Richland Springs ISD has been awarded a loss prevention grant of $1500 for the 9th consecutive year from the Texas Association of School Boards' (TASB) Risk Management Fund. Grant monies help implement loss prevention and safety initiatives to raise awareness of safety issues and reduce the potential for property losses and on-the-job injuries. This award is part of $550,000 in grants the Fund gave this year to 211 Texas school districts and educational entities. Since 1998, the Fund's Loss Prevention Grant Program has distributed 1,992 total grants of more than $5 million to fund members in the workers' compensation and property/liability programs.
"This year, more than ever, the need to prevent losses and protect employees is critical because the Fund's members face such tough financial decisions. This partnership has been successful in protecting valuable resources through education and providing funding for identified exposures," said Clem Zabalza, director of TASB Loss Prevention Services. "The Fund's continuing commitment to the membership is evident by not standing down and giving back when the need is even greater," he said.
The 2011 grants were awarded to 197 school districts, 3 regional education service centers, 4 county appraisal districts, 4 community colleges, and 3 shared service arrangements. Workers' compensation grants focused on fall prevention, personal lifting devices, and personal protective equipment. Facilities security initiative, driver improvement, and vehicle safety were the primary areas receiving grants under the property/liability program.
"This year's response to the program was higher than in previous years, and it is always a difficult task because applicants really examine their exposures and how to best address their needs," Zabalza said. "Keeping in mind that many members started their budget processes earlier, we made a commitment to begin our program earlier. This meant we were able to get grant awards in the recipients' hands faster so their loss prevention initiatives could get rolling and gain the greatest benefit," he said.
"The Fund Board has made this program possible by its commitment to provide resources that put priority on preventing losses and elevating safety in the workplace. For the past 14 years, the Loss Prevention Grant Program has been vital in raising awareness and reducing injuries and losses to our members. We will continue to champion the needs of our members so they can educate their staffs about workplace safety and resource protection. The Fund remains strongly committed to our partnership with members by supporting their loss prevention and safety initiatives in these hard economic times," he said.
The TASB Risk Management Fund is a self-insurance pool serving Texas school districts, community colleges, education service centers, and county appraisal districts. The Fund has been in existence since 1974 and provides workers' compensation, property, liability, and unemployment compensation coverage to more than 1,100 members. Services range from loss prevention and free member training events to on-line resources, grant programs, and claim forms.