This Week in Comp, February 27, 2015

This Week in Comp provides an overview of workers’ compensation news from across the country.

The business case for employee wellness programs
healthy livingEmployers are increasingly relying on annual health screenings, gym memberships, employee assistance programs and other mainstays of corporate wellness to reign in the rising costs of health insurance. Their return on investment goes beyond the premium they pay for employee health benefits.…MORE

Turn up the heat on space heater safety
Our friends in the Midwest can laugh if they want to, and they probably will, but it was cold this week in the Lone Star State. If you’re turning to space heaters for relief, check out these simple safety tips to prevent a fire…MORE

Regulatory roundup
Texas Mutual’s weekly mash-up of health and safety regulatory news…MORE

P&C insurance industry donates more than $1 billion to charity
Money with BowProperty and casualty companies donated more than $1 billion to charity in 2014, a 15 percent increase over 2011. The primary areas of giving held strong: health and social services, community needs and education…MORE

Using posters to reinforce your safety message?
Posters help keep safety front and center throughout the work day. Employers can get more impact from their posters if they design them appropriately for their audience, post them strategically and rotate them regularly…MORE

2014 workers’ compensation rates ranked by state
The median index rate for workers’ compensation insurance fell to an all-time low in 2014 to $1.85 per $100 of payroll, according to the 2014 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Rate Ranking report. Index rates in 2014 varied from a low of $0.88 in North Dakota to a high of $3.48 in California…MORE

Humana, Weight Watchers join forces to help employers tackle obesity
U.S. employers are losing billions in productivity every year to obesity-related health issues. A new partnership gives Humana members in qualified employer-sponsored health plans free and discounted access to Weight Watchers through an integrated wellness program built into their health plan…MORE

ISHN issues update on regulatory issues

The Mining Safety and Health Administration has announced a final rule designed to protect workers from being pinned, struck or crushed by machinery. The rule would require employers to equip machinery with proximity detection systems. Watch the two-minute video for more information about the rule and other health and safety regulatory issues.


NSC study debunks theory that opioids are safer than over-the-counter medications

Doctors often prescribe opioid painkillers to elderly adults because they are widely believed to be easier on their stomachs than over-the-counter pain relievers. In reality, research shows elderly adults taking opioid painkillers have an equal risk of gastrointestinal bleeding as those taking over-the-counter drugs, according to a new study by the National Safety Council…MORE

Complimentary webinars promise cutting-edge content
Sedgwick and Safety National announced a complimentary webinar series covering workers’ compensation issues that do not receive the attention they deserve. The series will leverage a mix of communication methods, such as podcasts and live interviews from industry events. The first webinar will occur on March 31, and the topic will be the advantages of unbundled claims handling…MORE

Hands-free is not risk-free
cell_phone_blogVision is the most important sense for safe driving, yet drivers using hands-free phones, as well as those using handheld phones, tend to “look at” but not “see” objects, according to a study by the National Safety Council. Read more in the February edition of TDI’s Safety and Health Newsletter…MORE

Still waiting for updated chemical labels, safety data sheets?
Chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and employers must be in compliance with all modified provisions of OSHA’s revised
hazard communication standard by June 1, 2015. OSHA will not, however, fine employers who have not received updated chemical labels and safety data sheets by the deadline…MORE

Workplace safety summit coming to San Antonio
The Texas Department of Insurance invites employers and their employees to learn more about workplace safety on March 25 in San Antonio. During the one-day workshop, attendees can choose from a range of topics, including the elements of a safety program, hazard communication and OSHA requirements…MORE

The 5 biggest challenges agents face, and how to overcome them
Lead generation, the economy, health care reform, industry legislation and cap rates on indexed annuities are the biggest challenges facing insurance agents, according to a recent survey of independent agents…MORE

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