Category Archives: CFSA Pool Programs

CFSA Staff Member and Contract Review Service win an Award for Innovation

Join CFSA in Congratulating Lianne Lewellen, Recognized with a CSAC EIA Eagle Award for CFSA’s Innovative Contract Review Service

August 16, 2019 

Now a vital part of CFSA’s successful general liability risk transfer program, the Contract Review Service was developed and managed by Lianne Lewellen for more than 20 years before she retired earlier this year and passed the service’s reins on to Mario Castagnola. Currently back with CFSA a few days a week to work on special projects, Lianne was surprised to learn that not only had she been nominated by CFSA for an EAGLE Award, but that she had won the award for her expert work with the review service. CSAC EIA – California State Association of Counties Excess Insurance Authority – is CFSA’s excess insurance provider.

Created as a value-added benefit for fairs participating in the General Liability pool program, the Contract Review Service enables CFSA to serve as a second set of eyes on certain contracts and certificates of insurance submitted to fairgrounds by promoters and vendors using fairgrounds facilities. By approving the renter’s documents, CFSA is able to provide fairs with the assurance that they are sufficiently protected in the event of an accident or incident involving the renter.

Fairs now submit more than 3,000 contracts and certificates of insurance a year to CFSA for review and approval. Should an error or omission be discovered, CFSA works on the fair’s behalf to correct the issue at no extra cost to the fair.

The CSAC EIA EAGLE (Exemplary Achievement in Government Leadership and Enrichment) Awards Program recognizes an EIA member or its affiliated agency “for the development, management, and/or the implementation of an innovative idea, approach or program that enhances the goals and purposes of risk management within the public sector.” Information about the review service will be shared with other CSAC EIA members, giving Lianne and CFSA recognition for innovative thinking and program performance!

When notified of the award, Lianne said, “I’m truly humbled by this award – it’s been a team effort and with CFSA’s help and support we were able to grow the review service into the innovative and effective program it is today.”

CSAC EIA will present Lianne with her award during its October board meeting in Fish Camp, California. CFSA will be sure to share any photos taken during the awards ceremony!

 

All CFSA Pool Program Member Fairs are Invited to CFSA’s First-Ever Member Meeting, November 6, 2018, Fair Services Building

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: mthurber@cfsa.org or 916/263-6163.

 

 

CFSA’s Board of Directors and Revenue Protection Program Committee Elections are Next Month

9/19/2018

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.

Snapshot: A quick look at CFSA’s accomplishments in 2017

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

Risk Management Tips for Risk Sharing Pool Members…

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:
Workers’ Compensation MOC
Revenue Protection MOC
Special Events  MOC
General Liability (The GL Summary of Protection and   MOC are currently being updated to reflect recent changes. For program information in the meantime, please contact Tom Amberson at tamberson@cfsa.org or (916) 263-6180.)

 

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 the Claims and Loss Report Guide, a more in-depth reference complete with sample forms.

If you need additional copies of the Red Card, please contact Mario Castagnola, risk analyst, at mcastagnola@cfsa.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!
CFSA’s risk control specialists are also ergonomics specialists. To have an ergonomic study conducted at your fairground, contact your risk control specialist or Tom Amberson,  risk department manager at tamberson@cfsa.org or (916) 263-6180.