*The application submission period closed Dec. 15, 2018.*
The 2018 TAC Risk Management Pool (TAC RMP) Awards Program has been expanded and redesigned. The enhanced program continues to reward and recognize member counties and governmental entities for their commitment to controlling claims costs and developing and improving safety and loss control programs.
For more than a decade, TAC RMP has honored members with these annual awards, listed below. Some require submission of applications. The submission period closed Dec. 15, 2018.
Recognition of Recipients
Recipients of the Safety Achievement, the Excellence in Safety and the Making a Difference awards will be honored during a special dinner held the first night of the 2019 County Management and Risk Conference held in San Marcos, April 10-12, 2019. These award recipients will also be reimbursed for a hotel room during the conference. This is in addition to the reimbursement TAC provides to two Pool members per county for most travel expenses incurred to attend the conference.
Zero Lost Time Safety Award
No application is required for this new award. It will be presented to TAC RMP members participating in the Workers' Compensation (WC) Program whose employees have experienced no lost workdays during the 2018 coverage year.
Recipients of the TAC RMP Zero Lost Time Safety Award will be recognized in County magazine and during the 2019 County Management & Risk Conference, April 10-12, 2019, in San Marcos.
Safety Achievement Award
An application is required for this award (formerly the Safety Award). It will be presented to TAC RMP WC Program participants that have a 2018 Loss Ratio of 65 percent or less* (determined by the TAC RMP Awards Committee) and to those that demonstrate they have meet the criteria below:
- TAC RMP member in the WC Program for 2018 and 2019
- Safety Program or Accident Prevention Plan
Safety Programs or Accident Prevention Plans should be well-documented and must include the following minimum components. See the sample implementation guide to assist you in the preparation of your plan. Your Risk Control Consultant can also provide a plan evaluation.
- Education & Training
- Accident Investigation
- Program Reviews & Revision
- Safety Policies
Safety Policies should be written and active, indicating creation and/or revision dates, and include a method of distribution to employees. The safety policies listed below are the minimum necessary elements of a strong Safety Program or Accident Prevention Plan.
- Seatbelt Use
- Handheld Device Use
- Hazard Communication
- DOT Drug and Alcohol
- Blood Borne Pathogens
NOTE: Risk Control Consultants will verify the above criteria has been met. Members may request a risk control review. TAC RMP recognizes that the nature of many county jobs is hazardous, and loss ratios can be severely affected by a shock loss or through no fault of the employee. The Awards Committee will consider this during the selection process.
Excellence in Safety Award
An application is required for this award (formerly the Gold Star Award) and will be presented to TAC RMP WC Program participants that have a 2018 Loss Ratio of 50 percent or less* (determined by the TAC RMP Awards Committee) and that demonstrate they have met the criteria listed below:
- Meets criteria for Safety Achievement Award
- Active Safety Committee
Active Safety Committees should have documented meetings, no less than twice per year, and include meeting agendas indicating topics addressed. Committee documentation may include meeting sign-in sheets, agendas, commissioners court reports and any other documentation supporting the existence of an Active Safety Committee.
- Training Topics
Each training topic should be presented at least one time per year and documented with staff sign in sheets. The training topics below reflect the minimum training necessary for an excellent safety program.
- Back injury prevention
- Slip, trips and falls
- Driver training
- Use of personal protective equipment
- Fire safety
Note: Risk Control Consultants can verify the above criteria have been met. Members may request a Risk Control review. TAC RMP recognizes that the nature of many county jobs is hazardous, and loss ratios can be severely affected by a shock loss or through no fault of the employee. The Awards Committee will consider this during the selection process.
Making a Difference Award
No application is required for the Making a Difference Award. It is presented to a TAC RMP member employee who exhibits leadership in promoting loss prevention efforts in the county resulting in the reduction of claims and claims costs, not limited to safety. Candidates for the award are not only those responsible for safety efforts alone but also anyone, who through dedication or creativity has positively affected risk management efforts within the county.
The Making a Difference Award is open to anyone deserving of recognition - from employees on the front lines to management, and elected and appointed officials.
Each TAC RMP Regional Service Team will nominate candidates for the Making a Difference Award based on their working knowledge of individuals who are:
- Champions for progress in risk management and risk control
- Focused on implementing innovative initiatives aimed towards claims' cost reduction
Making a Difference Award candidates will be evaluated by a TAC Risk Management Services staff committee. Documented, proven and measurable contributions to risk control efforts will be considered favorably. One recipient will be selected from each region. Candidates must meet the following criteria:
- Employee of a 2019 TAC RMP member in at least one line of coverage
- Employee of a TAC RMP member during the 2018 coverage year
Risk Control Consultants Assistance
TAC Risk Control Consultants are available to all TAC RMP members to help with the application process for these awards and can assist members in developing and implementing:
- Safety programs
- Accident prevention plans
- Safety policies
- Active safety committees
Consultants can provide topics and resources to support employee training efforts.
How to Apply & Application Review Process
Those wanting to be considered for the Safety Achievement Award and Excellence in Safety Award had to submit an application between Sep. 1-Dec. 15, 2018.
The TAC RMP Awards Committee will review each award application individually and assess it using the corresponding award's criteria.
Award Recipient Notification
Award recipients will be notified in February 2019.
Contact your Risk Control Consultant or Risk Management Consultant with questions regarding the TAC RMP Awards Program.