March 2019
TSS TRAININGS
FIRST AID  & CPR
COST:  $85
2-Year Certification
March 21
Time: 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. 
Location: TSS Keokuk 
April 16
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Location: KTN Training Center 
Instructor: David Martin
Need a training for your team? Schedule one today! 
Contact Ginny@tss-safety.com to schedule a group class. 
UPCOMING
WEBINARS
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All webinars are
 
10 a.m. AK Time
  1 p.m. CS Time

You, the DER
By: Jo McGuire 
March 12, 2019
Cost: $77.50
This webinar is designed to educate the DER [Designated Employee Representative] on what their responsibilities are regarding the drug screening program within their company. We'll cover drug screening, random selection, document retention and more. (2.5 hours)


OSHA's Fall Protection Requirements 
By: Eric Bartholomew 
March 28, 2019
Cost: $19.99
This webinar covers OSHA's new and upcoming fall protection requirements for employees working at heights. We will discuss various fall protection systems, applications, and inspections. (60 minutes)


Webinar: "It Wasn't Mine" & Other Excuses: Busting Myths About Failed Drug Tests 
April 9, 2019
Cost: $19.99
Sometimes employee explanations or excuses can cause an employer doubt and confusion about what to do next to ensure that they are following the workplace drug and alcohol policy.  Don't let this happen to you. We can help.

Visit our calendar for additional webinars and courses.

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or call:  877.225.1431
FRAUD, SCAMS AND CONS ... BEWARE         
By Jo McGuire, Senior Project Manager

Three calls this week. One automated call had a computer voice warning me that my Microsoft account was compromised (it wasn't), another said I had won a prize and needed to stay on the line (I hadn't) and a third concerned person said, "Your computer is running slow and needs to be updated. I am going to help you." My computer was perfectly fine. A friend received a call that she owed the IRS thousands of dollars and was going to jail for not paying it. There is a major problem with that message: the IRS doesn't make phone calls.
 
What do these encounters have in common? They are all SCAMS. Meant to persuade the unsuspecting victim to provide as much personal information as possible, then steal their identities, drain bank accounts and generally wreak havoc.
 
Then there are the emails asking for money, but they aren't quite that up front. First, they promise to send money in exchange for retrieving some frozen funds. As a helpful soul works very hard to help the poor, stranded individual, they end up spending thousands of their own dollars which is poured into the bank accounts of thieves and scam artists. Yet another type of trick is the email demanding payment for a package or service that is completely fraudulent but may look very similar to a legitimate business or website.
 
And finally, the very worst of these come in the form of "cat-fishing". A person posing as someone else on social media who works at beginning a relationship with the victim. As the intended victim becomes enamored with their pursuer, there comes a continuous stream of requests for financial help. People have been bilked for millions of dollars this way.
 
Why aren't these brazen thieves caught? Because they operate from foreign countries, masters of the con-game, continually preying upon generous but vulnerable people. Sadly, some of the victims become unwitting parties to money-laundering and have faced criminal charges.
 
What can be done to protect yourself and your loved ones? Here are some helpful suggestions:
  • Talk about it and bring these situations out into the open in order to raise awareness.
  • Never send cash or make payments for anything that is out-of-the-ordinary, and for which there is no documented, validated proof of your recorded history with that entity.
  • Check out the source and if you are suspicious ask for help in identifying whether or not fraud is afoot. Often your local Better Business Bureau is very helpful in determining what is real vs. what is fake.
  • Report real and suspected fraud attempts to your local police department. Better safe than sorry.
 
For your own personal safety, it is best to remember that if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Remain aware, alert and don't fall for the traps laid by those seeking to rob or defraud you.

KNOW THE FACTS 
for a safe  Spring Break


By Renee Schofield, CEO

This month, many of you - and your high school- and college-age children - are getting ready to travel for spring break. It's par for the course to have conversations about travel security, situational awareness, personal space and other safety issues in advance. But as more locations in the United States and abroad have some sort of marijuana decriminalization, we at TSS urge you to make sure that know the facts about additional new risks you or your kids could be facing while you are on vacation and the ways you can protect yourself. 
SAFETY CORNER: The importance of sleep

By David Martin, TSS Safety Coordinator

As a business owner, you can take every precaution under the sun to ensure a safe workplace. But if your employees are coming to work exhausted, after only a few hours of sleep, your diligence may not be enough to avoid accidents and injuries. Here we share some tips to help your employees can make sure that they get the rest they need before coming to work...and stay safe. 

DOT and YOU

§40.21    
                                                                
QUESTION:
Does an employer need a stand-down waiver to implement a policy that requires employees to cease performing safety-sensitive functions following a reasonable suspicion or post-accident test? 

ANSWER:
  • No.
  • §40.21 requires an employer to obtain a waiver to do one very specific thing: remove employees from performance of safety-sensitive functions on the basis of the report of confirmed laboratory test results that have not yet been verified by the MRO. 
  • An employer does not need a §40.21 waiver to take other actions involving the performance of safety-sensitive functions.
  • For example, an employer could (if it is not prohibited by DOT agency regulations and it is consistent with applicable labor-management agreements) have a company policy saying that, on the basis of an event (e.g., the occurrence of an accident that requires a DOT post-accident test, the finding of reasonable suspicion that leads to a DOT reasonable suspicion test), the employee would immediately stop performing safety-sensitive functions. Such a policy, which is not triggered by the MRO's receipt of a confirmed laboratory test result, would not require a §40.21 waiver. 
  • It would not be appropriate for an employer to remove employees from performance of safety-sensitive functions pending the result of a random or follow-up test, since there is no triggering event to which the action could rationally be tied. 
     
 
Sometimes DOT rules and regulations can be a bit confusing. TSS's dedicated staff has years of experience in understanding and implementing these rules. Whether you are working on a company policy or you are just not sure what to do in a situation, TSS is there to help guide you. Contact info@tss-safety.com with your questions. 
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