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Pinnacol Assurance gift to Colorado School of Public Health supports education and workplace safety

Insurance-University partnership commits funds to workplace health and safety training programs


​By Jacque Montgomery


AURORA, Colo. – As Colorado attracts emerging industries to fuel job growth, insurers are keeping a close eye on the impact such growth creates for workplace health and safety. Effective training helps ensure healthy and safe workplaces for Colorado workers. The Colorado School of Public Health's Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) is taking a greater role in this education thanks to a new gift from Pinnacol Assurance, Colorado’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance. Pinnacol’s commitment to maintaining the highest standards in employee health and safety led to the partnership with MAP ERC and will focus on delivering continuing education programs to occupational safety professionals.


“These professionals hold the key to both worker safety and workplace productivity. These continuing education programs will help ensure that we keep employees safe and Colorado industries strong,” states Lee Newman, MD, professor of occupational health and MAP ERC director.


The MAP ERC is one of 17 national centers devoted to research and training in occupational health and safety. Spanning from the borders of Canada to Mexico, the MAP ERC works with industries to meet the occupational health education needs of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota.


The new training partnership, funded by a $25,000 gift from Pinnacol to the school, enables the MAP ERC to develop and deliver comprehensive online training and certification review programs to professionals in the Rocky Mountain region. Focusing on worker health and safety, the training programs will benefit all industries in Colorado, from construction and energy to service and agriculture."



The gift is the second investment made by Pinnacol to address the training and management of workplace injuries and safety. In 2010, Pinnacol committed $5 million to the University of Colorado Denver Business School to develop a nationally recognized risk management and insurance program. Combined the gifts leverage university expertise against Pinnacol’s commitment to helping Colorado companies and insurers cooperatively address and prevent the health and safety risks facing Colorado workers. Trainings supported under the new partnership will be developed in 2011 and offered beginning 2012.


"Risk management is a fundamental part of managing a business and this gift demonstrates our commitment to providing the Rocky Mountain Region with cutting-edge learning opportunities in all areas of insurance that will enhance the reputation of the industry," Ross noted.






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