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Dirk Duchscherer

Dirk Duchscherer

Dirk Duchscherer confers with CEO’s, Risk Managers, Production Supervisors, and Facility Directors to identify problems and suggest cost effective solutions. He reviews compliance with such agencies as CALOSHA, NFPA, ANSI, ASTM, and DOT and provides clients with technical information on standards, codes, and regulations. He can provide expertise on technical issues such as chemical safety, fire protection, playground and life safety as well as fleet safety.

Dirk joined InterWest Insurance in 1993, following 12 years with insurance companies as Senior Loss Control Representative, Casualty Technical Specialist and Loss Control Branch Manager. Dirk has handled clients in industries including food/beverage distributors, agriculture, manufacturers, airlines and couriers, high tech, office properties, and public entities including school districts, water districts, parks, cities and counties. He has evaluated preventative maintenance programs for boiler/machinery and air conditioning systems, liquid propane tanks, air tanks and similar equipment.

In 2001, he earned the professional designation Association is Risk Management (ARM).

In addition he was certified for CA Boiler and Pressure Vessels Commission (1998), Certified Safety Professional (1989), National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors Commission (1984), Certified Playground Safety Inspector (1997-2003) and has held a California Fire and Casualty Insurance Agents License since 1999.

Dirk currently serves as ASSE’s Awards and Honors Chair for the Risk Management and Insurance Practice Specialty. He was a member of and presenter for Voluntary Work Group Committee Senate Bills 2733 and 1619 for Public Playground Safety.

Dirk received his undergraduate degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Central Washington University and his Master of Science in Industrial Safety from Central Missouri State University.

Recent Articles by Dirk Duchscherer

Managing Liability Risks at Farmers Markets

On July 16, 2003 in Santa Monica, California, a private passenger vehicle drove through a farmers market contacting vendor displays and pedestrians before stopping. The accident resulted in the deaths of 10 people, and 63 others obtained minor to severe injuries. The driver occupant was uninjured. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the […]

The Total Cost of Your Insurance Program, Part 5

This is the fifth article in a five-part series on understanding the total cost of your insurance program. Preceding articles in this series can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. Conclusion It has been purported that carrier and broker Risk Control services are redundant, but I think now that we’ve […]

The Total Cost of Your Insurance Program, Part 4

This is the fourth article in a five-part series on understanding the total cost of your insurance program. Preceding and subsequent articles in this series can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 5. As an illustration of the principles discussed so far, we offer these service level guidelines which have been […]

The Total Cost of Your Insurance Program, Part 3

This is the third article in a five-part series on understanding the total cost of your insurance program. Preceding and subsequent articles in this series can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 4, Part 5. The Broker Risk Control Perspective So your insurance carrier’s risk control consultant and insurance broker are providing you […]

The Total Cost Of Your Insurance Program, Part 2

This is the second article in a five-part series on understanding the total cost of your insurance program. Preceding and subsequent articles in this series can be found here: Part 1, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5. Now that we know that “how a customer is treated” and “how they feel about it” may well […]

The Total Cost Of Your Insurance Program, Part 1

This is the first article in a five-part series on understanding the total cost of your insurance program. Subsequent articles in this series can be found here: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.Introduction Risk Control can be defined as a multidisciplinary approach in which human, engineering, and risk management practices are employed to […]

Telecommuting: The Future Office or an Insurance Nightmare?

Some employers view telecommuting as the cure-all to reduce fixed costs associated with real estate and to lure prospective employees to their workplace. Questions have persisted in the minds of some about the pros and cons of telecommuting. From the risk management standpoint we need to ask: Do we really understand the potential risk ramifications […]

How Effective is Your Safety and Health Committee?

Is your company’s safety and health committee meetings becoming repetitive and/or ineffective? Need some new guidelines to help increase your company’s profit and productivity? Canadian Center for Occupational Health and Safety suggests the following parameters to self-evaluate and help “jump-start” your safety and health committee efforts: Make sure committee members names are posted so all […]

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