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Revamped Courses to Start the New Year!

LocalGovU will be releasing updated courses this month, improving the quality of the current training in our library. These high-liability topics are important to employees and organizations that focus mitigating risk and career development. Effective January 15, these revamped courses will be available for assignment.

With nearly 3,300 online courses on various topics in law enforcement, human resources, general safety and more, local government employees have access to LocalGovU’s online training 24/7, available in multiple formats, to ensure compliance and a safe workplace.

Revamped Courses

  • Absorbents and Spills
  • An Introduction to Requests for Proposal
  • Basic Math Concepts
  • Basic Telephone Skills
  • Career Professionalism
  • Computer Security Basic
  • Confined Spaces 101
  • Confined Spaces 102
  • Dealing with the Media
  • Dump Truck Safety
  • Effective Communication Techniques for Teachers
  • Excavation Safety and Operation
  • Fall Protection
  • FMLA Training for Supervisors
  • Goal Setting Skills
  • Guide to Temporary Traffic Control in Work Zones
  • Ice Control for Managers and Decision Makers
  • Inspection and Citation Guidance for Roadway and Highway Construction Work Zones
  • Investigating Incidents for Local Government
  • Ladder Safety
  • Managing Risk in an Aging Workforce/li>
  • Managing Your Healthcare
  • Motivating Students to Learn
  • Performance Management
  • Preventing Bullying in Schools
  • Public Employee Safety in the Community
  • Public Pools and Public Health
  • Sewer System Overview
  • Snow and Ice Management
  • Storage Tank Management
  • Students with Special Educational Needs
  • Supervisor Skills
  • Training for Small Communities
  • Understanding Behavior, Burnout and Depression
  • Understanding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Understanding Nutritional Information and Labels
  • Volunteers Working with Children and Adolescents
  • Work Zone Traffic Control 101 / 102

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact an LGU Customer Success representative.

New Year, New Course Topics

LocalGovU has added many new system features and functionality this year, continuing to improve our training management solution for public entities. Most recently, we turned our focus to our course library and making it easy for administrators to find exactly what they’re looking to assign to personnel. As a result, we’ve re-organized our set of available course topics. Our content development and accreditation teams works hard to ensure we continue to offer the most relevant training topics for the safety and preparation of local government personnel, as well as provide the best user experience in our learning management solution.

On January 11, 2019, the new categories will go into effect and will be available to administrators in the ‘Topics’ drop-down menu within LocalGovU. Some of the topics will look familiar and will not have changed. There will also be a new set of topics not previously offered. All courses, including any custom courses you may have created within the system specific to your agency, have been moved accordingly to the most appropriate topic.

A full mapping of the topic changes are included below for easy reference. You can always contact your Customer Success Manager with any questions you may have as well.

View the topic changes below:

New Topic Old Topic
Customer Service No Change
Dispatch Communications for Local Goverment New Topic
Driving Safety Transit Operations
Economic Development New Topic
Education and Schools Schools and Educational
EEOC and Employment Law New Topic
Equipment Safety No Change
Financial Management No Change
Health and Wellness for Local Government New Topic
Information Technology No Change
Mass Casualty Incidents for Local Government New Topic
Parks and Recreation New Topic
Products and Technologies for Local Government New Topic
Public Health and Wellness New Topic
Roadway and Highway No Change
Sponsored Courses for Local Government New Topic
Water and Wastewater No Change

Meet Sexual Harassment Compliance Standards for New York

The recent national dialogue surrounding sexual harassment in the workplace has brought a new light on a longtime issue, with prevention now being at the forefront. New York has outlined a State Model Policy for organizations to follow to combat workplace incidents. But, many entities are now left looking for affordable resources that allow them to adopt the policy.

LocalGovU offers online courses and a full-service learning management system (LMS) for New York public entities to provide their employees training that meets the new state standards and enables them to achieve compliance.

Risk managers and city managers alike can easily assign this sexual harassment course to employees as a requirement to fulfilling the mandatory training. This interactive course includes video examples of types of sexual harassment, knowledge checks to gauge comprehension of key concepts within the lesson and a final exam.

But, training is just part of the requirement. Organizations are also required to distribute their policy document to all employees in writing or electronically. To meet that part of the standard, administrators can use the custom courses feature within the LocalGovU LMS to upload a policy (in Adobe PDF or Word format), require a read receipt verification and can even add a test to ensure key concepts are understood.

To learn more about this course offering and how you can assign this training to your employees, click here.

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact an LGU Customer Success representative.

Revamped Courses to Release October 2018

LocalGovU will be releasing updated courses this month, adding to our training library of current, quality topics and courses to combat high-liability situations. Effective October 26, these revamped courses will be added to our learning management system and available for entities and organizations to assign to their employees for training.

With nearly 3,000 online courses on various topics in law enforcement, human resources, general safety and more, local government employees have access to LocalGovU’s online training 24/7, available in multiple formats, to ensure compliance and a safe workplace.

Revamped Courses

  • Chainsaw Safety
    Like all power tools, a chainsaw saves both time and labor if used properly. However, chainsaws present serious danger when in the hands of an inexperienced operator. According to insurance companies, medical costs for chainsaw injuries amount to at least $450 million per year. Operators who take precautions when using a chainsaw help create a safe and secure environment for themselves and their co-workers. Taking the precautions this course will cover can prevent the long-term negative effects that can result from accidents.
  • Equipment Safety
    More than 6,000 people fall off a ladder and die each year, and over 400,000 people deal with power tool injuries each year. With these numbers in mind, equipment safety can no longer be a topic that is overlooked. This course will help employees maintain a safe and efficient workplace by first exploring the different types of ladders and equipment used for materials transport, recognizing the risks of improper use as well as safe usage techniques, and then identifying the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear.
  • Dealing with Cold Stress
    When working outdoors in the cold or working in artificially cold environments, such as refrigerated areas, serious cold-related injuries and illnesses may occur. Cold-related hazards have the ability to cause permanent tissue damage or even death. This course will help individuals recognize the health risks associated with cold stress, identify methods for minimizing its effects, and recognize the symptoms of hypothermia and frostbite.
  • Driving While Distracted
    According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, every day 9 people die and over 1,000 are involved in a car accident as a result of distracted driving. No matter how long you have had your license, how good of a driver you are, or how safe the roads are, we are all susceptible to driving while distracted. This course will cover the different types of distracted driving, how to avoid each type, as well as evaluate examples of distracted driving in order to focus on how to improve your safety on the road.
  • Employee Retention
    The cost of employee turnover is outrageously high—estimates show that it can cost an employer anywhere between $45,000-$150,000 to replace an employee. Retaining talented employees requires a concerted effort on the part of companies and managers. In this course, learners are provided an overview of traditional and modern retention methods, practical tips for open communication with employees, and top reasons why managers and companies fail to retain employees.
  • Global SDS and the Hazardous Communication Standards
    Whether you are involved in the production, transport, handling, use or disposal of hazardous materials, you need to be aware of the various health, physical, and environmental hazards associated with these chemicals. The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) and the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) format is the next generation of the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). Knowing what GHS is and how it is applied will ensure you have a strong base of knowledge for your role. We will provide a thorough understanding of what information can be found on the SDS as well as the ability to recognize the pictograms used to label hazardous materials.
  • Pandemic Planning – The Planning Organization
    For most of us, the unknown is at or near the top of the list of those things which frighten us. It is this fear of the unknown that causes people’s breath to quicken when they hear the word “pandemic,” especially when used in reference to a new disease or viral strain with no known vaccine or cure.

    A pandemic causes more people to look to the government for help. The wider the pandemic spreads, the more stress and strain that will be put on the government’s resources, particularly in terms of manpower. What citizens of your community must also realize is that government, regardless of the level, cannot deal with a pandemic alone. Local government needs to plan, and part of the planning efforts will involve interaction, not just with the more obvious participants such as healthcare professionals, but also business, industry, community organizations, church groups and the public in general.

  • Personal Protective Equipment
    Companies spend approximately $170 billion a year accommodating for workplaces injuries and illnesses. Around $1 billion goes towards injured employees and their medical providers each week. The next time you consider the amount each piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) costs, consider the cost it prevents. This one-hour course will better inform you about PPE and how wearing the proper equipment will create a safe and comfortable working environment for both you and your co-workers.
  • Dealing with Angry Employees
    Anger is not something most of us think about when we go to work every day. Unfortunately, we need to be prepared to deal with anger and the potential for violence in the workplace. Ignoring the problem will only cause the situation to get progressively worse. When this happens, it can have a negative and possibly destructive impact on your organization. A thorough understanding of workplace anger will help promote awareness and ultimately prevention.
  • Transition from Peer to Supervisor
    Congratulations! You have just been promoted to a leadership role in your company. This marks a significant milestone in your career, and with it comes greater responsibility. Not only is your title different but so is how you are viewed by your fellow employees now that you are their supervisor. Recognizing how to handle the transition from peer to supervisor will make your recent advancement go much more smoothly. There are a number of communication and leadership strategies as well as recommendations on how to create a successful management style your peers can get behind.
  • Workplace Bullying
    When we think of bullying, we tend to immediately associate it with the school yard, certainly not something we would face as an adult. Unfortunately, bullying in the workplace occurs more often than you think. In fact, there are various forms of bullying, from overt forms of bullying to those which are quite passive. Workplace bullying may have significant consequences for those involved, for yourself as an employee as well as your employer. A thorough understanding of workplace bullying will help promote awareness and ultimately prevention.
  • Understanding the MUTCD
    Even the most experienced drivers, whether on or off duty, are subject to following rules of the road. Within these rules are following all traffic, workzone, and safety signs and signals. In this course, we will walk the learner through the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) and specific requirements to be aware of. Additionally, we will also review the importance of proper traffic control device maintenance and inspection.
  • Work Zone Safety for Local Governments
    Work zone safety is a matter of public concern. Whether it’s the safety of the road worker or the driver, it’s everyone’s responsibility to ensure they drive safely through work zones and that work zones comply with state and federal standards. This course will provide learners with an understanding of the basic components of a work zone, as well as guidelines for work zone signage. Additionally, they will learn how work zone design elements can improve safety by reducing the number of decisions motorists are asked to make as they move through the area.

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact an LGU Customer Success representative.

Add These Current Events Courses to Your LocalGovU Plan

It is always important for public entities to provide relevant training to keep their employees up to speed on current events happening in the community and/or nationwide. From incidents involving drug epidemics to security hacks, employees working in the local government sector should be educated on how to prepare and respond to any of these situations.

LocalGovU provides a robust library of 3,000+ relevant training courses to help public entities improve on their preparation and operational efficiencies. With topics available to educate various public safety roles, our learning management solution offers organizations the best training and management tools to develop employee skill sets, build employee awareness, drive engagement and reduce liability.

These online courses are a few of the many available to public entities:

  • Active Shooter: Phases and Prevention
  • This course will discuss the mindset of an active shooter incident from a basic prevention and recognition standpoint. We will begin by giving a high-level overview of the five phases of an active shooter incident from planning through execution; we will also lay out the proper recognition of an active shooter incident, discuss prevention strategies in the context of a school shooter, and examine basic response planning practices and considerations.

  • Bloodborne Pathogens for First Responders
  • This online course discusses what you need to know about bloodborne pathogens in order to keep yourself and those around you safe.

  • Bullying in Schools
  • According to PACER, a national parenting center in Minnesota, 160,000 children in the United States miss school on any given day as a result of being bullied. This sobering statistic highlights the fact that bullying is an issue that every school is confronted with on an ongoing basis. With the cooperation of students, parents, teachers, administrators and staff, however, it is an issue that can be managed so that schools can be a safe place where all students have the opportunity to learn and create pleasant memories. In this course, the learner will gain understanding regarding the connection between bullying and student violence, identifying the different types of bullying, and finally, recognizing the impact bullying has on the victim.

  • Cyber-security Threats to Public Entities
  • In this one-hour course, we will explore the world of cyber-security; including its definition, methods of attack, and how to combat threats.

  • Ethical Behavior for Local Government
  • In this course, we will define ethical behavior, provide examples of work situations where a thorough understanding of workplace ethics may be applied, and ways in which you can determine if your decisions and behavior are meeting the appropriate standards.

  • Opioid Crisis: Protecting our First Responders
  • The increased availability of synthetic opioids coupled with the heroin epidemic has not only led to a significant increase in overdoses and deaths, but also an increased risk to first responders who must come into contact with these substances during the course of their duties. Exposure to small amounts, the size of a grain of sand, can lead to respiratory depression and even death. Proper identification and knowledge of the various opioids, signs and symptoms of exposure, and immediate life-saving measures to be employed in the event of exposure are critical to saving the life of yourself or others. Additionally, the likelihood of first responder exposure requires the implementation of universal precautions including but not limited to personal protective equipment (PPE), Narcan training, and specific procedures for testing of suspected substances.

  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Sexual harassment in the workplace can happen to anyone, male or female, regardless of sexual orientation. While sexual harassment may have been overlooked, ignored, or excused in the past, that is no longer the case. In fact, sexual harassment is on everyones mind these days. A majority, if not all companies, have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to sexual harassment. Improper behavior in the workplace may have significant consequences both for yourself and your employer. If you are a victim of sexual harassment, this may create a hostile work environment which takes a toll on your career, your personal life, and your health. Recognizing what sexual harassment is, both the subtle cues as well as the overt advances, will help you to identify potential warning signs and take the necessary steps to report sexual harassment. There are a number of preventive measures that can be employed as well as recommendations of what to do if you have been or are the victim of sexual harassment.

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact an LGU Customer Success representative.

New & Updated Training Courses

LocalGovU recently released new courses, expanding our training library of quality, high-liability topics that address today’s workplace incidents. With a subscription to LocalGovU, we offer exclusive access to some of the best training online.

With nearly 3,000 courses on topics from law enforcement, human resources, general safety and more, local government employees have access to online training 24/7, in multiple formats, to meet safety and compliance requirements. Along with new and updated courses released regularly, our training solution offers features that simplify your organization’s training, like course tracking, policy management, custom course creation, and more.

New/Updated Courses

  • ADA Compliance in Business
    The American Disabilities Act provides people with disabilities with equal employment opportunity. In business, compliance can be complex and be challenging at times. This course is designed to provide leaders, managers and governmental staff with the knowledge and skills of ADA compliance. It is imperative to meet the proper protocols within an organization to effectively provide opportunities for all employees, but special attention should be paid to those with disabilities.
  • Advanced Defensive Driving Techniques
    Defined simply, defensive driving is driving proactively to ensure the safety of yourself and others. The basic elements of defensive driving require that you make good decisions. However, some circumstances require drivers to have additional knowledge and training to inform their decisions. Advanced defensive driving means being prepared to drive safely in unexpected circumstances and challenging environments. Advanced defensive driving requires being fully informed about potential hazards and knowing the proper techniques for handling them. This course will cover the techniques for safely driving in severe weather as well as how to share the road with pedestrians and various vehicle types. Additionally, you will learn how to adjust your driving style to account for different road conditions.
  • Defensive Driving Basics
    This course will dive into the basics of defensive driving, including its definition, purpose, and importance, as well as the factors that play an important role from the driver’s perspective. We will also discuss the equipment and judgment necessary for driving safely, as well as review the types of impairment that should be avoided to increase driver safety.
  • Food Service Safety in Schools
    The CDC estimates that each year 48 million people get sick from a foodborne illness, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die. As educators, you are responsible for the well-being of your students, and this includes monitoring the safety of the foods they eat at school. This course will examine different ways your school can promote a culture of food safety as well as build relationships with everyone who has a stake in a child’s health in the school community.
  • Interviewing Skills for Managers
    This course is designed to provide managers with the knowledge and skills to recruit and onboard the right talent. Behavioral interviewing is a proven hiring technique that will allow you to hire candidates who have the necessary skills to perform at the highest level on a job. This technique has a higher percentage than traditional interviewing processes for predicting the future of job candidates.

We now have training available in Spanish!

The wait if finally over! We’ve added our first 2 courses for Spanish speaking employees. We’ve listed the titles below:

  • Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • Sexual Harassment for Managers

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact an LGU Customer Success representative.

Updated Courses Set to Release July 2018

To stay in well-trained and in compliance, our LocalGovU team has re-evaluate the training courses in our library and will be updating the local government and public entity topics for our clients. With the feedback provided, a handful of our older courses will be revamped, all while continuing to add fresh, original content for your organization to provide valuable training to develop tomorrow’s leaders in public safety.

On July 12, 2018, we will be retiring our older versions of the courses listed below. To ensure that you and/or your personnel have completed course requirements before they are removed, please review the list below to see what has changed.

Updated Courses

  • Anti-Harassment in the Workplace
  • Back Injuries
  • Back Injury Prevention
  • Dealing with Heat Stress
  • Discipline and Termination
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Eating Right for Health and Fitness
  • Electrical and Fire Safety
  • Emergency Preparation and Egress
  • Enhancing Work Relationships
  • Forklift Safety
  • Form I-9 and Employment Eligibility Verification
  • Handling Difficult Customers for Local Government
  • Litigation Procedures
  • Means of Egress
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Power Tool Safety
  • Presenting Effective Testimony in a Courtroom
  • Press Conference and Briefing Basics
  • Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls
  • Safeguarding Your Community from Terrorism
  • School Resource Officers
  • Sexual Harassment Awareness AB 1825
  • Successful Customer Interactions
  • Using Oleoresin Capsicum
  • Walking Your Way to Fitness
  • Workplace Ergonomics
  • Workplace Stress Resiliency

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact your Customer Success representative.

Updated Courses Set to be Released in January

The LocalGovU content and accreditation teams have made a collaborative effort this year to evaluate the latest trends and topics in local government to help build a more in-depth training library for our clients. With the feedback provided by you, we’ve made the necessary changes to older courses, while continuing to add new and original content to our learning management platform.

On December 31, 2017, we will be retiring older versions of course content, with new versions going live on January 1, 2018. To ensure that you and/or your personnel have completed course requirements before they are either removed or updated, please review the list below to see what has changed.

Updated Courses

  • Basic First Aid
  • Business Writing Basics
  • Coaching with Character
  • Developing Effective Communication Skills
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness
  • Effective Presentation Basics
  • Employee Recognition
  • Ethical Behavior for Elected Officials
  • Generational Differences
  • Leadership v. Management
  • Running an Effective Board Meeting
  • Sleep and Your Health
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Time Management Skills
  • Tourette Syndrome and Other Neurological Disorders
  • Understanding Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Understanding Eating Disorders
  • Understanding Pre-Diabetes
  • Youth Sports Injuries
  • Commercial Lawn Mower Safety

Name Changes

  • Providing Effective Orientations > Providing Effective Onboarding
  • Understanding Child Neglect for Volunteers > Recognizing Child Neglect
  • Understanding Anxiety Disorders > Understanding Anxiety Disorders, OCD and PTSD
  • Understanding Asperger Syndrome > Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Understanding Domestic Abuse for Volunteers > Recognizing Domestic Abuse
  • Understanding the Family and Medical Leave Act > Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

If you have questions or need assistance, please click here to contact your Customer Success representative.

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