AZ Heat Awareness Week: Precautions for Summer Heat Exposure

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Summer in Arizona means only one thing — temperatures are on the rise. Working outdoors in the summer heat without proper precautions can be excruciating, and oftentimes, life-threatening. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some even die. Yet, we rely on outdoor workers in the construction, agriculture, transportation and emergency response industries all year long. Continue reading

Making Strides for Type 1 Diabetes

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Catherine’s son has battled Type 1 Diabetes since he was 5. They will be walking together at the JDRF One Walk on April 28.

By Catherine Garfinkel
Human Resources Director
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

My son was diagnosed with Type I diabetes (T1D) in kindergarten. In those early days, my job as his mother was to learn how to care for him and keep him alive. Counting carbs. Blood sugar tests. Middle of the night pricks. Multiple insulin injections. It was a daily grind that was both frightening and exhausting.

Type 1 diabetes, previously known as juvenile diabetes, is a relentless autoimmune disease that suddenly attacks the pancreas because the body does not produce enough insulin hormone to regulate blood sugar. It has nothing to do with diet or lifestyle. Continue reading

The Opioid Epidemic: Impact to Workers’ Compensation

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Opioids, powerful painkillers that can be highly addictive, are causing a national health crisis that is also wreaking havoc in Arizona.

Arizona opioid-related deaths have reached alarming heights, prompting Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a public health emergency. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reported more than 790 deaths, or two people every day, died from an opioid overdose in 2016. The trend shows a startling increase of 74 percent over the Continue reading

Deciphering Cyber Security for Small Business

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By Dave Schroeder
IT Security Manager
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

It’s a startling new reality. Cyber security attacks, which cause billions of dollars in losses every year, are on the rise. With more sophisticated, professional hackers aiming to disrupt a global brand, country or even an individual consumer shopping at their favorite store, shipping a package or doing their online banking, no one is immune.

Although medical records are today’s main cyber security commodity due to the vast Continue reading

Safety Plans are Smart Business

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If a disaster strikes your company, affects your employees and impacts the bottom line, will you be prepared?

Although workplace disasters are usually few and far between, they can range from minor to catastrophic, oftentimes with significant consequences. Today, some of the most common workplace disasters include:

  • Smoke or fire
  • Flood
  • Electrical outage
  • Hazardous materials exposure
  • Earthquakes or other natural disasters
  • Workplace violence

Employers would be wise to be prepared for these types of disasters by having a written safety plan in place. Safety plans, also known as disaster recovery plans or emergency Continue reading

The Art of Ergonomics

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By Carl Hamilton
Loss Control and Risk Supervisor
CopperPoint

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), one-third of all employee injury and illness cases are musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) that occur in the workplace. These injuries add up to the most frequently reported causes of lost or restricted work time.

MSDs commonly affect the muscles, nerves, ligaments, and tendons due to poor posture Continue reading

Keeping Employees Safe During Office Parties

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The holidays are here, and many businesses may have their plans for celebrating the season, and continuing the party up through the Phoenix Open and the Super Bowl.

But before the corks are popped on the champagne and you dig into the sugary holiday cookies, candies and other goodies, it’s best for employers to consider how social Continue reading

Let’s Volunteer!

By Jill Maruca
Community Engagement Coordinator
CopperPoint Insurance Companies

As Community Engagement Coordinator for CopperPoint Insurance Companies, I’ve helped countless employees and executives find a charity partner to call home. If you’re ready to volunteer but don’t know where to start, try answering the following questions to determine your interests and availability. Soon, you’ll be ready to lend your time and talents to the nonprofit that’s just right for you. Continue reading