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Wednesday & Thursday, April 10 & 11 in Sacramento
Hosted by California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), Western Fairs Association (WFA) and CDFA’s Fairs & Expositions (F&E) Branch, the orientation kicks off with a day at the Fair Services Building, home to CFSA and WFA. You’ll meet agency staff and get an overview of each agency’s responsibilities. You’ll also learn about the resources available to you from CFSA and WFA, and how CFSA, WFA and F&E work together on conferences, conventions, training opportunities, and more.
You’ll spend Thursday downtown at the CDFA offices, meeting with staff from F&E. You’ll enjoy a continental breakfast followed by sessions on everything from California State Rules to Financial Reporting and Board Meetings 101.
As we get closer to the orientation’s dates, you’ll receive a full agenda along with a short registration form, hotel suggestions and directions to the Fair Services Building and to CDFA’s headquarters.
If you are a new or new-ish fair CEO who has been on the job for a few weeks, a few months or even a year or two, this orientation is designed for you! If you want to make sure you are on the New Fair CEO Orientation mailing list and would like to attend the orientation, please contact Melissa Thurber at CFSA. You can reach her at (916) 263-6163 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maintenance Mania 2019: Tuesday-Thursday, February 26-28, Alameda County Fairgrounds.
New this year: Motivational Keynote Speaker Elizabeth McCormick, former U.S. Army Black Hawk pilot. Her topic: You. In the Pilot’s Seat.
A much decorated pilot, McCormick was awarded the Army Commendation Medal (twice), the Army Achievement Medal (twice), the National Defense Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, and the coveted Army Aviator Badge. Her presentation will focus on propelling individuals forward as leaders in their workplace and in their personal lives. Attendees will also receive an autographed copy of her book, The Pilot Method.
Register online at: www.maintenancemania4fairs.com. You’ll also find daily schedules, session topics and discounted hotel room information on the website. Remember – Attendance is free!
Tuesday, February 26, is the optional equipment operator certification day. Space is limited – register early; first come, first served.
Maintenance Mania is a long-time educational industry event designed especially for fair staff members responsible for the maintenance and operations of their fairgrounds. During the three-day event, participants can get certified on fork lift and scissor lift operation, as well as learn new skills, workplace safety procedures, and tips and techniques from industry experts who understand first-hand the challenges maintenance crews face daily. Thanks to the generosity of 2019’s event sponsors, attendance is free. Western Fairs Association service members are also invited to attend at no charge.
California Fair Services Authority (CFSA), created more than 30 years ago, is a member-driven organization that shares in the covering of potential risks and in the costs of claims for pool member California fairs.
Risk pooling means that the fairs that participate in CFSA’s Workers’ Compensation and General Liability pool programs, pool their money collectively to pay for claims filed against their fairs. As a participating member fair, you have a voice and a responsibility to learn and to do all you can to keep the risk-pooling function and the funds CFSA manages safe and available to cover the claims we know about, as well as those that will come in the future.
Join CFSA’s board of directors and staff at our first-ever member meeting, Tuesday, November 6, 2018, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Fair Services Building, 1776 Tribute Road, Conference Room 200, in Sacramento.
Learn about the current financial position of CFSA, about trends in risk and claims, and about the steps you can take to help reduce risk to the pools and at your fair. In addition, we welcome your feedback on how we can improve our risk-pooling and risk-sharing programs.
This is your opportunity to ask questions, to learn more about risk pooling and risk sharing, and to fully understand your key role in both! Join us for lunch and lively conversation.
Lunch is provided.
Please RSVP to Melissa Thurber, at: email@example.com or 916/263-6163.
This year, CFSA’s fall election has drawn one of the largest pools of highly-qualified candidates in CFSA’s election history. Ballots to fill seats on both the CFSA board of directors and on the Revenue Protection Program Committee will be emailed to pool- and program-member fairs by Monday, October 8; due back to CFSA by Monday, October 22.
Up for election are two seats on CFSA’s board of directors – one representing fair classes I and II, and one representing fair classes III – VII. Participants in the Revenue Protection Program will also be voting to elect a fair representative and two alternates for the Revenue Protection Program’s Claims Committee. This committee meets as needed throughout the year to review submitted claims in accordance with claims adjustment procedures as specified by the program’s memorandum of coverage.
Election results will be announced the week of October 22. New board and committee members will take office on January 1, 2019.
It may seem a little late in the year to be publishing a snapshot of CFSA’s accomplishments in 2017, but we’ve been BUSY! Even so, we’ve already begun compiling our 2019 To Do list and “Snapshot of CFSA’s 2018 Accomplishment Highlights” is HIGH on the list. Until then, we hope you’ll enjoy reading about some of our highlights from 2017
Unless your fair is lucky enough to be near the coast, chances are it’s already very, very warm where you are. Add the fact that there is always work that needs to be done around your fairgrounds before, during and after fair, as well as in between summer interim events, and you have the ideal setting for heat-related illnesses.
Be Cool, Work Smart! To help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses, everyone from office staff to maintenance crews to ticket takers in non-air conditioned ticket booths needs to be aware of the conditions that can bring about heat exhaustion and heat stroke. They also need to know what symptoms to look for, and what to do when they or someone nearby is experiencing these symptoms.
Did you know that a relative humidity of 60% or more hampers sweat evaporation and challenges your body’s ability to adequately cool itself? Or that temperatures don’t even have to be in the 100s to be potentially dangerous to your health?
People are at a greater risk of heat illness if they:
Prevention Takes Pre-Planning:
To help prevent overheating, health experts recommend wearing loose-fitting lightweight clothing and a large-brimmed hat, and staying hydrated. (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)
To stay hydrated, choose water or sports beverages over sodas and other drinks containing caffeine or lots of sugar. Avoid alcohol altogether as the more you drink, the more dehydrated you will become. If you anticipate working outdoors, start drinking water/sports drinks two to three hours beforehand (or even the day before if you are extremely susceptible). Continue to drink seven to 10 ounces of water every half hour during outdoor activity and follow up with an additional eight ounces of water within a half hour of finishing your activity. (If you are on a fluid-restricted diet or have a problem with fluid retention, please check with your doctor before increasing your fluid intake.)
Symptoms to Watch For:
Heat exhaustion – Although not as serious as heat stroke, heat exhaustion still isn’t something to take lightly. It can develop into heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs.
Common symptoms of heat exhaustion include chills, unsteady walking, nausea or vomiting, confusion, dizziness, fainting, headache, muscle or abdominal cramps, heavy sweating or no sweating, pale skin and a rapid heartbeat. Get medical help if there is vomiting, if symptoms last longer than 15 minutes or if symptoms get worse over time.
If you or a colleague experiences any of these symptoms, move immediately to a cool, shady spot or even better, an air-conditioned area indoors. Drink cool water or sports drinks; remove any tight or unnecessary clothing; drench clothing worn in cool water; take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath; use fans or ice packs (under arms and on groin). After recovering from a bout of heat exhaustion you may be more sensitive to high temperatures so it’s a good idea to avoid working outdoors or participating in heavy outdoor activity for about a week.
Signs of heat stroke include a body temperature of 103 F or higher; loss of consciousness; coma; hot, red, dry or damp skin; dizziness; a sudden headache; loss of coordination; blurry vision; confusion; vomiting; or seizures. Heat stroke is considered a medical emergency – call 911 and immediately m ove the worker to a shaded or air-conditioned area. While waiting for medics to arrive, help lower the person’s temperature with fanning, by soaking clothing with cool water and by applying cool compresses. Do not provide anything to drink.
Heat cramps are painful muscle spasms and muscle pain. Anyone experiencing heat cramps should take an immediate break in the shade and drink cool water or a sports beverage. Resume work only after the cramps have gone away. Get medical help if cramps last longer than an hour, if the person is on a low-salt diet or if the person has heart problems.
Rule of thumb: If you or a co-worker experiences any of these symptoms or if you simply begin feeling ill, stop working, tell someone and take a break in a shady, cool area.
Members of CFSA’s Workers’ Compensation Pool Program are encouraged to talk to their Risk Control specialists about on-site training or for help developing a written heat-illness prevention program.
Download a free heat safety tool to your phone from the OSHA website! The app, available for Android and iPhone cell phones, and in English and Spanish (set the phone language to Spanish) enables the user to calculate the heat index for their worksite and to determine the risk level to outdoor workers. Visit: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html
Join CFSA in this shout out to Sacramento County Fair! We’re proud to have the fair as a member of both the General Liability and the Workers’ Compensation pool programs!
From the online edition of the Carmichael Times comes this story about how the Sacramento County Fair made a Stockton teen’s wish come true:
As an added bonus this year, the Sacramento County Fair is partnering with Make-A-Wish® Foundation to host Terrell and his Adopt-A-Wish® sponsors, Sutter Health. Terrell, 14, who battles leukemia, wishes to have his very own carnival, so the Sacramento County Fairgrounds will open one day early so Terrell’s wish can come true.
Not only has Terrell has shown bravery by fighting his critical illness, but recently he was recognized as a local hero for saving neighbors in their apartment building after it caught on fire in Stockton. At his carnival, Sutter employees will be there to support him in his wish coming true as well the Stockton Fire Department to recognize him as a local hero.
“Wishes would not be possible without the collective support of our local community,” said Jennifer Stolo, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada. “Because of Adopt-A-Wish sponsors like Sutter Health and lending lands from the Sacramento County Fair, Terrell’s wish is going to be a magical experience for him and his family.”
Ever wonder what CFSA’s executive director, Becky Bailey-Findley, is doing when she isn’t in the office working on projects for our member fairs? Well, last Wednesday, March 14, 2018, she was AT a member fair, talking ABOUT fairs! The Nevada County Fair invited her to be a guest speaker in the fairgrounds’ Foundation Speaker Series. Take a look:
Read Up! Current CFSA risk-sharing pool MOCs are on CFSA’s website
Learn all of the ways CFSA’s risk-sharing pool programs protect your fair and fairground by reading the programs’ Summaries of Coverage and the more-detailed Memorandums of Coverage (MOCs) available at www.cfsa.org. Note: MOCs are “in effect until terminated” so if there are no changes, an MOC could remain in effect for a period of years. Coverage periods are stated on the MOC’s cover page.
Here are direct links to:
Be Prepared! Do you know where your Red Cards and Red Book are?
When an accident happens, and adrenaline surges, it’s easy to forget what to do, what paperwork to fill out and who/what agencies needs to be notified. That’s why CFSA created the Red Card – a quick “what to do” laminated reference card CFSA recommends posting in strategic spots around the fairground where employees congregate. And the Red Book aka theClaims and Loss Report Guide, a more in-depth reference complete with sample forms.
If you need additional copies of the Red Card, please contact Lianne Lewellen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 263-6145.
Work Smart, Work Safe!
Ergonomic training is an investment in your staff
Whether someone works at a desk or out on the fairgrounds, knowing how to set up an ergonomically correct workspace and how to best use the tools of your trade are surefire ways to help head off most preventable injuries.
CFSA can help!