Insurance-University partnership commits funds to workplace health and safety training programs

Jacque Montgomery
University Communications
August 9, 2011

​By Jacque Montgomery

AURORA,
Colo. – As Colorado attracts emerging industries to
fuel job growth, insurers are keeping a close eye on the impact such
growth creates for workplace health and safety. Effective training
helps ensure healthy and safe workplaces for Colorado workers. The
Colorado
School of Public Health’s

Mountain
and Plains Education and Research Center

(MAP ERC) is taking a greater role in this education thanks to a new
gift from Pinnacol
Assurance
,
Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance.
Pinnacol’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in
employee health and safety led to the partnership with MAP ERC and
will focus on delivering continuing education programs to
occupational safety professionals.

“These
professionals hold the key to both worker safety and workplace
productivity. These continuing education programs will help ensure
that we keep employees safe and Colorado industries strong,” states
Lee Newman, MD, professor of occupational health and MAP ERC
director.

The MAP
ERC is one of 17 national centers devoted to research and training in
occupational health and safety. Spanning from the borders of Canada
to Mexico, the MAP ERC works with industries to meet the occupational
health education needs of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana,
Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The new
training partnership, funded by a $25,000 gift from Pinnacol to the
school, enables the MAP ERC to develop and deliver comprehensive
online training and certification review programs to professionals in
the Rocky Mountain region. Focusing on worker health and safety, the
training programs will benefit all industries in Colorado, from
construction and energy to service and agriculture.”

The gift
is the second investment made by Pinnacol to address the training and
management of workplace injuries and safety. In 2010, Pinnacol
committed $5 million to the University
of Colorado Denver Business School

to develop a nationally recognized risk management and insurance
program. Combined the gifts leverage university expertise against
Pinnacol’s commitment to helping Colorado companies and insurers
cooperatively address and prevent the health and safety risks facing
Colorado workers. Trainings supported under the new partnership will
be developed in 2011 and offered beginning 2012.

“Risk
management is a fundamental part of managing a business and this gift
demonstrates our commitment to providing the Rocky Mountain Region
with cutting-edge learning opportunities in all areas of insurance
that will enhance the reputation of the industry,” Ross noted.

Contact: [email protected], 303-724-1528


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