Items of Interest and Helpful Tools

We’ll keep you informed about issues pertaining to the workers’ compensation industry and provide useful information that can help you in your business.

Online Workplace Safety Training
Policyholders can access over 500 streaming workplace safety videos, applicable to all industries. It’s a great time-saving alternative to in-person instruction. To sign up for free program access, policyholders can send an email to RICALC@ri-net.com. Include the name of insured, policy number, first and last name of manager or contact person, and email address.

Loss Prevention Workstation Ergonomics
Help your employees work better and smarter by making their workstations comfortable and ergonomically correct. Download the Workstation Ergonomics brochure.

Wellness Tools for Employees
Create a culture of wellness at your workplace. A healthy workforce means you can experience lower medical costs, fewer claims, and higher worker productivity. Access information about interactive tools and programs.

Fire Extinguisher Recall
Kidde has recalled its plastic handle and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment. The plastic handle extinguishers involve 134 models and the Pindicator extinguishers involve eight models manufactured during specific dates. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment; one has led to a fatality. Sixteen injuries have been reported, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and there are 91 reports of property damage. For a list of recalled models and additional details, and go to Consumer Product Safety Commission. You can also visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall Notice” for more information.

This information is intended to provide guidance and is intended only to assist policyholders in the management of potential loss producing conditions involving their premises and/or operations based on generally accepted safe practices. In providing such information, Republic Indemnity Company of America does not warrant that all potential hazards or conditions have been evaluated or can be controlled. It is not intended as an offer to write insurance for such conditions or exposures. The liability of Republic Indemnity Company of America and its affiliated insurers is limited to the terms, limits and conditions of the insurance policies underwritten by any of them.

Useful Websites - California
 
California Wildfires – OSHA Resources
We’re saddened by the loss of life and the destruction of property caused by the wildfires in Northern and Southern California. Since wildfires can spread rapidly, particularly during dry, windy conditions, advanced planning can often help protect against the destructive impacts of these fires. OSHA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are working on a public effort to improve the way people prepare and respond to wildfires. To learn more about preparedness, response and recovery, visit https://www.osha.gov/dts/wildfires/index.html.

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Information for Injured Workers
Workers' compensation benefits are designed to provide injured workers with the medical treatment needed to recover from work-related injury or illness, partially replace the wages lost while recovering, and help injured workers return to work. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/InjuredWorker.htm

California Division of Workers’ Compensation Information for Employers
California workers' compensation insurance provides basic benefits including medical care, temporary disability benefits, permanent disability benefits, supplemental job displacement benefits and a return-to-work supplement, and death benefits. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/Employer.htm

California Department of Industrial Relations Small Business Portal
California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) is committed to fostering small business growth, to preserving free competitive enterprise, to maintaining and promoting fair employment opportunities for diverse communities, and strengthening California's economy. With this commitment, the California DIR has compiled material from various state agencies to help small businesses. http://www.dir.ca.gov/smallbusiness/index.htm 

California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
The mission of the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) is to ensure a just day's pay in every workplace in the state and to promote economic justice through robust enforcement of labor laws. https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/