January 2019
TSS TRAININGS
   
First Aid & CPR
Ketchikan Training Center
   
February 12
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: David Martin

February 23
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Instructor: Ginny Clay
   
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UPCOMING
WEBINARS
webinar training stock
All webinars are
 
10 a.m. AK Time
  1 p.m. CS Time

Slips, Trips and Falls 
By: David Martin
January 24, 2019
$19.99 per person
    This webinar provides and in-depth overview of OSHA's new walking and working surfaces final rule. We also will identify slip, trip and fall hazards and common unsafe practices.

Harassment in the Workplace
By: Eric Bartholomew
February 12, 2019
$19.99 per person
         It's time to face facts.        Approximately, 1 in 4 people are affected by workplace sexual harassment. Seventy-five percent of victims experience retaliation when they speak up. What are you doing to educate and protect your employees? The EEOC has specific definitions and response recommendations. In this seminar we clarify those for you and help you offer practical solutions when addressing harassment in the workplace. 

Safety for the Seasonal Workforce
By: David Martin 
February 28, 2019
Cost: $19.99 
   Designed for those who supervise a seasonal workforce (construction/hospitality-retail/agriculture, etc.), this webinar will cover why seasonal workers have a historically high rate of injuries and how you can protect them. (45 minutes)
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Best wishes for 2019

Happy New Year! I hope this finds you doing well, personally and professionally.

I'm sure many of you have been making your resolutions for 2019 over the last few weeks. You know, the ones about diet, exercise and spending? As a small business owner, the majority of my goals for the New Year are related to the health of my company. Among those goals is finding ways to tighten the budget and bolster the product line, while keeping our costs affordable for the client.

This time of year, we review every process and product to ensure the best value for our dollar. We do that to pass the savings on to you. In our 19th year in business, I can count on one hand (actually three fingers) the number of times we've increased prices. That is pretty amazing. We find ways to leverage our assets and introduce new products to grow our revenue.

As businesses go through the process of looking for belt-tightening opportunities, they often look for expenses that don't necessarily produce revenue. Safety tends to be one of those. Having a solid safety program doesn't feel like it makes you money, ever. However, it does likely bring you huge long-term cost savings in preventing accidents. Using a simple random drug screening program as an example, for every dollar you spend on that program you save approximately $7 on lost time, injury accidents and retraining costs. That is significant. Especially for a small business. In the construction industry, having a robust safety program, not only keeps your employees safe and going home with all their fingers and toes but can save your company several thousand dollars annually. That's a lot of money that stays in the company for other things, like raises, bonuses, profit sharing, etc. Who doesn't want that? 

The bottom line is this: At TSS we take care of people. Whatever your need is, we either do it or know who to connect you with to achieve it. Our mission statement demands our excellence in the health and safety field and we take it seriously. "We offer world-class education and screening services for workplace and community safety" means something to us. We'll work every day to deliver on that promise.

Here's to a great 2019, full of health and prosperity, personally and professionally. Thank you for your business in the past and we look forward to working with you in the coming year.
 
Best wishes, 
Renee Schofield, CEO
SAFETY CORNER:
Out With the Old, in With
the New

Cleaning your home is a long-observed Chinese New Year tradition. The floor, the walls and every corner of the house need to be cleaned.

Roughly, "Dust" is a homophone for the Chinese word "Chen", meaning the old. Therefore, a year-end cleaning is needed to drive the old things, and with them, bad luck away from the home to get ready for a new, auspicious start.
 
If we take the "house in order" approach to the workplace, the degree to which a workspace is kept clean and orderly is often indicative of how safe it is. In other words, when management is committed to maintaining a culture of care for order and cleanliness it is usually an indicator that there is also a dedication to workplace safety. Certainly, a clean workplace tends to make the environment safer for employees. It also boosts the image of the organization.
 
Keep in mind, h ousekeeping is not just cleanliness. It includes keeping work areas neat and orderly, maintaining halls and floors free of slip and trip hazards, and removing of waste materials (e.g., paper, cardboard) and other fire hazards from work areas. It also requires paying attention to important details such as the layout of the whole workplace, aisle marking, the adequacy of storage facilities, and maintenance. Good housekeeping is a basic part of incident and fire prevention.
 
It's also an ongoing operation. It is not a one-time or hit-and-miss cleanup done occasionally. Periodic "panic" cleanups are costly and ineffective in reducing incidents.
 
Taking it one step further, as we start the new year, now is the time to review your policies and procedures. Have any processes changed? Have policies "sat on a shelf" without being updated? The new year can be the ideal time to get rid of those policies and procedures that no longer apply and ensure that what you have is current and relevant.
 
Let's all work to get the house in order this new year. And remember, out with the old and in with the new! If you are looking for updated information about safety policies and processes, don't forget to look on our website for many resources or give us a 
call at 877-225-1431.
DOT and YOU

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QUESTION:
What must a Medical Review Officer do when he or she determines that there is no split laboratory capable of testing the adulterant (an outside substance added to a urine sample that produces a false negative) identified by the primary laboratory after the employee has asked for the split to be tested?
 
ANSWER:
  • The Department views this situation as closely paralleling the MRO reporting requirement, at 40.187(d), when the split specimen is not available for testing after the request to test the split is made by the employee. Therefore, the MRO needs to follow similar steps.
  • The MRO must report to the employer that the specimen, "Failed to Reconfirm: Split Laboratory not Available for Testing.
  • The MRO must also report to the DER and the employee that the test result must be cancelled and the reason for the cancellation.
  • The MRO must direct the DER to ensure the immediate collection of another specimen from the employee under direct observation, with no notice give to the employee of this collection requirement until immediately before the collection.
  • Finally, the MRO must notify ODAPC of the failure to reconfirm.
  • The result of the collection under direct observation will be the result of record for this testing event.
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