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The NFPA Podcast

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The NFPA Podcast is the place for safety professionals to stay up to speed on the fast-paced world of electrical, fire, and life safety. Hear in-depth conversations with people out in the field about how they are confronting new challenges and staying on top of emerging technologies to keep the world safe. Listen the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. Email jroman@nfpa.org to send feedback or recommend a topic for future episodes.
 
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NFP's Insights from the Experts

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NFP's Insights from the Experts

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NFP introduces the Insights from the Experts podcast series. Each episode will showcase timely perspective from members of the NFP community, delivering information, analysis and solutions that address our clients’ most significant challenges. You can find archived episodes of Innovation Conversations at https://soundcloud.com/user-939810789.
 
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NFP: Nerdfighting Podcast

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NFP: Nerdfighting Podcast

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A weekly podcast dedicated to the importance of wasting our time and yours through arguing over fiction battles and run-on sentences. Find us in places! Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nerdfightingpodcast Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=61909&refid=stpr iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/nfp-nerdfighting-podcast/id977020001?mt=2 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoBBcW02QootdO9ndOOyIQw nerdfightcast@gmail.com
 
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In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley look at the recent rise in so-called “point solution programs.” These add-on programs enhance or expand on a group health plan offering and have benefits such as mental health, musculoskeletal, life coaching and fertility. Chase explains some of the compliance challenges that arise from offering th…
 
For more than a decade, the small, wooded town of Grizzly Flats, California has participated in Firewise USA, an NFPA program where residents voluntarily work together on community projects to lessen their risks from wildfire. In August 2021, however, the Caldor Fire tore through Grizzly Flats, putting its mitigation efforts through a major test. T…
 
To celebrate CMHA Canadian Mental Health Week, May 2 - 8, 2022, we speak with author, mental health advocate and peer support worker Darcy Patrick about his mental health story, his body of work, and his fifth and newest book, Managing Wellness: Creating and Maintaining a Mind, Body & Soul Connection. To learn more about Darcy or to purchase the bo…
 
In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon update us on employer compliance obligations under the Transparency in Coverage (TIC) rules. Suzanne begins with an overview of the TIC rules and how they are meant to address consumerism and rising health care costs. Suzanne and Chase then hone in on the actual requirements, including posting of p…
 
The State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) has taken on an unrelenting burden since Russian forces invaded more than two months ago. Among other tasks, the SES’s 60,000 responders put out fires, search for survivors buried under rubble, clear landmines, and recover the dead—all while being shot at and shelled by the Russian military. On today’s e…
 
Research suggests that two-thirds of US adults aged 65 and older use at least three prescription medications. Meanwhile, older adults are twice as likely as the general population to experience a fatal fire, and deaths and injuries from accidental falls have skyrocketed in this age group over the last decade. It begs the question: Do certain prescr…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Sarah Burns revisit recent mental health claims litigation under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Sarah begins with a discussion of the class action lawsuit Wit, et al. v. United Behavioral Health, overturned by the 9th Circuit on Ma…
 
Join NFP’s own Head of Innovation, Mark Rieder, as he discusses what innovation looks like at NFP and how to start your own innovation journey with Naviant’s Ema Roloff on their “Digital Transformation Talks” podcast series. Discussion points include: • How to engage a team in innovation• How to support continual education within an organization • …
 
This month we speak with Jolie Phuong Hoang (joliehoang.com), author of Anchorless and the excellent new memoir Three Funerals for My Father, a story of her escape from communist Vietnam in 1983 with elements of the supernatural. The book is available to buy from major booksellers or to borrow from the Niagara Falls Public Library. To learn more ab…
 
Since 1982, the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA, has been instrumental in answering countless important questions about how best to protect the world from fire and electrical dangers. Its research has improved safety in countless industries and led to numerous changes to codes, consumer products, fire test standa…
 
In this episode, Patrick Myers and Suzanne Spradley review recent litigation and administrative action brought under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA). Suzanne begins the discussion by providing background on the requirements imposed on plans by MHPAEA, with a particular focus on non-quantitative treatment limitations (NQTL…
 
Dr. Denise Smith, who has spent decades researching the physiological impact of firefighting, joins The NFPA Podcast to discuss how firefighters who have been infected with COVID-19 could struggle for weeks or even months following acute illness as they return to work. Smith and other researchers are currently working on a project supported by the …
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley outline a few explanations on recently-asked benefits compliance questions. First, Chase describes the challenges relating to the requirement to provide a Medicare Part D creditable disclosure to CMS and individuals. Chase and Suzanne then dig into HSA eligibility where an employee has a spouse or …
 
This month we're continuing the conversation on mental health with a look at the Canadian Mental Health Association's free BounceBack program. Coach Rachel Summers explains how the program works, and how you can access it for free. For more info and downloadable materials, see their website: https://bouncebackontario.ca or call the CMHA at 1-866-34…
 
Static electricity doesn’t usually get a lot of attention, but maybe that should change. One tiny spark, many times smaller than what a human can perceive or feel, can cause huge industrial accidents with deadly consequences. And the findings of a new study by the Fire Protection Research Foundation suggest that incidents involving static are much …
 
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell, who was appointed as the US fire administrator in October, joins The NFPA Podcast to discuss her priorities for the US Fire Administration in 2022 and beyond—from the need to focus on first responder health and safety to the need to better train our nation’s firefighters on a wide range of emerging hazards. LINKS: Watch Moor…
 
In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon discuss the ACA provider nondiscrimination rules — the idea that individuals have the right to access health services from the full range of providers licensed and certified in their state. Suzanne leads off with a background on why Congress felt it necessary to include the provider nondiscriminati…
 
In early January, two of the deadliest residential fires of the past 40 years in the US happened just days apart in Philadelphia and the Bronx. A total of 29 people died, including more than a dozen children. On today’s podcast, we look at the factors that led to such a tragic loss of life (0:52) and ask what we might learn from these incidents. NF…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley break down the recent Supreme Court decision relating to the vaccine mandates for large employers and healthcare workers. Chase starts by outlining the large employer vaccine mandate, including the OSHA emergency temporary standard, or ETS rule, that was challenged in the courts. Next, Chase and Su…
 
In our very first episode we talk to Susan Chudzik-Sipos, Registered Clinical Psychologist and owner of CBT Niagara, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. We ask Susan what Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is and how it can help those struggling with a variety of m…
 
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In today's episode of The NFPA Podcast, we revisit an interview NFPA Journal Executive Editor Scott Sutherland conducted with Jeremy Inglis in October. Inglis, a Canadian fire chief, discusses how firefighters, building inspectors, and others can learn to better identify and help p…
 
Two important figures in the US Fire Service, Russ Sanders and Gregory Cade, have announced they will be retiring at the end of 2021 after a combined 105 years of service to the fire profession. In today’s Part 2, we talk to Greg Cade, who rose from a volunteer firefighter to big city fire chief, and eventually to US Fire Administrator, the top-ran…
 
Join Mark Reider, NFP's own Head of Innovation, as he discusses the future of the ever-changing insurance marketplace with Denise Garth, Chief Strategy Officer at Majesco on their "The Future of Insurance: Industry Leaders" podcast.Discussion points include:• How employers can utilize innovative thinking to boost employee retention• What emerging t…
 
Two important figures in the US Fire Service, Russ Sanders and Gregory Cade, have announced they will be retiring at the end of 2021 after a combined 105 years of service to the fire profession. In today’s Part 1, we talk to Russ Sanders, who has helped guide the influential Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association for the last 26 years. Before that, S…
 
A significant effort is underway to combine and consolidate dozens of NFPA emergency response standards; the aim is to streamline the number of documents that departments need to consult on a given topic. In this episode, we talk to the leaders of the consolidation project (1:08) to learn how and why it’s happening, and how it will improve the live…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley break down the recent OSHA guidance (emergency temporary standard, or ETS) relating to the employer COVID-19 vaccine and testing mandate. Chase outlines the general requirement for employers with 100 or more employees to ensure employees are vaccinated or tested regularly. Suzanne and Chase discuss…
 
When the Richard Spring Fire tore through southwestern Montana in August, Clint McRae, a 4th generation Montana cattle rancher, feared he’d lose not only his home, but possibly hundreds of animals and the vital grasslands they depend on for survival. On the podcast, McRae talks about that fire, his role as first responder on his property, and the d…
 
In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Patrick Myers discuss the growing trend of HIPAA breaches, particularly those that involve ransomware attacks and employee errors. Suzanne points out how the pandemic and the increased use of telehealth encouraged a growing reliance on electronic transmission and data. Suzanne and Patrick discuss HIPAA privacy …
 
An estimated 1 billion people worldwide currently live in informal settlements, including slums and shantytowns. Experts believe that number could double or even triple over the next 30 years. In today’s episode, Professor Richard Walls of South Africa’s Stellenbosch University discusses his research on the fire problem in informal settlements and …
 
In this episode, Kim Bell, EVP, Head of Health and Benefits and Dale Sagen, VP and Leader of Group Captive Solutions focus on NFP’s newest launch, our Medical Stop Loss Captive, sharing an overview of our captive practice, and the benefits of leveraging this type of program.โดย NFP's Insights from the Experts
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Patrick Myers provide an update on vaccine mandates and surcharges, including some helpful governmental guidance on HIPAA wellness program rule application to vaccine surcharges. Chase then digs in on some end-of-year and open enrollment considerations for pandemic-related compliance obligations. Chase and Patrick …
 
The theme to this year’s Fire Prevention Week is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety,” but what if you can’t hear, or have a mobility issue that makes it difficult evacuate? For the estimated 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide, being notified of a fire and getting out of a building in an emergency often requires much more preplanning. Mark L…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley discuss the history of, and legal challenges to, OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standards (ETS), the format for the Biden administration’s recently announced vaccine mandate and COVID-19 testing alternative for employers. Suzanne begins with an overview of the likely legal challenges to the use of the …
 
In 2019, a massive explosion rocked an energy storage facility in Surprise, Arizona, sending four firefighters to the hospital. With ever more powerful energy storage systems, or ESS, being installed across the world, researchers, firefighters, and manufacturers immediately understood that Surprise could be a seminal moment for the safety of this e…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley outline the Biden administration’s recently announced vaccine mandate and COVID-19 testing alternative for employers. Chase begins with an overview of the mandate, the testing alternative and which employers are impacted by the requirements. The two spend the rest of the podcast issue spotting for …
 
It’s hard to believe that the September 11 terrorist attacks happened 20 years ago this month. Of the nearly 3,000 people killed at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania, more that 400 were emergency responders, including 343 firefighters. On today’s podcast, we consider how that day forever changed the US fire service. Fi…
 
As the flying taxi industry readies for takeoff, critical fire, electrical, and life safety questions remain about the ground infrastructure needed to make commercial use of electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft a reality. On today’s episode, we discuss how NFPA is working to answer those questions with Rex Alexander, a veteran hel…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley discuss the compliance angle of employer-initiated vaccine mandates and incentives. Chase begins by outlining the ADA and EEOC rules relating to vaccine mandates, while Suzanne jumps in for a discussion on reasonable accommodations for those that have legitimate medical or religious objections to t…
 
When home fire sprinklers are present, residents are 80 percent more likely to survive a fire, and yet they are installed in only a fraction of new homes. For the past 25 years, a group called the Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition has worked to increase sprinkler use in North America, despite fierce opposition from various home builders. On today’s pod…
 
For much of the past year, NFPA researchers have been working on a gigantic project to collect and analyze the last four decades of residential fire statistics in the United States. While they found that fires and fire deaths have been cut in half since 1980, there are some aspects of the fire problem are actually worse now than 40 years ago. On th…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley review and discuss three upcoming mid-summer compliance obligations with a July 31 due date: Form 5500 (an oldie), PCOR Fee (a revival) and ARPA COBRA subsidy tax credits (a newbie). Chase outlines the requirements, forms and challenges relating to those obligations as Suzanne relays some frequentl…
 
Safety departments are awash with valuable community data, but figuring out how to use this mountain of information can be daunting. We talk to former Philadelphia Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer, one of the leading experts on Community Risk Reduction, about how fire departments can better use their data to create impactful programs to reduce risk…
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Patrick Myers discuss the interim final rules relating to the federal No Surprise Billing Act. Patrick begins with an explanation for the need for these rules. Patrick and Chase then look at how the rules address the problem of balance billings. Patrick closes with a discussion of the interaction between the rules …
 
In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Patrick Myers discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in the latest challenge to the ACA. Suzanne begins with a history of legal challenges to the ACA, and then discusses the Supreme Court’s recent opinion. Patrick and Suzanne then look at how the Supreme Court’s decision impacts employers and what we can expect fro…
 
Last week was the four-year anniversary of London's deadly Grenfell Tower fire. In today's episode we interview Kate Lamble, host and producer of a BBC podcast that for the past three years has followed the United Kingdom's government investigation into the fire, which killed 72 people. Plus, a conversation with NFPA researcher Birgitte Messerschmi…
 
In this episode, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon discuss rising prescription drug costs as a challenge for employers and consumers. Suzanne begins with an overview of the issue at a federal and state level, and then digs into state proposals addressing drug price transparency and affordability review boards. Chase and Suzanne then look at drug im…
 
In the United States, there's a fire in a building under construction or renovation every hour and a half, according to NFPA data. Today on the podcast, Angelo speaks with Kevin Carr (4:15), NFPA staff liaison to NFPA 241, Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations, to learn more about construction site fires and …
 
In this episode, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley discuss the recently published IRS FAQ guidance on ARPA COBRA premium subsidies. Chase gives an overview of six steps employers need to take to ensure compliance. Chase and Suzanne discuss IRS FAQs addressing what constitutes a reduction in hours or involuntary termination, including employment con…
 
There are nearly 2,000 fires in recreational vehicles per year, according to a recent report from the Fire Protection Research Foundation; meanwhile, RV use in North America hit an all-time high in 2020 due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, we talk to Doug Mulvaney, a director at Kampgrounds of America, and the chair of NFPA 1192, …
 
May is National Electrical Safety Month. Today on the podcast, Derek talks to Electrical Safety Foundation International President Brett Brenner (3:01) about what the data says on who most often experiences electrical injuries and how, as well as electrical safety considerations in the age of electric vehicles and smart home technology. Plus, a con…
 
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