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The Pool Offers Loss Prevention Education & Training for Our Members at No Extra Cost

Education and training are essential to prevent accidents by identifying hazards and loss exposures and implementing appropriate solutions. TMLIRP develops and provides education and training programs based upon trends identified throughout the Pool's membership and provide awareness about important topics.

Focus is placed on supervisors and managers as these employees are responsible for the day-to-day operations and play a crucial role in determining outcomes for employee safety, entity liability, as well as other risk management-related exposures.

TMLIRP provides their members Loss Prevention Training Programs at no additional cost throughout all regions of the state. TMLIRP also grants continuing education hours, when applicable.

For dates and locations of classes currently scheduled, and to register for them, please see our online calendar.

For information about TMLIRP’s Online Learning Center and webinars, please see the Multimedia page.

Loss Prevention Course Descriptions

Accident Analysis 101 - Exploring the 5 Whys

Safety and production don’t have to be at odds, and everyone should go home from work in as good of shape as when they reported for duty. But, let’s face it - accidents happen. Understanding what to do when things don’t go as planned is one of the cornerstones of a healthy safety culture and Accident Analysis 101: Exploring the 5 Whys can help get you there.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • How to navigate behavioral aspects when responding to incidents of all types
  • Key components to thorough reporting and documentation
  • The important details of any accident scene
  • Successful interviewing techniques
  • How to determine root cause and implement preventive measures utilizing real-world scenarios

Who Should Attend?

Accident Analysis 101: Exploring the 5 Whys is designed to educate, entertain, and challenge risk managers, supervisors, and any personnel involved in accident investigations.

By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit employees of cities and other entities throughout Texas.

Drive Like A Boss (TCOLE 2046)

As a public sector employee, you set the example on Texas roadways. No matter your job title or experience level, when you get behind the wheel, you are in charge of getting from point A to point B safely.

In Drive Like a Boss, attendees receive valuable resources and information like:

  • How our driving compares to others
  • Correct responses to conditions we can’t control
  • A practical approach to vehicle inspection
  • The effects of impaired, fatigued and distracted driving
  • Fleet management best practices for your specific fleet

Drive Like a Boss is designed to educate, entertain, and challenge attendees, regardless of the type of vehicle they operate. By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit members, their families, and cities and other entities throughout Texas.

Who Should Attend? Employees who operate motorized vehicles, regardless of vehicle type and purpose.

Highway Traffic Control for Emergency Responders

One of the greatest exposures to emergency services personnel for serious injuries or fatalities occurs while conducting duties on or near roadways. Highway Traffic Control for Emergency Responders helps emergency responders identify roadway exposures; improve decision making skills; understand the proper use of traffic control techniques; and be proactive in the use of pre-planning strategies.

Goals and Objectives: Highway Traffic Control for Emergency Responders provides information to help prevent injuries to emergency responders who work along roadways.

Participants will be able to:

  • Improve understanding of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices as it pertains to emergency responders
  • Recognize the need for advance scene notifications, devices, and the effect of device location
  • Recognize the proper use of traffic control devices and techniques
  • Understand correct vehicle and apparatus placement
  • Be familiar with proper selection and use of personal protective equipment
  • Understand how to effectively coordinate the overall scene among various responding agencies

Who Should Attend: Full-time and volunteer fire management and uniformed personnel, EMS, and police departments. Other personnel, such as public works and utility employees, who may be dispatched to the scene of an incident.

Note: Fire Department personnel may receive Level 2 continuing education credit. Volunteer firefighters may receive State Firemens's and Fire Marshals' Association (SFFMA) certification credit. Law enforcement personnel may receive TCOLE credit.

Integrity, Ethics, and Leadership in the Workplace (TCOLE 3049)

Focuses on proven principles that will greatly impact and influence any new, current, or future leaders that true leadership excellence is doing the right thing, setting the right example, serving as a positive role model, and making a difference in other people's lives.

Integrity, Ethics, and Leadership in the Workplace focuses on proven principles that will greatly impact and influence any new, current, or future leaders that true leadership excellence is doing the right thing, setting the right example, serving as a positive role model, and making a difference in other people's lives.

Goals and Objectives: Integrity, Ethics, and Leadership in the Workplace will discuss opportunities to apply leadership principles that promote a higher level of performance standards of employee conduct, commitment, achievement, and organized skills.

Participants will identify and apply immediately:

  • Personal leadership principles and skills that will allow them to be a positive influence on other employees and the organizational culture.
  • The importance of integrity and ethics in the workplace by demonstrating what "doing the right thing" looks like.
  • The benefits of an employee's ability to deal with and adapt to change, both personally and professionally.
  • The benefits of making attitude your best friend and not your enemy.

Who Should Attend? All supervisory or non-supervisory personnel, department heads, managers, executives, and elected officials.

Note: Lunch will be provided.

Note: TCOLE course credit hours available for those with a valid PID #.

Use of Force in Modern Policing (TCOLE 3334)

Use of Force in Modern Policing will prepare officers how to communicate, de-escalate and use proper use of force techniques when interacting with non-compliant individuals.

Officers will be engaged with a combination of classroom discussion, lecture, videos, and case law study. Participants will utilize realistic, simulator based training that will include courtroom style role-playing. This will enable officers make reasonably appropriate, practical, and defendable decisions when faced with resistance. Officers will learn how to better maintain their safety and prevent possible exposure to liability that may impact their personal well-being and professional careers.

Goals and Objectives: Use of Force in Modern Policing is designed to enhance officers’ communication, de-escalation, and decision-making abilities. Officers will have several opportunities to enhance de-escalation techniques and use of force options utilizing a scenario-based training simulator.

Participants will be able to:

  • Relate particular case law and constitutional provisions to specific response to resistance situations and scenarios
  • Demonstrate the four elements of the effective communication process utilizing the sender, channel, receiver, and feedback model
  • Recognize and explain excited delirium
  • Demonstrate and explain his/her decision-making process during response to resistance scenarios
  • Effectively utilize use of force options and exhibit sound officer safety practices

Who should attend? Law enforcement executives, supervisors, training officers, and line officers would benefit by attending this program. City managers and risk managers are encouraged to attend.

Notes: TCOLE Credit Hours available. Lunch is students’ responsibility.

Man in the Mirror: Civility in the Workplace - New! (TCOLE 3009)

This workshop looks at the behaviors that can cause problems in the workplace with co-workers, peers, citizens and/or supervisors. This training is designed to help identify behaviors that cause conflict in the workplace as well as behaviors that help us get along with others in the workplace, including the ability to understand the differences between harassment, bullying and uncivil behaviors. It will also discuss the effects and costs of workplace incivility, the critical elements of a culture of civility, and where civility starts. By looking at the “Man in the Mirror” we will get a glimpse of how we can ALL ensure we are doing our part to create a civil work environment. This training is intended for full-time and part-time employees at all levels, including senior management. 2 hours

(Members are strongly encouraged to take 30 minutes at the end of the presentation to cover their policy, reporting procedures and organizational expectations.)

Managing Stress and Burnout for Law Enforcement (TCOLE 3871)

Resilience Strategies for First Responders – 7 hours

Resilience Strategies for First Responders is designed for police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel operating in today's difficult environment. This course provides a comprehensive examination of the types of stress that first responders face, including intrinsic dangers such as depression, PTSD, and relationship issues, as well as the predictable changes and challenges in a typical public safety environment.

Since these issues impact the individual on a professional, personal, emotional, and physical level, this course focuses on developing a better understanding and learning strategies to regulate them for optimum performance. Particular emphasis is placed on developing survival strategies that allow for a healthy career in public safety and a long and enjoyable retirement.

Topics of Discussion:                   
  • Statistics on the toll of a career
  • The career "cycle"
  • The science behind the trauma (hypervigilance, compensatory efforts)
  • Understanding stress
  • Specifics of stress for first responders law enforcement (compassion fatigue, PTSI)
  • Burnout
  • Addressing stress (physical techniques, relaxation response, EMDR, sleep, mental techniques, preventive measures

Who Should Attend?

Any law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMS personnel. Spouses/significant others are welcome.

Notes:

TCOLE credit hours available (TCOLE #3871)

Lunch will be provided.

Risk Management for Law Enforcement (TCOLE 3009)

Do you want to keep your job? Do you want to stay off the front page? How about not getting in trouble for what your peers or subordinates do? Risk Management for Law Enforcement shines a light on risks that peace officers face that get them fired, suspended, demoted, sued, or incarcerated. In addition, departments and communities experience impacts of poor decisions and failure to address risks appropriately. This course discusses proactive and practical approaches to police risk and how to conduct damage control.

Goals and objectives:

  • List the 4 “T’s” of risk management
  • Understand what’s getting officers hurt, sued, fired, and prosecuted
  • Describe the difference between reactive and proactive approaches to risk management
  • Explain the risk/frequency aspects of risk management
  • List the 2 keys to managing risk
  • List the 5 behavioral factors of risk management
  • Explain the mechanical factors of risk management

Who Should Attend?
Risk and Liability Management for Law Enforcement is designed to educate and challenge police. Risk managers and public safety communicators will also benefit. The course is of value to any employee who works in law enforcement to better understand safety and liability concepts, as everyone plays a role in risk management.

Note: This course is eligible for TCOLE 3009. Participants must provide TCOLE PID number at registration or at the class.

Safe Police Vehicle Operations (TCOLE 2046)

Emergency vehicle operation places stress on both the operator and the vehicle. Safe Police Vehicle Operations provides officers with driving situations and how to safely respond.

Vehicle accident exposures are increasing each year with traffic and road conditions changing. Law enforcement is exposed to these hazards continuously throughout their shifts. Vehicle-related accidents are the leading cause of officer injuries. Each year more officers die in vehicle accidents than by any other means. TMLIRP member law enforcement agencies report an average of 1,300 vehicle related claims, accounting for over $7 million in losses each year. Beyond the damage to the police vehicle, a single auto-related incident has the potential to produce employee injuries and liability exposures due to injuries to others and/or damage to vehicles and property.

Goals and Objectives:

Safe Police Vehicle Operations participants will be able to:

  • Understand how to operate emergency vehicles safely and within the scope of their duties according to state law as well as local procedures and policies
  • Understand the importance of vehicle maintenance
  • Identify common and leading causes of accidents during emergency responses and routine patrol activities
  • Understand tactical, emotional, and physical skills essential to preventing accidents
  • Review safe and prudent vehicle backing procedures

Who Should Attend?
Any law enforcement officer. The program is important for chiefs, decision making personnel, policy makers, managers, and elected officials who want to gain a better understanding of high-risk issues affecting law enforcement.

Notes: TCOLE Credit Hours available

Safety Center: Top Plays for Field Operations

Course Overview

What do top sports teams all have in common? Regardless of their style of play, they consistently focus on culture, improvement and the little details that can make or break a game plan. The same can be said about the safety culture at some of the most successful organizations in the world.

Safety Center: Top Plays for Field Operations lays down a framework for safety success.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • Team dynamics and safety culture leadership values
  • Before the game starts: the value of pre-job planning and being fit for duty
  • Practical tips and information regarding common safety-sensitive issues such as:
    • Working at heights
    • Chemicals and the importance of Safety Data Sheets
    • Power tool and heavy equipment safety
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Natural hazard identification (poison ivy, snakes etc.) and exposure prevention
    • Dealing with heat-stress and fatigue
    • Lock-Out/Tag-Out, Job Safety Analysis, safe lifting and much more!

Who Should Attend?

Safety Center: Top Plays for Field Operations is designed to educate, entertain and challenge any employee engaged in operations or maintenance activities. From public works and utilities to parks and maintenance, this course is an eye-opener for personnel at all levels.

By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit employees of cities and entities throughout Texas.

Safety Center: Top Plays for Work Zone Operations

With over 140 deaths occurring in Texas work zones every year, these high-hazard work environments require a game plan for success. By focusing on practical strategies and the little details that can make or break a safety culture, Safety Center: Top Plays for Work Zone Operations delivers a framework for success.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • Team dynamics and the basics of safety culture leadership
  • Before the game starts: the value of pre-job planning and being fit for duty
  • Just how dangerous a common work zone can be and practical tips to lower exposure
  • Work zone best practices such as:
    • Using and maintaining traffic control devices
    • Flagging basics
    • Proper work zone setup per the Texas MUTCD
    • Heat stress, safe lifting, internal traffic control and much more!

Who Should Attend? Safety Center: Top Plays for Work Zone Operations is designed to educate, entertain and challenge any employee expected to operate in a work zone, including streets, water, wastewater, gas, electric and other utilities personnel.

By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit employees of cities and other entities throughout Texas.

Sexual Harassment for Managers & Supervisors: It's Time to Up Your Game - New! (TCOLE 3910)

From Harvey Weinstein to Matt Lauer, sexual harassment is at the forefront of the news these days and has sparked the #MeToo movement. This training is designed to assist supervisory personnel identify various types of harassment, strengthen and support policies, correlate organizational culture to harassment, identify unacceptable behavior, and understand the financial and legal implications of harassment. From lead worker to senior management, this training is intended for employees in a supervisory capacity at any level within the organization. 2 hours

(Members are strongly encouraged to take 30 minutes at the end of the presentation to cover their policy, reporting procedures and organizational expectations.)

The Risk Management Leadership Blueprint (TCOLE 3009)

What is safety culture? How does a leader motivate? If you asked a dozen people these questions, you’d get 12 different answers for each one, and actually achieving these things and staying on course is no easy task. You have to have a plan. The Risk Management Leadership Blueprint delivers a framework for safety success.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • Why accidents happen
  • The importance of thorough hazard identification
  • Leadership Lingo: the vocabulary of effective motivation
  • Selling Safety: presenting a hazard abatement plan to management
  • Policy, procedure and the law of unintended consequences

Who Should Attend?

The Risk Management Leadership Blueprint is designed to educate, entertain and challenge supervisors and managers at all levels. The coursework is also of value to any employee looking to better understand safety culture and leadership, as everyone plays a role in risk management.

By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit employees of cities and entities throughout Texas.

Note: TCOLE credit hours available

Vehicle Operations for Fire and EMS (TCOLE 2046)

Motor vehicle accidents have become one of the highest injury and fatality causes for emergency service personnel. Statistics show these incidents are occurring during routine driving, while responding to emergencies, and at emergency scenes. Vehicle Operations for Fire and EMS increases awareness of exposures so that personnel operate and arrive at scenes safely.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Gain a practical understanding of the Texas Motor Vehicle Laws related to emergency vehicle operations
  • Recognize supervisor and employee responsibilities during vehicle operations
  • Understand development of and adherence to departmental policies and procedures
  • Review potential liability exposures and the role of tort liability
  • Understand how decision making affects the use of lights and sirens at intersections, when passing vehicles, and the speed of response
  • Recognize proper vehicle and apparatus placement for incident management

Who should attend?

Personnel operating emergency vehicles or any motorized equipment assigned to the emergency response team, including all full-time and volunteer fire and EMS personnel. Law enforcement officers will find many portions of this program applicable to their situations.

NOTE: Fire Department personnel may receive Level 2 continuing education credit. Volunteer firefighters may receive State Firemen's & Fire Marshals' Association certification (SFFMA) credit.

Vehicle Operations for Maintenance Personnel

Operating a vehicle or motorized equipment takes good driving skills, good judgment, and heightened awareness. Considering the distractions presented by today’s technologies, operating a vehicle or motorized equipment can be a dangerous proposition. Drivers must be aware of their surroundings, familiar and comfortable with the vehicle or equipment, and, most importantly, make good decisions.

Goals & Objectives:

Vehicle Operations for Maintenance Personnel provides steps to help prevent accidents, injuries, damage, and fatalities related to the operation of vehicles and equipment commonly used by maintenance personnel.

Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the common causes of vehicle/equipment accidents
  • Identify the risks and hazards associated with vehicle/equipment operation
  • Understand the roles of the driver/operator
  • Know the basics of safe vehicle operation and keys to avoiding collisions
  • Know how to conduct basic vehicle/equipment inspections
  • Understand the basics of accident investigation for the prevention of future incidents
  • Identify factors that distract drivers

Who Should Attend?

Entry level employees, crew leaders, supervisors, and managers. The program will address the needs of various operations and departments, including Public Works, Utilities, Streets, Drainage, Water Treatment/Distribution, Wastewater Treatment/Collection, Parks, and other field maintenance positions.

Vehicle Operations for Public Entities

Vehicle Operations for Public Entities - Smart driving is both an attitude and a skill. Awareness of hazards and good decision making can go a long way toward protecting your safety and the safety of others. Vehicle Operations for Public Entities focuses on exposures that public entity employees face in their daily driving.

Public entity employees lose their lives and suffer disabling injuries each year. Since 2006, over 2,900 employee injuries as the result of driving motor vehicles were reported to the Pool, with workers' compensation, auto liability, and auto physical damage losses of over $106 million. Distractions, high speeds, impaired or careless driving, and not using safety belts threaten every driver, regardless of how careful or how skilled.

Goals & Objectives:

Vehicle Operations for Public Entities focuses on safe driving procedures that drivers can realistically apply to daily driving.

Participants will be able to:

  • Know the purpose and importance of vehicle inspections
  • Recognize hazards and how to react to avoid accidents
  • Identify collision causes and prevention methods
  • Understand motor vehicle and truck blind spots
  • Understand the principles of city and highway driving
  • Know the hazards of lighting conditions
  • Know how to avoid driver fatigue and other impairments
  • Be aware of distracted driving dangers
  • Understand accident reporting procedures

Who Should Attend?

Employees who operate motorized vehicles regardless of vehicle type and purpose.

You Bet Your Life! Confined Spaces Edition

Not understanding the hazards of confined spaces is a dangerous game to play, but traditional awareness-level programs surrounding the topic tend to be, well, boring. You Bet Your Life! Confined Spaces Edition was designed to break the typical training mold and engage employees with a little friendly competition.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • The difference between confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces
  • Common hazards of confined spaces
  • Best practices for entry or contractor quality control including:
    • Atmospheric monitoring
    • Proper ventilation techniques
    • Thorough documentation
    • Personal protective equipment
    • The right tools for the job and much more!

Who Should Attend?

You Bet Your Life! Confined Spaces Edition is designed to provide awareness for any employee directly or indirectly involved in confined space operations. The course is also valuable for any employee who needs to understand the dangers of confined spaces, even if they are not involved in such operations.

By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit employees of cities and other entities throughout Texas.

You Bet Your Life! Trenching & Excavation Edition

Not understanding the hazards of trenching and excavation is a dangerous game to play, but traditional awareness-level programs surrounding the topic tend to be, well, boring. You Bet Your Life! Trenching and Excavation Edition was designed to break the typical training mold and engage employees with a little friendly competition.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • The importance of pre-job planning
  • Common hazards on trenching and excavation work sites and how to lower exposure
  • Best practices for safe trenching and excavation including:
    • Soil type identification
    • Proper sloping and benching
    • Trench protection methods
    • Atmospheric monitoring
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Pedestrian and vehicle traffic control and much more!

Who Should Attend?

You Bet Your Life! Trenching and Excavation Edition is designed to provide awareness for any employee directly or indirectly involved in trenching or excavation. The course is also valuable for employees not involved in such operations who need to understand the dangers of trenching and excavation.

By providing fresh perspectives and interactive learning opportunities, TMLIRP training can benefit employees of cities and other entities throughout Texas.

You've Got People...You've Got Problems: Basic HR for Supervisors - New! (TCOLE 3009)

Supervisors and managers are an organization’s first line of defense when dealing with employee personnel issues. It is vital that they are equipped with basic human resources knowledge so they can identify issues and know when to partner with their HR representative. In this workshop, supervisors will identify their roles in the employment life-cycle (recruitment, on-boarding, performance management and termination). Supervisors will be able to understand the importance of job descriptions and accurately completing performance appraisals. They will also list effective steps to disciplinary action, and understand when to start the disciplinary process, including performance improvement plans, and terminations as well as the importance of GOOD documentation. From lead worker to senior management, this training is intended for employees in a supervisory capacity at any level within the organization.

The Importance of Loss Prevention

Loss prevention efforts play a critical role in your entity's risk management program. Implementing loss prevention recommendations and strategies can help eliminate occurrences, which helps lower severity, resulting in reduced contributions and a lower total cost of risk.

TMLIRP's Loss Prevention staff conducts on-site visits to discuss current efforts, review loss history and current trends, and deliver strategic recommendations. These visits help mitigate and prevent claims, while identifying problems and achievable solutions based on Member needs.

The Risk Pool's Loss Prevention staff has a wide range of multi-discipline experience, education, certifications, and areas of expertise. These experts are ready to meet with you to provide recommendations that will enhance existing programs and provide the necessary knowledge to take your efforts to the next level.

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