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.
- 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.
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