Medical Marijuana: What Employees Need to Know

Last month, we hosted an Occupational Health Insights panel focused on medical marijuana in the workplace. Comprised of several health industry professionals, including PRIME’s medical director and founder, Dr. Luke Lee, panelists discussed the topic and the countless things employers should be aware of.

With Louisiana’s medical marijuana program starting earlier this year, many participants were interested in its potential impact. The discussion covered several potential problem areas including insurance coverage, workers’ compensation and the enforcement of pre-existing company policies. “A lot of companies feel an ethical responsibility not only to protect their workers but also the community,” said Dr. Lee.

Read The Advocate’s coverage of the panel here.

Flu Season Tips

During this time of the year, it is extremely important to keep your health in check. Every year, a large number of people fall ill to the flu virus, preventing them from working and enjoying everyday activities. While we cannot ensure that you won’t catch the virus, we can provide some tips that will help prevent the flu from spreading.

To prevent the spread of the seasonal flu, follow these steps:

  • Get your annual flu shot. While this may sound obvious, several people skip out on this vaccination every year. Why not be cautious and lower your chances of catching it?
  • If you have already fallen ill to the flu, remember to stay away from others. This means no work or other public activities. It is important to note that once symptoms cease, you should remain in isolation for 24 hours. After that, you’re good to return to your regular schedule.
  • If you have to interact with someone who has the flu, please wear gloves and an N95 mask. This might sound extreme, but it is a necessary precaution if you want to remain healthy.
  • Whether dealing with someone who has the flu or with someone who is seemingly healthy, always wash your hands with warm water before and after interacting with anyone. Carrying a bottle of hand sanitizer around is never a bad idea during this time of year.

We hope these tips encourage you to think smart and remain healthy during this time of the year!

PRIME Employees Achieve ISNetworld Certification

We are very excited to announce that two of our team members, Jessica Nabors and Nicholas Michel, have completed their ISNetworld user training. With only 150 certified users, this is an accomplishment we’re extremely proud of. 

Michel said, “The training involved not only the contractor side of ISNetworld, but also the hiring client side. This gives us a better understanding of what our clients are looking for when they log into their account.” 

ISNetworld is an industry-leading online contractor and supplier management platform of data-driven products and services that help manage risk and strengthen relationships. With certified ISNetworld users, we show our clients PRIME’s commitment to understanding their needs.

“Our ISNetworld training shows how dedicated we are to understanding what our clients are looking for. This certification is just another thing that we do to set ourselves apart while showing that PRIME puts its client’s needs first,” says Nabors. 

PRIME Attends AADE Golf Tournament in Lafayette

Earlier today, our PRIME representatives: Don Fontenot, Christian Bergeron, and Samantha Halphen, attended the AADE (American Association of Drilling Engineers) golf tournament in Lafayette. This event will help fund lab enhancements and other educational efforts for three Louisiana universities. Proceeds from the event went towards the Petroleum Engineering facility at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as the industry-related scholarships at the University. Louisiana State University and Nicholls State University also received a portion of the proceeds.

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Lafayette Parish School Board In-Service

Last week, Christian Brugman was a presenter at the Lafayette Parish School Board In-Service.

In attendance were all of the bus drivers as well as school board employees from risk management, human resources, insurance and transportation including the superintendent. Topics covered included an overview of the DOT FMCSA Drug & Alcohol program and its changes since 2018 as well as a review of the upcoming FMCSA Clearinghouse in January 2020.

Reach out today to learn more about how PRIME can help your company stay in compliance, maintain efficiencies and increase profitability. 

 

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