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Educate Employees with TargetSolutions’ Diet and Nutrition Training

TargetSolutions’ Diet and Nutrition training course provides employees valuable information on how to live a healthy lifestyle.

Obesity is a major concern for many adults in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports more than one-third of adults classify as “obese.” It’s also true that medical costs for people who are obese are $1,429 more each year than those of normal weight.

These numbers serve as a reminder of just how critical diet and nutrition are to a healthy lifestyle and to helping employees perform in the workplace.

With this in mind, TargetSolutions’ online health and safety training course, “Diet and Nutrition,” provides personnel with valuable information on nutrition, weight control, and physical fitness. The one-hour course features 14 learning modules focused on health tips for preventing disease and consuming proper nutrition.

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training catalog, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

How to Comply with AB 1432 Using TargetSolutions

Educators in California can complete TargetSolutions’ Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Children course to comply with AB 1432.

TargetSolutions has updated its Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Children course to comply with California Assembly Bill 1432. This new law requires school districts and other educational institutions to annually train employees on their duties under the state’s child abuse reporting laws.

Here are the most frequently asked questions about TargetSolutions’ updates to comply with AB 1432.

Does TargetSolutions’ Online Training Meet the California Department of Education’s AB 1432 Requirement?

Yes. TargetSolutions’ Reporting Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Children course has been updated to comply with employees’ obligations under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). CANRA requires all “mandated reporters” to file a report with local law enforcement or county welfare departments when they witness an abuse.

Is This Course Applicable for Educators?

Yes. This course meets the General requirements for all “mandated reporters,” basically any employee who has contact with children. Also, please note additional position specific “mandated reporter” training is available through the California Department of Social Services.

How  Do I Report This Course to the California Department of Education (CDE) as “Alternative Training Provided for Mandatory Reporters”?

The CDE requires each district to report on “mandated reporter” training not provided through the CDSS. Using the CDE form, TargetSolutions has pre-filled in the course description section for you to use as a template. Please click here to download the template and make your edits before sending to the CDE.

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ updates to comply with CA AB 1432, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

TargetSolutions’ Customizable Learning Tracks Make Delivering Job-Specific Training a Cinch

No matter what type of work an employee performs, you can use TargetSolutions to deliver and track job-specific training assignments.

Do your employees have different training requirements? Do you find it difficult managing all the different responsibilities and expirations tied to training?

TargetSolutions’ online training management system features customizable Learning Tracks built to meet your needs. With more than 1,000 online training courses, you can find the training you need to create job-specific bundles (or use TargetSolutions’ pre-built packages) for the various roles in your organization.

Here are just some of the Learning Tracks you can deliver to employees:

Computer Technicians Fleet Workers Maintenance Workers
Custodians Food Servers & Cooks School Employees (Principles, Teachers, etc.)
Electrical Workers Lab Workers Warehouse Workers

These are just some of the professions available. With TargetSolutions you can customize pre-made packages of online safety courses and electronic compliance reports to create learning tracks that meet your employees’ needs.

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training management system, please contact us today (800) 840-8048. 


Orland Fire Protection District Works to Collaborate with Neighboring Departments through TargetSolutions

Orland Is Working with Other Departments in Its Region to Standardize Training in the Region Using TargetSolutions’ Online Fire Training System

Initially, the idea was for TargetSolutions to help Orland Fire Protection District solve the same challenge as it has for hundreds of other departments across the country: The consistent delivery of mandated training. But Training Officer David Piper has learned delivering online continuing education is just part of the story with TargetSolutions.

“The biggest challenge for the department was consistent delivery and tracking of training to meet regulatory requirements,” Piper said. “What TargetSolutions has done is provide a system to not only deliver training, but a way to track and meet requirements.”

Having been on the system since 2009, the 170-member department in Cook County, Ill. is now looking to TargetSolutions as a technology partner capable of helping the entire region take its training program to a new level. With TargetSolutions, Piper sees a way to standardize training, not only within his department, but throughout the region.

Orland is currently developing an enterprise site with TargetSolutions that will serve as a web-based hub for training resources with other departments in the area, including Frankfort Fire Protection District, Manhattan Fire Protection District, and New Lenox Fire Protection District. By sharing training resources, Piper believes the departments will be able to work more effectively together, save costs, and deliver better response.

“We have to depend on other departments around us to handle emergencies,” Piper said. “We’re all doing the same job as training officers, so it really helps if we’re on the same page (with TargetSolutions). It also helps us reduce the workload from an administrative standpoint if we standardize training and allows more time on drill-ground.”

By maximizing TargetSolutions’ revolutionary fire department tracking application, Credentials Manager, Orland is able to create and assign mandated training and electronic tracking reports in bundled packages. Now, managing things like job performance requirements and fire department ISO training hours is simplified.

With multiple first response teams throughout the department, it would be nearly impossible for a training officer to manage each employee’s credentials and licenses individually. This is why Piper values TargetSolutions so much, he said.

“The biggest challenge for the department was consistent delivery and tracking of training to meet regulatory requirements. What TargetSolutions has done is provide a system to not only deliver training, but a way to track and meet requirements.”

David Piper, Training Officer for Orland Fire Protection District

“So now we can say, ‘hey, these are all our requirements. Do these courses in this time period,’ and I can track the training as they complete it, and not have to come back to it,” said Piper. “This has really streamlined training for us.”

As one of the bigger, more progressive departments in the state, Orland is now reaping the benefits of TargetSolutions fire department tracking tools. But early on, when it first signed up in 2009, it took time to get the platform dialed in. Through dedication and outstanding customer support, Piper’s platform is now humming, he said.

“One of the biggest benefits of TargetSolutions is the support is awesome,” Piper said. “Receiving online support through chat or picking up the phone to talk to account representatives, they have all been phenomenal. They’ve done a great job helping us work through issues.

“TargetSolutions is really in touch with its customers. When I first started, we didn’t have a way to assign drills, and wanted to assign objectives out instead of having to enter information – a lot of information. TargetSolutions then developed the Save and Assign feature. They listened to what we wanted and adapted the platform to what we needed.”

About TargetSolutions

TargetSolutions delivers cutting-edge software applications, engaging online training courses, and world-class customer service. The company was founded in 1999 and today there are more than 2,000 organizations across the country using TargetSolutions’ innovative technology to solve their training challenges.

Special Webcast: How Police Agencies Can Be Held Liable Without Proper Training

TargetSolutions is sponsoring a special webcast from Law Officer on March 4 at 11 a.m. (PST). Please click here to register for the event.

If you are responsible for managing your police agency’s training program, you’re not going to want miss this special webcast presentation: “Training: Limit Your Liability.”

Laura L. Scarry, a partner with DeAno & Scarry, will be breaking down the City of Canton v. Harris, which the U.S. Supreme Court used to clarify the standard under which cities and counties can be held liable for constitutional violations due to a failure to train or supervise employees.

On March 4 at 11 a.m. (PST), Scarry will also be providing examples of other cases from across the country that cover use of force and what agencies can do to protect themselves through effective police officer training.

Please click here to register for the webcast.

Learn more about TargetSolutions’ training for law enforcement.


The 10 Most Popular PPE Resources in Community Resources

TargetSolutions features thousands of items inside its file-sharing application Community Resources. Check out the top 10 resources related to Personal Protective Equipment.

The Community Resources application provides the ability to utilize presentations, videos, policies, and more shared by other organizations using TargetSolutions.

The powerful file-sharing tool features thousands of valuable items, including a long list of resources covering Personal Protective Equipment. Here are the top 10 PPE resources inside Community Resources

1) PPE for First Responders against Ebola Exposure Hazards
2) Guidance on Emergency Responder PPE for Response to CBRN Terrorism
3) Principles of Mass Decontamination
4) Structural PPE Inspection Sheet
5) Suggested PPE Use for Infection Control in Healthcare Settings
6) Personal Protective Equipment Basics
7) Turnout Gear: Testing, Certification, Maintenance Inspections, and How It Works
8) Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Donning
9) PPE Doffing Procedure
10) PPE Selection and Modification

These various resources, which can all be found using specific search terms provided in the slideshow, cover a multitude of topics and best practices pertaining to PPE for emergency responders. These resources can be easily assigned to users with TargetSolutions’ online fire training system.

For more information on Community Resources, please contact us today at (800) 840-8048.

Ten Popular EMS Continuing Education Courses from TargetSolutions’ Online Library

TargetSolutions offers more than 160 hours of EMS continuing education courses created to help emergency responders remain compliant. Courses feature cutting-edge interactions and are available to users to complete at their own pace.

Here is a list of 2014’s 10 most popular EMS courses based on client feedback:

Respiratory Emergencies Basic: Outlines signs of a patient with breathing difficulties. It identifies major causes of respiratory distress and provides a description of emergency care for a patient with breathing difficulties.

Poisoning and Overdose: Highlights how poisons enter the body, the emergency care of poisoning or overdose, and the administration of activated charcoal for patients with poisoning or overdose.

Back Injury Prevention: Focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to prevent a back injury.

Central Nervous System (CNS) Injuries Basic: Provides an overview of the anatomy of the spine and central nervous system and highlights the signs of spinal injury, assessment and medical care of patients with CNS injuries.

Abdominal Trauma Advanced: Covers both blunt and penetrating abdominal trauma injuries and equips EMS providers with knowledge to provide an accurate assessment for patients suffering either or both such injuries.

Non-Traumatic Chest Pain: Provides a review of assessment and care considerations unique to patients presenting with non-traumatic chest pain. Topics include the prevalence and significance of chest pain and the underlying conditions that can cause it.

Geriatric Emergencies Advanced: Highlights the most common physiological changes and how these changes impact your assessment and treatment of common medical conditions and traumatic injuries.

Toxicology and Substance Abuse Advanced: Reviews toxin exposure problems and discusses the various kind of toxicological emergencies commonly encountered along with assessment findings and patient management procedures.

Workplace Stress: Highlights some typical sources of stress, as well as methods of dealing with and reducing stress in your daily life.

Hazard Communication: Provides clear explanation for the need or hazard communication in the workplace. It also discusses ways to protect yourself from hazardous chemicals by following appropriate work practices and using the proper protective equipment.

“At TargetSolutions, we strive to continually improve our EMS library because we understand that quality, comprehensive training not only makes life easier, it actually saves lives.” 

Jeremy Lynch, Content Architect, TargetSolutions

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ course catalog for emergency responders, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Firefighter Training Webcast: Attack from the Burned Side

TargetSolutions is sponsoring a special webcast from Fire Engineering on Feb. 12 at 10 a.m. (PST). Please click here to register for the event.

As the fire service continues to evolve, new firefighting techniques come into play, some of which may question longstanding beliefs. One such case is new age confidence in attacking a fire from the burned side.

For years, firefighter training and operations have focused on attacking a fire from the unburned side. But this may not always be the most effective strategy. Scientific findings are helping firefighters advance their techniques and change some procedures to be more successful.

On Thursday, Feb. 12, Fire Engineering will conduct a live and free webcast at 10 a.m. (PST) that will present different tasks and tactics for extinguishing fires that originate on the exterior and extend into the attic.

Sean Gray, a lieutenant with Cobb County (Ga.) Fire and Emergency Services will use case studies and practical experience while discussing fallacies that have led to firefighter injuries and deaths.

Please click here to register for the webcast.

Streamline Compliance by Completing Mandatory Training with TargetSolutions’ Mobile-Compatible System

Did you know you can complete online training courses while on-the-go with TargetSolutions? Users have the ability to log in to the industry’s leading online training management system and finish training and compliance tasks with their mobile phones and tablet computers.

TargetSolutions features more than 1,200 online training courses for employees that can be taken anytime, anywhere with mobile technology, including the iOS (Apple) and Android systems. Users just need access to the Internet to start recording training.

“We realize how important it is for clients to have the ability to complete training assignments when they are away from the station or office. One of the great advantages of TargetSolutions is that it is always accessible with an online connection. This kind of convenience is what helps organizations streamline compliance, operate more efficiently, and reduce expenses tied to costly in-person training sessions.”

Misty Pratt, Product Manager, TargetSolutions

With TargetSolutions, users can do the following on their mobile devices:

Complete online training courses and most custom activities
View current training assignments, history of completed assignments and upcoming events
Access assignments inside credentials
Search for training in the Self-Assign applications

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training management system, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.

Prevent Discrimination in the Workplace with TargetSolutions’ Online Training Course

TargetSolutions’ Workplace Diversity training course has been redesigned and now features new audio content throughout the 60-minute course. 

Using federal anti-discrimination laws as a regulatory reference, TargetSolutions’ Workplace Diversity training course was built to promote awareness and encourage tolerance in work environments.

This 60-minute course outlines effective strategies for organizations to implement to create a positive workplace. The newly redesigned course offers nine learning modules, updated audio, and a 10-question exam. It also describes appropriate steps to take if discrimination occurs.

If you have any questions about TargetSolutions’ online training courses, please contact us at (800) 840-8048.