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January 2020 | Volume 14 Issue 1.2 

Webinar: Tomorrow! Thursday, January 16th – Camp Risk Management Tips That Are Sure to Make Your Insurance Company Happy. The American Camping Association (ACA) will be hosting a webinar tomorrow, Thursday, January 16th from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST. Having good risk management practices at camp can help produce a positive camp experience, and also help reduce the likelihood of you needing to file a claim with your insurance carrier. What better way to learn what insurance carriers might expect from your risk management program than listening to an experienced insurance loss control specialist? Risk management strategies need to support camper and staff safety, protect property, and help facilitate business continuity. By the end of the webinar participant will learn:

  1. Participants will gain insight into what camp activities often drive claims.
  2. Participants will learn about present day risk management concerns and exposures that can have an impact on their program.
  3. Participants will be provided with proven risk management strategies that can support their ongoing efforts to maintain an environment that helps to achieve a positive camp experience.

$39.00 ACA Members, Non-members $74.00. Click HERE to register today.

 OSHA’s Free Workplace Poster. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration  (OSHA) Job Safety and Health: It’s the Law poster, available for free from OSHA, informs workers of their rights under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. All covered employers are required to display the poster in their workplace. Employers do not need to replace previous versions of the poster. Employers must display the poster in a conspicuous place where workers can see it. If you are in a state with an OSHA-approved state plan, there may be a state version of the OSHA poster. Federal government agencies must use the Federal Agency Poster. Click HERE to learn how to get a copy.

 Enhancing Employee Training is the title of a December 2019 Safety + Health magazine article by Brent Daviau. Daviau writes, whether your employees spend their days working behind computers or operating forklifts, the way environmental, health and safety information is communicated to them can play a big role in their ability to understand, retain and apply the procedures that keep them safe. Here are four strategies to consider when designing and implementing your safety program to make sure it gives employees of every learning style, experience level and skill set the information they need to maintain a safe working environment. Click HERE to read the full article.

  AAP Outlines Soccer Injuries and Prevention Techniques in Clinical Report. According to an October 2019, article, as the rate of soccer participation soared from 1990 through 2014 — rising by an estimated 90% — the number of injuries reported rose dramatically, as well. One retrospective study of 25 years of emergency department visits showed the annual number of soccer-related injuries among 7 to 17-year-olds per 10,000 soccer participants increased by 111 % from 1990 to 2014. The majority of youth soccer injuries result from player-to-player contact, with a significantly higher proportion of injuries occurring during competition rather than practice, according to one study. More athletes are suffering concussions and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, particularly female players.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends:

  • Neuromuscular training programs that teach proper landing and stopping techniques and develop balance.
  • An emphasis on fair play, rule enforcement and proper, age-appropriate heading techniques to reduce risk of concussion.
  • Injury reduction strategies including the completion of a preparticipation examination prior to the start of the season; proper hydration and rest; modification of activities in hot, humid weather; use of appropriately sized shin guards and mouth guards; and use of protective eyewear.
  • Basic Life Support training of coaches and placement of automated external defibrillators (AED) at practice and competition sites.

The clinical report also examines research concerning other safety gear, footwear, playing field turf or grass, and environmental conditions. Click HERE to read full article.


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 Recall Alert: BCI Burke Recalls Merge Playground Climbers. According to a December 19, 2019 Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recall alert, BCI Burke recalls Merge Playground Climbers due to entrapment hazard. This recall involves the Burke Merge metal climbers used on playground equipment for children to climb up to access the play structure. A welded rung opening on the sides of the climber poses an entrapment hazard to children. “Burke” is printed on identification labels that are placed on the exterior of the play structure. Consumers should immediately stop using the Merge Climbers and block them off from children’s use.  BCI Burke is contacting all known owners directly by certified mail, and Burke representatives will inspect and replace climbers that are not compliant with the current voluntary standard for this product. Consumers can contact BCI Burke at 800-356-2070 or online at

 Save The Date! 2020 Risk Summit Dates Announced. The Nonprofit Risk Management Center (NRMC) is delighted to announce that they will host their 2020 Risk Summit in Houston, TX, October 19th – 20th. For the first time, the program will be held back to back with a multi-day gathering of YMCA risk leaders. Several fun joint events will be featured. The Risk Summit program and additional details will be available in February, including a Call for Presenters.


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