Safety Experts Podcast
Because safety is more than just a policy, practice, or personal protective equipment, the MEMIC Safety Experts Podcast hosted by Peter Koch will interview industry leaders every two weeks on the trends, tools, and techniques that are tried, tested, or emerging in the world of workplace safety. What you learn could save your life or the life of a friend or coworker, or at least save everyone from a few unnecessary cuts, burns and bruises. Thank you for your joining us in our mission to make work, and the world, a safer place.
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Jump to episode:
- Safety Leadership: Walking the Walk w/ Randy Klatt
- Maine Miracle: How MEMIC Changed Workplace Culture w/ Michael Bourque
- Seasonal Workforce Challenges and Solutions w/ Deb Roy
- Living with Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide w/ Dr. Heather McKay
- Putting People at the Center of Work - Industrial Ergonomics w/ Allan Brown
Putting People at the Center of Work - Industrial Ergonomics w/ Allan Brown
Does your back hurt? Is work literally a pain in your neck? Find out from MEMIC’s Director of Ergonomics Allan Brown if workplace ergonomics could be the culprit to some of your most common aches and pains. Good ergonomics is fitting the work to the worker, not the other way around. If you sit down at a workstation or desk or sit in a new vehicle and you don’t adjust anything, then you have to adapt yourself to the machine or tool. If you don’t make adjustments, then you may be exposing yourself to unsafe situations and blind spots.
Living with Dementia: A Caregiver’s Guide w/ Dr. Heather McKay
The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 16 million Americans provide unpaid care to people with dementia-related diseases. Special guest Dr. Heather McKay helps us recognize the common symptoms and behaviors that are caused by dementia, understand how the progression of dementia affects the someone's skills and abilities, and learn how to take specific actions to improve safety for both caregivers and those living with dementia. Heather has been named the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s “Dementia Care Professional of the Year” and collaborated with the National Association of State Veterans Homes, Armed Forces Veterans’ Homes Foundation, AMVETS Service Foundation the Air Force Sergeants’ Association to produce the award-winning caregiver training video series Dementia Care for America’s Heroes.
Seasonal Workforce Challenges and Solutions w/ Deb Roy
Ever wonder how the best companies gear up for their busy season? Concerned about how to keep your staff safe when production demands rise? Can your hiring practices keep pace with the demand for employees? Deb Roy, President of SafeTech Consultants and recently retired Corporate Director of Health, Safety & Wellness at L.L.Bean, offers solutions to seasonal workforce challenges so the increased demands don’t upset the balance of safety, quality and productivity.
You might be thinking about how you can improve the safety culture at your workplace, but from the start MEMIC had to change the workplace culture of an entire state. MEMIC President and CEO Michael Bourque says that MEMIC was born out of crisis. In the late 80s and early 90s Maine had a terrible safety culture and increasing levels of legal conflict making it the most expensive place in the country to do business. The economy suffered and insurance companies were fleeing the state. Finally, workers’ compensation reforms were made in 1992 and Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) was created. Now with 8 offices across the Eastern Seaboard, MEMIC shares its workers’ compensation and safety expertise with policyholders across the country. Find out what MEMIC’s experience can teach your organization about safety and initiating a culture change.
Safety Leadership: Walking the Walk w/ Randy Klatt
What does it take to be a leader and motivate a group of people to accomplish a common goal? How do you build credibility and develop trust with your team? Are you able to communicate with humility so it’s not about you but about the overall mission? MEMIC Loss Control Director Randy Klatt shares leadership tips from more than 40 years’ experience working in industries where safety is critical to success—in emergency medicine, as an active duty Navy pilot, a commercial airline pilot and an aviation safety instructor at the university level.