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Technical Update 47 - CTSI Training During COVID-19

September 14, 2020

During these challenging times, CTSI continues to offer members valuable training classes. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Colorado Department of Health and Environment have placed limits on in-person gatherings, including training courses. While some counties have received variances from the state, allowing in-person gatherings, CTSI has been hard at work turning our traditional in-person classes into videos for those members who need another training option.

Enhanced Website and Webinar Options

This summer, the CTSI website ctsi.org was redesigned to offer a more user-friendly experience with enhanced search options and a more streamlined navigation menu. As part of this process, ctsifilms.org, and its hundreds of training videos, was rolled into ctsi.org. You can access the videos by clicking on the video login button located under the member login button in the upper right corner of the page. A separate login is required to access films, but you can register for an account on the film login page. Please allow up to one business day for the account to be approved.

MSHA Courses

One of the valuable services CTSI offers are annual Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) courses required by the Federal government for counties operating gravel pit mines. Because of ongoing COVID restrictions on meetings, spacing, and gathering of groups, the MSHA Annual Refresher Training from CTSI is available as an online-only course for this coming year. The refresher has been placed on the CTSI Films section of www.ctsi.org and is named “MSHA 2021”. Seven modules are included in the 8-hour course, and a handout with all class materials is attached to Module 1. As always, each county is responsible for delivering the additional information on updates of the pit as the final topic. The New Miner training normally held in January is on hold while CTSI continues to seek innovative ways to provide counties with needed training while protecting public health.

Human Resources Webinars

In addition to MSHA and other safety-related classes, CTSI also offers films and webinars designed to meet the needs of human resources departments such as webinars on the Americans with Disabilities Act and workplace bullying and sexual harassment prevention. CTSI is actively recording webinars on these topics. Please contact us to discuss how we can help your county with its training needs.

What This Means for Counties

As the pandemic continues and restrictions remain in place, CTSI is adapting to meet the training needs of its members. CTSI.org has undergone substantial changes and now includes hundreds of films and webinars targeted to meet the human resources and safety training needs of CTSI members. We appreciate your patience as we all adjust to public health restrictions and offer these online courses to allow our counties to continue to stay in compliance with Federal regulations on training requirements while staying safe during the current restrictions in our state. For more information about our online training, please contact CTSI at 303 861 0507.

A PDF of this Technical Update is available here.

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