Public Risk Magazine

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March/April 2020

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Featured Article

The Vaping Epidemic and the Impact on Young Adults and the Public Sector

Joann M. Robertson, CSP, CPSI, ARM, CPCU

My father smoked traditional tobacco cigarettes and often tried to quit. Over the years, his attempts to stop smoking involved patches, mints/gum, various doctor’s orders, and sheer will power. But tobacco was too addictive, and my dad continued his smoking habit even when he began to experience shortness of breath and constant bouts of coughing. Could today’s vaping products have helped my dad kick the tobacco habit? This is undetermined, because he passed away years ago from respiratory illness, before vaping became a daily news story.

The specific type of vaping we discuss in this article is vaping tobacco products through the use of e-cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that deliver nicotine, flavorings, and other ingredients to the user. 

In 2009, the US FDA found that despite the sweet smell, e-cigarettes do not create harmless “water vapor”—they “contained detectable levels of known carcinogens and toxic chemicals to which users could potentially be exposed.” However, a 2013 study by the independent journal Tobacco Control, an international peer-review medical journal covering the nature and consequences of tobacco use worldwide, found that the harmful chemicals in e-cigarettes occurred at levels 9 to 450 times lower than in regular cigarette smoke.

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Pooling KPIs for New Board Talent

By Michelle Carter

From staff to top pool executives to longtime board members, a generation of pooling talent is moving on. In many instances, novices are filling their shoes. New board members, especially, may never have been exposed to pooling, risk management, or financial statements before. Yet they’ve become responsible for setting and monitoring the strategic and financial direction of pools. 

There are plenty of resources available to help plan your pool’s transition and acquire talent at all levels. This article is designed to help you educate that new talent once it’s in place. Specifically, it’s designed as an introduction to performance monitoring by way of key performance indicators, or KPIs. 

These indicators are discussed below by functional area (governance, membership, finance, etc.). The specific measures we present were chosen because of their broad utility and applicability, and because they’re likely to be understood by a brand new, possibly uneducated board member.

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Preventing Emergency Vehicle Crashes Through a Safety-Minded Culture

By Julie Frisbey

According to a recent study from the University of Iowa's College of Public Health, police officers are nearly twice as likely to be involved in a traffic accident when driving in response to an emergency. Since 2009, 351 officers have lost their lives, and many more have lost their careers or even their freedom as a result of unsafe on-duty driving. While law enforcement officers are trained to run toward danger, we understand it's difficult to prevent all line-of-duty deaths. However, with the proper training and procedures in place, we can help prevent tragedies caused by unsafe emergency-response driving.

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