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NATMI CDS/CSS Fleet Safety Virtual Certification Course

7/17/2023 - 7/21/2023


The Ohio Trucking Association, in partnership with Great West Casualty Company, is proud to offer the following NATMI safety certification courses: Certified Director of Safety (CDS), and Certified Safety Supervisor (CSS). These courses are applicable toward NATMI’s nationally recognized, university accredited certification programs. Taking the courses is the first step toward earning a credential that will help you become a more competent professional, earn industry recognition and credibility in court testimony.

This week-long, 100% virtual program will be held July 17-21 and includes: Motor Fleet Safety Basics (July 17-18, 8 am-5 pm each day); Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs (July 19-20, 8 am-5 pm each day); and the Certification exams (July 21, 8am-Noon). These courses will satisfy the classroom attendance and the examination requirements for certification as a CDS or CSS. Please note the CDS designation requires 5 years (4 years with college degree) of experience on motor fleet safety management, and the CSS requires 2 years of experience in motor fleet safety.

Each course can be taken as a stand-alone as well, if you are looking to complete your curriculum training, or to qualify to take the CDS/CSS certification examination. 

Course Descriptions:
Motor Fleet Safety Basics-- This “Fleet Safety 101” program is designed to provide training on effective implementation of safety-related policies and procedures. A training requirement for NATMI’s safety certification program, this course is designed for line-level safety supervisors, with the basic emphasis on what they need to do and when and how to do it. Managers of small fleets and experienced safety professionals seeking a refresher on technical issues will find this course helpful as well. You’ll gain technical knowledge taught within the context of the importance of safety and applying a quality management approach to safety program implementation. The following topics will be covered:

  • Objectives of a fleet safety program
  • Overview of NATMI certification for safety professionals
  • DOT/OSHA Record keeping issues and requirements
  • Reporting and documenting vehicle accidents
  • Employee injury control and prevention
  • Hiring the right people
  • Driver retention
  • Safety training
  • Implementing safety in your company

Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs-- This course is designed to provide transportation safety directors and prospective safety directors with the vision and skills that they need to manage an effective safety program. Participants will be playing the role of a newly-hired safety director at a company in need of a safety overhaul. Through case-based scenarios, learn how to “sell” safety to top management, foster a safety “culture” in the organization, demonstrate safety’s Return on Investment, and consistently improve the safety of company operations using quality management approaches. The following topics will be covered:

  • How to become a Certified Director of Safety (CDS)
  • Safety is good business – demonstrating the effect of safe operation on profitability.
  • The quality management approach to safety programs: how to identify the root cause of company safety problems and establish systems for continuous improvement.
  • Employee injury/illness management programs: focusing on critical safe behaviors to prevent or reduce injuries; managing injury costs through early return to work programs.
  • Driver performance management: using quality tools to identify the root causes of Hours of Service violations and to analyze driver turnover.
  • Accident analysis and litigation: root cause analysis of accident trends; a case study in accident litigation.
  • Implementing safety: how to implement the concepts introduced in this course in your own company.

About the Trainer:
Mark Laurusevage joined Great West Casualty Company in 2005. He has over 25 years in the transportation industry as a driver, fleet owner, and Director of Safety. In addition, he was Director of Education and Training for a vocational school, training commercial drivers and heavy equipment operators, as well as serving as a Pennsylvania state certified CDL examiner. He is Certified Director of Safety. Mark also serves as an authorized OSHA Outreach instructor and a certified NATMI instructor.

Price & Registration:
Registration is through the NATMI site. CLICK HERE to be redirected to their site for pricing and registration information. Online registration is available until July 9, 2023.

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7/17/2023 - 7/21/2023
This week-long, 100% virtual program will be held July 17-21 and includes: Motor Fleet Safety Basics (July 17-18, 8 am-5 pm each day); Managing Motor Fleet Safety Programs (July 19-20, 8 am-5 pm each day); and the Certification exams (July 21, 8am-Noon).
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