Nolan County earns safety award

Nolan County has earned a 2012 Safety Award from the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) for its record of involvement and commitment to safety in the workplace, as well as for controlling the county's workers' compensation claims.To qualify for this award, the county must self-insure its workers' compensation through the Texas Association of Counties Risk Pool Management, and successfully complete the safety award criteria.Nolan County was one of only 27 counties honored with an award during an Oct. 28 ceremony at the TAC Pool Symposium in San Marcos.Through its commitment to safe practices among county employees, Nolan County works to reduce employee injuries and obtain substantial savings for taxpayers by minimizing workers' compensation premiums.TAC risk control consultants evaluate county safety programs and work with counties to develop risk control and safety initiatives. When they begin the selection process for the annual Safety Awards, they consider the following criteria:• Specific safety program elements;• Activity and success of program in the 2012 calendar year;• Support for the program by upper management, a governing board or a commission that directs the operations of the entity;• Recent loss history;• Improvement in the safety program; and • Adoption of safety award criteria.