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Accident Investigation

In the unforeseen event an accident happens on the job knowing the process for investigating an accident is important in order to determine the cause of the accident and prevent it from happening again. AWAIR training includes the selection and training of an accident investigation team and having an accident investigation kit. The accident investigation steps should be established in order to determine the Direct Cause of the Injury, the Surface Cause of the Accident, and the Root Cause of the Accident; and setting timetables for completing the report.

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Achieving a Total Safety Culture

This presentation covers what each employee’s role is in a Total Safety Culture. Discussed are the Elements associated with a Total Safety Culture, the importance of the three sides of the safety triangle and the advantages of Observation and Feedback.

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After the DWI

Most people do not realize getting convicted of a DWI can have a devastating impact on their career, especially if it requires them to drive a company vehicle. During this webinar we will review both the personal consequences of getting a DWI and how it also could affect your workplace. In addition to paying the fines and possible jail time, if your job requires you to drive, you may lose your job if you cannot fulfill these requirements or if the company no longer trusts you in this capacity or are “too risky” for the insurance carrier. Even if your employer does not fire you, you may have to miss work time for court appearances, community service, jail time, or alcohol treatment; therefore putting a burden on the other employees to cover your workload. 

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Aggressive People

This training relates to the types of aggressive behaviors people exhibit, aggressive conflict resolution and why people do the things they do.  Ideas on how to developing an action plan for handling customers and other emergency situations is shared.  The “Run, Hide, Fight” video produce by the City of Houston with funding by the Dept. of Homeland Security is viewed for education on an emergency action plan when dealing with an active shooter.

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Aggressive Dogs

Aggressive Dogs and preventing dog bites is important to all outside personnel along with anyone who is exposed to dogs. There are 4.6 million dog bites to humans each year in the US. Employees of companies participating in the MTA Safety Program have reported dog bites in the course of performing their job duties. This course covers techniques to prevent dog bites, how dogs communicate and what they are trying to tell us, why dogs growl and the importance of the growl and what to do if you are approached by a dog. Also explanations of what is safe and unsafe around dogs is covered.

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Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos is the name given to a group of naturally occurring minerals that are resistant to heat and corrosion. Asbestos has been used in products, such as insulation for pipes (steam lines for example), floor tiles, building materials, which is the most common area our employees are exposed to asbestos during wiring customer premises. During this presentation we will cover what asbestos is, where it is found, what the hazards of asbestos are, what the requirements of owners of buildings with asbestos are and what can be done to eliminate and reduce exposure to asbestos.

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Back Injury Safety in the Workplace

Since 8 out of 10 individuals will suffer a back injury during their life time and back injuries are second to the common cold for missed work days, a solid back safety program is critical for the success of your business. This program helps you and your employees prevent back injuries and reduce their associated costs. This program provides employees a better understanding of:
• How the back works
• Proper body mechanics
• Common back injuries
• Risk factors
• Preventive measures

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Backing and Parking

As much as we drive forward in our vehicles, it cannot prepare us for backing. According to the National Safety Council, one out of four vehicle accidents result from poor backing techniques. This training program covers specific guidelines on how to prepare to back a vehicle if it is required. The principles of backing a trailer are explained in four easy steps, whether it is a large gooseneck trailer or a small utility trailer. Where an employee parks their vehicles can be as important as how they leave their parking space when trying to avoid an accident. Advanced planning and awareness of the potential hazards can eliminate many of the risks associated with parking and backing a vehicle.
(Approx. length 16 min.)

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Battery Safety

This training covers the four battery hazards, hydrogen gas, sulfuric acid, shock and battery handling. The correct procedures on battery jumping are also covered. Central Office batteries are covered pertaining to the OSHA regulations relating to required PPE, sealed water rinse compared to quick drenching facilities, routes of entry for electrolyte, battery handling, first aid procedures and handling spills.

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Bloodborne Pathogens

This program provides compliance with the OSHA regulation to provide annual training for employees who may be exposed to potential Bloodborne Pathogens on the job.  Attendees will learn about how our bodies could be exposed both on and off the job.  Emergency situation for employees are rare on the job, however from time to time situations do occur and as a result we all need to be aware the simple steps we can all take to be protected from Bloodborne Pathogens.   

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Breast Cancer

In this class, the employees will be introduced to some basic information about breast cancer: statistics related to breast cancer, types of breast cancer, risks factors, and anatomy of the breast and general treatments for breast cancer. The program will also briefly review current trends and treatment programs.

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Bucket Truck Safety

Aerial lifts of all types including bucket trucks, can allow us to be safe and more productive if they are used correctly. The major causes of injuries and fatalities involving aerial lifts are falls, electrocutions and collapses or tip-overs. This program will cover Worksite Inspections, Fall Hazards, Tip-over Hazards along with the ten most hazardous activities associated with the use of aerial lifts.
(Approx. length 30 min.)

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Chainsaw / Cut-Off Saw Safety:

Chainsaws are the most dangerous hand tool a person can purchase. This program pertains to the OSHA regulations as they apply to Chainsaws and Cut Off Saws. Participants will gain an understanding of the hazards associated with these saws, The Personal Protective Equipment requirements, proper Felling Techniques, and Hazard Recognition. Even though most companies do not use these saws very often, we recognize the extreme hazards that come with their use.

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Concussion Awareness

The advance in concussion recognition, treatment and long term health effects in the last couple years, have placed it at the top of the news media regarding injuries for the common worker and sports athletes. Concussions must be recognized and treated appropriately.  This program provides employees with knowledge of what a concussion is, how concussions occur, what are the symptoms of a concussion, how are they diagnosed and most importantly, how they are treated.

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Confined Space Entry

The OSHA Confined Space Entry Procedures for General Industry (1910.146) require companies to implement a confined space entry program when their employees enter a permit required space.  Training is conducted on key terms and definitions of a confined space; the classes of permit required spaces; atmospheric testing requirements and the safe levels of oxygen, and toxic gases; the duties of the Safety Manager, Supervisor, Attendant, Entrant, and other Authorized Personnel; PPE Requirements; and Rescue Procedures.

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Culpable Behavior

Co-Worker Culpability training pertains to the definition of Culpability, Examples of Culpable Behavior, Human Behavior, Our Role in Accident Prevention and What Accidents have in Common.  Discussion includes how consequences affect our behavior, reasons why people do the things they do and how our actions affect others.

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Customer Premise/House Hazards

The purpose of this webinar is to increase the participant’s awareness of hazards that may be found when preforming job responsibilities at a customer’s premise or home. The participant will gained additional knowledge of the potential hazards and solutions to maintaining a safe work environment when these hazards are present.

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Dealing with Bleeding and Shock

This program is a continuation of our training efforts with respect to First Aid Training and is intended to be an education tool dealing with specific skill sets that all first aid responders need to have related to bleeding and shock situations. The attendees will learn the step by step first aid procedures for both bleeding and shock issues.
(Approx. length 19 min.)

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Disaster Recovery Plans

Disaster Recovery Plans this training covers the elements of disaster recovery plans and while generic in content, will stimulate thought and help in the creation of a new plan or may be used to evaluate the completeness of an existing plan.  The Need for a Plan, Planning Considerations, Common Oversights and the Components of a Plan are discussed.

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Distracted Driving

This training includes covering the types and the three categories of distractions we encounter while driving: Visual, Manual and Cognitive. The presentation also covers risks, statistics and sample voice mail greetings, a sample company policy and suggestions for limiting distractions while driving. The FMCSA’s regulation on handheld cell phone use by commercial drivers and the fines involved are also explained.

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DOT Regulations and Requirements

This training pertains to the federal and state regulations as they relate to the telecom industry. Topics covered include: general definitions, the different types of licenses and endorsements, DOT # requirements, the types of inspections, Driver Qualification files and the Materials of Trade regulations. The training gives employees a general knowledge of some of the most common regulations and requirements as they apply to their situations.

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Electrical Safety in the Workplace

This presentation covers a basic understanding of how electricity works and the terms associated with electricity. Also covered are the hazards directly related when coming in contact with electricity and how to prevent it.

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Emergency Action Plans

IAW OSHA 29 CFR 1910.38(a) an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is required to facilitate and organize employer and employee actions during workplace emergencies. Well-developed emergency plans and proper employee training so that employees understand their roles and responsibilities will result in fewer and less severe employee injuries if an emergency were to happen.

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Ergonomics

The program “Ergonomics for Everyone!” is designed to review information on how ergonomics are used to improve our lives and our occupations.  We will discuss the meaning of ergonomics, Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSD), how the WMSD injures occur, physical limitation of the human body and awkward positions the put us at risk for having injuries on the job.  The theory behind this training process is simple if we all understand how ergonomics in our workplaces work, than we should be able to prevent or reduce injuries on the job.

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Fiber Optic Installation and Repair Safety

Understanding the safety hazards that go with fiber optic cable networks is critical for those who install or maintain fiber optic systems.  This program covers the numerous risk factors associated with Optical Networks including the Fiber, Chemicals used, the Laser Light, Electricity, Installation and Maintenance of the networks.  Personal Protective Equipment requirements will be covered and past injuries discussed.

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Fire Extinguishers

Employees who are expected to use a fire extinguisher are required to receive annual fire extinguisher training per OSHA. The training include fire extinguisher use, when and when not to use, classes of fires, the different classes of portable fire extinguishers, how to do the monthly fire extinguisher inspections, and a video on How to use a portable fire extinguishers.
(Approx. length 9 min.)

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Flammables Storage and Compressed Gas Cylinders

The OSHA standard 1910.106 directly applies to the handling, storage and use of flammable and combustible liquids. These OSHA guidelines are explained as they relate to the telecommunications industry including control of ignition sources, proper storage, fire control, safe handling and approved safety cans. The proper use, handling, storage and transportation of compressed gas cylinders according to the OSHA standards are covered during this presentation along with the most common cited violations.

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General Safety Awareness

Training includes why making a total commitment to safety is important and how to increase your overall general safety awareness through the use of Safety Committees, Safety Bulletin Boards, and conducting In House Training.

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Hand Tool Safety

This program is designed to present employees a summary of the basic safety procedures and safeguards associated with various types of hand and portable power tools. Tools are such a common part of our lives that it is difficult to remember that they can pose hazards. Employers are required to ensure that employees have the proper tools in good condition and are properly trained in the use of these tools and determine if personal protective equipment is required.

Employees are trained in the proper use of tools and are able to recognize the hazards associated with the different types of tools and the safety precautions to be taken.

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Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

Hantaviruses are transmitted to humans by rodents and is a disease that causes human lungs to fill with fluid, resulting in death in 36 percent of patients. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has determined telephone installers are one of the highest occupations at risk to catch this syndrome due to the environment they work in. Therefore during training we reviewed the symptoms, the potential danger if misdiagnosed, and how to prevent exposure.

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Handling Aggressive Customers

This training relates to the types of aggressive behaviors people exhibit, aggressive conflict resolution and why people do the things they do. We will discuss developing an action plan for handling customers and include examples of action plans .

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HAZCOM

Employees have the right to know and understand the chemical hazards that may be present at the work place. Employees must understand the Safety Data Sheet format, know where to find the Safety Data Sheets, have an understanding of their responsibilities and an understanding of the hazard symbols. Through lecture employees gain an understanding of the Safety Data Sheets, understand their responsibilities and are able to identification and understand the meaning of the hazard symbols.

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Health and Wellness

Our health and wellness can affect how we do our jobs and the productivity of our companies.  Therefore it’s important that all employees keep themselves as healthy as possible in order to perform their jobs at a high level.  During training we reviewed tips for being physically fit; proper nutrition; sleep patterns; and how to handle stress.

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Histoplasmosis

Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus often found in bird and bat droppings. Histoplasmosis is most commonly transmitted when these spores become airborne, often during cleanup or demolition projects or working in attics where bats roost. Because of this danger, it is imperative for telephone installers to be aware of the potential risk. During class we discussed the symptoms, what type of testing is required to diagnose the illness, how to treat the illness, and how to prevent catching the virus by using ppe.

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Identity Theft and Ransom Ware

Identity Theft is a growing issue for companies, their customers and employees. The training details what ID theft is, how it happens, steps to take to preventiIdentity theft and what to do when it does occur.  The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) guidelines for ID Theft regarding Deter, Detect and Defend and the importance of acting quickly if identity theft does happen are covered. Also the importance of keeping company data safe and being able to explain to customers how their data is kept safe are outlined.

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Killer Gases

This presentation defines the poisonous gas know as Carbon Monoxide. How it’s produced and where it comes from. Covered are the symptoms related to exposure, allowable limits, first aid procedures, prevention and monitoring methods both at home and the work place.

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Ladders, Climbing and Aerial Equipment

This training session covers the OSHA regulations in regards to Ladders and Aerial Equipment as it relates to the telecommunications industry.  Statistics, Hazards and Common Risks are highlighted along with proper use of Ladders and Aerial Equipment.  When employees are finished with this training they will be able to identify hazards and what steps to take to minimize exposure.

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Laser Safety

Telecommunication Laser Safety the course objectives include an Overview of Lasers, Specific Safety and Hazard Concerns, Classification of Lasers, Safety Glasses and Labeling Requirements. 

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Load Securement

Public safety requires that cargo being transported on the highway system must remain on or within the transporting vehicle under all conditions which could reasonably be expected to occur in normal driving. IAW the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation 393.100 this webinar reviews the procedures for securing cargo to include: tie down requirements (direct and indirect); how to determine the number of tie downs required; when to re-examine and adjust cargo. We also discuss the types of tie downs and how to inspect chains and synthetic straps for damage and when they are no longer serviceable.

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Mold Awareness

Mold is everywhere! Thousands of species of fungus can be found growing year round, both indoors and outdoors, which can cause very serious health problems. During training we discussed he conditions it takes for mold to grow; the most common areas were mold grows; how to detect or recognize mold; how to clean it and prevent it from recurring; and the health effects mold has on our bodies. Being able to properly identify mold and eliminate mold will ensure a safe and healthy environment at work and at home.

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The OSHA Inspection Process

This program provides the employees attending with an understanding of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Compliance with OSHA regulations is mandatory, we will learn about the various types of inspections that can occur. We will also discuss the types of citations OSHA inspectors can issue, the fines and the abatement process. How we react, when an OSHA official show up is very important, the factors we take into account, and can directly affect the outcome of the inspection.
(Approx. length 23 min.)

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OSHA Violation Pictorial

During the summer we conducted walk around inspections to ensure a safe and healthful workplace is being maintained. While conducting the walk around inspections we looked for any safety or health hazards so they may be corrected. During training we reviewed pictures of some of the violations we discovered in order to help others prevent the same violations.

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Outage Checklists

The course objectives include the five basic stages of an emergency: Reaction, Assessment, Notification, Mobilization and Restoration. Vital records will be covered as they relate to the operation of the company. A Risk Evaluation Checklist including types of Natural, Manmade and Mechanical Risks will be covered also.

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Prostate Cancer

In this class, the employees will be introduced to some basic information about Prostate Cancer: statistics related to Prostate Cancer, types of breast cancer, risks factors, and anatomy of the male reproductive system and general treatments for Prostate Cancer.  The program will also briefly review current trends and treatment programs.

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Reasonable Suspicion

This training pertains to instructing employees on the process and procedures of reasonable suspicion testing for drugs and alcohol, along with some of the new street drugs now being abused. The affects and symptoms of drugs and alcohol usage, what reasonable suspicion testing involves including misconceptions and myths are also covered.

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Road Rage

Road rage is aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile and is a growing problem on our roadways. Such behavior might include rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner, or making threats. Road rage can lead to altercations, assaults, and collisions that could result in injuries or even death. Because situations can escalate quickly we reviewed the stimuli which can cause road rage and how to remain calm to prevent potential confrontations.

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Safety Tips For Travelers

The purpose of this webinar is to educate participants on the ways to maintain personal safety when traveling. The webinar focuses on hazards and safety tips which increases participant’s awareness of safety while traveling. Risky travel behavior and Safety travel behaviors are outlined for the following areas, pre-trip, arriving safely, international travel and protecting valuables.

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Slips, Trips and Falls

Many preventable accidents occur as employees complete their daily work activities. Some of these accidents are directly related to condition that often are present in our daily lives as humans. The training will teach our employees how to spot potentially dangerous condition and some of the hazards that cause us to Slip, Trip or Fall.

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Trenching and Excavation Work

It’s the starting point of most projects. Before you dig there’s a lot you need to know. The most common type of hazard encountered in trenching and excavation work is the trench cave-in, but there are other hazards that may not be as well known. Basic knowledge of concepts such as soil types, soil testing, and types of trench collapses, trench protection, and safe work practices is what we need to be focused on before entering a trench.

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Utility Traffic Control

During a typical day uutility service providers such as the electric, gas, telephone and cable companies often need to work on or near roadways and often involves the presence of work vehicles and equipment in the travel lanes of the roadway, on the shoulder, and/or within the right-of-way of active roads and highways. Although utility work is often less time-consuming than highway construction and maintenance activities, it still poses similar challenges and dangers to passing motorists and workers. Therefore, IAW the Utility Work Zone Traffic Control Guidelines this webinar reviews the basic principles of design and the minimum use of traffic control and warning devices for all streets and highways.

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Vehicle Accident Reporting 

If an employee is involved in a vehicle accident while operating a company vehicle, they may not know the procedures to take at the accident scene or if the accident needs to be reported when no damage has been sustained to the company vehicle. During this webinar we will review ways to reduce vehicle accidents by using corrective action or incentives. We will also review the immediate steps to take at an accident scene and how to properly document the accident by completing an accident report form, even if there is no damage. By ensuring every accident is reported and fully documented, employees will help protect the company from future claims and lawsuits.

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Work Zone Safety

All outside employees have an opportunity to be exposed to safety hazards while working within the right of way of our streets, roads and highways. This training will address: concerns and solutions, areas of the work area, internal and external hazards associated with work zones, personal protective equipment requirements and guidelines for proper setup.
(Approx. length 23 min.)

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