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Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Hot days bring on a new set of risks for outdoor workers. To prevent the high temperatures from getting employees injured, everyone must remember these three special words: Water, Rest, Shade. Normally, the body cools itself by sweating, but during times of

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Notice from the State Fire Marshal’s Office

The State Fire Marshal’s Office announced on January 25, 2017, the adoption of the 2015 National Fire and Protection Association (NFPA) standards and recommendations. Inspectors from the State Fire Marshal’s Office will now use the 2015 NFPA 1 Fire Code

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SORM Announces Senior Risk Manager

On January 1, 2017, the State Office of Risk Management promoted Mr. Frank J. Marcopolos to Senior Risk Manager of the Office. Mr. Marcopolos will oversee operations of the risk management unit, reporting to Mrs. Michelle Ganaden (formerly Tooley), Director

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SORM Announces New Senior Insurance Manager

On November 1, 2016, The State Office of Risk Management welcomed Ms. Iris Moore as Senior Insurance Manager of the Office.  Ms. Moore will oversee operations of the insurance services unit, reporting to Mrs. Michelle Ganaden (formerly Tooley), Director of

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Be Aware of Power Strip Recalls

The State Office of Risk Management identified that a few state agencies may be using defective or potentially dangerous surge protectors around the office. Specifically, be on the look out for Schneider Electric’s APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge

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Summertime Brings Bug Bites and Allergic Reactions

With more time spent outdoors during the summer season, our exposure to bugs and the annoyances they bring increases. Beyond just itchy bumps, insect bites can cause severe allergic reactions that may require immediate medical attention. Knowing how to treat

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SORM Announces New Director of Workers’ Compensation and Supervisor

The State Office of Risk Management has named Lydia Scranton the Director of Claims Operations in the Strategic Programs Division, and Jessica Stone as Claims Supervisor in Claims Operations. Both Ms. Scranton and Ms. Stone have been serving in these

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Emergency Preparedness: Like Planning for a Vacation

The State Office of Risk Management provides Continuity of Operations (COOP) guidelines (in accordance with FEMA standards) for Texas state agencies, and also suggests that families develop an emergency preparedness plan for the home. A well-developed emergency plan can relieve

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What to Know When Using a Mobile Phone to Dial 9-1-1

In the case of an emergency, everyone knows to dial 9-1-1 on their phone to quickly contact local authorities, but you may face a big difference in service depending on what kind of phone you use. Most 9-1-1 systems do

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How Prolonged Sitting Affects Your Health

Spending your entire day perched behind a desk in your office can create an array of health problems for you later in life. Long hours spent typing and staring into a computer screen can raise your average risk for developing

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