WSIA Weekly, 1.16.15
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Here are this week's top items:
2015 legislative session kicks off
The 2015 session of the Washington State Legislature began on Monday, and from day one featured some palace intrigue and political maneuvering, along with some early activity on workers' compensation policy. Our legislative and legal committees are briefed weekly on activity during the legislative session. Please feel free to follow along with the updates, starting with this week's activity, at this link on our website (member login required - e-mail Kari Heinold if you need your credentials).
Regional meeting January 27th at Group Health
WSIA's first regional meeting if 2015 is quickly approaching. This complimentary educational and networking opportunity is taking place on January 27th from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Group Health's Tukwila location, and features WSIA members Jan Donley, Cloie Johnson, and Lisa Vivian as guest presenters. Jan and Cloie will be training on new advancements in the labor market survey (LMS) methodology for vocational rehabilitation employability assessments, and Lisa will be training on L&I's audit reform initiative and recent penalty rulemaking. Further details are on the website, and RSVPs can be made by e-mail to Kari Heinold.
WSIA Safety Committee hosting call on updates in hazardous communications standards
WSIA's Safety Committee, with the coordinating assistance of Haggen's Julie Winkler, is hosting a webinar-style call-in meeting on February 11, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to Noon, to explore and update members on changes to hazardous communication standards following recent OSHA guidelines on the "Globally Harmonized System" (GHS), an international system used to classify hazardous chemicals and standardize hazard information on product labels and safety data sheets. The committee is featuring guest speaker Linda Anyan, an Industrial Hygienist with the Department of Labor & Industries, to answer questions on the implementation of these requirements. For more information or to reserve a login/call-in to the meeting, contact Patrick Koenig.
Complex Claims obtains 14 L&I continuing education credits
Earlier this week, we opened registration for our Industrial Insurance University's 2015 Complex Claims course February 5-6 at Valley Medical Center in Renton. We're now delighted to report that the Department of Labor & Industries has accredited the two-day course for 14 credits for certified claims handlers, of which nine are claims management and five are general credits. More information is available on the registration page. The course also carries 15 credits for holders of the Washington Workers' Compensation Professional (WWCP) designation.
Like the rest of the state, we're extremely proud and excited about the success of our member Seattle Seahawks. So as we head into this conference championship weekend...