February is...
National Heart Month
  Contact your local TSS office about our AED special!
New D.O.T. rules went into effect as of  January 1 st , 2018 , if you missed this important info, you can find the update by clicking here .

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You, the D.E.R.
By: Jo McGuire
February 13, 2018
$75 per person
   If you receive the drug & alcohol testing results for your company, you are required to know the responsibilities outlined in 49 CFR Part 40. We'll cover the rules, random selection, document retention and much more! Certificates of completion will be given for attending this course. (90 min)

Signs & Symptoms for Supervisors
By: Jo McGuire
February 20, 2018
$129 First Person / $89 Second Person
    How do you determine whether a Reasonable Cause situation exists in the workplace? This training will not only make the parameters clear to you but will also discuss the latest trends in employee substance use, how to approach the employee, document the situation, drug testing protocols and what the expectations are for record-keeping.  (120 min)

Harassment in the Workplace
By: Eric Bartholomew & Jo McGuire
February 27, 2018
$29 per person
   Defining types of harassment, what it is and what it is NOT will help update your company policy, training requirements for employees and appropriate responses. (60 min)
All webinars are
10:00 am AK Time
1:00 pm CS Time
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D.O.T. and YOU
DOT Rule 49 CFR Part 40 Section 40.61
May a DOT urine specimen be obtained via catheterization from a patient who is catheterized as part of a medical procedure or who is unconscious?

  • No one is ever permitted to obtain a urine specimen for DOT testing purposes from an unconscious individual, whether by catheterization or any other means.
  • No one is permitted to catheterize a conscious employee for the purpose of collecting urine for a DOT drug test.
  • However, if a person has been catheterized for medical purposes (e.g., a conscious, hospitalized patient in a post-accident test situation), it is permissible to use urine collected by this means for DOT testing purposes. All necessary documentation for a DOT collection must be provided (e.g., the CCF).
  • In addition, an employee who normally voids through self-catheterization is required to provide a specimen in that manner.

The Importance of 
AED's in the Work Place
by Christina Boernson, CPCT, BAT

   Most Americans spend the majority of their lives at their work place. Every year more than 350,000 people are victims of sudden cardiac arrest and must have CPR initiated and defibrillation within 4 minutes to ensure survival. Sadly, most often EMS is not able to arrive on-site that quickly, this is where the importance of an automated external defibrillator - or -  AED comes into play. According to the American Safety and Health Institute, AEDs are designed for simplicity of use. Voice, lights and screen instructions guide a user in operating the device. 
   AED's require the simplest effort while dealing with a major crisis. Recorded voice instructions guide the first-responder through the step-by-step process of CPR, as the sensors read and monitor the victim's heart-beat, announcing when the application of a shock is necessary. This helps get the heart pumping along with the compressions you have already conducted.
   Without an AED present, many people have died. It has been proven that without an AED on site for a cardiac event the rate of survival is dramatically less.Every work place should own an AED, educate their employees on the clearly marked location of the machine, and prepare your employees to be ready to use it in the event of an emergency. Training is available through TSS Inc with qualified instructors standing-by to meet your company needs.
In the event of a cardiac episode time is crucial.  Don't lose a valuable employee because an AED is unavailable. AED's save lives!
   February is Heart Health Month and TSS is offering special prices for AED devices.  Contact your local TSS office for more information.
Rod Seals, COSS

   Frostbite occurs when a person's skin and tissue freeze. This can lead to permanent damage.
Symptoms include numbness, aching, tingling, blistering and skin feels firm or hard.  It is important to protect exposed skin from cold weather conditions and to be prepared for treatment in case of emergency.  
   We can be well-prepared for these situations while we are on-the-job but sometimes forget that recreational time outdoors is critical as well.
   There are other medical conditions that are contributed to sub-freezing weather that often go unrecognized.   They can be:   hypothermia, trench foot, chilblains, and angina.
   Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 95°F.  Symptoms include:  shivering, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech slow breathing, irregular heartbeat a nd loss of consciousness.   If one experiences this, call 911 and gradually warm the body  s tarting with the core and give warm nonalcoholic liquids.
   Trench Foot symptoms include: red skin, tingling, numbness, cramps and blistering.  One should remove wet shoes and socks, dry the feet and avoid walking.  
   Chilblains are caused by cold damaging the capillaries in the skin.  Symptoms include:  redness,
inflammation, itching and possible blistering.  Slowly warm the skin and apply corticosteroid to the affected area.
   Angina can be caused by breathing in cold air and not letting enough oxygenated blood get to the heart.  Cold air restricts the blood vessels making the heart pump harder from exertion.
Symptoms include:  a burning pressure, ache or tightness in chest.
   Whether at work or with family, always have a plan and remain aware of the need for limiting or avoiding cold air exposure and responses should trauma occur.
   For more information on safety training topics, please contact your local TSS office or email: renee@tss-safety.com

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