October 2020
TSS TRAININGS
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. 
Upcoming
Webinars
 
All webinars are
10 a.m. AK Time
1 p.m. CS Time 
Webinar: You the DER
Friday, October 23
Cost: $79
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 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.

Webinar: Signs & Symptoms for Supervisors 
Friday, November 6
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!
BLENDED LEARNING
FIRST AID & CPR
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.  
 From the CEO

Red Ribbon Week
BE HAPPY, BE BRAVE, BE DRUG FREE
It's that time again! October 23-31 is Red Ribbon Week, sponsored by the  National Family Partnership (NFP)
We, at TSS, are excited to be part of this annual campaign to support the youth in our communities in being drug free. 
As we move forward in the continuing coronavirus pandemic, the stresses of working from home, online schooling or being without a job are having a major impact on the nation's mental health with devastating repercussions. Drug and alcohol use, domestic violence and suicides are rising at an alarming rate. That's why Red Ribbon Week is so very important this year, especially. 



Reaching our young people with a positive message of support is one simple way to help them make better choices when it comes to substance use. 
As CEO at TSS, I want my company to be part of any efforts to keep our communities in Alaska and Iowa drug-free. We know how addiction affects individuals, families, workplaces and communities. We ALSO understand that reaching our young people can make a difference for today and for the future. I hope you will find events in your area for Red Ribbon Week and support them. If nothing else, make yourself a red ribbon and wear it throughout the week. Visit the National Family Partnership at www.nfp.org to learn more.
 Best regards,

Renee Schofield
Ketchikan Community Health Fair 
SAVE THE DATES! 
November 2-18 (Mon. - Fri., 7:30 a.m. - noon.) This year's Community Health Fair is a little different. TSS will be offering blood draws at our offices (120 Carlanna Lake Rd., Ketchikan). Walk-ins are encouraged. Fasting is a must. 

You can choose from a variety of Wellness Packages (for men, women, general wellness screens), from $60-$175. Or, select specific Vitamin D. or blood type testing for $50. 

NEW THIS YEAR: COVID-19 Antibody Screening, $85.

QUESTIONS? Call our office at (877) 225-1431.
Good News!

MORE Act Vote Cancelled
Last month, we shared our concerns about the likelihood of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act coming up for a vote before Congress. If passed, the MORE Act would have  completely decriminalized and commercialized marijuana at the federal level. This, in essence, would have meant that federally-regulated employers would no longer be able to drug test, thereby putting everyone traveling on our roads, rails, waterways and in the air in danger.  

Fortunately, the vote was postponed indefinitely thanks to the efforts of safety advocates including the National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association (NDASA) of which TSS is a founding member.   

However, this does not mean we are in the clear.  

As marijuana legislation continues to change on the local, state and potentially federal level, there will be direct repercussions on employers' rights to conduct drug testing. The best recourse continues to be lobbying lawmakers to add a Safety Carve-Out to any marijuana legislation that would maintain HHS and DOT drug testing measures. 

Employers must stay alert and keep an eye out for attempts to introduce marijuana legislation. Contact your representatives and make your voices heard on this issue. We need to all work together to make sure that the traveling public remains safe!  
Keep Your Eyes on the Road
Why should employers care about whether their employees are talking on the phone or texting while they are on the road?

These activities, along with eating and drinking, fiddling with the stereo or navigation system, self-grooming or putting on makeup, divert the driver's attention from the task of driving and can cause a distracted driving incident.

Did you know that the No. 1 cause of workplace deaths is car crashes? And, that 66 percent of drivers were distracted within six seconds of a crash? Or, that on a typical day, about 700 people are injured in distracted driving accidents, many of them on the clock? Or, finally, that employers are being held liable up to $25 million for employee crashes?

The numbers show that distracted driving is both dangerous to the health and wellbeing of our workforce and that it can be costly for employers.



Halloween Safety 2020
Like almost everything else, Halloween will look a little different this year. COVID-19 safety should be a top priority as we all start to think about decorations, candy and costumes.

Unfortunately, some of our favorite Halloween traditions involve activities we know are a risk for spreading the coronavirus. Costume parties and haunted houses are generally indoors and crowded. Trick-or-treating usually involves face-to-face contact with many people and touching items like candy buckets that can become contaminated with viruses. And, screaming is part of the fun, but also generates above normal respiratory droplets that can travel farther through the air and spread infection.

Despite the added challenges of celebrating the beloved holiday in 2020, there are still many ways families can have fun on Halloween and stay healthy.

Keep Up With Your CPR
 
Don't allow the pandemic to cause you to fall behind on keeping your skills up to date in CPR/FA/AED! 

We've moved our training ONLINE/ON DEMAND for your convenience. Study at home on your schedule to complete the book training section. Then, call our offices to schedule your practical (hands-on) portion. The hands-on portion is conducted in a clean environment, with social distancing (usually just you and the instructor) and only takes a few minutes. 

Not near one of our offices? We have a solution for that too! Let us know where you are and we'll work out the details for your hands-on portion Visit tss-safety.com to learn more, or call us at (877) 225-1431 from anywhere in the USA for details on how to gain or renew your card today.
Drug Testing
Is your drug & alcohol screening program where you want it to be?
Let TSS help manage all your workplace drug testing needs. Give us a call at (877) 225-1431 to learn more. 

We offer world-class education and screening services for workplace and community safety.

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