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September 2020 Safety Coach: Better People Make the World a Better Place

Safety Coach
Be the Change

In October, our program begins a new fiscal year, and I’d like to begin by sharing this thought: “If you want a better world, you have to create one.”

We can help you create a better safety culture, or at least one that is more all-encompassing and includes items often overlooked. That’s a good place to start, right?

Are you planning a conference or association meeting? Do you need a speaker? We can come to you – virtually, in this environment – to talk about issues that impact you and your employees every day, from risks involving distracted driving to the importance of recognizing signs of impairment in the workplace.

We offer a variety of online training options. Often, these sessions evolve into roundtable discussions. Experts in the field with boots on the ground relay their own experiences. Sometimes, they talk about the policies in place where they operate. In doing so, participants learn from peers and not just us.

Make plans to join us soon: Register for a free session that works on your timetable. Want to set up a personalized session for your own team? Contact OurDriving.Concern@nsc.org.

We’ve learned participants in our transportation safety and Drug Impairment Training for Texas Employers sessions welcome links to materials we share and the follow-up email we send that highlights more free resources.

One recent virtual attendee left this comment in the chat box: “Thank you for the awesome packet of info that was mailed before today! What great resources! I take this class every other year! (There’s) always new info to learn.”

A new risk manager added that materials provided ahead of online training sessions enabled her to absorb some of the content live and reference the rest later so she was not swamped with too much to learn too soon. Many who attend these online training sessions are invited by a friend or colleague who shares a registration link.

Recently, we notified Texas safety professionals about a new, 15-month safety calendar we have in production. We received 6,500 orders in a single day. These orders indicate our trainings are only the beginning of an ongoing relationship we work hard to maintain. We want you to come back often and take advantage of all that we have to offer.

Think of it as an opportunity: Be the change you wish to see in your world.

We’re creating plenty of new tools for you to use, including Gamification.

Tailgate Talk
Safety Games

Our website is being rebuilt and will launch on a new platform in the coming days. Soon, we will have a fresh, new look, but that’s not all. For example, we will provide new ways for you to connect employee behavior with transportation safety through interactive online learning opportunities. Did someone say, “Gamification?”

Loosely defined, gamification is the use of game design and mechanics to enhance non-game learning by increasing participation and creating a sense of competition. Research shows this can be a good way to boost retention of knowledge.

So, whether it’s a game modeled after Family Feud, Jeopardy or Bingo, you soon will be able to play right along with employees and help them rethink or reshape their attitudes and behaviors toward things like distracted driving, speeding and drowsy driving. Keep an eye out for our updated driver and transportation safety e-learning modules, too. These brief lessons will cover a variety of topics, including aggressive driving and impaired driving, conclude with a quiz option and can be accessed on your mobile devices.

As we move forward, we are doing a bit of housekeeping, too, so it’s easier for you to find all the free resources you’ve grown accustomed to on our new website, including:

  • Transportation safety posters
  • Toilet Tabloids (designed for display in bathrooms)
  • Safety talks
  • Policy and incident reporting templates
  • Know Safety No Crashes blog posts

In addition, we’re building a new, one-stop training center. To be sure, we are doing all of this because we want to improve our website user experience. We also want to reinforce our commitment to you. Because transportation incidents remain the leading cause of occupational fatalities in Texas and across the U.S., employers need to keep safety in front of employees to:

  • Save lives and reduce the risk of life-altering injuries
  • Guard against company and personal liabilities associated with crashes involving employees driving on company business

Our new site is scheduled to launch during the final days of September or at some point in October. Find us here: TxDrivingConcern.org

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