The failure of people, equipment, supplies or surroundings to behave or react as expected causes most accidents and incidents. Investigating these events — a fatality, injury, illness, or close call — provides employers and workers the opportunity to identify hazards in their operations and shortcomings in their risk management and safety and health programs. Incident investigations enable employers and workers to identify and implement corrective actions to prevent future incidents. Participants will learn techniques determine how and why these failures occur.
OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030) requires employers to provide information and training to workers. Employers must ensure that their workers receive regular training that covers all elements of the standard including, but not limited to: information on bloodborne pathogens and diseases; methods to control occupational exposure; hepatitis B vaccinations; and medical evaluation, including post-exposure follow-up procedures. Employers must offer this training on initial assignment, at least annually thereafter, and when new or modified tasks or procedures affect a worker’s risk of occupational exposure. This training will provide employees with the knowledge they need to prevent an exposure.
Defensive Driving (4-hour)
Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace. The cost of a single accident could easily exceed millions of dollars in liability and workers’ compensation claims. A defensive driver safety program can reduce risk and keep people safer on the road. SCMIT and SCMIRF members’ claims data can be incorporated to show staff the impact of unsafe driving behaviors on morale, reputation, and salaries and benefits.
Defensive Driving Safety Training has proven to be an effective solution to
- control liability costs associated with work-related vehicle crashes
- reduce insurance premiums and fleet repair bills
- reduce motor vehicle incident rates
- decrease workers’ compensation claims
- improve productivity by keeping employees safe on and off the job, and
- protect your reputation by improving public perception of your driving practices.
Law Enforcement Risk Management
Law enforcement officers must have a working knowledge of the law and industry best practices relating to police civil liability and discipline. Officers must be aware that they may be held accountable for decisions made by a court. It is the law and industry best practices that guide police training, operations and individual conduct. A failure to recognize the importance of this area of the law can lead to serious monetary consequences for individual police officers, supervisors, police executives and police agencies as a whole. In extreme cases, a failure to follow the rules set forth by the courts can result in criminal sanctions. Agencies must be proactive to avoid liability exposure. This course will examine concepts in risk reduction and help officers and agencies assess their level of risk exposure.
Liability and Respect — Harassment Training
Employees need to be trained on acceptable behavior in the workplace. Harassment and discrimination claims contribute to a large portion of the claims cost in the SCMIRF program. These claims not only impact the bottom line but also contribute to lower productivity and morale in the workplace. Topics covered in this course include: harassment prevention, discrimination, reporting harassment and employer lability.
Making the Grade: Risk Management Review
Management and staff are the eyes and ears of an effective safety program. Everyone must be aware of the trends and costs associated with their workers’ compensation and property and liability claims if a risk management and safety program is to be successful. This course provides a claims overview and breaks down claims by causes, cost and department.
Mindfulness Techniques — Attention Training
Learn simple, science-based techniques to manage stress, develop resilience and heighten situational awareness. Regular use of mindfulness practices has also been shown to reduce interpersonal conflict, improve emotional intelligence and enhance leadership effectiveness.
Employers, including the U.S. military, public schools, and police departments, as well as companies like Google, Green Mountain Coffee and Aetna depend on workplace mindfulness programs to improve employee engagement and reduce injury rates, among other benefits. Attendees will get techniques they can use immediately.
Response to Resistance Training Simulator
This training utilizes the Ti Training simulator to imitate use-of-force and verbal de-escalation encounters through more than 500 computerized scenarios allowing officers to practice their responses and decision-making skills. The scenarios are embedded with videos along with policy and legal talking points to ensure officers make ethical decisions when using force. The training uses all the responses to resistance options and involves de-escalation using voice commands as well as focusing on the appropriate use of force, including officer presence, batons, electronic control devices, pistols, rifles and chemical agents. The scenarios include examples of domestic violence encounters, traffic stops, emotionally disturbed individuals, high risk encounters and “no force required” community contacts. The training aims to mitigate high-liability activities found in police operations to reduce liability exposures, enhance officer and civilian safety, and validate training and operating procedures.
Risk Management 101
For a risk management and safety program to be successful, every employee must think like a risk manager. Learn the basic concepts of risk management and safety and the importance of entity-wide efforts instead of each department acting independently. SCMIT and SCMIRF member claims data is incorporated to show staff the importance of sound policies, procedures and documentation, as well as the negative impact claims have on the member’s morale, reputation and bottom line.
Substance Abuse in the Workplace — Awareness Level
Substance abuse is the use of a substance for something other than its intended medical or social purpose. Abuse results in an impaired physical and mental condition and can also cause a deceptive state of euphoria or a false sense of well-being. Abuse can often easily lead to addiction and cause dependency that can be physical, mental or both. In addition, substance abuse can create personal, family, and financial problems beyond the abuser’s control. All controlled substances have abuse potential. Some drugs alleviate pain, anxiety or depression. Some induce sleep. Some energize the user. Topics covered include early intervention, behavioral impact, physical changes, substance abuse policy, documentation and preventative measures.