Amanda Villemarette: What I Learned at the Governor’s Safety Conference
10/6/2016 12:02:45 PM

Earlier this week—October 3rd and 4th—LCI’s Loss Control Department attended the 2016 Louisiana Governor's Safety & Health Conference and Expo. Loss Control Specialist Billy Porche, Customer Service Representative Cesar Gomez, and I represented LCI at the conference, which had a "There’s no place like Louisiana” theme.

On the Agenda
The agenda included a full two days of seminars in addition to time to visit the exhibit hall. A few of the seminars we attended included:

  • Safety Self-Awareness and Risk Assessment
  • Decision Theory and Implications for Risk Management and Health & Safety
  • Harnessing the Power of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Designing Safety "On Purpose”
  • Drug Screens, Safety Myths, Worker Errors and the Organizational Factors that Help Create Them
  • Surviving an OSHA Audit.

All were informative, and the knowledge we gained will help us in serving LCI’s policyholders.

Making Connections
We also met a lot of interesting and knowledgeable people at the conference. One person in particular who can be of assistance to LCI Policyholders is Shawn Cooper of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. He agreed to present at a future LCI Workers’ Comp Express workshop to promote the SHARP Program, a free program offered to businesses with less than 250 employees on site.

An Important Panel Discussion
A personal highlight of the conference was panel discussion entitled "I’ve Seen Fire and I’ve Seen Rain.” Several local CEOs and a Safety Director were asked to share stories relating to natural disasters and emergency situations they have experienced. In light of the recent floods, the information was timely and relevant, and their stories included:

  • Two of the CEOs discussed how each of their businesses survived the recent flooding.
  • Another leader discussed how his company bounced back after their office was burned to the ground as a result of a lightning strike.
  • One of the CEOs who experienced recent flooding also discussed the pain and hardship of moving on after an active shooter claimed the lives of two of his employees.

The experiences of these leaders impressed upon attendees the importance of planning for emergency situations as they discussed the strengths and weaknesses of their own processes. Each of the panelists shared a common belief that their employees are their greatest asset. They also shared the importance of having a plan, practicing the plan, and above all- getting insurance.

The information obtained by our Loss Control Department will help us to gear up and bring new knowledge to our insureds. Additionally, we identified several health and safety resources that LCI Loss Control will make available to policyholders. Personally, I was able to take away new approaches to safety training that our department will gladly share with policyholders to assist in mitigating loss potentials.

"What I Learned at” is a series in LCIA’s Orange Blog where we provide recaps of LCI and LCIA events. Additionally, our staff will occasionally attend professional development and educational classes. We utilize the "What I Learned at” blog series to report what we learned to you.

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