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Registration Open for 2022 Virtual Highway Safety Days & MSHA Part 46 Refresher Training

Community Insurance Corporation (CIC) and the Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation (County Mutual) are committed to providing our members with extensive, cost-effective risk management training safely and responsibly. We have taken our traditional Highway Safety Day Program virtual once again. 

Important information can be found below regarding our 2022 Virtual Highway Safety Days, including registration, virtual training logistics, meal and audiometric exam reimbursements, and other requirements.

If you have any questions regarding the Highway Safety Days (HSDs), please contact Jodi Traas, Senior Risk Management Consultant for the County Mutual & CIC, at 800-511-9797 or via email.

REGISTER NOW!
Registration is now open and will close April 15, 2022. Register here!

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is included in the online registration that protects our speakers' proprietary training content and sets the expectation that no dissemination of the content should occur outside of registered attendees.

Virtual Training
The training content will be available from May 2-31, 2022. You may choose to have the training viewed in short segments or an all-day learning format. We will provide individual session recording times so that you can easily customize your training program.

You will need a reliable internet connection and audio/visual equipment to display the training content to your staff. We strongly recommend taking advantage of your entity’s or a local community center’s more contemporary training rooms/locations/board venues to provide the best audio and video quality.

Registered contacts from each entity will receive instructions for accessing the program before the Monday, May 2nd availability. We will provide a training tip sheet that will contain common troubleshooting items and tips for maximizing the training content's quality and effectiveness.

The instructors and topics for this year's Highway Safety Days include:

  • Wisconsin State Patrol Panel/CDL Drug/Alcohol, Weight Restrictions, Rigging, Accident Investigation, Pre-Trip Q&A: Wisconsin State Patrol & Vance Forrest, County Mutual/CIC
  • Fall Protection: Bob Emmerich, PE, CHST, CED, Safe-Con, LLC
  • Stop the Bleed Training: Chris Hohol, Fire, LLC
  • Electrical Safety: Ryan Fecteau, Electrical Engineer, Switchgear Power Solutions
  • Mock MSHA Inspection: Chris Hohol, Fire, LLC
  • Risk Factors & Behavioral Health: Greg Young, Resilient Response
  • Miner's Rights & Responsibilities, MSHA Rules to Live By, Fatalities: Bob Emmerich, PE, CHST, CET, Safe-Con, LLC

Meal Reimbursement
Typically, we provide lunch during the HSD events. As a result of moving to a virtual format, we will supply up to a $10.00 per attendee gift to assist your department in providing lunch or food/beverages of your choice. Reimbursement will be sent to the department once food receipts, along with the training documentation has been submitted to Jodi Traas via email.

Audiometric Exam Reimbursement
Annual audiometric exams are a requirement as a component of your Hearing Conservation Program. American Industrial Medical (AIM) has provided this service during HSD’s for almost 11 years. It is essential to have the prior exam results to determine if any Standard Threshold Shift (STS) changes have taken place for recordkeeping documentation requirements and staff notification and re-testing. Reimbursement will subsidize this cost up to $20/attendee for the exams once all training documentation and invoice is received. Audiometric exams must be completed no later than June 2022. Please send a copy of the invoice to Jodi Traas.

For those entities that utilize another examination service, to qualify for reimbursement, please confirm with Jodi Traas prior to scheduling.

Audiometric exam reimbursement is available during the 2022 Virtual Highway Safety Days only - as our traditional offering was available during the in-person Highway Safety Days.

Schedule the session soon to ensure the best options of time and dates. A tabletop system that does not require a large mobile unit is now available and is beneficial for smaller departments. Please contact Jodi Traas if you would like any assistance in scheduling.

AIM’s contact information is below:

Michael Mellock
Director of Operations
American Industrial Medical, Inc.

Phone (414)425-9500
Fax (414)425-9507
Email - [email protected]
Web - www.AIMedical.com

MSHA Requirements
Following MSHA guidelines, we are providing an alternative training delivery - an online/video-based learning for your staff. MSHA recordkeeping forms and documentation will be distributed for your completion. We will mail pocket cards as soon as training documentation is sent to Jodi Traas ([email protected]m). As always, your entity is responsible for providing 30 minutes or more of site-specific training. There will be a place on the recordkeeping form to enter this date of training, and your site-specific trainer’s name will be on the pocket card and documentation as well.

To be in compliance, you MUST add WCMIC/CIC and Instructor Names to your MSHA Training Plan.

2023 Highway Safety Days
While this year's event will be held virtually, we have already secured all seven 2023 dates and locations in preparation for in-person Highway Safety Days. We plan on continuing in our previous locations: Cedarburg, Wisconsin Dells, UW-Stout, UW-Platteville, Crandon, Neenah, and Stevens Point.

Questions
If you have any questions regarding the Highway Safety Days (HSDs), please contact Jodi Traas, Senior Risk Management Consultant for the County Mutual & CIC, at 800-511-9797 or via email.

xxxCommunity Insurance Corporation (CIC) and Wisconsin County Mutual Insurance Corporation (County Mutual) are committed to providing our members with extensive, cost-effective risk management training and programming.   

While we are in a better position than last year against COVID, the newest variant has already been identified and our hospitals and health care system are still stretched to capacity. A pillar of the Highway Safety Days is SAFETY, and we simply cannot safely require mandatory training that would place hundreds of individuals together on given days in May. Potentially spreading COVID from one public entity to another is against all risk mitigation.

As a safety and risk management-focused organization providing workers' compensation and liability coverage to our public entity members, we have made the difficult, but prudent decision to hold the 2022 Highway Safety Days virtually.

MSHA Part 46 Annual Refresher Training Requirements
Following MSHA guidelines, we are providing an alternative training delivery of online/video-based learning for your staff. MSHA Recordkeeping Forms, Documentation, and Pocket Cards will be distributed. As always, you will be responsible for providing the 30-minute site-specific training.

Registration will open in early March 2022 with a full venue of speakers and topics.  See the updated event flyer here.

Virtual Training Logistics
The training content will be available from May 2-31, 2022. Each session recording times will be provided so you may customize your training day(s). Registered contacts from each entity will receive instructions for accessing the program content prior to the Monday, May 2nd availability.

Again, internet connections and audio/visual equipment will be needed to display the content to your staff. We strongly recommend taking advantage of your entity’s more contemporary training rooms/locations/board venues to provide the best audio and video quality.

Meal Reimbursement
We will again provide a $10 per attendee reimbursement to assist you in providing food during the training day. You will be required to provide receipts for the reimbursement of up to $10/person.

Audiometric Exam Reimbursement
Annual audiometric exams are a requirement as a component of your Hearing Conservation Program. American Industrial Medical (AIM) has provided this service during HSD’s for ten years. It is essential to have the prior exam results to determine if any Standard Threshold Shift (STS) changes have taken place for recordkeeping documentation requirements and staff notification and re-testing. The County Mutual/CIC will subsidize the cost up to $20/attendee for the exams. If you are certain of your May training day, we recommend securing AIM in advance for that date to reduce downtime for testing.

*We have learned that AIM provides quite a discount to the County Mutual members during HSDs. If you coordinate the hearing van to travel from your entity to another one or two nearby on a given day, it can reduce the set-up fee in half. Those entities in 2021 which coordinated with another entity on the same day and utilized AIM for their audiometric exams incurred very little to no costs. As an alternative, AIM also provides a mobile case unit that does not require the entire van and can be placed on a quiet conference room table, reducing costs as well. Helpful items when scheduling: reach out early; notify them of the number of people to be tested, days not available such as Fridays, and if you are flexible on the start time.

To schedule annual audiometric exams with AIM, contact Mike Mellock at [email protected].

2023 Highway Safety Days
While the 2022 Highway Safety Days will again be held virtually we certainly hope to bring back 2023 Highway Safety Days in person.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with vital risk management services safely and responsibly.

Questions
If you have any questions regarding the Highway Safety Days (HSDs), please contact Jodi Traas, Senior Risk Management Consultant for the County Mutual & CIC, at 800-511-9797 or via email.

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