January 2016 Newsletter

Welcome Celina Osborn

Downey Public Risk is proud to introduce Celina Osborn as the newest member to the Risk Management Team. Celina comes to us from Purdue University where she worked for the past 7 ½ years in the Indiana LTAP office. She was the office manager and conference coordinator for all trainings. She coordinated over 30 trainings each year and helped track all the Road Scholar information for the 12 core courses offered by LTAP. She also tracked all CEU information with the state for the engineers. Celina served as the LTAP Advisory Board Secretary and as a result has a very good working relationship with the local agencies. Celina's extensive knowledge, experience and relationships with the local agencies will greatly benefit the Downey Risk Management Team.

Celina has been married to her husband Allen for over 30 years. Together they have 3 daughters, 4 granddaughters and a grandson arriving in February. They currently live in West Lafayette and will be relocating in the near future to the Kokomo area.


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Winter Weather Advisory - Will You Be Ready?

The 2015 Annual Safety Seminar kicked off in Schererville, Indiana this year on October 6, 2015. IPEP staff travelled the state for the next 2 ½ weeks to deliver training for over 230 entities which included 1350 attendees. Huntingburg, Greenwood, Danville, Auburn, Plymouth, and Noblesville, Indiana were the training site locations this year.

This year's seminar covered topics to help improve safety for local agencies and included OSHA's Winter Weather Safety Program, Winter Weather Employee Safety, and Forecasting Winter Weather. Presentations on Controlling Slip Trip and Fall Accidents, Preparing for a Major Winter Storm-Will You be Ready, Tips on Preventative maintenance for your Body, Dealing with Downed Trees and Power Lines, and Forecasting Winter Weather were delivered for the seminar.

IPEP would like to thank all the sponsors and the exhibitors for all their support. Without their help the seminar wouldn't be possible.

Please contact Celina Osborn, Risk Management Coordinator, with any comments about this year's seminar and please send her requests for the next seminar. Planning will begin soon for the 2016 Annual Safety Seminar. Celina can be reached at 765-252-3019 or email cosborn@downeypublicrisk.com.

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How to Reduce Injuries of Employees When Walking and Working at Schools in Wintery-Icy-Snowy Conditions

Safety when walking on sidewalks, parking lots, existing/entering buses during the Winter Season:

  1. Do the employees working at your school wear slip resistant footwear when walking to and from the building in snowy icy weather?
  2. Do you have written and verbal recommendations for staff members to wear appropriate slip resistant footwear when walking to and from the buildings? Employees can wear the appropriate slip resistant treaded footwear and carry their other footwear to change into.
  3. Does your school have written procedures that are communicated to the employees who are responsible for clearing the snow and ice from all walking surfaces including - parking lots, sidewalks - pathways?
  4. Are all walking/working surfaces cleared of slippery conditions before employees use these walking working pathways and parking lots?

Choosing Safety ----- Choosing Not to Reduce the Quality of Your Life --- Slips=Trips=Falls Can Be Prevented ==== Wear the Appropriate Slip Resistant Footwear --- Clear all Walking Surfaces of Ice and Snow

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Choose Not to Let Your Life Slip Away!



  • Wear Slip Resistant Footwear including good Traction, Water Resistant, Insulated, Low-Wide Heels:
  • Use Slow Pace- Take Short Steps-Use Cleared Pathways, Walk Slowly:
  • Use 3 Points of Contact when Exiting Vehicles-
  • Place Both Feet on the Ground-Grab Door Frame or Steering Wheel:


Air Temperatures at 15*F plus Wind Speed 0mph= 35*F= Frostbite Will Occur in 30 Minutes

Hypothermia- Core Body Temperature Decreases Below 95*F - This is a Serious Medical Emergency

Reduce the Risk of Cold Related Injuries and Illnesses When Working In the Cold Weather

  1. Drink Water- Prevent Dehydration- Reduce Caffeine Consumption
  2. Layer Clothing-{ Inner Layer polyester-synthetic material}{Middle Layer - wool, down, fleece. {Outer Layer - Breathable Water Proof Fabric-Gortex}
  3. Wear a Hat- 40% of Body Heat is Lost When Head is Exposed
  4. Wear Gloves- Reduce Cold Exposure and Increase Dexterity
  5. Wear Eye Protection- Corneas of Eyes Can Freeze


Recognize the Symptoms of Cold Stress:

  • Decreased Alertness
  • Restlessness- Lack of the Ability to Concentrate
  • Imparied Work Performance- Mental Tasks Impaired
  • Manual Tasks Impaired
  • Numbness-Muscle Weakness-Stiff joints
  • Slurred Speech
  • Contact the Emergency Personnel


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Safety Poster


Print and sign the poster!

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