Free Trainings for SDAO Members

SDAO membership provides access to tools and resources to help prevent problems and respond appropriately if they occur.  Classes listed are free for SDAO members.  If a topic you’re interested in is not listed, SDAO will try to tailor a workshop to fit the specific need.


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   Accident Investigation
Help, I’ve fallen!! Occasionally an accident will happen at your facility. When this happens, an investigation must be conducted, but do you know what that entails? This Accident Investigation Training will help prepare you should you ever have to complete an accident investigation. The training will help you understand immediate actions needed to minimize injuries, damage to property, or required OR-OSHA reporting. It will provide techniques to obtain important information focusing on the accident facts and ways to analyze data down to the root cause. This training provides sample accidents for participants to analyze to reinforce what they have learned.

Accident Injury Reporting
Obtaining the appropriate information in describing an accident/incident injury or scene can be crucial in the event a claim gets filed. Many times accident claims are denied in court because of lack of evidence or information available to prove injury or damage. Photos, measurements, and accurate descriptions of the accident/incident are an absolute necessity. The Loss Control Department at Special Districts Association of Oregon can train your district on obtaining the proper information needed to file a comprehensive accident/incident report. They will also train you on the necessary required forms required for use in all types of accidents/incidents.

Aerial Lift
Changing that light bulb may be harder said than done! This may require the use of an aerial lift, which requires specific safety training. The training covers common aerial lift accidents, discusses the hazards associated with aerial lifts, and the rules to put in place for safe use. The hands-on portion of this training requires participants to demonstrate safe and knowledgeable operation of the aerial lift. 
Cough! Cough! Asbestos does not necessarily have to mean “dangerous!” This training is designed to inform participants of the many forms of asbestos and the potential health risks to employees. Discussion will cover ways to avoid exposure and best practices on cleaning when asbestos is present. The training will provide an environment to discuss the places asbestos may be found and the significance of labels and signs.

Athletic Liability
You’re Out!! Thousands of students are involved in athletics every year. This training is designed to educate athletic directors and coaches on the liabilities that exist in sports and the common cause of many injuries. Participants will learn about general sports safety and best practices for each season and type of sport. We will also discuss how to prevent injuries by setting expectations.

Back Injury Prevention
I can lift that! Back injuries are the most common type of accident to employees. This training is designed to educate the participant in identifying risk factors that increase the chance of back injuries. We will discuss modifications to lifting and other activities to help reduce the risk of back injuries. In addition, we will discuss simple ways to stretch and warm up before working.

Bloodborne Pathogen
Don’t touch that! For workers who have a reasonable exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) this course is a must. This training is designed to teach the participant what BBP is and the three major viruses associated with it. We will discuss the different types of body fluids that may contain BBP and general guidelines for Universal Precautions. Discussion will cover ways to properly clean BBP and the steps to be taken if an employee comes into contact with BBP, in addition to important follow-up procedures.

Building inspections
This introductory training is designed to educate Districts of the importance of developing a building inspection process and how it can significantly reduce the chance of property damage. The training will cover the areas of your buildings to make a priority for inspection and set an appropriate schedule for inspections to occur. We will also provide visual examples from District buildings that did not have an inspection process in place.

Bus Driver Defensive Driver Training
Defensive Driving begins before you even enter the bus. Checking the condition of your bus, road and weather conditions, and your emotional and physical condition before getting on the bus are all important factors in driving your bus safely and defensively. This training will show you how to identify these factors.

CFL and Hazard Waste
This short introductory training covers how to handle, dispose of and clean up broken compact florescent lights. It also discusses laws, resources and best practices as they relate to how your District should handle disposal of hazardous waste.

Confined Space Training
This confined space training is developed to inform your staff about requirements for developing a written confined space program and proper entry into permit-required confined spaces. You will learn what constitutes a confined space and what conditions that make the space a permit space. We will also discuss roles of personnel involved in entries and the records that must be kept for entries. We will also discuss rescue plan requirements. This class is designed to train staff on the general requirements and procedures. Additional site and equipment-specific training will also be needed at the District level and/or by vendors prior to allowing your staff to enter confined spaces.

CPR/AED/First Aid
Sudden cardiac arrest is unpredictable and can happen without warning. Each year approximately 330,000 Americans die from coronary heart disease. Bystander CPR and use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can significantly increase the chance of surviving Sudden Cardiac Arrest. When SCA strikes, be ready to act quickly to give the patient the best chance of survival. Learn how to administer CPR and how to operate an AED.

Defensive Driver Training
Defensive Driving begins before you even enter the vehicle. Checking the condition of your vehicle, road and weather conditions, and your emotional and physical condition before entering are all important factors in driving safely and defensively. Learn how to identify these factors in our Defensive Driver Training.

Ergonomics is real and can prevent injuries. Districts can take a reactive or proactive approach when applying ergonomics practices. Reactive ergonomics is when something needs to be addressed and corrective action is taken. Proactive ergonomics is the process of seeking areas for improvement and fixing the issues before they can become an injury. Problems may be fixed through equipment design, task design, or environmental design. Equipment design changes the actual, physical devices used by people. Task design changes what people do with the equipment. Environmental design changes the environment in which people work. We will discuss the risk factors of your districts and ways to implement a proactive process to mitigate injuries.

Fall Protection
The fall protection training is designed to educate District staff on what is necessary to have a complete fall protection program in place. The training will cover when fall protection must be used, planning for when a fall hazard is present, a variety of fall protection equipment, different methods of fall protection, calculating fall distances, and planning for rescues. We will also discuss how fall protection relates to aerial lifts, and the inspection and care of fall protection equipment. We encourage the District to have all of your equipment present at the time of training as the District will be required to train staff on site-specific hazards. This will also eliminate the need for additional training required on equipment not available at the time of the class.

Fire Extinguisher Training
This training is designed to provide a brief informative classroom presentation on the dangers of fighting fires, considerations prior to using a fire extinguisher, and the proper use and limitations of fire extinguishers. The classroom portion of the training is followed by live-fire training. The live-fire training is completed by using a fire extinguisher prop that provides a safe controlled environment. In order for the prop to be used we must have an open space with a water and electrical source available. In the case of larger districts that want to train staff over multiple days we can deliver the prop and train District staff to complete the presentation.

Watch where you’re driving! This training is designed to educate the participant on the OR-OSHA Rule, the different types, features and physics of forklifts and what to look for during inspections. We will discuss driving techniques, load handling, fueling, and review best practices for operating a forklift. This training also includes driving an obstacle course designed to show the participants can safely operate a forklift.

Hazard Communication
Every employee that works in an environment where chemicals are present must be informed of the chemical hazards associated with their workplace. This knowledge includes training by their employer on protection methods and exposure treatments for these chemicals according to OR-OSHA’s requirements in ORS rule 1910.1200. It also includes training on how to read and understand Material Safety Data Sheets and Labeling. An effective Hazard Communication Program is essential for keeping your employees safe in the workplace. It creates a healthy working environment for the employee and shows the employer’s dedication and commitment to health and safety. This helps keep injuries at a minimum and in turn reduces Worker’s Compensation costs.

Hazard Identification
In order to keep your employees safe in the workplace you need to know the hazards! There are many types of hazards you may not be aware of. Conducting routine walk-throughs of all your workstations is just one way of identifying those safety hazards. Learn how to identify these hazards and ways to eliminate or minimize them.

Hearing Conservation
It’s too loud in here!! Employers and employees whose work environments may subject them to noise should consider a Hearing Conservation Training. This training is designed to teach participants the effects of noise on their hearing and will inform participants about the many different forms of hearing protection available and how to properly use and store it. Participants will learn ways to reduce noise in the workplace through engineering controls, administrative controls and personal protective equipment.

Indoor Air Quality
This short introductory training for school districts covers five key points to improving and/or maintaining a healthy indoor air quality environment in your buildings. We will also discuss resources that are available to assist your district with this issue.

Injuries from falls from ladders and high places are one of the most prevalent Workers Compensation claims. These injuries can easily be avoided with a minimal amount of knowledge and attention to safety while using a ladder.

Lead Awareness
The use of Lead in many types of building/building products has been practiced throughout history. But the harmful effects from the use of Lead weren’t known until very recently. People were unaware that the ordinary flu like systems they were experiencing could be associated with something much more serious in the long term. Learn about the harmful effects associated with lead use and how to keep your employees safe.

Who can sue you? We all know the answer to that question is ANYONE. We will discuss your liability exposures and how to identify and prevent those hazards. We will explain some legal defenses used by public entities to prevent a claim, followed by some simple pre-loss safety practices that can mitigate your exposures. We will review hazards specific to district types.

Lockout Tag-out
Does your district use equipment such as Loaders, Graders or Backhoes? How about power tools like table saws, lathes, or welders? Are there electrical sources for pumps, hydro plants or district shops? If you have any mechanical device that has the potential to permit transmission or release of some type of energy, your district is required to have a Lockout Tag-out Program in place. OR-OSHA 1910.147 requires the control of these hazardous energy releases. Learn how to train your employees to identify any devices that may have the potential to allow a hazardous energy release and be educated on the proper device for the sources identified.

Motivating Safe Behavior
How effective are your safety programs? Every District and safety officer will agree that they would like employees to be more engaged and motivated to make safe choices, practice safe behaviors on the job, and participate willingly in workplace health and safety activities. Unfortunately, many workplaces struggle to achieve this. Motivation can only come from within an individual, when they make a personal decision to commit to safety. This training will give you some safety theories and help you identify personal, team, organization and equipment risk factors. System interventions are a great way to understand and mitigate exposures.

This training is designed to educate staff on the dangers of MRSA and how to protect yourselves and others. Topics that will be discussed include commonality of MRSA, different types of MRSA bacteria, spread of the bacteria, effects of infection, treatment of infection, useful precautions and effective cleaning techniques.

Personal Protective Equipment
Are your employees protected? Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a specialized clothing or equipment worn by employees for protection against health and safety hazards. Personal protective equipment is designed to protect many parts of the body, i.e., eyes, head, face, hands, feet, and ears. Following this training you will be able to assess your workplace to determine what PPE is needed. We will also cover the importance of inspecting and choosing the proper PPE.

Playground Hazard Identification
Does your playground have hazards and are your employees trained in spotting them? This training provides methods for identifying general playground hazards; protrusion or entanglement hazards; head, neck, crush, or shear hazards; and the hazards presented by suspended components. Upon completion of this training you will be able to identify general playground hazards and explain the difference between a risk and a hazard.

Playground Supervision
The number one reason for injuries on a playground is lack of supervision. Adequate playground supervision is an essential component in providing a safe playground. This training will show you the steps for building or improving your playground supervision. It will help you explore the value of play, gain an understanding of the playground hazards, develop an understanding of acceptable play behaviors and define recommended supervision practices. The training will also discuss liability and how hazards on the playground can leave the District exposed.

Respirator Safety
This training is designed to educate your District on the requirements to include in your respirator safety program. The training will also cover respiratory hazards, selecting the right respirator for the job, fit testing requirements, and proper use, storage and cleaning of the respirator. The District will still need to train staff on the site-based hazards and actual respirators that your District uses.

Risk Management in Tough Economic Times
Effective risk management, an important part of planning for Districts, will save you money. The process of risk management is designed to reduce or eliminate the risks of events happening or having an impact on the District. Risk management is a process for identifying, assessing, and prioritizing a variety of risks. We will discuss how to identify risks and plan to minimize or eliminate the impact of negative events. We will explain how to develop a risk management process and the steps for implementation.

Safety Committee
You will learn the purpose and requirements for having a safety committee, such as promoting safety and learning how to prevent incidents and accidents. You will be trained how to identify workplace hazards and how to investigate accidents. Every district should have a safety plan in place and this training will show you how to complete one. The purpose of a safety plan is to recognize hazards at each work location and devise a plan to prevent and minimize accidents and injuries.
Safety Meetings
This training will show you the differences between a safety meeting and a safety committee. You will learn the OR-OSHA requirements of a safety meeting, how to identify hazards within the work environment and concepts related to accident investigation.

Sexual Harassment
More and more sexual harassment cases are making the news. This training will help you avoid sexual harassment accusations by learning what constitutes sexual harassment. You will also learn the different categories of harassment and the legal requirements of the employer. You will walk away with necessary guidelines for the prevention of sexual harassment.

Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. Effective solutions are often simple, inexpensive, and lead to many other benefits. This training will help you achieve your injury prevention goals by showing you how fall accidents happen. You will also learn to identify the trouble areas and prevent or minimize the hazards associated with falling.

Stretch and Flex
Learn the positive benefits of a stretch and flex program. A good stretch and flex program will promote good health and injury prevention both on and off the job. We will walk you through several different stretches targeting the different muscle groups of the human body.

Student Supervision
Supervising students can be both rewarding and an overwhelming task. In this class you will learn the role of the supervisors, identify risk factors, and review incident reporting requirements.

Where do you have kids working in the dark with power tools, using lifts 50 feet in the air, working with electricity, building platforms that support kids, flying, using smoke and pyrotechnics? All with little supervision? Your high school theater! The risks in a high school theater are higher than any other area of the school. This very informative class will focus on preventative maintenance and safety practices in the theater. We will also discuss how to properly maintain and operate equipment.

Top 5 General Safety
There are many hazards waiting to ambush your employees. In this training we will identify and briefly address ways to combat the five top hazards which are housekeeping; slip/fall prevention; personal protective equipment; chemicals; and ladder safety.

Workplace Violence
In order to prevent violence in the workplace you must be able to identify workplace violence and recognize the signs of pending violent behavior. This training will teach you the four types of workplace violence and the prevention strategies for each type. You will also learn what steps need to be taken following a workplace violence incident.

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