By Chad Engle, Loss Prevention and Safety Specialist

We have made it to June and 2020 has been nothing less than interesting so far. Let us hope that things calm down and we can get back to doing what we do. Speaking of June, June just happens to be National Safety Month! Here is your reminder, during National Safety Month, please do not let your program slip into the background due to the summer, COVID-19, the nightly news, or anything else. Get your committee meetings on the calendar and make sure they happen.

Travel and gathering restrictions are loosening up and my hopes are that soon the Loss Prevention Staff will be back on the road providing you with in-person training. In the meantime, we have added a training resource to the Loss Prevention portion of NIRMA’s new website. Toolbox talks! These toolbox talks, we refer to them as Safety Minutes, will give you a short, pre-written safety outline on general safety topics that apply to literally any member county or agency employee. Scroll through the Safety Minutes, print off the topics you like along with the sign-in sheet and discuss them with your employees. It is that easy.

Current Safety Minute toolbox talk topics:

  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Browsing the Internet Safely
  • Complacency
  • Data Storage and Destruction
  • Defensive Driving
  • Fire Prevention
  • Housekeeping
  • Incident/Accident/Injury Reporting
  • Ladder Safety
  • Password Security
  • Phishing and Social Engineering
  • Portable Fire Extinguishers
  • Safe Winter Driving
  • Snow Removal

My plan is to continue to add new Safety Minute toolbox talk topics as we see the need. I am currently working on Mobile Device Security and Stress Management During Crisis, look for them to be added soon.

If you have any ideas for topics you would like to see addressed in NIRMA’s Safety Minutes please forward them to my attention at or 1.800.642.6671.

Another reminder that NIRMA’s Loss Prevention staff can provide training via Zoom meetings on just about any topic we cover. Terry and I just presented a 3-hour session on DOT Reasonable Suspicion Training for Supervisors and it went very well. Please reach out if you are interested in getting a training session on the calendar. Take care and be well.