Commonwealth of Virginia Workers' Compensation Services
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Total Program Management

Loss Control

 
The Commonwealth of Virginia Workers' Compensation Services program provides support for loss control and prevention with training, strategic planning, long range projects, and consulting.
 
The core program includes the following activities and services:
 
Snapshot Surveys - A review of workers’ compensation loss control programs and activity at an agency facility with recommendations for improvement. The emphasis is on compliance with VA Occupational Safety and Health regulations as well as implementation of “best practices” including self-inspection routines, safety committees, employee safety training, return-to-work plans, injury investigations and injury trend analysis and vehicle fleet safety.
 
Incident Investigations – The LCI staff will assist agency personnel with incident investigations upon request or when an injury involves multiple workers. Other criteria can also generate a request for assistance from the Office of Workers’ Compensation for an incident investigation.
 
Claims Trend Analysis – Periodically, LCI consultants review the COV workers’ compensation claims activity for a specific time frame, usually three fiscal years. The goal is to analyze the activity for identifiable trends which can then be used as a basis for developing new loss control strategies and training to address high-frequency and/or high-severity claims trends.
 
Safety / Loss Control Consulting – Agencies can request the assistance of a loss control consultant to help solve a safety problem, evaluate an exposure or hazard and recommend controls or to develop a plan to address hazards presented by a new exposure or activity.
 
Scheduled Loss Control Training – The consultants deliver safety training classes throughout the year in strategic geographic locations to reduce travel on the part of students. The classes cover a wide range of topics including 10 and 30-hour OSHA Outreach training, VOSH/OSHA topics, safety strategies for the most frequent and expensive types of injuries, and safety officer skills and techniques.
 
Safety Training by Request – LCI consultants will assist state agencies in developing new or modified safety training programs upon request. Some agencies do not have the resources to develop new training programs and the loss control consultants will assist them in identifying and evaluating the training required and then develop training aids and supporting materials to deliver in a train-the-trainer environment. Send your request to Kristie McClaren, Workers' Compensation Director, at 804-786-0362 or kristie.mcclaren@dhrm.virginia.gov.

For more Information
Loss Control News - a digest of news from OSHA, NIOSH and other web-based resources on a variety of loss control topics

Safety Links - helpful internet links to resources on safety, training and health programs

Loss Control Articles - a library of searchable loss control articles to assist agency safety representatives with readily accessible information