> Visit the CIRMACorner for Schools page for risk management resources for public schools.

> Visit the Law Enforcement page for risk management resources for police departments

> Visit the Fire Services page for risk management resources for fire departments.

> Visit the Public Works page for risk management resources for public works departments.

> Slip & Fall Prevention page.

> Sprains & Strains Prevention page.

 

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Members' Equity Distribution, $5 million, July 2018

The Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency’s (CIRMA) Board of Directors approved a $5 million distribution of Members’ Equity to be made in July 2018 to its member municipalities, school districts, and local public agencies. This is CIRMA’s seventh distribution of Members’ Equity made in the past eight years, for a total of nearly $25 million.

“The partnership and risk management efforts of our members are a sustaining force behind CIRMA’s outstanding financial strength, growth in service programs, and our ability to deliver a Members’ Equity Distribution Program. Working together, we are making our communities better and safer places to live, learn, and work in,” said David Demchak, CIRMA President and Chief Executive Officer.

View the full press release.

Summertime risk exposures - Property

Summertime, and its occasional high heat, humidity, and severe storms, presents a range of risk exposures to municipal and public school property. The official start of hurricane season is June 1st, and now is a good time, before a hurricane or severe storm is in the forecast, to address the fundamental readiness of your facilities and operations. CIRMA, working with our strategic partners, has developed a range of risk management resources so that municipal and school operations can better withstand summer's severe weather:

HSB's PREPARE Program: Pre-Emergency Plan and Recovery. The Hartford Steam Boiler Company (HSB), PREPARE Program is an information gathering system that can help CIRMA members prepare for disasters and set up recovery plans. With the help of HSB's PREPARE Program, you can create, review, and reinforce a pre-emergency plan for to your municipal operations. Click here to begin the PREPARE assessment.

Electrical Risks. Building electrical systems may be stressed during the summer months from heavier loads and power surges caused by lightning. The new Electrical Equipment Risks webinar presented by Hartford Steam Boiler describes electrical risk management, currrent standards, and power surge protection.

Power Spike Protection. Did you know that surge protectors have a limited service life? Before the next thunderstorm rolls in, Visit our new Lightning-Surge Protection page for information on keeping your equipment protected from voltage transients.

Download the Surge Protection poster.

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Summertime risk exposures - People

From insect bites and stings, to high heat and lightning strikes, summer weather presents a range of risk to employees, students, and members of the community. CIRMA has developed a number of risk management resources to help schools and municipalities train employees and volunteers on ways to reduce these risks as outdoor work increases. Order our Summer Maintenance Safety Orientation Training Kit and Summer Camp Counselor Safety Training Kit from CIRMA's Learning Media Library.

Our E-Learning Center topics include:

  - Dealing with Heat Stress
  - Lawn Care Equipment Safety

  - Chainsaw Safety
  - Commercial Lawn Mower Safety

For more information, please contact your CIRMA Risk Management Consultant.

June 24 - 30 is National Lightning Safety Awareness week! Visit our Lightning Safety webpage for important safety information and resources.

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CIRMA's E-Learning Center - now 150+ courses!

Visit our E-Learning Center to view our expanded list of courses and view our on-demand Webinar for a comprehensive overview of our CIRMA E-Learning Center, including information on how to track employee training, create certificates, build training reports, and more. Employee training is one of the most important parts of your risk management program. CIRMA's  E-Learning Center extends the reach of our Risk Management Training & Education programs, enabling employees and managers to learn important safety and risk management topics -- when and where their work schedule demands, from any computer or mobile device with internet access. CIRMA's E-Learning program is provided free to all CIRMA members. Register your employees now so that they can take advantage of this important training opportunity. Watch your email inbox for news and information or contact us for more information on registration. Download the brochure.

CIRMA's Cyber Security Resources -

Local governments and pulic schools, including CIRMA members, continue to be targeted by cyber criminals. The increased use of technology, its interconnectedness, and municipalities’ dependency on it makes cyber events even more disruptive when they happen. CIRMA has crafted a comprehensive Cyber Risk program through an A.M. Best A rated carrier for our Liability-Auto-property members to help protect them in the event of a cyber breach. CIRMA has also developed a number of risk management resources, including regional training programs and E-Learning Center training, and cyber security whitepaper to help our members manage this risk. CIRMA's Cyber Security News & Alerts service provides IT departments and municipal and school leaders current cyber alerts from MS-ISAC, the Multi State Information Sharing and Analysis Center and U.S. Homeland Security. Subscribe today.

Visit the CIRMA Cyber Risk Resources page for additional resources.

New Webinar on GDPR: Why Local Governments Should be Concerned

Does your municipality or public school collect names and addresses and/or IP addresses on your website? Advertise job openings on a website? This new webinar presented by the MS-ISAC highlights why local governments should be concerned about being in compliance with the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Highlights of the webinar are:
- How organizations are affected by the GDPR
- Steps for compliance
- A quick assessment tool

For additional information, please visit CIRMA's Cyber Risk & Alerts page or contact your CIRMA Risk Management consultant.

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Employment Practices Liability Helpline

CIRMA's Employment Practices Liability Helpline phone number changed effective January 2, 2018, but the service's expert legal assistance and fast response to CIRMA members' employment practices questions will stay the same. And, as before, there is no charge to CIRMA Liability-Auto-Property pool members for the service! CIRMA has partnered with Rose Kallor, LLP, a leading Connecticut law firm with a focus on employment and labor law. For the Helpline phone number and additional information, please visit the EPL Helpline page.

"For a government employer, the most effective legal service provider is the one who enables proactive resolution of employment and labor relations issues—before such issues manifest into legal disputes. Even for the most experienced municipal manager faced with a complex issue, a brief telephone call to a municipal employment law specialist may mean the difference between a high risk adverse action—and a measured decision that mitigates legal risk. That telephone call is all the more sensible when the effective legal advice is being provided without charge. CIRMA’s Employment Practices Liability Helpline provides that peace of mind. Through the CIRMA Employment Practices Liability Helpline the Town of Rocky Hill has benefited from convenient access to employment practice specialists, free of charge, who provided substantive guidance on a host of municipal employment matters."

Dana McGee
Director of Human Resources & Legal Compliance
Town of Rocky Hill

Workers' Compensation Pool Members: Report Claims Online


The ease-of-use and speed of our NetClaim.net reporting system helps assure that our claims teams receives accurate, timely information about the claim to help achieve the best possible outcome. Visit the CIRMA Training pageto register for CIRMA's Workers' Compensation Online Reporting Training sessions!

Supported browsers are: Internet Explorer: v11 (with continued support of v10).

Please note: Please report ALL non-catastrophic claims online. To register to report claims online, please contact Sean Gaffney.