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Monday, July 13, 1998

School receives award from TASB

Pecos-Barstow-Toyah ISD was recently awarded a grant of
$3,000 from the Texas Association of School Boards Risk
Management Fund (the TASB Fund) to help the district
purchase personal protective equipment to reduce or
eliminate employee exposure to work-related injuries.

"Accidents happen to the best of us...slips and falls...back
strains. But the Fund's loss control program is working with
school districts across the state to help minimize such
scenarios," said Edwin Thompson, TASB loss control manager.
"The TASB Fund has expanded its loss control efforts for
Workers' Compensation participants by establishing a grant
program," he said.

The grant program, which included grants to 49 Texas school
districts and one county appraisal district, focuses on
equipment to minimize back injuries, slip, trip and fall
injuries; eye injuries; and kitchen-related lacerations.
These exposures were selected because claims and injury data
clearly indicate that injuries in these areas have the
highest potential for occurrence and have the greatest
effect on workers' compensation costs and employee lost time.

"We are delighted that 50 of the Fund's Workers'
Compensation pool participants have received the first-ever
loss control grants to help them in reducing the frequency
and severity of on-the-job injuries," Thompson said.
"Districts applying for grants did a fantastic job analyzing
their exposure and requesting specific personal protective
equipment needed to mitigate identified hazards. They also
requested only those monies required to purchase the
appropriate equipment, enabling us to meet the needs of 50
applicants. We believe the grant program will have a
positive effect on participating districts, and we are
committed to support their efforts towad injury reduction,"
he said.

To be eligible, for the grant program, district had to be a
member of the TASB Risk Management Fund's Workers'
Compensation program for 1997-98 and a renewing member for
1998-99. In addition, district agreed to develop employee
training and accident prevention programs and to dedicate
the funds to purchase equipment indicated on the grant
application. Future grant programs will be based on an
evaluation of the program and availability of funds.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established
almost 50 years ago to serve local Texas school districts.
It includes 1,047 school districts and county school boards,
44 junior colleges, 51 tax appraisal districts, 153
cooperatives, and 20 education service centers. School Board
members are the largest group of publicly elected officials
in the state. The districts they represent have a combined
annual budget of $20 billion and employ more than 475,000

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