Be Prepared for Disasters

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Disaster can strike anywhere at any time, so make sure your nonprofit or Human Services organization is prepared. There are a variety of disasters, both natural and manmade, that can affect your organization, sometimes without any warning and little time to prepare. The best way to protect your organization is by having a plan in… Be Prepared for Disasters Read more »

Prepare Your Building: Tasks to add to summer cleaning

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Ah, Summer! The time of year that brings thoughts of sunshine, flowers, birds singing and a relief we no longer need to wear heavy clothing. Summer is the time that the days get longer and the temperatures warmer. It can also be the time of year where weather can be the most unpredictable. After winter… Prepare Your Building: Tasks to add to summer cleaning Read more »

Risk Control Technical Advisory: Catalytic Converter Thefts

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According to a National Insurance Crime Bureau (NCIB) study, there were 25,394 catalytic converter thefts from 2008 to 2015, based on insurance claims data alone. The actual number is likely much higher, and the frequency of these thefts is increasing. The NCIB study also reports “catalytic converters are unique in that they each contain a… Risk Control Technical Advisory: Catalytic Converter Thefts Read more »

Preparing for a Flood

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As spring approaches, so does the risk of flooding. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Centers for Environmental Information National Temperature and Precipitation maps (www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/us-maps/), much of the eastern and upper-Midwest regions of the U.S. had above average precipitation from September through February. The dangerous combination of the extra fall rain, melting… Preparing for a Flood Read more »

Fleet Safety Program

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MVR Policy Berkley Human Services

Despite advances in vehicle safety technology and increased driver safety awareness, vehicle collisions remain the leading cause of on the job fatalities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 report, work injuries involving transportation incidents accounted for 40 percent of all work-related fatalities. For human services organizations, this exposure also presents significant liability where… Fleet Safety Program Read more »

Summer Facility Use

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Summer Facility Use Risk Control Berkley Human Services

For many of our nonprofit/human service program participants summer signals, not just a change of season, but a shifting of focus and an influx in the number of youth participants. With increased numbers, often comes the addition of seasonal and part-time program staff and volunteers, and organizations are faced with the challenge of managing the… Summer Facility Use Read more »

Fire Prevention

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Fire Protection Risk Control Berkley Human Services

Fire and life safety risks affect virtually every human services organization. The hazards and challenges related to such risks can be wide ranging and, consequently, can impact how your organization is evaluated from an insurance underwriting and loss control standpoint. How well does your organization assess its fire and life safety exposures, and address them… Fire Prevention Read more »

Hot Work Program

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Hot Work Program

Many Berkley Human Services (BHS) Customers are often perplexed when Loss Control makes recommendations for implementing a Hot Work Program. “We don’t do any welding or use torches” is often the response. Why wouldn’t they object? Our customers are Human Services Organizations. They don’t use tools or equipment that generate heat, sparks, or flames. However,… Hot Work Program Read more »

Authorized Driver MVR Policy

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MVR Policy Berkley Human Services

Click here to download this template Driver Authorization All organizations that use vehicles to conduct their business have significant exposure due to vehicle collisions that result in property damage and bodily injuries. Vehicle collisions remain the leading cause of on the job fatalities.1 Where non-profit organizations transport their consumers, the potential exposure is much greater…. Authorized Driver MVR Policy Read more »

Defensive Driving & Auto Accident Investigation

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Auto Accident Investigation

Many steps can and should be taken proactively to prevent vehicle accidents from occurring within your nonprofit / human service organization, but reality reminds us that accidents are going to happen. That being said, one hallmark of an effective vehicle fleet & driver safety program is the ability to learn from past mistakes (or accidents)…. Defensive Driving & Auto Accident Investigation Read more »