April 2020
TSS TRAININGS
WEBINARS
10:30 a.m. (AKT)           
1:30 p.m. (CST)
You the DER
April 8
Special Offer: FREE
Do you receive the drug & alcohol screening results for your company? Do you maintain the records of screening results? This webinar is designed to educate the DER on what their responsibilities are regarding the drug screening program within their company. We'll cover drug screening, random selection, document retention and more. 
Signs & Symptoms for Supervisors
April 9
Cost: $129 pp
It is essential for employers to understand the prevalence, trends and costs related to substance use among employees and how to respond. This 1.5- hour training meets the requirements for DOT-mandated training on drugs and alcohol and is appropriate for all supervisors, DERs and employees who need training.
BLENDED LEARNING
FIRST AID  & CPR
COST:  $85
2-Year Certification
While COVID-19 shelter-in-place recommendations are in effect, TSS will not be offering standard CPR & First Aid courses. 

Instead, consider taking our  Blended Learning
course. 

Blended Learning offers a flexible alternative to our traditional format: 

1. Take the classroom portion of the course online in the comfort of your home (or anywhere, really.)

 

2. Then, schedule the hands-on portion at your convenience with an experienced TSS instructor. 


Same skills. Same certification. In the safest way. 

Questions? Contact TSS at
1 (877) 225-1431
Need a training for your team? Schedule one today! 
Contact Ginny@tss-safety.com to schedule a group class. 
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Don't forget our referral program!

If you tell one of your friends about
TSS, you get a $50 credit for services! Let us know you referred them, and once they enroll for a drug screening program, we'll credit your account. 
 From the CEO

Business survival during tough times.

Small business owners are struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are they concerned about their personal health and that of their families, they are also concerned about the financial health of their company. It is hard to see businesses shuttered in communities that are typically bustling. Sadly, that is our reality. It's a difficult choice to lock the door and go home, but you do what you have to when it's a matter of life and death. With zero revenue coming in, the small biz owner is now faced with regular monthly bills and making payroll, depending on how they are handling staff matters.

There are numerous resources out there. Not all are perfect or available to everyone who needs them, and most will increase your debt load. There are even resources that cost very little or are free. But the key is knowing how and where to find them. Unless you are skilled at navigating these waters, it can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. And, when I'm stressed, hunting around is the last thing I want to do! That's why I put together some of the resources that I know of and why I use them. I hope the information is helpful to you.

Tips for small business help

First, call your business banker. ASK their opinion. You may be able to delay a payment. Even getting one month deferred will help. I am fortunate to have always had a good relationship with our local bank. If you don't, make note that this is something you want to begin establishing for your future.

The Small Business Administration
This is a great site with a big headline banner to click and fill out the disaster application quickly. There is a lot of information on the entire website. If you are like me, though, you just want to be able to file your disaster application as quickly and efficiently as possible. This is the place to do it!

Small Business Development Center
The SBDC is a very viable partner for your business. Free to every client, the counselors are available to help you get through the COVID-19 crisis and plan for the future. The experts at these centers can help you determine exactly what program you should be filing disaster claims with. SBDCs are located in every state in the U.S. Don't miss this opportunity. CALL TODAY. As I am sure they are all very busy, get your appointment scheduled now. Most states are under shelter-in-place orders, so expect to have your meeting over the phone or via a video conference. I have used SBDC for many years. They may not have all the answers, but they know who does.

State Websites
Visit your state websites often. Many governors are putting up state information regarding unemployment, permitting and regulations, as well as federal assistance programs.

United Way (check for your local postings)




Federal Programs
All of the above guidance should lead you to the federal programs, but here are some specific ones:




My most important business advice? Take care of yourself. Your business doesn't go without you. Follow all CDC guidelines. Wash your hands - MORE THAN EVER BEFORE. Drink plenty of water - Your brain needs extra support. Sleep - Your body's immune system plummets when it does not have "recharge" time from sleeping. And, eat well - Times of stress lead us to overeat and choose "comfort" foods. Make sure to get a good balance. Treat yourself well, so you can be in solid health for the sake of your loved ones, your employees and your business.

Best regards and take good care, 

Renee Schofield


Is your EAP ready?

By David Martin
TSS Safety Coordinator

It is one thing for individuals and organizations to prepare an Emergency Action Plan for a physical event such as a fire or flood, tornado or active shooter. It is another thing entirely to develop an effective plan for something that can't be seen such as a virus. 

With all the uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, you may wonder if an EAP can even help you. But making sure you are as prepared as possible to support your business, employees or loved ones is always a good idea. And, some aspects of an EAP will be beneficial no matter nature of your emergency.  

Your Company EAP
Most companies already have some sort of EAP. Often, this is mandated by OSHA. Communication of such a plan can either be verbal or written depending on the number of employees.

The current crisis calls for an understanding of specific vocabulary, changing rules and regulations and increased flexibility for applying the EAP. The key is having a plan that can be modified to virtually any event. 

DOT and You: 49 CFR Part 40 during COVID-19 


At a time when we are more reliant than ever on the transportation industry as a supply chain for necessary goods, maintaining the safety of our truckers, pilots, maritime operators and others on the road is especially critical.  

As it has responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Department of Transportation has focused on 
"maintaining public safety while providing maximum flexibility to allow transportation industries to conduct their operations safely and efficiently." 

With that in mind, DOT recently issued its guidelines for maintaining drug and alcohol testing programs and following DOT regulations during the crisis. 

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