Minnesota State Patrol Safety Committee

March 29, 2018 Meeting minutes

Present: Lt Zak, SP582 Hanson, SP150 Danielson, CVI1645 Dinehart, SP100 Theel, SP307 Larsen, SP449 Carlson, Jason Amborn and RCO Jeff Chaney

Not able to attend due to schedule conflict: SP 446 Dellwo, SP419 Koski, Jaime Santiago, SP582 Weinrich, SP136 Zynda, CS Lopez.

Next Meeting: June 21, 2018 1230 @ District 2600

  1. Old Business
  • Naloxone kits have been delivered to each trooper, as well as a first aid cabinet for offices.
  • RTMC monitor brightness issue resolved by turning down brightness/contrast controls.
  • The tourniquet ankle holsters have been delivered to all Troopers.
  • Equipment items at RTMC: the doors at RTMC leading into dispatch have been fixed, carpeting has been replaced, parking lot lighting has been fixed, and the pedestrian walkways have been repainted.
  • RTMC air quality concerns; four air filtrations systems were purchased. Jason Amborn will follow up with DOT.
  1. New Business
  • Active shooter plan currently being working on for RTMC.
  • Biodegradable hazmat gloves are now in stock and have been issued.
  • DOT contracted to have the mold at the Saginaw scale mold removed, this process started the week of March 19.
  • DPS Town Square experienced two fire alarms recently; both calls were handled well by employees and first responders.
  • Workers comp. claims were better than previous years (moving in the right direction). In 2017, State Patrol had 124 first reports of injury, 77 worker comp claims, and only 22 OSHA recordable claims. Injuries overall are down for state agencies.
  • Workers comp contract negotiations are complete. Corvel was awarded the contract again and it will be in effect July 1, 2018. A new feature will be a “Telemedic” where you can FaceTime a medical staff member. Question was asked about the availability of a list of Corvel approved clinics; Jason Amborn will follow up.
  • Tornado drills will be conducted on April 12th.

The Safety Committee members wrapped up with a roundtable brainstorming session on the DPS Employee Safety Perception Survey results. The top five lowest scored questions were addressed:

1) Our safety meetings are productive.

2) Safety performance is considered in performance appraisals and promotions.

3) When injured on the job, employees return to work as quickly as possible.

4) There are reasonable rewards in the work I perform.

5) There are consequences for violating safety rules.

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