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03.02.11   Join us for Getting Practical on March 18
WORKSHOP: Developing an Effective Injury & Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)

According to Cal OSHA, an effective Injury and Illness Prevention program (IIPP) is not just a paper program. For your IIPP to be effective you must fully put it into practice in your workplace.

With the passage of AB 2774, Cal OSHA has re-defined the definition of "serious violation." Having an "effective" IIPP may be considered a good defense in the event Cal-OSHA observes a serious violation in your workplace… and here are some good questions to ask in measuring IIPP effectiveness:

  • Does your IIPP define the "systems and methods" used to identify and control hazards in the workplace?
  • Has an assessment been conducted of all hazards employees may be exposed? Has a "Code of Safe Work Practices" been developed?
  • Are employees trained on the hazards of their job, and periodically thereafter (per Cal OSHA)?
  • Have supervisors been trained on safety procedures and understand hazards affecting their employees?

What will you learn… This workshop will help attendees: " Know the written elements required to establish an effective IIPP

  • Complete a working draft of their Injury & illness Prevention Program
  • Create the method and system to implement their IIPP
  • Identify the training programs required to meet Cal OSHA requirements

Cost per participant is $125.00 To register and pay, please visit: http://www.aspenrmg.com/training.htm

Date: Friday, March 18, 2011, Time: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Workshop
Location: 2727 Camino del Rio South, 2nd Fl. Conference Room
San Diego, CA 92108 


01.17.11   Join us for a Webinar on January 21
AB 2774: Understanding the new Cal/OSHA law and how to minimize its impact

Presented by Aspen Risk Management Group, we are delighted to offer this online session to our California clients and friends of Aspen. Please join us for this interactive and informative Webinar.

AB 2774: Understanding the new Cal/OSHA law and how to minimize its impact

START DATE/TIME: Friday, January 21, 2011 / 10AM to 11:00AM PST
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar Seat Now at:
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/839579458

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Enacted on January 1, 2011, AB 2774 is a significant change from existing law on how Cal/OSHA issues and administers serious citations. California employers could see an increase in the number of serious citations and a reduction in the number of successful appeals of these citations. This informative Webinar will outline:

  • What AB 2774 is and it's impact on CA employers
  • How written safety plans, inspection, and training are considered
  • How inadequate plans can negatively impact an organization
  • Steps to prevent citations

Presenters:
* Don Dodson, ARM, CPDM, WCCA, COSS
* Steve Thompson, ARM, COSS

Aspen Risk Management Group www.aspenrmg.com - 619-294-9863


11.24.10   Aspen Risk Management Group - Office Warming

The skies cleared and the wind let up long enough for our office warming to take place!  Thank you to our consultants, clients, and friends of Aspen for attending!


10.01.10   Aspen Risk Management Group - Office Warming

SAVE THE DATE:  October 21, 2010 - 4PM to 6PM

Celebration and dedication for all friends of Aspen!  

2727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 1
San Diego, California 92108
619/294-9863 (same number)


09.29.10   ERGOhealthy to provide office ergonomics for telecommute, telework, and remote workers

ERGOhealthy, a service of Aspen Risk Management has created a new and innovative approach to provide remote ergonomic evaluations for office, remote, and home office workers. ERGOhealthy conducts office ergonomics assessments and solves ergonomic problems via online and telephone through its team of ERGOhealthy coaches.

Speaking on behalf of Aspen, Steve Thompson states “with over 30M Americans working outside the traditional office setting we felt it our responsibility to create a simple and professional service for people in traditional and non-traditional business, telecommute, remote office, school, and home office environments.”

How it Works

A comfortable and ergonomically safe work environment can provide increased productivity, reduced sick days, improved postures, and yes… joy of work.

Prior to being assigned to an ERGOhealthy coach, people sign-on to a secure website to complete the Ergonomics Self Assessment. Once completed, the Assessment is securely sent to an ERGOhealthy coach who contacts individuals to set up a time to review in more detail and to discuss any recommendations. A written report follows, and the ERGOhealthy coach remains available for assistance for 6 months.

To learn more:

Michelle Langmaid, Director of Business Development
ERGOhealthy (a service of Aspen Risk Management Group)   
mlangmaid@ergohealthy.com
www.ergohealthy.com
Direct: 858-354-1774
Office: 619-294-9863

ERGOhealthy (a service of Aspen Risk Management Group)   
www.ergohealthy.com, www.aspenrmg.com – 619-294-9863


04.01.10   Aspen Risk Management Group - New Offices

We've moved!    Stay tuned for the office warming and ribbon cutting ceremony. 

Our new address is:
2727 Camino del Rio South, Suite 1
San Diego, California 92108
619/294-9863 (same number)

 


11.15.09   Cathi Marx Receives "Women Who Mean Business" Award

Citing her dedication to community, innovation in safety, the insurance industry, and for her leadership in business, The San Diego Business Journal recognized Cathi Marx as a finalist for the 2009 "Women Who Mean Business" Award.  She's pictured here with Julie Brown of San Diego Insurance Staffing (a previous recipient) and Terri Carver of Teague Insurance.  Both joined Cathi for the event held November 2009.

A 25 year veteran of the safety profession, Cathi is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries & illnesses, and protecting her clients and the community.  For her, business and life means service to country, the community, and to the betterment of the world.  

 Some specific business accomplishments include:

• First West Coast lead instructor for the Certified Occupational Safety Specialist program – teaching new safety professionals core basics of safety, OSHA, and how organization’s can protect employees from injury.
• Created and developed new ways for safety professionals to learn about security and how to incorporate protective measures in organizations
• Developed simplified methods for religious institutions to implement safety and security practices, including training of teachers and administrators. 
• Actively involved in numerous non-profit organizations including the Professional Women in Insurance and American Society of Safety Engineers.
• Created “Fridays with Aspen” – a seminar program that donates its proceeds to the World Health Organization (WHO). WHO works to improve safety and health through out the developing world.
• Conference speaker on innovative ways to merge the practices of safety and security in organizations and the community as a whole.
• She is an experienced “threat and risk assessment” consultant for religious institutions, providing recommendations for target hardening of facilities. Cathi has a solid understanding in concepts, strategies and applications of “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.”
• Member of numerous business associations. 

Specific accomplishments within community/civic life: Cathi has been dedicated to service in the community – starting early in life as a child while volunteering at the local animal shelter. Since then she has created a legacy of support for the environment and the protection of people from accidental injuries and illnesses. 

• Initiated a Homeland Security Grant for her religious institution resulting in much improved security and safety controls and procedures.
• Achieved Level 5 status in Homeland Security and has published educational articles and spoken at conferences on ways to protect business and the community
• In response to the San Diego fires and working with local religious leaders and social service associations, Cathi envisioned, then created & developed a comprehensive 18-month training program that helps non-profits and social service organizations prepare for emergency and disasters. It is envisioned that this model could be duplicated in cities throughout the United States thus improving disaster response time, better coordination of social service agencies, decreased society costs, and the saving of lives and injuries.
• She is a current and active member of the local chapter of the ADL’s (Anti-Defamation League) inter-agency safety and security committee. 
• The wounded at Naval Hospital Balboa, deployed military, and children learning patriotism through the arts are a collaboration of her business and the non profit group, Flags Across the Nation.
• Cooks breakfast every year at Stand Down for Veterans.

What she does to empower and inspire others:

Matching her contributions to the safety and health industry and to the community, Cathi doesn’t think twice about helping those in need. For example, she is one of the few who has donated bone marrow “just because it’s the right thing to do.” Donating anonymously, her marrow remarkably saved the recipients life. Years later she had the fortunate opportunity to meet the recipient (who lives in Germany). She continues to donate platelets to maintain the health of the recipient. Some examples of how here actions have empowered and inspired others include:

• Cathi is a positive can do person. She sees a need and finds solutions.
• Less then 10% of the Coast Guard were women with Cathi joined in 1984, so early in her career she set precedence about pursuing your dreams and desires. She didn’t pick an easy job either – opting to work with the safe loading and off-loading of explosives and hazardous materials on civilian and government ships. 
• She is a popular speaker for professional development various non-profit conferences
• She has created courses on Ethics for the Safety Professional – differentiating herself as a leading thinker in the industry.

Cathi’s energy and dedication to saving lives and preventing injuries goes beyond professional accomplishments. You could say for her that helping others is in her bones. Her business partners had this to say about her:  "We do not know of anyone in her presence that is not changed by the association. She models the safety and health professional at work. Her dedication to community is how she shows up in the world, to make a safer workplace, to protect children, and the environment.

Congratulations Cathi! 


11.10.09   Webinar and Training Calendar 2010

Aspen is rolling out both a series of Webinars and onsite Seminars for 2010.  For more information:


09.25.09   Fridays with Aspen September 25, 2009

Workplace Security Controls for HR and Safety Professionals

  • Understand how line between workplace safety and security has been blurred by non-traditional workplace threats

  • Learn how various strategic building designs and landscape treatments may reduce vulnerabilities of staff and visitors to workplace threats

  • Know how to manage workplace security threats using traditional loss control methods such as incorporating shelter in place and lock down procedures in your emergency action plans.

Presenter

Cathi Marx, ALCM, COSS, CHS-V; VP Risk Management, Aspen Risk Management Group

 


08.19.09   Contributing Author, Steve Thompson: New Book Published by DMEC

Tools of the Trade: A Compilation of Programs and Processes for the Absence, Disability, Health and Productivity Professional: (featuring contributing author, Steve Thompson), gives the novice and seasoned professional alike the information they need to establish and manage their absence and disability management initiatives. Its 268 pages cover all the core topics such as: what programs can be integrated, how to start an initiative, legal compliance, key processes, diversity, metrics, ROI, workplace safety & regulatory requirements, and more. Published by DMEC, it also incorporates subject matter authors to provide additional best practice applications. This book is designed to be the most valuable desk reference in the industry.  Click here to purchase Tools of the Trade

 


07.31.09   Next Fridays with Aspen is Scheduled for July 31, 2009
Exceptional Safety Success & How One Company Reduced Workers' Compensation Insurance Costs by Over 40%
 

This session will explore the makings of highly successful safety programs and help lift workplace safety programs from average to excellent.

  • Learn how one company reduced its net workers' compensation insurance costs by 40%, claims cost by over 60%, and auto claims costs by 80%

  • How to devise winning strategies to reduce litigation and insurance premiums

  • Hear how the safest companies in America run their safety programs with key examples of how to create a Winning Safety Program

Aspen Risk Management Group is pleased to continue our 2009 workshops: "Fridays with Aspen.” Cost per session is just $25 per person and all proceeds are donated to the World Health Organization. Register online or by email at: www.aspenrmg.com/fridays.htm

The workshops are conducted at the Pacific Safety Council training facility: 9880 Via Pasar Suite F, San Diego California 92126.
Continental Breakfast and Registration: 8:15 – 8:30 AM
Workshop Session: 8:30 – 10:00 AM
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Mark these additional dates in your calendar (topics TBD)
September 25, 2009
November 20, 2009


06.04.09   Zenith Agents of Distinction Complete Polestar Producer Development Program 

Richard Coskren and Steve Thompson, working with Polestar Performance Programs, completed the 2009 Zenith Agents of Distinction program for Zenith Insurance Company.  Shown here are two graduates, J.D. Moyer (top photo, center) and David Hoffman (bottom photo, center) along with their Agency Principals and Zenith Senior Management.

Congratulations to all those that completed the rigorous sales and marketing program!

A number of Aspen Consultants work with Polestar, an insurance industry performance improvement company.

 

 

 


05.08.09   Aspen lands San Diego City Contract with MWWD

Aspen Risk Management Group has been chosen to serve as the Workers' Compensation claims consultant to assist the City of San Diego MWWD in the management of it's outstanding OCIP WC claims.  The one-year contract runs through 2010.  Speaking on behalf of Aspen, Mike Murrah states: "Aspen is honored that the City chose us and we look forward to supporting MWWD in its Workers Compensation efforts."


04.21.09   "Fridays with Aspen" a Success!

Aspen Risk Management Group is pleased to continue our 2009 workshops: "Fridays with Aspen.” Cost per session is just $25 per person and all proceeds are donated to the World Health Organization. Register online or by email at: www.aspenrmg.com/fridays.htm

The workshops will be conducted at the Pacific Safety Council training facility: 9880 Via Pasar Suite F, San Diego California 92126.
Continental Breakfast and Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 AM
Workshop Session: 8:45 – 10:30 AM
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May 29, 2009 –Preventing Sexual Harassment (2 hours)  
Presented by Ann Marie Towle-Mason SPHR; Managing Consultant Aspen Risk Management Group, and President, HR Source Consulting, Inc. 

Meets requirement for California employers with 50 or more employees or independent contractors in California and elsewhere 
Meets requirement for Supervisors and Managers including managers, supervisors, lead persons, etc. 
• Includes practical guidance regarding the statutory provisions concerning the prevention and correction of sexual harassment 
• Available remedies to victims of sexual harassment in employment 
• Examples aimed at instructing the prevention of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation 

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Mark these additional dates in your calendar (topics TBD)
July 31, 2009
September 25, 2009
November 20, 2009


04.03.09   Pacific Southwest Safety & Health Conference and Aspen Risk Management Group

Cathi Marx appeared at the 2009 Pacific Southwest Safety & Health Conference March 23-25.  Her topic, “The 10 Things Safety People Need to Know About Security” is drawn from her experience and continued work as Certified in Homeland Security (Level V).  Jack Podojil also presented on "Machine Safeguarding."  In addition to Cathi and Jack, Cait Casey and Mike Murrah attended from Aspen Risk Management Group.


04.01.09   Cathi Marx Obtains Level V Certification in Homeland Security

Earlier this year Cathi Marx earned the rare distinction of obtaining her Certification in Homeland Security – Level V (CHS-V).  CHS Level V is the premier level of certification in Homeland Security.  It is restricted to those who have already been certified at CHS Level IV and who have successfully completed an in-depth review course and exam on CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-Yield Explosives) Preparedness taught by prominent CHS-approved instructors.  To learn more about the levels of Certification: http://chs.acfei.com/levels.php


01.01.09   Aspen Risk Management Group announces "Fridays with Aspen"

Aspen Risk Management Group is pleased to announce our 2009 workshops: "Fridays with Aspen.” Cost per session is just $25 per person and all proceeds are donated to the World Health Organization. Register online or by email at: www.aspenrmg.com/fridays.htm

The workshops will be conducted at the Pacific Safety Council training facility: 9880 Via Pasar Suite F, San Diego California 92126.
Continental Breakfast and Registration: 8:15 – 8:45 AM
Workshop Session: 8:45 – 10:30 AM
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January 23, 2009 – Human Resources Regulatory Updates for 2009  
Presented by Ann Marie Towle-Mason, SPHR and Chris Hoffman, Esq.
Understand the proposed “RESPECT” Act
Be aware of meal and break period changes
Review of the workplace harassment, discrimination, and Americans with Disabilities Act, and more 

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March 20, 2009 – Workers’ Compensation Updates for 2009 
Presented by Susan Wade, Workers' Compensation Claims Professional (WCCP) 
Understand how retaliation claims may arise out of workers' compensation litigation
Be aware of how FEHA (Fair Employment Housing Act) exposure may arise out of workers' compensation claims and disability outcomes Case studies and real workplace examples will illustrate new, proposed and existing workers' compensation regulations all employers must know 

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Mark these additional dates in your calendar (topics TBD)
July 31, 2009
September 25, 2009
November 20, 2009


10.01.08   Aspen Risk Management Group to Partner with Celene Adams on Business, Risk Management, Safety, and Human Resources Content Articles

Celene Adams, winner of "Best Article in Business Category 2007” from the Society of Professional Journalists has signed on with Aspen to coauthor 10 content-rich articles on pertinent business, safety, and HR topics.  We are honored to be working with Celene.  Her exceptional work, integrity of content, and professionalism is a natural fit for our team.

To learn more about Celene Adams: www.celeneadams.com


10.01.08   Lindsey Shaw joins Aspen Risk Management Group

Lindsey Shaw  joined Aspen in a part time capacity to support our Better Business Bureau communications, provide updates to our databases, and work on similar projects. She will work from her home office.


10.01.08   San Diego Employers Association to Host Cathi Marx as Presenter for Safety, Health, and Security Seminar

San Diego Employers Association
October 1, 2008
9:00am - 12:00pm
Safety, Health & Security Seminar
Presented by: Cathi Marx
Aspen Risk Management Group

This workshop addresses areas of employer responsibility that are often included as Human Resources Department accountabilities - safety, health and security. These areas have significant compliance actions to meet and serious consequences for non-compliance. You will learn about mandated safety programs and how to install them, such as IIPPs and HAZCOM. You will understand how to respond when OSHA comes knocking and how to reduce your financial exposure, including workers' compensation claim risks.

To register go to www.SDEA.com, click on "TRAINING CALENDAR" (left upper website) and see October 1st Safety, Health, & Security. 


08.20.08   San Diego Society of Human Resources  to host Steve Thompson as Presenter for Greatest Lessons Learned in Achieving Safety Success

This session will explore the makings of highly successful safety programs and will provide key statements and ideas that can lift workplace safety programs from average to excellent. 

August 20, 2008, 
11:30am-1:30pm

Marriott Mission Valley 
8757 Rio San Diego at Qualcomm Way, San Diego. 

$30 members / $45 nonmembers prepaid.

To RSVP and for more information, please go to www.acteva.com/go/sdshrm or email to sdshrm@sdshrm.org, or www.sdshrm.org


08.05.08   American Society of Safety Engineers hosts Steve Thompson as Presenter for Identifying Working Styles and Safe Habits

The foundation of personal and professional success lies in understanding yourself, understanding others, and realizing the impact of personal behavior on others. For nearly thirty years a well known styles profile has unlocked the door to productive communication and relationships. For the first time ever, see how to incorporate this incredibly awesome tool to create GREAT safety success!

To learn more about the American Society of Safety Engineers - San Diego, go to www.sandiegoasse.org.  


08.01.08   Pictured here are the graduates of the San Diego Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) 40-hour program.  The class was facilitated by Cathi Marx, one of the few qualified instructors throughout the nation to deliver this comprehensive program through the Pacific Safety Council.  

Congratulations to all those that completed the rigorous program.


06.13.08   Pictured here are the graduates of the Moreno Valley Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS) 40-hour program.

Congratulations to all those that completed the rigorous program.

 

 


05.05.08   Safe People -- Safe Places:  The Annual Safety Check up for Small and Midsized Companies

Launched in the first quarter of 2008,  the Annual Safety Check up is specifically designed for companies with 10 - 500 employees.  Incorporating a Written Safety Plan review for compliance, Onsite Evaluation and walk-through, and Recommendations for improvement and compliance, the service is a cost effective solution for small and midsized companies.  To learn more, click here  


02.08.08   Professional Women in Insurance to host Cathi Marx & Steve Thompson as Presenters for Priority Management & Dealing with Stress

Professional Women in Insurance
Priority Management and Dealing with Stress
Presented by: Cathi Marx & Steve Thompson
DATE: Friday, February 8th 
TIME: 11:30 AM (lunch event) 
LOCATION: Admiral Baker Clubhouse
2400 Admiral Baker Road, Bldg 3604 San Diego, CA 92120

This workshop addresses areas of 

o Dealing with Stress:
o Recognizing your stress personality!
o What are the “faulty perceptions” of each stress personality
o Understand how to focus on “new perceptions” to retrain the stress personality in you!

o Priority Management:
o Where do we start
o Merging personal and professional
o Your Vision for Your Future and Your Ability to Proactively Engage It
o Review, adjust, and revitalize

To register or learn more go to Professional Women in Insurance, www.pwisd.org.  


01.29.08   San Diego Employers Association to Host Cathi Marx as Presenter for Safety, Health, and Security Seminar

San Diego Employers Association
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
9:00am - 12:00pm
Safety, Health & Security Seminar
Presented by: Cathi Marx
Aspen Risk Management Group

This workshop addresses areas of employer responsibility that are often included as Human Resources Department accountabilities - safety, health and security. These areas have significant compliance actions to meet and serious consequences for non-compliance. You will learn about mandated safety programs and how to install them, such as IIPPs and HAZCOM. You will understand how to respond when OSHA comes knocking and how to reduce your financial exposure, including workers' compensation claim risks.

This workshop will address how to promote wellness, the use of EAPs, how to respond if disease suddenly hits your employees, how to recognize potentially violent employees, how to respond to problem behavior, how to handle bomb threats, what to do if law enforcement enters your workplace and much more

To register go to www.SDEA.com, click on "SEMINAR CALENDAR" (left upper website) and see January 29th for Safety, Health, & Security. 


01.23.08   West Bend - A Mutual Insurance Company Sponsors Polestar Producer Development Program

West Bend - A Mutual Insurance Company has teamed up with Polestar to deliver a Producer Development program.  Coaches for the five month program include Richard Coskren and Steve Thompson.

The program is open to pre-selected Agents of West Bend and will run through May 2008.


01.15.08   HR That Works! Features Steve Thompson as Webinar Presenter
Greatest Lessons Learned in Achieving Safety Success 

Have you ever wondered what really prevents safety problems and accidents? Steve Thompson, coauthor of the Amazon #1 bestselling book on workplace safety, Workplace Safety: A Guide for Small and Midsized Companies, gathered over 60 “greatest lessons learned” from a cross-section of top safety professionals and business owners nationwide. From this research, he narrowed down their insights to a list of “Twelve Greatest Lessons Learned.” This session will identify those “lessons learned” and explore the makings of highly successful safety programs. It will also provide key statements and ideas that can lift workplace safety programs from average to excellent.

12.02.07   Safe People -- Safe Places:  The 7 Step Safety Solution for Small and Midsized Companies

Coming in early 2008, the Safe People -- Safe Places safety services program is specifically designed for companies with 10 - 500 employees.  Incorporating onsite safety visits, training sessions, safety coaching & mentoring, and a written workplace safety program, the program is a low cost solution for small and midsized companies.  


 

 

 

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