Michelle Landver, CIC

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Avoiding a Product Recall

Posted by Michelle Landver, CIC on June 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Avoiding a Product Recall

Recalling a product is a situation that no company ever wants to be involved in. Despite the extreme unpleasantness associated with them, we hear about product recalls involving everything from contaminated food to unsafe furniture on a daily basis.

In the industries of consumer products, food services, and beyond, building a product recall risk management strategy involves several critical components. According to Stericycle Expert Solutions, the first lines of defense to protect your company are prevention and preparedness[1]:

  • Invest in automated technology. Utilizing automated technology can reduce the chances of human error and can ensure perishable goods are kept at the right temperature at all times.
  • Collect employee feedback. Creating an environment which encourages employees to notify management of potential issues right away will give your company a better handle on quality control.
  • Conduct a “mock recall.” A mock recall can help expose gaps in recall execution or identify weaknesses in supply chain traceability of ingredients or components.
  • Use regulatory bodies as a resource. Opening a line of communication can help your business understand expectations and procedures better. You may also benefit from maintaining a relationship if an issue that might trigger a recall arises.

Even with the best prevention and preparedness strategies in place, the chances of a product recall still exist. Here are four reasons why your company should strongly consider purchasing a product recall insurance policy to protect your balance sheet:

  • Recalls occur more often than you think. The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are just two of the regulatory bodies tasked with recalling products deemed to pose a potential health or safety risk to the public.
    • More than 4,200 product recalls were issued by US federal agencies in 2015 and trends are rising.[2]
  • Governmental oversight is more present than ever. Between the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, and new EU regulations, laws are becoming stricter and compliance continues to be a challenge for businesses.
    • 47% of food recalled in the US in 2016 was because of microbiological contamination.
    • 50% of surveyed food manufacturers spent more than $9 million when a product was recalled.
    • Some of the top product groups commonly recalled are food, electronics, children’s products, clothing, furniture, and appliances.
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Topics: Property + Casualty, Manufacturing

America’s Opioid Epidemic and Workplace Injuries:  How Employers and Insurance Companies Can Work Together to Combat Addiction

Posted by Michelle Landver, CIC on October 16, 2017 at 10:00 AM
America’s Opioid Epidemic and Workplace Injuries:  How Employers and Insurance Companies Can Work Together to Combat Addiction

The opioid epidemic in America has become so severe that not a day goes by without hearing stories or reading about it in the news. For employers, opioid addiction has has a huge negative impact on the workplace and workforce.

Many workers who are injured on the job and are treated within the workers’ compensation system are prescribed opioids for pain management[1]. In an effort to reduce claims and costs, insurance carriers are introducing new solutions to combat opioid addiction.

In 2015, Travelers established the Early Severity Predictor model, which cut the use of opioids in over 500,000 injured employees by 30% and has helped employers reduce medical claims expenses by up to 50%[2]. The model works by identifying the likelihood that someone will develop chronic pain, a leading cause of opioid dependency. Travelers shares the results with the injured employee’s physician, helping them to identify effective treatment alternatives in order to avoid opioids.  The insurer’s claims handling professionals can also use this information to evaluate requests for prescription payments.

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Topics: Property + Casualty, Market Trends, Workers' Compensation

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