoid business interruption.
When thermal images are captured with an infrared camera, the "vital signs" of potential faults are instantly recorded with the IR image. Analysis and reports are completed with the visual information needed to take correction action.
Back Safety and Lifting
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Learning proper lifting techniques and the basics of back safety can assist in prevention or reoccurrence.
Defensive and Distracted Driver Education
Defensive Driver Education ensures that participants receive the training they need to drive defensively; knowledge, skills, and perspective that will help them continue to prevent injuries and save lives. Distracted Driver Education provides training on recognizing and avoiding unsafe driving habits. This awareness is a step in addressing and stopping deadly practices.
Workplace Violence awareness and prevention involves understanding and recognizing indicators and appropriate subsequent action plan de-escalate potentially violent situation from essential components of workplace violence prevention.
Personal Protective Equipment
Occupational Safety and Healy Administration (OSHA) requires the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce employee exposure to hazards when engineering and administrative controls are not feasible or effective in reducing these exposures to acceptable levels. If PPE is to be used, a PPE program should be implemented. Such a program should address the hazards present; the selection, maintenance, and use of PPE; the training of employees; and monitoring of the program to ensure its ongoing effectiveness.
Emergency preparedness is designed to provide a source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public emergencies.
OSHA Compliance Training
Hazard Communications: Chemicals pose a wide range of health and physical hazards. Hazard Communications is training designed to ensure that information about these hazards and associated protective measures are known. POOL/PACT provides members with a subscription service to EHS/Velocity – MSDS Online, which is an on-line service to identify, control, and monitor all on-site hazardous materials.
Bloodborne Pathogens: Participants learn how bloodborne pathogens are spread and how to prevent exposure incidents by following work practice controls. Topics include engineering controls, PPE, personal hygiene, cleaning/disinfecting equipment and supplies; and recognizing, reporting, and following up on employee exposures to infectious materials. POOL/PACT can assist a member with establishing an Exposure Safety Plan.
Lockout/Tagout Training: Lockout/Tagout training covers the servicing and maintenance of machines and equipment in which the unexpected energization or startup of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees. This standard/training establishes minimum performance requirements for the control of hazardous energy.
Electrical Safety: Working with electricity can be dangerous. Electricity can be a serious workplace hazard. Electrical Safety training is necessary to educate and protect employees exposed to dangers such as electric shock, electrocution, fires, and exposures. POOL/PACT can also provide infrared heat inspections to discover failing electrical systems.
Safety Program and Committee Training: Generally, Nevada employers with 10 or more employees are required to have a Written Workplace Safety Program. Employers with 25 or more employees are required to have a Safety Committee. POOL/PACT can assist with review, updating, or implementing a Safety Program for any of its members.
Loss Control Excellence Program: Each member is served by a dedicated loss control representative who is available to meet with the member and explore various loss control strategies appropriate for their given operations. The Loss Control Excellence Program (LCEP) involves a rigorous review of the member’s policies and procedures geared towards the reduction of loss. Members who complete the program receive a cash award and a plaque representing their commitment to implementing effective loss control measures. Additionally, upon completion of the LCEP, the member may appoint a representative to sit on the Loss Control Committee and participate in development of loss control programs.
Wellness/Health Education and Training
24/7/365 WC Triage Health Services Program. This is a PACT program which provides workers compensation triage health services to improve outcomes, service levels, and access to care. The program uses trained professional staff to interact with managers and supervisors from start to finish on appropriate incidents. It is designed to assist and guide the manager/supervisor with assessing an on-the-job injury and procedures for doing so.
Diet/Nutrition/Portion Control: Portion control is an important concept when you are trying to lose weight and keep it off. Education and training can assist employees with tools to implement appropriate serving sizes.
Cardiovascular Disease and Lung Health: POOL/PACT partners with Specialty Health to identify high-risk individuals and develop a plan to address and resolve risk factors and provide multiple resources to return individuals to good health.
Stress Management: Stress management involves controlling and reducing the tension that occurs in stressful situations by making emotional and physical changes. The degree of stress and the desire to make the change will determine how much improvement takes place.
Weight and The Workforce: Understanding the importance of weight management is critical to a healthy lifestyle. Proper nutrition and diet training can greatly improve the quality of life.
Swimming Pool Safety Policies, Inspections, and Training
POOL/PACT can provide comprehensive aquatic facility and program assessments. Such assessments will assist pool directors/supervisors with maintaining proper pool documentation (permits, inspections, operations manuals, emergency procedures, operator certifications, lifeguard certifications, accident reports, and inspection logs; emergency procedure and lifeguard skill assessments; employee chemical safety training; fencing, volunteer policies, premises assessment, water chemistry, equipment inspections, ladders, steps, and boards; pool decking review; pool safety equipment; and compliance with Nevada Administrative code. POOL/PACT also sponsors an annual Aquatics Risk Management seminar.
Law Enforcement Training and Policies
POOL/PACT has partnered with the Legal Liability Risk Management Institute (LLRMI). LLRMI is a network of risk management professionals dedicated to enhancing professionalism, effectiveness, and risk management of public safety/criminal justice through training, policies, procedures, and legal support. It provides a team approach when assisting Nevada law enforcement agencies and can address specific needs through a network of legal experts on state and federal standards as well as subject matter experts in accepted practices for law enforcement, jails/corrections, and other areas of public safety and criminal justice.
Cyber Security Training and Policies
POOL/PACT provides its members with a vast array of information and programs for cyber security services and provides advice and information in support of data protection and cyber security enhancement which includes help with strengthening physical, personnel, administrative, and operations through a variety of training, policies, and procedures. These policies will enhance the security postures for each member organization. POOL/PACT can also provide cyber security event hotline services.
School District Emergency Operations Plans, Training, and Policies
Development of NRS required School Safety and Emergency Operations Plans; updating and standardizing individual emergency management and training programs; providing best practices in the FEMA Guide for High Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, Homeland Security Presidential Directive; providing Hazard Vulnerability Assessment and Report.
2018 Risk Management POOL/PACT Sponsored Trainings
Investigating Crimes Against Children: From a Prosecutor’s and Cop’s Perspective
Dealing with Legislative Changes in Harassment/Bullying for School Districts