By Chad Engle, Loss Prevention Manager and Safety Specialist

Since the beginning of October, I have been working with Michael Melnik, creator of The Energized Approach, and three NIRMA member counties who have been piloting The Energized Approach to streamline the full-scale rollout of the program to all NIRMA members in January of 2023.

The Energized Approach program will involve bi-weekly email messages with access to two components of Michael’s online learning platform. These components can be utilized separately or together:

  1. A library of injury prevention videos that can be viewed on-demand, and
  2. Resources videos for county and agency leaders to help them develop and engage staff in a safety-minded workplace culture.

I have written many times about strains and sprains being some of NIRMA’s most common types of injuries. Michael’s background is in occupational therapy, and he has worked with many companies to reduce back injuries and musculoskeletal disorders. The Energized Approach provides multiple award-winning injury prevention videos aimed at reducing back injuries. All these videos are now available to NIRMA members, at no cost. There are short videos to use to start a conversation and longer videos used to provide more of a training experience. NIRMA is committed to providing resources to assist our members in reducing injuries to protect their employees and their financial resources.

In addition to the injury prevention video library, NIRMA members will be able to take part in a powerful new risk management tool: Energizing Your Safety Culture. Have you ever felt like your loss prevention and safety program just cannot get any traction, or for every success there are multiple setbacks? This program, Energizing Your Safety Culture was created to add energy to important programs like your loss prevention and safety program. This process is intended to be used by all members in a leadership position.

I would like to invite all elected and appointed officials, along with anyone in a leadership position to join us on January 11, 2023, at 10:00 am Central for a kickoff webinar where you will be able to meet Michael Melnik, learn about all the content you will receive and how The Energized Approach can Energize Your Safety Culture. So, mark your calendars and watch your email for the formal invite with a link to join this webinar. The link will be emailed to all county board members and other safety leaders just before the holidays. Those receiving the email invite should feel free to share it with other leaders in their county or agency.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. As always, I can be reached at 1.800.642.6671 and I look forward to seeing you, via webinar, on January 11, 2023. Take care.