Risk and Insurance
Los Angeles Chapter
Hello again and I knew once I
wrote about the cool weather that the summer would arrive with a
vengeance. During our last Board meeting, we had a lengthy discussion of
the importance of our commitment to growing our local Chapter and make
sure it is a commitment shared by all of our members. Why is it so
important to grow our membership? Growing our membership continuously
enhances the breadth and depth of our organization, which makes LA RIMS
more valuable to our membership and the insurance community, and
organizations will either grow or disappear.
For our membership, a growing
organization increases opportunities and helps ensure we give our members
the tools they need to succeed. Growth creates excitement and makes all of
us want to participate. Participation can be achieved by attending our monthly
luncheons, our West Coast Conference, being a Board member,
participating on a committee, or writing an article for our Newsletter.
Through growth we’re able to
consistently offer our membership more services, and a greater depth of
insurance education. During the next several months, I challenge our
members to invite a colleague to a monthly luncheon meeting – they will
not be disappointed and will hopefully consider joining our organization.
In closing, I again want to
invite you to attend our
strategic planning meeting which will be held on Wednesday August 18th,
2004, at the Port of Los Angeles. We’ll enjoy lunch and a boat
cruise of the harbor prior to our meeting. If interested please call Amber
at the L.A. RIMS office at (818) 842-6096.
L.A. RIMS President
RIMS 2004 Western Regional
California Chapters of RIMS Cordially Invite You
to the RIMS 2004
Western Regional Conference
Registration for the conference is now open! Don’t delay, just go to
for the program schedule, registration, and additional
information. Register today before it’s too late!
This is a closed conference and can be attended only by corporate members,
potential corporate members, educational members, students, and retired
This conference provides the ideal
setting for risk management professionals to gather and share knowledge, discuss
current trends and issues with experts and peers, provide motivation to
implement new techniques, and enhance your risk management career. The
conference is open to RIMS members only, which includes primary, secondary, and
additional deputies as well as those who qualify for membership but have not yet
If air travel is required to attend this conference,
please note that the Hyatt Newporter provides complimentary transportation to
and from John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana, California. Go to
http://www.ocair.com for more information regarding
this airport and other available ground transportation options.
postmarked on or before July 30
postmarked July 31 thru
Registration postmarked September 8 thru September 24
(Please refer to
registration form for prices)
GOODY BAG DONATIONS
Corporate member donations only; no vendors
The Western Regional Conference Committee is looking for
“goody bag” items to be included in registration bags that will be distributed
to conference attendees. Please send an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org noting the items your company
would like to donate. Additional information will be provided upon receipt
of your email. Thank you for your anticipated generosity!
of the Port of Los Angeles
YOU'RE INVITED TO
THE LOS ANGELES
BOAT TOUR & LUNCH
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18, 2004
BOAT TOUR & LUNCH – 11:30 to
Meet behind the L.A.
Maritime Museum, north side of building, Berth 84 at the end of 6th
Street, in San Pedro.
RSVP (for boat tour/lunch only):
limited. First come, first served.
required by August 13th.
the RIMS Office at 818-842-6096. No online registration.
ALSO…CLOSED MEETING - MEMBERS ONLY
OF L. A.
4th Floor, Room 403
P.M. to 5:00 P.M. (approx.)
WHY: To become a member of the Board of Directors and plan for 2005, todetermine how
the Los Angeles Chapter can better support its members, and to become active in
your Chapter! Meeting will be held after boat tour at the Port of Los Angeles.
RSVP (for meeting
Merkovsky at 310-732-3971
Health & Safety
July 2004 is West Nile Virus Awareness
The L.A. Chapter
would like to help you enjoy your summer vacation by providing information to
keep you healthy and safe. Please feel free to share the following
information on the West Nile Virus (WNV) and Extreme Heat Exposure with family
members and friends. Information on the WNV is printed in at least 10
languages and you may contact our office for copies. We have also provided
a a link on our website at http://www.larims.org
to a CD ROM video of the West Nile Virus, compliments of the Center for Disease
Control which we encourage everyone to view.
Nile Virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne disease
that infects birds, animals and can be fatal to humans. The
first reported U.S. case was in New York in 1999. It has spread steadily
westward and is now reaching California.
A number of local communities have reported the virus recently.
Californians should know about the WNV, learn ways to protect themselves against
being infected and help prevent it from becoming a major outbreak.
How is the West Nile Virus
West Nile Virus is transmitted to
animals and humans through a mosquito bite. However, most mosquitos are
not infected with WNV and even infected mosquitos may not transmit WNV to every
human they bite. Human-to-human transmission of the virus does not result
from close contact, but has occurred with blood transfusion and organ
Signs and Symptoms
Most individuals infected with
WNV will not experience any illness at all. Only one in five will have
mild symptoms, such as fever, headache and body aches.
For those who do get sick, the
signs of WNV will be felt within 3-14 days of a mosquito bite and they
generally last a few days.
The elderly are at greatest
risk for developing more severe disease such as meningitis or encephalitis.
Animals That Have Been
Horses can get WNV, with as
many as 40% of infected horses dying.
Other mammals include dogs,
cats, and squirrels have shown evidence of the West Nile infection.
Bird infections and deaths
usually precede the detection of human cases, so dead birds are an excellent
indicator of local presence of the West Nile Virus.
You can help the county and
state's monitoring efforts for West Nile Virus by reporting any dead crows,
ravens, magpies, jays, owls and hawks by calling 877-747-2243, or 877-WNV-BIRD.
Tips for Reducing Risks
Avoid spending time outside
during dawn and dusk, those are the times when mosquitos are most active.
Avoid heavily wooded areas of
When you are doing outdoor
activities, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts to protect yourself.
Use insect repellent products
(with no more than 35% DEET for adults and less than 10% for children.)
Protect Your Home & Yard
Get rid of all sources of
standing water on your property. Even a small amount of water in a
flowerpot saucer is enough for mosquitos to breed.
Change the water in wading
pools, birdbaths and pet bowls several times a week.
For ornamental ponds, get fish
that eat mosquito larvae.
Make sure the doors and
windows have tight fitting screens.
Repair or replace screens that
have holes or tears.
Contact your local mosquito
control agency if there is a serious mosquito problem where you live or work.
You can help detect WNV in the Los
Angeles County and California.
Dead Bird Surveillance:
The tissue of dead birds can be
tested for the presence of WNV. You can help the county and state's
monitoring efforts for WNV by reporting any crows, ravens, magpies, jays, owls,
and hawks that have been dead for less than 48 hours by calling:
Los Angeles County Veterinary Public
California Department of Health
Symptoms: Skin redness and pain, possible swelling, blisters, fever,
headaches First Aid: Take a shower using soap to remove oils that may block
pores preventing the body from cooling naturally. If blisters occur,
apply dry, sterile dressings and get medical attention.
Heat Cramps Symptoms:Painful spasms usually leg and abdominal muscles.
First Aid: Firm pressure on
cramping muscles or gentle message to relieve spasm. Give sips of water.
If nausea occurs, discontinue.
Heat Exhaustion Symptoms: Heavy sweating,
weakness skin cold, pale and clammy, weak pulse, normal temperature
possible. Fainting, vomiting.
First Aid: Get victim to lie
down in a cool place. Loosen clothing. Apply cool, wet cloths.
Fan or move victim to air-conditioned place. Give sips of water. If
nausea occurs, discontinue. If vomiting occurs, seek immediate medical
Heat Stroke (Sun Stroke) Symptoms: High body
temperature (106+). Hot, dry skin. Rapid, strong pulse.
Possible unconsciousness. Victim will likely not sweat.
First Aid: Heat stroke is a
severe medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or emergency medical services or get
the victim to a hospital immediately. Delay can be fatal. Move
victim to a cooler environment. Try a cool bath or sponging to reduce body
temperature. Use extreme caution. Remove clothing. Use fans
and/or air conditioners. DO NOT GIVE FLUIDS.
Doing too much on a hot day,
spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated place can
cause heat-related illnesses. Know the symptoms of heat disorders and
overexposure to the sun and ready to give first aid treatment.
window air conditioners snugly.
outside and cool air inside.
temporary reflectors, such as aluminum foil covered cardboard, to reflect any
heat back outside.
cool air inside by weather-stripping doors and windowsills.
air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.
Windows - Hang shades, draperies, awnings, or louvers on windows that receive
morning or afternoon sun.
electricity - stay indoors as much as possible. If air conditioning is not
available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine.
balanced light meals.
plenty of water regularly.
intake of alcoholic beverages.
loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
body to get acclimated to hot temperatures for the first 2 or 3 days of a heat
extreme temperature changes - A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot
temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly and very young
Slow down -
Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities.
tablets only if specified by your physician - Persons on salt restrictive diets
should check with a physician before increasing salt intake.
conditioner filters weekly during periods of high use.
symptoms of heat disorders and know how to give first aid.
Pets, Guide Dogs and Service Dogs Be Sure To:
animals have adequate shade
animals in vehicles during the day
dogs and cats have licenses and identification on
activity to a minimum
in the early morning or early evening
animals drink water from under cars or from street gutters
Know Where to Call?
Department on Disability
The Department on Disability is
committed to: ensuring full access to employment, programs, facilities and
services through strategic management and partnership education, advocacy,
training, research and improved service delivery for the benefit of persons with
disabilities, providers of essential resources and policymakers.
The Department of Aging has multiple
funding sources (federal, state and local) to provide a wide variety of
services, including: legal assistance, in-home services, employment
training and opportunities, transportation, and nutrition programs for persons
sixty years of age and older.
"The L.A. Animal Services provides
services that enable people and animals to live together in safety in the City
of Los Angeles." The Department houses and cares for lost and abandoned
animals in its six shelters located throughout the City, enforces animal-related
laws, and acts to prevent cruelty to animals. If you have a question about
these or other services - just ask. The Department's staff of
professionals is ready to help you.
Report any animal in distress to
Animal Services 888.452.7381 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Supervisor, Risk Management Business Unit: Fox Entertainment Group Department: Risk Management Location: Los Angeles, CA
In this role you will be responsible
for a broad range of duties including assisting with telephones, filing, data
entry, generate various reports, maintain current insurance schedules. You
will also assist VP and Director in preparing and forecasting fiscal year
budgets, administer claims and other projects. In addition, you will
update weekly cast logs, distribute claims letters and reports, monitor bonds,
and service day-to-day insurance needs of feature and TV production companies,
including coordination of cast insurance.
possess proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Lotus Notes, PowerPoint and
Outlook. In addition, you must possess a professional demeanor, telephone
manner, strong prioritization and organizational skills, and well as
attention to detail with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Two to three years Risk Management/Insurance experience. Background within
the entertainment industry preferred.
Ellen Goldsmith, Executive
Ellen.Goldsmith@fox.com No phone calls please.
would like to work for an organization that makes a difference in the future,
our youth, the Los Angeles Unified School District is the
place for you.
currently looking for an INSURANCE REPRESENTATIVE III to assist our Office of
Risk management and Insurance services with processing property and casualty
insurance policies. The position involves the interpretation of property and
casualty coverages, limits and property and casualty contractual requirements.
This is a
full-time, 40 hours/week position. The salary is $28,684 - $35,796/annually.
LAUSD offers a complete benefits package, including family medical, hospital,
dental and vision coverage, credit union and retirement plans and tuition
bulletin and information about the Los Angeles Unified
School District and potential applicants may down-load our application and
supplemental application or apply directly on-line at
are interested in viewing the entire job bulletin it can be viewed on our
Human Resources Specialist
Personnel Commission- Recruitment Los Angeles Unified School 213.353.4212
Claims Analyst Position Description
Claims and Loss Control Specialist
Ongoing management of open
claims and loss control activity will include, but
not be limited to:
ØManagement of open
claims including reserve evaluation and severity management
with the TPA’s and Insurance Carriers
open claims database including notations on activity and factors preventing the
closing of the file
ØProduction of a
monthly report to internal management demonstrating progress on the above
claim reviews with the client location contacts as well as ensure status reports
from the vendors are received by the locations at least one week prior to the
loss control visits with the divisions and consultants/insurers
open recommendations in a database format including notations on activity and
factors preventing the recommendation
ØProduction of a
monthly report to internal management demonstrating progress on the above
degree preferred, but not required
The successful candidate
ØTwo - three years experience in risk management
ØExperience with workers compensation and
general liability coverage and claims
ØMinimum of intermediate to expert level with
software applications including but not limited to Microsoft Excel, Word, and
Personal Attributes and Characteristics
ØEffective at communicating complex issues in a
logical and understandable manner
Please send resume to:
Oakwood Worldwide is an
international hospitality & real estate company, and pioneer in providing full
service, upscale accommodations to corporations and individuals focusing on
providing the finest customer experience.
We are currently accepting
resumes for an experienced RISK MANAGER to be responsible for identifying
corporate exposures to loss and implementing appropriate risk management
techniques to eliminate or reduce the impact of such loss on the ability of the
corporation to perform at a desirable level. Responsible for administration of
the risk management function
Develop a risk management strategy for the
corporation, identifying both short and long-term goals, and a Risk Management
Research, evaluate and make recommendations
regarding current state-of-the-art trends in risk management, safety, loss
control and claims management strategies
Identify and analyze potential impact of
exposures of loss faced by the corporation
Provide consultation and technical advise on
insurance and risk management issues to corporate and business units
Prepare and present financial and development
reports to management, as agreed upon
Develop and maintain a Risk Management
Program Manual for distribution to corporate and business units management
Prepare and manage annual risk management and
insurance budget, including cost allocations to business units
Oversee the Property and Casualty insurance
programs, including self-insured programs
Negotiate insurance placement pricing,
structure and limits for all property, casualty and other insurance policies
and service agreements
Conduct cost/benefit analysis of program
Evaluate adequacy of limits and
appropriateness of retentions/deductibles
Program Processes and
Establish contract standards for insurance
and indemnification wording
Develop standard processes and procedures for
risk management functions
Review leases, contracts and other legal
documents to evaluate appropriateness of wording and assure compliance with
insurance and risk management policies
Develop and maintain historical exposure
Develop and retain vital information
regarding corporate risk management programs
Safety and Loss Control
Coordinate internal and external loss control
Work together with business units to
establish and support Safety Committees
In conjunction with business units, develop a
safety strategy for creating a safe work environment and for reducing the
incidence of worker injury
Assist business units with their review and
inspection of facilities with a focus on loss reduction
Review, report and provide recommendations on
loss prevention reports
Oversee insurance claims management and claim
Analyze loss data to identify trends and
identify appropriate cost containment techniques
Investigate major losses and negotiate
Collaborate with legal and other personnel on
pertinent claims matters
Establish formalized claims services
standards with service providers
Provide direction in development of effective
Post-Loss Injury Management Program
Administer Risk Management Department
Personnel issues including staffing, training and performance oversight
College degree, preferably with area of study
in Business, Finance, or Risk Management
ARM or CPCU designation a plus
Minimum five years in risk management field
7-10 years total industry experience
Safety, loss prevention, and claims training
Experience with Real Estate industry highly
Strong skills in the areas of budgeting, cost
allocations and use of captives
Excellent oral and written communication
Strong interpersonal skills
Excellent administrative and organizational
Computer skills in Windows environment,
working knowledge of Word, Excel, Access, software, on-line date base systems