Pinnacol approved safety group training

The following risk management training courses have been pre-approved by Pinnacol Assurance for
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The following risk management training courses have been pre-approved by Pinnacol Assurance for safety groups. A member of Pinnacol’s team will conduct this training at your group’s location and will work with you to customize it for your safety group.

Safety services requires:

  • 30 days advanced notice.
  • 10 or more policyholders/members to attend.
  • If fewer than 10 attendees have registered seven days prior to the event, the training will be cancelled.

To request this training for your safety group, please contact your agency relationship manager.

Driver Safety (60 min.)

Most people have been driving for such a long time that they neglect to look out for situations that can get them into real trouble. This course will provide insight into identifying and anticipating hazards encountered when driving. It offers new ideas that will protect you and others while on the road.

Topics include:

  • Increasing awareness of safe driving behaviors
  • Insights into identifying and anticipating road hazards

Effective Safety Training (60-90 min.)

Making safety training effective and relevant can not only save time and money, it can also increase employee retention and reduce the necessity of conducting the same training over and over. Pinnacol wants to help you get the most out of the time and effort you allocate to training your employees.

This course will teach you:

  • Benefits of conducting effective safety training.
  • How to effectively get your safety message to employees and make it stick.
  • Instructional techniques to make training more fun and impactful
  • Ideas to create effective safety training materials

Foundations in Safety Leadership (90-120 min.)

Safety leaders have the courage to demonstrate that they value safety by working and communicating with team members to identify and limit hazardous situations, even in the presence of other job pressures such as scheduling and costs. The Foundations in Safety Leadership (FSL) course introduces workers with supervisory responsibilities to critical safety leadership skills and provides insight into specific actions they can take to be an effective safety leader. The FSL was developed by a multidisciplinary team. It received funding from the CDC/ NIOSH CPWR.

Topics include:

  • Real-world scenarios
  • Characteristics of effective leadership
  • Resources and concepts for immediate use

Incident Investigation (60 min.)

Thoroughly investigating workplace accidents is essential in preventing reoccurrence, controlling claims costs and reducing insurance fraud.

Topics include:

  • When and how to conduct an investigation
  • How to identify the root causes of accidents
  • How to use multiple investigative techniques
  • What to do with the results

Industrial Ergonomics: Guidelines for Lifting and Moving Materials to Prevent Injury (60-120 min.)

Strains account for 26% of all Pinnacol Assurance claims and strains due to lifting cost Pinnacol over $30 million annually in incurred costs. Traditional approaches to controlling lifting injuries, such as body mechanics training and stretching programs, have not been successful in reducing injuries. Participants will learn the most effective strategies for reducing the frequency and severity of lifting and manual handling injury claims. This class is targeted at policyholders who work in an industrial setting such as manufacturing, warehousing, construction, and food processing. At the end of this class you will be able to:

  • Assess the risk of injury to employees who are lifting and moving materials
  • Identify safe methods to mitigate Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD) injuries
  • Apply ergonomic design principles for; lifting and moving materials, industrial workstation setup and layout, and driving

Job Hazard Analysis: The Most Important Tool in Your Toolbox: (60 min.)

If one tool existed that was proven to accomplish many tasks with a great degree of accuracy, would you buy it? Come and learn how to change the workplace safety culture, reduce hazards, increase governmental compliance, increase productivity and identify training needs all with one tool — a job hazard analysis (JHA).

Topics include:

  • Effectively using a JHA form
  • Classifying job tasks and hazards associated with those tasks
  • Identifying corrective measures to ensure that a job can be completed safely

Leveraging Medical Provider Relationships (60 min.)

Selecting a medical provider to care for your employees is similar to choosing your own family physician — the relationship is based on trust and communication. In workers' compensation, the primary care provider, also known as the designated medical provider, is the key to effective and efficient medical treatment for your injured workers. This course focuses on how to select and get to know your providers before you need to know them and features a local occupational medicine physician who will give you an insider’s view into workers’ compensation treatments and processes.

Making Return to Work Work for You (60 min.)

If you are a new Pinnacol policyholder or new to handling workers’ compensation claims, this course is for you! It is designed to help employers return injured workers safely to work by offering modified duty. You’ll learn when and how to contact Pinnacol’s return to work consultants and what resources are available to you. You’ll also discover how offering modified duty can help your organization better manage your claims and save money.

Topics include:

  • The benefits of modified duty
  • How to offer modified duty
  • How to identify modified duty tasks
  • Pinnacol’s resources and tools

Managing Safety Through Good Hiring Practices (60-90 min.)

Did you know that in the past two years, employees who have been on the job less than one year accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total claims costs and number of claims reported to Pinnacol? This course will provide you with information to help you safely introduce new employees to your workplace pre- and post-offer. In addition, we will discuss specific opportunities to review potential employees and what steps you can take to ensure you are hiring employees who are as committed to safety are you are.

Navigating Return to Work: Finding Your Way (120 min.)

Can you imagine experiencing only non-lost time claims? Pinnacol’s Return to Work consultants can help to achieve this effort by assisting you in developing a written Return to Work policy and program. This will help you efficiently navigate bringing your injured worker back on the job, avoid road blocks on the highway to modified duty, control the cost of the claim and enhance the recovery of your injured worker. This course focuses on the components of a written Return to Work program, the formal job offer process, modified duty task development and program implementation.

Office Ergonomics — Train the Evaluator (180 min.)

This course teaches the basics of office ergonomics including how to evaluate employee workstations to improve posture, reduce repetitive motions and increase efficiency. Upon completion, class attendees will be able to conduct a basic office ergonomics evaluation using a checklist which identifies risk factors for injury and the necessary modifications to the workstation to reduce injury potential.

Topics include:

  • Identifying risk factors for musculoskeletal injury (strains, sprains, low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and others)
  • Making proper adjustments to chairs, furniture and workstations
  • How to identify an “ergonomic” task chair and where to find the best resources for ergonomic accessories such as keyboard, mice, trays and more
  • How to handle sit-stand workstation requests including how to identify the best system for your workplace and an overview of key considerations to make before purchasing
  • How to use the Pinnacol Assurance Office Ergonomics DVD as a resource for employee self-assessment and training (a copy of the DVD will be provided to all attendees)

Return to Work — Revolution in Communication (60-90 min.)

Successful return to work is contingent on the employer/employee relationship. Mounting statistical evidence demonstrates that the emotional impact of an injury is more expensive than the physical injury itself. In this training Pinnacol’s return to work consultants will guide you through how developing a culture of a caring communication can help you return injured employees to work quickly, reduce costs and improve productivity.

Sleep/Wellness/Safety/Performance: Connecting the ZZZs (60 min.)

Sleep deprivation and disorders can have a significant impact on the safety and performance of your employees. Since sleeping isn’t something that typically happens at work, you probably have no idea how your employees fair. In this session, you will learn about the impact of sleep and fatigue on your employees’ safety and wellness, and how this is often compounded by shift work, extended work days and other health conditions. Like many other workplace risk factors, the sleep health of your employees can be managed. We’ll help you identify ways to improve those ZZZs for your employees and your bottom line.

Slip, Trip and Fall Prevention (60 min.)

Approximately 300,000 U.S. employees are disabled each year as a result of slip, trip and fall accidents. In Colorado, slips, trips and falls are almost always the No. 1 cause of employee injuries. These claims can be costly for employers, as well as painful and debilitating for the injured worker. What do we know about most of these injuries? They don’t have to happen.

Topics include:

  • Reviewing the true costs of slips, trips and falls in the workplace
  • Identifying common slip, trip and fall hazards
  • Slip, trip and fall prevention techniques that keep your employees safe

Stories, Lies and Surveillance: Exposing Workers’ Compensation Fraud (60 min.)

This course focuses specifically on criminal investigations. Three case studies are reviewed in detail and lessons are extrapolated – both failures and successes. Legal theories and investigative techniques and concepts are then reviewed and applied to the case studies. A special emphasis is placed on good note taking processes.

Topics include:

  • Case study #1: A failed malingering case
  • Case study #2: A successful malingering case
  • Case study #3: A prosecuted workers’ compensation certificate forgery
  • Legal theories of theft, criminal intent and false statements

The Aging Workforce (90-120 min.)

The term “aging workforce” means different things to different people.

Topics for this class include:

  • Understanding the common impacts of aging
  • Recognizing the impact that age has on injuries in the workplace
  • Identifying solutions to decrease the risk of injury for these employees

They’re Here: How to Prepare for an OSHA Inspection (60 min.)

Are you ready for an OSHA inspection? Have you ever had a surprise inspection or been involved in an OSHA audit? Do you know what to do or what to expect when an OSHA inspector arrives?

Topics include:

  • Learning your rights before OSHA knocks on the door
  • Knowing when to take notes, pictures and/or video
  • Knowing whether employees have to talk to an OSHA inspector
  • How the appeal process works if you receive a citation

Unscrambling the Claims Puzzle (60 min.)

Understanding your rights and responsibilities after an employee is injured is a key component to managing claims costs. This course provides information about workers’ compensation benefits and rules while connecting the pieces involved in handling claims. After completing this course, you will be equipped to play an active role in the claims management process.

Topics include:

  • Workers’ compensation benefits provided to injured workers
  • Workers’ compensation rules and processes
  • Communicating with designated medical providers
  • Techniques and tools for managing losses

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