February 2021
Through webinars and interactive online training courses, TSS offers a wide range of options that can help you reach your professional development or safety learning goals. 

These include DOT and OSHA-related safety trainings as well as courses about home safety or those geared to keeping you secure behind the wheel. 
All webinars are
10 a.m. AK Time
1 p.m. CS Time 
You, the DER
Tuesday, February 16
Cost: $29
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 Designated Employee Representative (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 
Tuesday, February 23
Cost: $129
Forty percent of workplace fatalities involve employee substance abuse. Do YOU know the signs & symptoms?
It is essential for employers to understand the prevalence, trends and costs related to substance use among employees and how to respond. This training meets the requirements for DOT mandated training on drugs and alcohol and is appropriate for all supervisors, DERs and employees who need training.

Online Courses 
View our featured online courses on TSS's revamped  website homepage. Make sure to keep checking back for new content!
COST:  $85
2-Year Certification
During COVID-19 , 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.

2. Then, schedule a hands-on evaluation at your convenience. 


Same skills. Same certification. In the safest way. 
Need a training for your team? Schedule one today! 
Contact Ginny@tss-safety.com to schedule a webinar or online course for your group.  

Purchase our Complete AED & CPR package for $1925 in February to celebrate American Heart Month. 
Includes two FREE CPR classes through TSS and much more!

Contact TSS at 1.877.225.1431 for details. 
 From the CEO

Happy February!

HEADS UP on impending OSHA releases concerning COVID-19 in February and March. 

The pandemic continues with its twists and turns, challenging employers and businesses with every new development. Recently, the Biden administration issued its "Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety," which states that reducing the risk of COVID-19 in the workforce is a government priority. The order requires that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) develop revised guidance on workplace safety during the pandemic, review emergency temporary standards including those for masks and consider enforcement strategies for ensuring that safety standards are being implemented by employers.

OSHA's updated COVID-19 recommendations must be issued within two weeks and the revised standards, by March 15.  

What does that mean for you? 

Employers may have to make some adjustments in their workplace safety programs. Make sure you check the OSHA coronavirus website in the next weeks so that your workplace is following best practices and compliant with federal standards. 

Then, consider getting some training.

TSS developed a comprehensive online-learning program in late 2020 for workplace safety that meets all current CDC and OSHA guidelines. More than 100 employers and staff have already taken our COVID Clean course. Upon completing the course, businesses receive certification that they are following the highest standards for virus mitigation. We will be keeping a very close eye on OSHA to ensure that the COVID Clean training is updated accordingly. In addition to helping employers develop and implement coronavirus safety policies and protocols, the course digs into the chemicals that are being used in the workplace, first aid for an accident involving them, storage and mixing, if needed. You can get a head start on training your employees by registering them for the online course at tss-safety.com. The price is $99 per person.

The good news is there is an end in sight for this pandemic. Let's all make an extra effort in the next months to keep our employees safe and free from harm, as we look to a brighter future. 
Best regards, 

Renee Schofield
American Heart Month 

Did you know that approximately 10,000 cardiac arrests occur at work each year in the U.S.? 

During this American Heart Month, consider making an investment in your workplace safety program that has been proven to save lives: An Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 
AEDs save precious treatment time and improve survival odds by 60 percent because they can be used before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrive. 

They are compact, lightweight, portable, battery- operated, safe, and easy to use. And....during February they are on sale through TSS. This month, we are offering a complete AED package plus two free CPR courses for $1925.
Working in the Cold

Over the last few weeks, much of the country has seen some of the coldest temperatures in years. For those who have to work outside, not being adequately prepared for the conditions, can be hazardous to their health and safety. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2017, there were more than 20,000 occupational injuries related to the cold, ice, sleet and snow.

Common issues are slips trips and falls. But cold stress, which occurs when the skin and body temperature is driven down to the point where the body is unable to warm itself, is an invisible hazard that can be especially dangerous for those who work outside. Frostbite, hypothermia and even death can result from lengthy exposure. 

Construction workers, postal workers, delivery people, utility and telecommunication workers, firefighters, police and others who work outdoors are most vulnerable. But even indoor workers in food processing and cold storage can be at risk. 

So if your employees work in frigid temperatures, make sure that you educate them about appropriate precautions and the proper clothing and equipment for the conditions. These include: 
Keep Up with Your Random Testing 

TSS, Inc. wants to help you keep your workplace drug-free, safe and compliant.

In addition to providing workplace drug and alcohol testing, we can support your business by managing your screening program efficiently and affordably when you join the TSS Consortium.

TSS uses a U.S. Department of Transportation approved platform for program management of both our DOT and NON -DOT consortiums. This system stores data such as the list of companies and their employees, records of all results and copies of the Custody and Control Form (CCF). It also manages all the random pool selections and reports. This becomes critical as TSS examines and assures that the required testing rates are achieved, according to federal regulation. The data is also needed for the year-end federal reporting of the annual testing in the Management Information System (MIS), a federally mandated report.

All clients can have their Designated Employer Representative (DER) set up in the system to receive results, look at employee lists and receive reports. This is a great convenience for our customers in that they do not have to wait for a TSS employee to relay information or check on results. If your DER would like to have access, please email Ginny@tss-safety.com To join the consortium, fill out our form. Also, check out TSS's Audit-Ready Management System (ARMS), a comprehensive tool to ensure that the DER is always prepared for a screening program audit. 

Stay on top of your Random Testing with TSS's help!
Your Teen Safety Plan 
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Do you know if your teen is safe?

The adolescent and teen years are full of new risks to health and safety. Driving accidents, substance use, exposure to firearms, cyberbullying, mental health issues and suicide are all on a sharp rise during this time. So is dating violence. 

According to the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, in a given year, approximately 1.5 million high school students in the United States experience physical abuse from a dating partner and 33 percent of adolescents are victims of sexual, physical, verbal or emotional dating abuse.

At TSS, Inc. we know that the key to minimizing risk is a good safety plan. So it just makes sense to partner with your young person in developing a dating safety plan.

What should the plan include?

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