Workers’ Compensation and Staff Safety

Workers’ Compensation and Staff Safety2023-11-05T09:01:57-08:00

NCW Workers’ Compensation Pool

The NCESD administers the North Central Washington (NCW) Workers’ Compensation Pool, which promotes a safe and healthy work environment, safety programs and encourages return to work in the event of an injury. Claims for the pool are managed through TriStar Risk Management, TPA. The pool is responsible for monitoring medical cost, lost wages, and pension benefits. The NCW Workers’ Comp Pool goal is to promote a safe and healthy work environment.

Program Contacts

Paul Harrison, Managing Director for the NCW Workers’ Compensation Pool, is the liaison between the school districts, the third-party administrator, and employees when a claim occurs. He oversees the daily operation of the pool which includes safety trainings for districts, DOSH required programs, Vector Solutions Trainings, and administering the Hearing Conservation Program. Jenny Payne, Loss Control Specialist, performs school district safety reviews and assessments, manages our Safety Matters newsletter, and is our main contact for safety related questions.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Paul by calling 509-667-7108 or emailing  safety@ncesd.org.

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NCW Workers’ Compensation Pool Member School Districts

Chelan County
Cascade, Cashmere, Entiat, Lake Chelan, Manson, Stehekin, Wenatchee

Douglas County
Bridgeport, Eastmont, Mansfield, Orondo, Palisades, Waterville

Grant County
Coulee-Hartline, Ephrata, Grand Coulee Dam, Moses Lake, Quincy, Soap Lake, Warden, Wilson Creek

Okanogan County
Brewster, Methow, Nespelem, Okanogan, Omak, Oroville, Pateros, Tonasket

Workers’ Compensation Pool Safety Services

The NCW Workers’ Compensation Pool has been providing Safety Services to member districts since 1984. The Pool is comprised of 29 school districts located in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties. The Pool provides industrial accident insurance coverage for its members. Claims are administered by TRISTAR, a third party administrator, and oversight and support are provided by North Central Educational Service District.

We are here to help you

To help promote safety and prevent accidents, our dedicated and experienced staff provides a variety of services to the districts we serve. *Fees may apply for this service

Safety Committee

  • How to Set Up a Safety Committee

  • Ideas to Re-energize Your Committee

Loss Control Consultation Services

  • Workplace Safety
  • Accident Investigation

Workers Compensation Program

  • How to File a Claim
  • Return to Work/Light Duty
  • District Claims Review & Analysis

On-site Safety Assessments

  • Ergonomics
  • Noise Monitoring
  • Safety Walk Through
  • Chemistry Storeroom*

Safety Training

  • New Employee Safety Training
  • Back to School Refresher Training
  • Accident Investigation Training
  • Employee Specific Safety Training

    • Certificated/Classified
    • Custodial/Maintenance/Grounds
    • Food Service
    • Transportation
    • Supervisor Safety Training
  • Ergonomics
  • DOSH Required Safety Trainings

    • Hazard Communication
    • HearingConservation Safety
    • Ladder Safety
    • Outdoor Heat Stress
  • Guidance Using VectorSolutions

    • Required Trainings
    • Individual/Group Training
    • Training Record Database
    • Clock Hours

Safety Incentive Program

An innovative approach to injury prevention promoting strong safety cultures and sustainable programs to meet industry leading practices.

Vector Solutions Online Training

Vector Solutions is an online safety training and tracking system designed specifically for school employees. With courses that address Environmental, Behavioral, Health, School Safety, Human Resources, and Transportation issues, Vector Solutions delivers all of the essential training you need for each employee in your district. The cost of this program is picked up by our North Central Washington Workers’ Compensation Trust for districts in our Educational Service District! Clock Hours can be provided by bundling courses.

If you are interested in having different options for required annual training and refresher trainings, please contact Flor Lopez at 509-667-7110.

The Vector Solutions Difference

1. 100% School-Focused

Would you want your teachers taking a Slips and Falls course that was designed for employees in a factory? All Vector Solutions courses are set in a school environment.

2. Expert Authors

Vector Solutions courses are authored by leading school safety specialists. You can be sure the content is tested and accurate.

3. No Site-Setup or Implementation Fees

Are you paying a set-up fee now for software you are using for trainings? Vector Solutions never charges for setting up your custom Vector Solutions site or administrator training.

4. Custom “Policy Courses”

Deliver your district-specific policies in the Vector Solutions environment at no extra charge!

5. Track your Offline Training, Too!

Vector Solutions enables you to track your offline training right alongside your online training.

Safety Matters Newsletter

Safety Matters are informational newsletters used to remind employees of different safety items through out the year. These newsletters are great tools for supervisors to use during staff meetings to make sure everyone is working safely.

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Our Workers’ Compensation and Staff Safety Staff

Flor Lopez

HR Program Support Assistant
Email Flor Lopez

Jenny Payne

Loss Control Specialist
Email Jenny Payne

Paul Harrison

Managing Director, Workers’ Comp
Email Paul Harrison

Latest Program News

NCESD Rolls Out Bicycle Education To First Schools In Region

January 24th, 2024|

As part of the historic Move Ahead Washington transportation bill, passed in March 2022, a school-based bicycle safety education program is rolling out to grades 3-8 Physical Education classes across Washington. NCESD has been selected by the grant provider, Cascade Bicycle Club, as a first-year partner and has already delivered bikes to four schools in North Central Washington.

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