Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Online Training from LMCIT is Here!

What does a Minnesota city such as yours have in common with cities in Vermont, Iowa, Kentucky, Colorado and even Alaska?  Good question!  Here’s the even greater answer.  They incorporate online training from FirstNet Learning as part of their employee health and safety training program. 

 And now you can too!  On August 4th the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust will kick off a low cost online training program now available to all LMCIT members.  “We’ve offered this training since 2005 to our members in the Regional Safety Groups (RSG”S) and the response has been very positive.”  “A few cities particularly rely on the online training to supplement the training they must give new and seasonal employees,” says Chris White, the Loss Control Program Coordinator.  The New Employee Safety Orientation and Safety Awareness for Seasonal Employees are offerings that get used a considerable amount. 

An email and post card announcing the program will be on its way to you soon.  First Net Learning will host a series of free webinars to introduce the program on August 21st from 1:00-2:00, August 26th from 10:30-11:30 and September 9th from 1:00-2:00.  The webinars will give municipalities even more information on how to incorporate online training into the overall employee safety program for the low, low price of $14/employee and a course offering of more than 30 titles each year!  Starting this fall LMCIT will add a new course every month for a total of 42 course offerings. 

Many OSHA Standards require very specific health and safety training content for employees exposed to typical, municipal workplace hazards such as bloodborne pathogens, confined space entry, lock-out / tag-out, and much more.  The required training is specific to the tasks employees perform, the exposures in the work environment and the equipment or PPE employee’s use, such as forklifts or respirators.  In addition, the city needs to discern that the employee actually understood the training and the city must maintain training records in the event of an OSHA investigation into an accident or injury.  FirstNet Learning will help you track participation and learning outcomes.  Stand by for more information coming with my next post...... 

By Cheryl Brennan, LMCIT Loss Control Field Services Manager

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