Risk Management for Business Owners

Risk Management is one of those terms that sounds bland, simple and rather boring yet the complexities often cause people to put off the essential elements of the hard work you need to put in to assure your ability to weather a bad storm.

We have recently had the great opportunity to work with a commercial insurance broker, Brian Gleize of the Scott Agency and Mark Brown, of the Law office of Mark Brown to create a seminar to share some lessons learned and top things to be aware of for your business.

Our goal is to share some facts, figures, problems and solutions to some of the key Risk Management issues arising today.

Come join us on Sept. 4th from 9-11am in Chesterfield, MO.

You can register here:  Preparing for your worst day though Risk Management

Office Safety

Recently the National Safety Council published a great article on Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office. Many seem to be “common sense” however a few you may find surprising and helpful.

Key areas include:  Falls, Struck/caught by___ and  Ergonomics injuries,

Online training expansion at STCI’s Virtual University

In the mid 1990s STCI was one of the first to start providing online safety training to our existing clients. Online training has been evolving and we even took it off line for a while until we could identify a LMS that would fit our needs as well as the needs of our clients. Well, in 2015 its back. We have a suite of online training for Environmental Health and Safety that is great, additionally we have specialty courses for those in the power and utilities, HR, Industry and business skills.

We are very excited to have these new, online opportunities for our clients that sometimes have a circumstance where our in person training is not a practical for their schedule or cost effective. Check out the new site here: STCI Online

STCI's Virtural University
STCI’s Virtural University

Construction Safety – Confined Space in Construction

On August 3rd, 2015 the Confined Spaces in Construction will become effective. Abet many safety professionals have worked with this standard in general industry for 22 years, this has some big implications for the construction industry.  If you are needing help with plans and training in this area, STCI has 22 years of experience in planning, training and equipping groups for confined space work.

Link to the Final Rule & 29 CFR 1926.1201

Improvised Nuclear Devices – Planning for a Very Bad Day

~ Richard Shoaf, Sr. VP – Operations

Likely the most complex response that the US would ever experience would be the response to an improvised nuclear device. Many have some planning tools such as RESRAD-RDD and this was expanded in early 2015 to include Improvised Nuclear Devices (IND) This added a scenario as well as 44-60 radionuclides. The upgrading RESRAD-RDD and planning for Improvised Nuclear Device Incidents can be found here.  RESRAD-RDD&IND

Emergency Planning & the GREAT Central US ShakeOut Drill

Planning for exercises starts months and sometimes years in advance to effectively create and assess a full scale exercise, functional exercise or tabletop drill.  Here we are mid June and we are talking about October 15th.

Use the time and tools available now to set up a time, review your emergency plans, your emergency supplies and training.  STCI has participated in the Great Central US ShakeOut since it started and have a belief in its need and mission.  If you are joining us for this drill, you may be interested in our open house and free emergency preparedness training on July 14th.  This would give you about 3 months to bring the info back to your organization, do some planning and preparedness efforts to participate in the drill.

Reach out to us at STCI via email or call us to get registered for our free introduction to emergency planning course.

Richard Shoaf, Sr. VP – Operations

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Can’t See the Forest for the Trees – Again (Ebola Treatment Centers)

Can’t See the Forest For the Trees – Again

Guest PostJan Glarum, A Better Emergency
Below I’ve listed the officially recognized Ebola Treatment Centers in the United States as of February 14th 2015. If we have a case of Ebola, we know where to take the patient. If the patient has Anthrax, Botulism, Plague, Small Pox, Tularemia or other highly virulent disease, the patient and care givers are still out of luck.

The reason I mention this is there are grant funds for Ebola preparedness are available through the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP) Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities program. The cutoff date for application is April 22nd, 2015.

I can’t come up with a good reason why the program is one disease specific and not address all CDC Category A agents, or (Continue)