Our mission is to serve. Premier Risk Management is a collection of best-in-class professionals practicing a variety of disciplines under the auspices of risk management. While most companies are directing their clients to websites and portals for assistance, PRM deploys a concierge approach to delivering our services, interacting directly with clients everyday. We work in close collaboration with them to identify risks in their work environment and then provide solutions to mitigate the probability of loss.
Here are some of the many roles we can fulfill for your company:
Reducing All Employees’ Exposures to Seasonal Flu Virus
Seasonal flu remains a concern for all employers. Flu can occur at any time and be mild, moderate, or severe. Make sure your workforce is prepared!
Basic Precautions for All Work Activities
Encourage Sick Workers to Stay Home
Encourage sick workers to stay home. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that workers who have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms stay at home until 24 hours after their fever ends (100 degrees Fahrenheit [37.8 degrees Celsius] or lower), without the use of medication. Not everyone who has the flu will have a fever. Other symptoms could include a runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, diarrhea, or vomiting.
Develop flexible leave policies that encourage workers to stay home — without penalty — if they are sick. Discuss other human resource policies with staff, including administrative leave transfer between employees, pay policy for sick leave, childcare options, and what to do when ill during travel.
Encourage Workers to Get Vaccinated
Encourage workers to get the seasonal flu vaccine when it is available. Consider hosting a flu vaccination clinic in your workplace. For additional information about seasonal flu vaccine priorities, see Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.
Develop a Policy for Workers and Clients Who Become Ill in the Workplace
Develop a policy on how to deal with workers and clients who may be ill with the flu and communicate it to your workers. See CDC's Seasonal Flu Information for Businesses and Employees for information about how to develop this type of policy.
Determine who will be responsible for assisting ill individuals in the workplace and make sure that at least one person can serve as the "go to" person if someone becomes sick in the workplace.
Consider how to separate ill workers from others, or give them a surgical mask to wear, if possible and if they can tolerate it, until they can go home.
Keep the Workplace Clean
Frequently clean all commonly touched work surfaces, work areas, and equipment (e.g., telephones, doorknobs, lunch areas, countertops, copiers, etc.).
Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. No additional disinfection beyond routine cleaning is recommended by CDC.
Provide disinfectants and disposable towels for workers to use to clean their work spaces and surfaces and to keep work areas clean.
Train workers about how flu can be transmitted in the workplace and what precautions they can use to prevent transmission.
- signs, symptoms, and complications of the flu;
- policies and procedures for reporting flu symptoms, using sick leave, and returning to work;
- vaccination; and
- any required work practices.
Promote Hand Hygiene and Cough Etiquette
Workers, visitors, and clients should have easy access to supplies such as:
- "No touch" wastebaskets for used tissues;
- Soap and water;
- Alcohol-based hand rubs;
- Disposable towels;
- Cleaning and sanitation materials.
If you, a coworker or someone you live with is at high risk of flu-related complications and you suspect the flu, call a physician. For individuals at high risk of flu-related complications, there is a better chance that the flu might lead to bronchitis, sinus infections, pneumonia and sometimes death. The flu can make chronic health problems worse such as asthma and congestive heart failure.
Construction Workers Suicide Rates - Highest Occupation
Did you know that men who work in the construction industry have the highest rate of suicide in America? In 2012 and 2015, males with occupations in either construction and/or extraction were more likely to take their lives than any other occupational group, according to a report published by the Center for Disease Control observing the lifetime occupations of 22,053 suicide victims aged 16-64. What’s more, the suicide rate among the U.S. working-age population increased 34% during 2000-2016.
“Increasing suicide rates in America are a concerning and tragic trend affecting the workplace community, families, and friends. Knowing who is at a greater risk can help save lives through a focused workplace prevention effort,” states Kim Bentley, M.Ed, NDTR, CHES, Director, Health and Wellness Programs at Premier Risk Management.
Take a step towards prevention and consider a comprehensive Workplace Wellness Program for your organization. Contact Premier Risk Management today at 623-243-7263.