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

All About Oral Fluid Testing
November 12
Cost: $19.99
Let's talk spit! You might be surprised how much spit can tell us and how developing technologies are expanding the use and effectiveness of the simple mouth swab. Find out how recent developments can benefit your business and support your drug-free workplace policy!

Harassment in the Workplace
December 10
Cost: $19.99
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.

Preventing Violence in the Workplace and Protecting your Employees and Business
December 19
Cost: $19.99
In this webinar we will cover the specific definitions of acts that qualify as violence, steps for management and employee involvement in a culture of safety, and how to complete a work site analysis, with specific hazard controls and evaluations measures.  
Visit our calendar for additional webinars and courses.

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or call:  877.225.1431
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 From the CEO

Happy November! 

It's time to turn our thoughts to the upcoming year and TSS's priorities for 2020. 

As we've discussed in previous newsletters, the biggest thing in the drug testing world is the Federal Motor Carrier Clearinghouse. Registration is open now! If you have a CDL or employ CDL holders, you must register. It is not optional. Other registrants are Third Party Administrators or TPAs (that's TSS, Inc), Medical Review Officers, and Substance Abuse Professionals. For the next three years, drug and alcohol history checks will be managed as they always have via fax, mail or email. But starting in January 2020, it is mandated that they also go through the Clearinghouse. TSS is here to help you navigate the Clearinghouse system. If you are an owner/operator, you are required to have a TPA. This is an important regulation and it will be critical for you to follow the rules.

We've just completed a round of audits with several clients through the Federal Aviation Administration. While these can sometimes be challenging, I am pleased to report that our TSS clients did well through the inspections. One thing I cannot stress enough is that keeping your paperwork in order makes an audit go so much smoother. If you need help with how to organize that, please let our operations staff know. We've got easy ways to get you streamlined to make your system work for you, especially in an audit situation.

Now is also the time of year that our renewal contract comes out. We've worked diligently to, once again, bring you a solid deal (2020 price list). My mission is to keep it real, affordable and make it easy for you to keep doing what you do. I know you drive trucks, run boats and fly planes. And we want you to be able to focus on that, with minimal interruption from us. How can you help us help you? Keep your employee list up to date - all the time. When someone quits, call or email us. Hired someone new? Make sure we know it and add them to your roster. This fourth quarter has been horrible on the roster segment. We've had to use the alternate list, which upsets many of you. I get it. It's tough when you think you are done with your screening, to get a call that one more person has been chosen. I wish I had a better way to control that, but federal regulations guide how the system works. The ONLY control we have is encouraging you to update your roster and get your people screened immediately upon receiving notification. If you are struggling with this, please let us know. Let's work on a plan to ease the struggle. We should be an asset to your business, not a problem.
 
TSS is always endeavoring to make the safety aspect of running a business as easy and efficient for our clients as possible. We are excited about some developments coming in the new year, including our new online training program which will conveniently provide you with resources you need to keep your staff certified and educated about all aspects of workplace safety. Stay tuned for more information.
 
Lastly, I want to send you my heartfelt THANK YOU. Not just this month, but always, I am grateful that you have entrusted your business with me and the staff at TSS. November 1 was our 20th anniversary of working in this industry. Many of you have been with us for nearly the entire time. I was grateful then and continue to be so today. You make TSS what it is. From myself, and the entire staff, I send my appreciation and gratitude.

Best regards, 

Renee Schofield
Renew your TSS Contract

We are gearing up for a strong start to 2020. Renewing contracts early helps us and you to keep random pools running smoothly. You can now access  your 2020 contract online. 

It has been a pleasure to serve your needs and we hope to continue our work with you in the coming year. 

TSS very much appreciates it when our clients return their contracts at their earliest convenience so we can prepare all documents and have everything ready on January 1, 2020. 
 
Here are the details:
  • Your current contract expires on December 31, 2019.
  • To be eligible for discounted enrollment your company's account must be paid in full and you must be compliant with 2019 drug screening.
     
  • DISCOUNT - If your contract is returned WITH PAYMENT by December 31, 2019, your renewal cost is $200.
     
  • ALL contracts renewed after January 1, 2020, will be charged at the standard rate of $250.

If you are happy with TSS's services, please consider referring us to your partners and suppliers!

NSC Statement on Marijuana 

The ever-changing status of marijuana legislation has made it increasingly confusing for both employers and employees to know how to address cannabis use in the workplace.
 
Currently, 33 states and the District of Columbia, have passed laws broadly legalizing marijuana in some form.
 
Plus, marijuana is not what it used to be. Edibles and other products make it difficult to detect and seem more unobtrusive and even harmless. Use of terms like medical marijuana can give the impression that consumption is doctor approved.
 
However, today's marijuana is more potent than ever, heightening effects including disorientation and slowing reflexes. And, under federal law, marijuana remains an illegal Schedule I controlled substance.
 
So, it is hardly surprising that we hear from many employers who aren't sure about what to do to maintain a safe work environment when it comes to marijuana.
 
Recently, the National Safety Council (NSC) released a statement reflecting the problematic issues at hand and offering guidance:

SAFETY CORNER: Smoke detectors


The change in season is the perfect time to turn your attention to your household smoke detectors. You probably already know to check your batteries regularly. But do you have the best type of smoke detectors for your home? Are they located where they will be most effective? Are they working correctly?
These are all critical questions to think about as you turn up the heat, get the fireplace going and settle in for the long winter ahead.
Just consider that according to the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms
  • More than one-third (38 percent) of home fire deaths result from fires in which no smoke alarms are present.
  • The risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms.

Come join the TSS team!


TSS has full-time and part-time openings for Specimen Collection Technicians at its Juneau and Ketchikan locations.

Do you want to:
  • Be part of a great work environment?
  • Contribute to the health and safety of your community?
  • Learn and grow within your field?
  • Get involved in the growth of your company?
Then, consider joining the TSS team. 

We are looking for:
  • Dependable and professional employees. 
  • Excellent, verifiable people skills.
  • Quickbooks experience is a plus (at least 2 years)
  • Strong team players, committed to long term employment.
  • Leaders. Have you managed people?

Submit all information and questions to  David Martin, TSS Safety Coordinator.  

TSS is a drug-free workplace; this includes marijuana. 
We offer world-class education and screening services for workplace and community safety.
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