A newsletter from the SERMA Risk Management Committee
Summer 2015
Message from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to the first issue of our newsletter in its new format!

Our newsletter has undergone some changes from our last issue. What was historically a print newsletter has become a true email newsletter in response to your input. Following our Spring 2015 issue, we conducted a reader survey using the popular online tool Survey Monkey. Results indicated that 94% read the SERMA newsletter and 88% prefer an e-newsletter vs. the print version. So, we have moved to this new platform with our Summer 2015 issue.


Again, welcome to the new SERMA newsletter! We hope you enjoy it!


Brian Furr, Director, IWIF State of Maryland Operations 

Kristin Klein, Director, Chesapeake Employers' Safety Services Dept.

Co-Chairs, SERMA Risk Management Committee

Welcome back Lisa Kruska!

Lisa Kruska, Assistant Vice President, is renewing her focus on Chesapeake Employers'/IWIF's governmental book of business, including our State of Maryland program.

Lisa served as Chair of the SERMA Risk Management Committee until February 2012, and has always been a strong proponent of the SERMA program. "I am thrilled to once again be working with the state agencies in the continued evolution of our partnership and program," said Lisa.

Congratulations, and welcome back, Lisa! 
New e-Services login process
With more focus on individual authentication and online user recognition, we are changing from an agency group login to individual logins. Read more here.
Conference Recap

The SERMA Committee and the IWIF State Claims Units hosted the 26th annual SERMA Conference on Thursday, May 21, 2015. The event drew 185 people from 21 state agencies.

Awards Presentation

A highlight of the SERMA Conference every year is the awards presentation. This year, 25 agencies received Injury Reduction Awards and 12 individuals and teams received SERMA and Governor's Awards. Congratulations to all the award winners!

SERMA, agencies team up to create roadway worker safety messages

SERMA has launched a novel safety campaign with the help of IWIF and several state agencies. The campaign features important messages about roadway workers and is visible on state-owned gas pumps across the state.  
Retirement announcement

Congratulations to these three long-term members of the SERMA Risk Management Committee on their recent retirements:
  • Frank Collins, Department of Human Resources (DHR)
  • Ron Null, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH)
  • Margaret Embardino, Department of Budget and Management (DBM) 

We will miss you and thank you for your contributions to the State's SERMA, workers' compensation and risk management programs!