Living Our Core Values as an Agency

Denise Gillin News

Living our Core Values as an Agency has never been more important. Facing the challenges of coronavirus, we joined together to seek balance in our personal and professional lives, took ownership of our health and responsibility for protecting our clients and families. But now, the horrible death of George Floyd focuses our attention on the bias that exists in our world and elevates the significance of our “community” and “diversity” values. This senseless act reinforces the importance of righting wrongs and healing wounds that go far deeper than we may have known. The need for personal and community action is on our minds as we ask ourselves, “What can I do – what can we do together?” To say we …

OSHA Safe + Sound Week, August 10-16, 2020

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

The US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sponsors Safe + Sound, a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program. This year August 10-16 has been designated as Safe + Sound Week to emphasize this nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Click to get more information and to register. Contact a member of the Murray Risk Control team at 717.397.9600 for information on setting up a safety and health program for your organization.

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Agriculture Department Warns Consumers to Report Unsolicited, Mislabeled Seeds Received by Mail

Denise Gillin Agribusiness, News

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today warned consumers to properly discard and report unordered and mislabeled seeds shipped from overseas. Consumers nationwide have received seeds in packages labeled as jewelry. These seeds may contain plant diseases, weeds or invasive plants that could harm Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and ecosystem. “Seeds sold in Pennsylvania are rigorously tested to ensure that they are genetically pure and regulated to ensure that what’s on the label is what’s in the package,” Secretary Redding said. “Planting seeds without knowing what they are can wreak havoc with our environment, destroy agricultural crops and incur costly control efforts for years to come.” Seeds labelled as jewelry are likely a scam known as “brushing.” Companies boost online sales by purchasing …

York County Restart Fund

Denise Gillin News

The York County Commissioners voted to allocate a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support a small business and nonprofit organization grant program. The YoCo Strong Restart Fund will be administered by the York County Economic Alliance and Community First Fund. York County will dedicate $10 million for small business support and $4 million for nonprofit support. Grant amounts will range from $10,000 to $35,000 for eligible organizations negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the grant program details provided by the York County Economic Alliance: Application will open the week of August 24 and remain open for 10 days. The program is not “first come, first served” basis.  On YoCoStrong.org you …

OSHA’s Six Standards that Apply to COVID-19

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

By Laurie Deitrich, CSP, ARM, HEM, Risk Control Specialist The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has outlined six federal health and safety standards that apply to the pandemic to help employers protect their workers: Personal Protective Equipment: General Requirements Personal Protective Equipment: Respiratory Protection General Environmental Controls: Sanitation Toxic and Hazardous Substances: Hazard Communication Toxic and Hazardous Substances: Access to Employee Exposure and Medical Records Below, Laurie provides a brief introduction to the six OSHA standards. Contact a member of the Murray Risk Control Team at 717.327.9600 or Laurie directly at 717.735.3050 for more information.  

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Heat-Related Illnesses

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management

By Gene Schmitt, CSP, ARM, CHST, CFPS, Risk Control Specialist Excessive heat affects many workers, particularly people performing strenuous work including firefighters, foundry workers, bakery workers, and construction workers. It’s important to recognize conditions and situations where heat-related illness might occur and take appropriate prevention measures.  Employees should learn to recognize the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and know how to appropriately respond. The heat wave we are experiencing brings the risk for heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Heat cramps occur when the body loses significant amounts of salts. It’s important to stop strenuous activity and get to a cool, shaded place. Drink clear juice or a sports beverage, or water with food. Heat exhaustion is when …

Support Small Business

Denise Gillin News

Murray is proud to stand with other Small Business Champions to support small business.  

Leveraging Benefits in Post-coronavirus Compensation

Denise Gillin Health Benefits, Human Resources, News

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many organizations have been faced with making tough decisions—often leading to layoffs, furloughed employees and reduced pay. Post-coronavirus, many employers find themselves torn between balancing fair compensation and the current financial realities of their business—while hoping to return to a new sense of normalcy. The current employment market is intrigued by more than just pay, and compensation is often viewed holistically—including benefits packages. As organizations complete post-coronavirus planning, benefits can be leveraged as an attractive offering for both current and prospective employees. Click for Post-coronavirus compensation considerations for employers. Contact a Murray Health Benefits consultant at 717.397.9600 to further discuss your options.

Penn Medicine HealthWorks – Preparing for Safe and Responsible Operations

Denise Gillin Health Benefits, News

Teke Drummond, Executive Director Penn Medicine HealthWorks, provided an overview of how businesses can best be prepared for safe and responsible operations in the current COVID-19 environment. Highlights covered in the webinar include: Overview of Penn Medicine HealthWorks as a comprehensive service to employers. Update on the current state of COVID 19 on our community. Understanding the recommendation of Prevention, Exposure Management, and Quarantine / Return to Work measures needed to ensure safety. Review of regulatory standards. Service recommendations to address employee well-being amidst COVID 19 and a modified work design. Update on testing protocols and contact tracing services. Click for “Kicking COVID Together, and use password sCMpEFw5 To further discuss, contact your Murray Health Benefits Consultant at 717.397.9600.

June Is National Safety Month – Mental Health During COVID-19

Denise Gillin Human Resources, News, Risk Management

The National Safety Council designates June as National Safety Month. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will affect employees well beyond the immediacy of the initial crisis. As an employer, you have a unique ability and responsibility to manage your benefit providers, such as Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) and health insurance plans to ensure your workers have access to the help and support they need. Find out more about an employer’s role>>> To further discuss, contact your Murray Risk Control Consultant or Health Benefits Consultant at 717.397.9600.