and Insurance Management Society, Inc.
Los Angeles Chapter
L.A. RIMS NEWS
The newsletter for
Risk and Insurance Management Professionals
RIMS News December 2003
December…the holidays are here, can you believe it? So much to look
forward to! December is also the time that I can look back at our
successes for the past year and thank those whose contributions are the
cause for these successes.
had excellent speakers at our luncheon meetings due to all of Stacy
Steven’s hard work, thank you Stacy. Thank you also to Diane Wren who
made sure registration and seating were well taken care of and all who
assisted her. Our Education Day was outstanding…thank you Ruth
Lindstrom. Thank you Bill Witt and to all our speakers as well, for a job
well done. By the way, Ruth also deserves a second thank you for being
such an active legislative director for our chapter.
Another thank you to Diane Wren and Amber Brown for coordinating the
monthly newsletters and the friendly reminder for articles. And, thank
you to all who contributed articles.
must extend my gratitude to Mike Carlin for chairing the annual
fundraising golf tournament event. Golf tournaments are second nature to
him now. He knows how to get the job done…and is willing to teach anyone
who wants to chair this event in the future. Also, much thanks to our
volunteers for without your help, it would have been an impossible task.
We are also grateful to our Friends of RIMS for their sponsorships and
attendance. You are the reason why we have such a great time and the
event is a success each and every year.
cannot forget all the planning and preparation that goes into the holiday
party. Thanks to Michelle Darringer’s hard work, the party is the grand
finale of the year. Luckily Michelle and Rae Knapp have outstanding taste
so our prizes are always exceptional. Thank you, Michelle and Rae.
Thank you to our newest board members, who are now very well-seasoned:
Scott Ritto, Madeline Ramirez, Dennis Healy and Becky Smith. Thank you
for your innovations and willingness to continue to serve on our board.
big, warm thank you to John Pinner for his many years of service to the
L.A. Chapter. He has been our solid rock. He has seen it all and has
pointed us in the right direction every time.
would like to thank each and every board member for providing me their
support throughout the year. Without your support, my role would have
been much more difficult.
People are this Chapter’s greatest asset. When we pull together and
strive for the common goal, that is when we gain the most. Wishing you a
wonderful holiday season and a successful new year!
If you would like to
submit articles for the monthly
newsletter, please note that articles must be received by the 15th
of each month. Submit articles to
Risk and Insurance
Los Angeles Chapter
Job Opportunities: Loss Control Supervisor Corporate Risk Analyst Regional Claims Manager
THE L. A. CHAPTER SAYS
GOODBYE TO JOHN PINNER
who held the position of Delegate for the L. A. Chapter, has spent more than 20
years on the Board of Directors. John recently retired from Mattel Toys after
42 years of service. John started out as an auditor at Mattel, and continued
moving up through the company in budgeting, financial control, cash
management and then insurance and real estate and finally, as Assistant
Treasurer. During John’s retirement, he plans to spend more time with his
family, including his two grandchildren, Julia who is 20 months old and John,
who is 10 weeks old. Most of you have met or seen John’s son Paul. He is the
photographer who takes the pictures at the Holiday Party.
us at the Annual Holiday Party held at the Jonathan Club, next Wednesday,
December 10, to congratulate John on his retirement and have your picture
taken. See you there!
Toys For Tots Donation
of children in the United States will NOT have a single gift to open this
Holiday Season!! This year RIMS is aiming to change that and make sure EVERY
child has at least one present. The Toys for Tots Program is here to put a BIG
smile on the face of a Needy Child in your community. Please support this cause
by bringing a toy to the December 10th Holiday Party. A representative from Toys for
Tots will be present at the RIMS Holiday Party to collect the toys. We thank
you for supporting this cause.
toy donated you will receive a raffle ticket for a special drawing to be held at
the December 10, 2003, RIMS Holiday Party.
L.A. RIMS Directory
RIMS L.A. Chapter is providing a 2004
directory for our members. We would like to give you the opportunity
to advise us if you would not like to be listed in this directory.
The deadline is December 19th. If you do not want to be listed, please
click on the following link:
NIOSH Study Links Ethylene Oxide and Breast
A newly published NIOSH study suggests an
association between occupational exposure to ethylene oxide (EtO), a
disinfecting agent, and increased risk for breast cancer in women. The
study of 7,578 women found that those at the highest levels of exposure had a
nearly twofold increase over the normal incidence of the disease.
NIOSH anticipates that results of the study
will help scientists design further research needed to establish a definite
link. Although EtO has been classified as a potential occupational
carcinogen for many years, and has been associated in past studies with mammary
tumors in animals, human evidence was limited. The study is reported in
the journal Cancer, Causes and Control 2003, No. 14.
Big Boost in Home-Based Workers; Are
you Protecting Yourself
The number of employed Americans who work
from home during business hours at least one day per month has increased by
nearly 40 percent since. 2001. That's among findings of a survey by the
International Telework Association and Council (ITAC). The group also
found that 42 percent of those work from home at least one day per week, and 22
percent work at home daily or nearly every day.
ITAC defines a teleworker as (anyone who
works at home at a client's office, in a satellite office, or a telework center,
or on the road." A key factor in the growth has been technology advances
that greatly simplify working at a distance from the office or other workplace.
Many employers acknowledge they have not
caught up with the trend in terms or efforts to protect home-based employees.
OSHA changed its position about employer responsibility in the wake of a
much-publicized flap over a letter of interpretation suggesting home worksites
could be subject to OSHA inspection. Although an OSHA visit in considered
unlikely, employers are still required to safeguard their employees in any
DID YOU KNOW?
first designated Hard Hat Area was at the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge
construction site. The hard hats were used to protect workers from falling
Loss Control Supervisor reports to the Assistant
Division Chief, CAO and assists management by supervising and coordinating the
County of Los Angeles loss control functions for specific County departments; or
countywide vehicle liability, general liability, medical malpractice, sheriff
and public safety liability, OSHA, industrial hygiene and workers compensation.
Provides advanced loss control services to
departments and districts Countywide.
Performs loss control surveys and completes
detailed loss control reports.
Assists management in developing and
implementing risk management techniques to reduce or minimize departments and
Develops and implements loss control
workshops, seminars, and other training.
Provides advanced loss control consultative
services to assist County and districts in developing effective risk
management programs, e.g., industrial hygiene, selecting risk management
program priorities; providing suggestion for organizing loss control programs;
performs hazard analysis; conducts hazard and exposure surveys; trains
departments supervisors and assigned risk management or loss control
staff in risk management or loss control areas; provides resources,
audio/visuals or materials; and performs loss analysis and investigation.
Submits detailed loss control recommendations
to assist in deficiency correction.
Maintains an understanding of corresponding
laws, rules and regulations, and keeps informed of new loss control and risk
management techniques and equipment.
Provides coordination and supervision of
Assists management review and improve loss
control work product.
Dole Food Company, a Fortune 500 world leader in the
production and marketing of fresh fruit, vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, and a
growing line of packaged foods is seeking a dynamic Corporate Risk Analyst to
join its winning team! To learn more about us and to apply for this position,
please submit your resume via our web site at
We are proud to be an equal opportunity
Supports the Corporate Risk Manager by providing comprehensive risk analysis and
finance administration of all facets of insurance and risk management programs.
Major Duties & Responsibilities
Responsibilities include maintenance and utilization of RMIS, budgeting for
fixed expenses and loss reserve accruals, securing underwriting data for policy
renewals, reviewing binders and policies for accuracy, analyzing insurance
provisions of contracts (leases, maintenance, services, etc.), interfacing with
brokers and developing database reports to support management's requests for
information, responding to requests for information from internal departments,
brokers and carriers.
Knowledge & Skills Requirements
3-5 years experience in Corporate Risk Management, Broker or Insurance Carrier
2 years experience analyzing self-insured or large retention programs, preferred
Ability to prioritize dynamic workload and effectively meet deadlines in a
Must be advanced in Excel, PowerPoint and Word
Strong written and verbal communication
Ability to be a team player and work independently
Ability to interact and service internal and external customers
Demonstration of strong work ethic and multi-tasking
BS Degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or Risk Management.
Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., the name behind some of the largest and most
recognized hotels and resorts worldwide (to include Westin, Sheraton, St. Regis,
Four Points, W, Luxury Collection Resorts) is seeking a San Diego based Regional
Claims Manager to assist the Regional Vice President of Operations and the
Corporate Claim Manager in developing and implementing claim management programs
to optimize cost control and enhance employee relations for our southern
California properties. Responsibilities would include working with hotels and
third party administrator in aggressive management of workers compensation
claims, Return to Work program implementation and training, quarterly claim
reviews, claim litigation management and assistance and guidance in managing
injured associates. Candidate will have a BS/BA in Business or a related field
and a minimum of 5 years handling California workers’ compensation indemnity
claims to include litigated losses and exposure to the hearing process and
experience supervising or managing others. Excellent knowledge of claims
management operations, effective time management, interpersonal, problem solving
and communications skills. Ability to take ownership and work independently.
Knowledge of hotel industry, ARM Certification and bi-lingual (English/Spanish)
preferred. Hearing Representative experience a plus. We provide an excellent
benefit and compensation package. Please send resume with compensation history
to firstname.lastname@example.org. The position will expire on 12/3/2003. We are an
equal opportunity employer. M/F/D/V