Aquatic Life Safety Operations
In partnership with Life Safety Solutions, Co, (LSS) the Aquatic & Life Safety Operations Program helps ensure Members with aquatic facilities (pools and/or beaches) are utilizing best practices in their daily operations. Evaluating each facilities unique needs, Life Safety Solutions performs on-site assessments each season to ensure preventative measures and emergency responses are in place to help protect Members from litigation. After consulting with Member leaders, recommendations and corrective action plans/protocols are put in place and include, training programs, detailed site operations and best practices.
Drug & Alcohol Consortium
This hassle-free and administratively simple testing pool helps Members mitigate the cost of implementing drug & alcohol testing and education requirements for CDL holders. In addition to meeting the regulatory requirements, the Consortium provides annual information sessions to Members, bringing them up to date on the latest Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulatory requirements, as well as providing supervisors with reasonable suspicion training so they learn how to properly identify when an employee may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol in the workplace.
Emergency Action Plan Development
Being proactive in planning for emergencies is a basic principle of workplace safety and health. The Trust supports its Members in their efforts to develop an Emergency Actions Plan, reviews reasons for emergency action and fire prevention plans, and the elements of a good evacuation plan – resulting in customized Emergency Action Plan with a foundation in best practices yet is tailored to the specific needs of the Member.
Ergonomic Services &
Functional Job Coaching
While working one-on-one with a Member employee as they perform their specific job tasks, an Ergonomist creates awareness on the use of appropriate movement patters and work postures; identifies potential employee work style preferences which may inherently have non-neutral movement patterns; identifies and strategizes ways to reduce reported discomfort to reduce the risk of injury; and improves overall safe work practices.
Functional Job Description
Focuses on identifying the various physical demands involved with performing the essential functions of a job, as well as the frequency of the physical demands. Functional Job Descriptions are helpful during the hiring process, as they can ensure the Pre-Placement Physical evaluates necessary physical demands. They are also helpful during the light duty or return to full duty process, should a Member employee sustain an injury, to ensure the employee’s treating physician is aware of the job related physical demands and employee’s work relations are carefully followed.
HR Employment Actions Hotline
The HR Employment Actions Hotline provides Members with immediate access to well-respected attorneys, who specialize in labor and employment law, to help guide them through difficult adverse employment related actions. By discussing the legal ramifications of employment determinations before taking action, Members can reduce the likelihood of a claim occurring or, at the very least, provide for a successful defense in the event that a claim is filed.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
To help defray the cost of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Testing, Members can request consideration for participation in The Trust’s IAQ cost-share program. The Trust provides up to $6,000 annually to assist Members with the cost of conducting IAQs. If approved for participation, The Trust would reimburse the Member of 50% of the cost, up to $600.
Focusing on property and liability exposures and compliance with industry based codes, standards, and best practices, a Property Loss Prevention Specialist provides inspection services in four core categories.
Members in the Property/Liability Program will have the buildings and grounds listed on their property schedule inspected by a Property Loss Prevention Specialist initially upon becoming a Member, and then every two to four years thereafter. Additional inspections are available upon request.
HSB Boiler Inspection Program
The Trust has partnered with Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) to conduct boiler and pressure vessel inspections for our Members in the Property/Liability Program. A representative from HSB will conduct an on site inspection of each boiler and pressure vessel, and provide a report to the Member and The Trust documenting the inspection and noting any corrective actions required or recommended.
Conducted by The Trust’s own Certified Playground Inspector (CPSI), playground inspections are available to Property/Liability Members so they can ensure their playground facilities are safe and properly maintained. The CPSI will conduct a site visit and document existing conditions, assist Members with their loss prevention and risk management efforts, focus on playground equipment and surfaces, and list current safety standards and best practices.
Conducted by The Trust’s own Certified Playground Inspector (CPSI), skatepark inspections are available to Property/Liability Members and are conducted on-site, reviewing skatepark maintenance and assessing potential exposures.
The Trust’s Mobile Situational Awareness Training Simulator (MSATS) is a portable, wireless, use-of-force and tactical judgement training system that provides scenario-based training simulations which can be adapted specifically to police departmental incident trends and training needs. Not only is MSATS being used by Trust Member police departments annually, but it has now also incorporated into trainings at the municipal police training academy.
Pre-Placement Physicals help employers determine if a prospective employee can safely perform the physical demands essential to the position for which they are being considered. The Trust recommends incorporating a Pre-Placement Physical into the hiring process for new employees being considered for positions with high physicality, as well as for existing employees being considered for a different position that has high physicality. The Pre-Placement Physical would be conducted after a contingent offer of employment is made, and the results are provided to a designated Member employee. Pre-Placement Physicals also create an established medical baseline, in the event of a future injury or claim.
Safety & Loss Prevention Walkthroughs
To assist Members with their loss prevention and risk management efforts, a Health & Safety Loss Prevention Specialist conducts site visits/walkthroughs to identify risks and exposures, focusing on workplace safety, compliance with industry based safe work practices, and makes recommendations for corrective actions.
In partnership with Roger Williams University, SMI is designed to help supervisors learn how to effectively deal with the daily challenges that they face. Classes focus on topics that will enhance supervisor’s skills and reduce the risk exposures to local governmental employers.
The Trust provides myriad training opportunities for its Members and their employees designed to help mitigate risk and improve workplace safety. In addition to a comprehensive online training library, The Trust also offers a variety of in-person trainings available either at The Trust office or on-site at Member locations. This emphasis on loss prevention education is vital to ensuring best practices are in place while helping Members provide a safe environment for their employees as well as the public they serve.
Trust In Safety
The Trust provides additional support to Members experiencing high workers’ compensation claims activity through the Trust in Safety program. Members establish a Safety Committee that meets monthly, with representatives from management as well as the employee base, ideally from the department experiencing high claims activity.
OSHA Fundamentals Certificate Program
Offered in partnership with the OSHA Training Institute at Keene State College, The Trust’s Public Sector Safety & Health Fundamentals Certificate Program (General Industry) is designed to help Member employees broaden their safety expertise, improve safe work practices, increase safety hazard awareness, comply with OSHA standard, and be proactive in today’s safety culture.
2021 Loss Prevention Trainings
Cost to Members