Fall 2018
Quarterly News for State of Maryland Risk Managers
SERMA Driving Safety Campaign 2018 Hits the Streets: Don't Engage in Road Rage!

SERMA’s successful Driving Safety Campaign is now in its fourth year. The theme of this year’s campaign is avoiding road rage. The tagline “Don’t Engage in Road Rage” appears on the new gas pump signs, which are now being installed on State-operated gas pumps throughout the central Maryland area.
Members of the 2018 SERMA Driving Safety Campaign team include:

  • Henry A. Alfred, Occupational Safety & Health Chief, State Highway Administration, Maryland Dept. of Transportation;
  • First Sergeant Colin Bristow, Maryland State Police Liaison to the State Highway Administration;
  • Dianna Fornaro, APR, Senior Communications Specialist, Chesapeake Employers Insurance;
  • Amy Hager, Forensic Photographer Supervisor, Forensic Sciences Division, Maryland State Police;
  • Janeene Jensen-Graf, CEAS, Senior Risk Management Consultant, IWIF/SERMA;
  • Brittany Keller-Hokuf, CEAS, Risk Management Consultant, IWIF/SERMA;
  • Kristin Klein, Chair, SERMA Risk Management Committee;
  • Margaret Michel, Risk Manager, Maryland State Police;
  • Marc Proudford, Director, Human Resources, Maryland Dept. of Commerce;
  • Howard Thomas, Risk Management Supervisor, IWIF/SERMA.

This campaign also features a companion Safety Tip Sheet explaining the ways to avoid engaging in road rage.
Conference Results are in! Save the Date for Next Year: May 23, 2019 

Survey results showed that 95% of those surveyed were satisfied or very satisfied with the SERMA Conference held in May of this year. And 92% of those surveyed plan to attend again next year.

Survey respondents particularly liked the Conference’s new venue, the Boumi Temple in Rosedale. A total of 227 people attended the event, including State agency risk managers, human resources professionals, safety committee members, management, and others.

Among the respondents’ favorite topics were: “The strategies for reducing work injuries and increasing overall safety in the workplace,” according to one attendee.

Some of the survey comments included the following: “The location was great. Very easy to find. The organizers were very helpful and courteous,” and “Well organized. Great work!”

The SERMA committee is looking forward to seeing everyone again next year on Thursday, May 23, 2019.
Governor Hogan visits with SERMA team
Members of the IWIF/SERMA Risk Management team and State Claims Units were on hand to meet with State agency secretaries and their staff at the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) Summer Conference in August.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (center) is pictured here with representatives from IWIF/Chesapeake Employers including, from left, Mary Schmidt, Senior Claims Adjuster; Howard Thomas, SERMA Risk Management Supervisor; Lisa Kruska, Vice President, Claims; and Tammy Longan, Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Director.
Maryland's Move Over Law Expands

Maryland’s Move Over law has expanded to include sanitation, utility, and service vehicles . The law now covers Marylanders who work in transportation, trash collection, construction, and utility services, as well as police and emergency responders. The expansion of the law took effect on Oct. 1, 2018.

Maryland’s Move Over law requires drivers approaching vehicles with red, yellow, or amber flashing lights to slow down while passing these vehicles and ­­– if they can safely do so ­­– move over to the next lane of traffic to give workers plenty of room to operate.

Motor vehicle accidents continue to be the leading cause of workplace deaths, according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. This law is intended to protect workers while working along the sides of Maryland’s roads. Drivers in violation of this law could be fined and receive points on their license.

Download Chesapeake Employers’ updated Safety Tip Sheet on the Move Over law . We also have a color poster on this topic, which is available for ordering.
Upcoming Safety Training Opportunities
State agencies might want to take advantage of several safety training opportunities coming up:

To register, click on each of the training opportunities above to be taken to the online registration page.

*Denotes a small fee will be charged to offset the cost of training materials. Training opportunities are offered at cost for the benefit of State of Maryland agencies.
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