ALPHA Fund Participants, Council Members and Staff gathered in Newport Beach February 19-20, for the 2015 Participants’ Meeting. With over 60 Participant organizations and 90 attendees, attendance at this year’s meeting set an all-time attendance record.
Attendees at this year’s meeting heard from Michelle Lee a Public Health Associate with the National Institutes for Safety and Health (NIOSH) about the topic of Total Worker Health™. This innovative approach is as an evolution of the NIOSH Steps to a Healthier US. Workforce and the NIOSH WorkLife Initiatives. TWH is defined as a strategy integrating occupational safety and health protection with health promotion to prevent worker injury and illness and to advance worker health and well-being.
Preventing slips, trips and falls was also a presentation topic. Randy Clark, Director of Loss Prevention and Phil Westphal, Senior Loss Prevention Consultant provided a informative and interactive presentation on the importance of implementing an effective Slip, Trip and Fall Program.
On Friday, the ALPHA Council Meeting provided attendees with an update on ALPHA Fund’s financial results, claim trends and technology and informatics upgrades.
The ALPHA Council also recommended Bob Hemker, Scott Chappel and Linda Wagner for reappointment to new terms as Council Members. The Council also elected new officers. Myron Machula was elected to serve as Chair, Rick Dahlseid as Vice Chair, Sharon Spurgeon as Treasurer, and John Friel, as Secretary.
The highlight of the meeting was the Champions Award Presentation. This year’s winner, Northern Inyo County Local Hospital District was recognized for their outstanding commitment to improving employee safety. Northern Inyo’s Georgan Stottlemyre, Chief Human Relations Officer accepted the award on behalf of the hospital.