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Student Guide

Quick Links on this page

Introduction

Our Goals and Objectives

Keeping Track of Your Courses

What is in Staffingsafety.com Online Training?

Computer Requirements

New Account Sign Up

How to Login

How to LogOut

How to Navigate

Forgot your username or password?

How to Enroll in a Course

Taking a Course

What's Wrong with this Picture

Other Useful Links

Troubleshooting

Introduction

This site assumes that you own or have access to a computer (which includes keyboard, browser, mouse, Internet service and electricity), that is capable of navigating the Internet and at least a basic knowledge of how to use a computer.


Since online training programs utilize the Internet and email, students must have access to the Internet and have an understanding of the computer to access the courses. In addition, it is assumed that you are familiar with your web browser and navigating between pages on the internet. You will also need an email account. If your ISP does not provide you with an email account, there are many free services available.


The actual appearance on screen is governed by your computer, its settings, the browser you use, and your software version. As a result what you see may be slightly different to that shown in the examples. Please follow the steps in the order shown until you have completed the section on basic navigation.


An downloadable version of this guide is available on the Resources page in case you wish to print a hard copy or refer to it later.


Our Goals and Objectives

Goals: The course goals are broad statements of what the students will be able to do when they have completed the course. Goals can be lofty ideas, using words or phrases like "appreciates" or "shows leadership ability." Goals are very difficult to measure. That is why we develop objectives. The objectives are measurable and specific so you can determine if the goal was achieved.


Objectives: Measurable objectives are the specific measures we use to determine whether or not we are successful in achieving the goal. The objectives are instructions about what we want the student to be able to do. Use verbs and include specific conditions (how well or how many) that describe to what degree the students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the task.


"The goal is where we want to be. The objectives are the steps needed to get there."




Our Goals:


  • Educate students in safe work practices.
  • Heighten safety awareness.

Our (Overall) Objectives: Each course has its own objectives, the following are objectives of the overall program.


  • Develop in students a "habitual state of safety awareness."
  • Let students be able to answer the question: "Am I doing this task in the safest manner?"
  • Reduce the number, frequency, and severity of workplace injuries and worker's compensation claim's costs.
  • Give students the knowledge and tools to know where to find the answers to safety questions (such as in the OSHA standard).

Keeping Track of Your Courses

You need to keep track of which courses you have taken and passed YOURSELF!


Our service is set up, and paid for by the staffing company or general contractor you are associated with. All reports for training are made to the company that is paying for the service. You can consult your employer, staffing company, general contractor, or HR person for additional help.


Simply doing safety training is not enough. OSHA requires a safety program which includes administration. Courses taken, grades, outcomes, etc. are part of the administration and the service that staffingsafety.com's paid service consists of.


You can use our downloadable reporting form from our Resources page to help you keep track of your courses.


What is in Staffingsafety.com online Training?

Staffingsafety.com online Training is a web-based learning environment that allows you to access your course materials online. It brings the dynamics of a classroom environment to the Internet. It allows teachers and students to interact in a ‘virtual classroom’ in much the same way as in a standard classroom. The difference is that it can be done from any place in the world, at any time and with the resources of the Internet as support. Staffingsafety.com online Training courses can be developed as fully interactive classrooms where you may be involved in online group discussions or collaborative group work. Other courses may not involve a lot of online discussion and course material may be presented as a structured set of files (such as Word documents and Power Point presentations). It depends on the learning material, your teacher, and the best way to deliver the course. Some of the advantages of Staffingsafety.com online Training include:


  • Increased access to important course information
  • Additional learning support where materials and tools are available
  • Undertaking aspects of studying anytime, almost anyplace.

Computer Requirements

For PCs:

  • Pentium II (Pentium IV or better recommended)
  • Windows 2000 Operating System (Windows XP or newer recommended)

For Macintosh:

  • Power PC or better
  • OS X

For All Computers:

  • 256 MB of RAM (500 MB or more recommended )
  • 1 Gb of free disk space
  • 56 K or greater modem (DSL or cable recommended)
  • Internet access either via modem and phone line or a direct network connection (high speed BROADBAND access is highly recommended, dial-up and satellite access may be problematic)
  • Web browser (Firefox 3 is recommended, http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/firefox.html)
  • Sound card and speakers

Browser Requirements

  • Firefox (version 3 or 4) is highly recommended, however, for PC users, please also have Internet Explorer (version 6, 7, or 8) available from your desktop. Other browsers such as Safari, Chrome, and Opera may be used, but they may not support all functionality, such as the HTML editor.
  • All browsers should have Cookies, Java (Java scripting), Flash,and Pop-ups are enabled (i.e., do not block Pop-ups).

Additional Software Requirements


Computers meeting the minimum requirements, but running additional software such as anti virus, spyware, infected with virus/spyware, etc. may not have enough resources to meet the minimum requirements.


New Account Sign Up

If you get an error that says: "Incorrect access detected, this server may be accessed only through "http://www.staffingsafety.com" address, sorry. Please notify server administrator". Ignore this. (This is just the server logging you in.) You can either wait and be redirected or click the continue button.


Step 1: To access the training area, you must sign up for a new account to log in. Go to the Student Portal Page, and select the "Create a New Account" link. Read carefully the text under the heading, "Is this your first time here?" Select the "Create a New Account" button:


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Step 2: Complete all the information. Fields in red are required. Input the captcha, click the check box to accept the terms of use, and finally click the "Create my new account" button.


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Step 3: You will get a confirmation page that says an email has been sent to the address that you provided. You will need to access the email that has been sent to you to complete the registration.


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Step 4: To confirm your new account, click on this web link. In most mail programs, this should appear as a blue link which you can just click on. If that doesn't work, then cut and paste the address into the address line at the top of your web browser window.


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Step 5: Your account has been created and verified. Click the "Courses" button to view the available courses.


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Step 6: When finished, you need to LOGOUT. Do not just close your browser. Click the Logout link in the upper, right hand corner.


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Step 7: To return you need to Login. See the next section on how to Login.


How to Login

If you get an error that says: "Incorrect access detected, this server may be accessed only through "http://www.staffingsafety.com" address, sorry. Please notify server administrator". Ignore this. (This is just the server logging you in.) You can either wait and be redirected or click the continue button.


Step 1: From the staffingsafety.com home page, click the "Returning Students Login Button" in the upper, left hand corner.


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Step 2: On the staffingsafety.com online learning login page, enter your username and password and click the "Login Button."


If you forgot your username or password, click on the link that says "Forgot your username or password," and follow the instructions.


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Step 3: When finished, you need to LOGOUT. Do not just close your browser. Click the Logout link in the upper, right hand corner.


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How to Navigate

Blocks: In the left and right columns of your course home page are special content objects called blocks. These can be turned on and off and also moved around by your instructor, but in most cases you will see the following blocks somewhere on either the left or right side of your course home page:


  • Activities: A list of links to various special features of this course, including any assignments, forums, quizzes, and other elements created by your instructor. There is a useful link here called Resources, which points to an easy-to-use single-page index to all the objects in the course.
  • Administration: This is the place where you can change your password, and modify your personal profile. Take a look in particular at the Edit profile section in this block, which gives you an opportunity to modify some of the features of the course.
  • My courses: This block is the same one you see when you log in, and provides quick links to move to other areas of the site.
  • Latest news: Recent postings to the forums are listed here.
  • Recent activity: This display shows you any recent modifications made by the instructor to the course since the last time you logged in.

Step 1: You can always navigate from the "Navigation Block" on the upper left side of the screen.


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Step 2: You can also navigate by clicking on the links in the main window.


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How to Enroll in a Course

Not sure what courses to take? Visit our Course Catalog here to help you decide.


Step 1: To enroll in a course, you must access the "Course Categories" area (this is the "Home" page when you login to the online learning area. From any page in the online learning area, you can click the "My Home" link in the "Navigation" Block on the left which will take you to the "Course Categories" area.


Step 2: Select the "Course Categories" you want to see a list of available courses. You can also expand the "Courses" Menu, also in the "Navigation" Block on the left, and click the link to the course category you want.


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Step 3: Find the course you want to enroll in and click the link (which will be the course name and number). Courses with the "green door" icon mean that they are "self enrollment." Some courses may be restricted, meaning that the teacher must enroll you or you must have a password to gain access. If you have not been enrolled or do not have a password, contact your employer FIRST (if you were referred to this site by your employer).
Note: Pay attention to the section number, that is the three digit number following the hyphen after the course number. You may be assigned a section number based upon what company you work for.


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For more information on understanding the course naming and numbering convention, refer to our Course Catalog here:


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Step 4: Click the "Enroll me" button to be enrolled. You will be taken to the Course's home page, and receive an email to confirm your enrollment.
Note: You have 60 days from enrollment to complete the course.


Retaking or Re-enrolling in a course. You may retake the course ant any time. If you do not complete the course in 60 days, you may re-enroll in the course. Staffingsafety.com recommends that you retake courses annually if you do not take "update" or more advanced courses in a particular topic. You may also re-enroll to access the course content as a reference. You should "unenroll" a course when you are finished.


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Step 5: Find the course you want to enroll in and click the link (which will be the course name and number). Courses with the "green door" icon mean that they are "self enrollment." Some courses may be restricted, meaning that the teacher must enroll you or you must have a password to gain access. If you have not been enrolled or do not have a password, contact your employer FIRST (if you were referred to this site by your employer).


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Taking a Course

Step 1: After you enroll in a course, you will be taken to the course Home Page. You can "toggle" the topics to open (expand) or close them with the "toggle buttons" (blue arrows). Topics can be individually opened or closed by selecting the "toggle button" next to each individual topic.


Step 2: You can view a topic by either clicking on the topic link and opening the topic page or by expanding a topic.


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Step 3: Read each Topic in order.
Note: Pay attention to the section number, that is the three digit number following the hyphen after the course number. You may be assigned a section number based upon what company you work for.


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Step 4: Most of the Topics will either contain an "Activity" (something to do) OR a "Resource" (some material that aides the learning process). The first Topic will always be "Getting Started." The second Topic will always be "Course Resources." The next Resource will be the Training Video. There may be other Resources and or Activities. Finally there will be(at least one) a quiz.You must pass the (all) quiz(es) with at least a grade of 70% to pass the course and receive credit.
Note: You should review these before and after watching the "Training Video."


The Activities

Training

Video:

The Flash icon indicates an activity or introductory film that requires flash player. The film or activity will open in a separate window. All modules will contain at least one Training Video.

Quiz:

The Quiz activity presents multiple-choice, matching, true/false, fill-in-the-blank, or short answer questions in a “quiz” format. All modules will contain at least one Quiz.
Forum: The Forum is a virtual bulletin board where announcements, questions and answers to assignments can be posted. Everyone’s contribution to a forum can be read and commented on by everyone else. The main “News Forum” at the top of your course view is for the instructor’s announcements and students’ questions that are relevant to the entire class. Forums in the modules contain a question for general discussion. You have the option of subscribing to any forum. If you are subscribed, you will receive an email whenever someone makes a contribution.
Lesson: The lesson is an interactive method of delivering content. For example, you may be given something to read or a film clip to watch, followed by a question. The page you go to next depends on the answer that you give e.g. move on for a correct answer, move back for wrong answer. Each student has a unique experience.
Chat: The chat feature lets you enter a chat-room for real-time discussion with your chat partners on an assigned topic. Each chat is logged by Staffingsafety.com.
Assignment: The Assignment activity contains instructions for a written assignment or vocabulary that must be memorized. Written Assignments should be handed in to your instructor.

Journal:

The journal will be used to encourage you to reflect on your studies and can only be viewed by the instructor and you.


The Resources

Folder: A Folder will contain multiple Recourses. They will be grouped together by similarities; they may cover a single aspect of the topic being covered or may be of similar file types.
File: This is an individual resource. Most often this will be a course student handout. It can also be other relevant information such as charts, posters, sample safety plans, etc. Most times it will be in a .pdf format.
Link: Links take you outside of Staffingsafety.com to another web site.


Step 5: Review the Course Resources. Download any documents, visit any web sites (which will open in a new window.
Note: There may be questions about these items on the quiz.


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Step 6: Watch the Training Video (which will open in a new window). Click the "Play" button to advance to the next slide.You can also navigate to a specific slide by clicking on it in the navigation pane on the left. At the end of the Training Video, you can close the window that the Training Video opened in.


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Step 7: Not all courses will have a "What's Wrong with this Picture?" section. If a course has it, you need to review this section next. For more information about this section, see the "What's Wrong with this Picture" section of this guide.


Step 8: After you feel confident you know the material, take the quiz by selecting "Quiz" from the Course Home Page or in the Navigation Block on the left. You will be given a time limit for each Quiz, and if you fail, you will have to wait 24 hours before you can attempt it again. You will have to confirm twice to begin taking the Quiz.


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Step 9: Select the best answers and click "Next" to go on to the next question.


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Step 10: When finished, select the "Submit" Button to submit the Quiz. You will have to confirm twice to submit the Quiz.


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What's Wrong with this Picture?

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This is a fun section. Our years of training have taught us that hands-on, interactive, fun exercises help increase understanding and retention of the material covered. They help you better understand what "safe" looks like and help you visualize the concepts presented. Not all courses will have a "What's Wrong with this Picture?" section, and some may have more than one "What's Wrong with this Picture?" section.


Although this section is not graded, it provides a practical, hands on experience for the student to look at the work process and assess how can the job be done in a safe manner. It also provides a real world application of the concepts presented in each course. You simply watch the video, and it will show a picture and you need to spot the unsafe acts. The next frame will show the unsafe acts circled, so you can see what you caught, and what you missed. There may also be a picture to show you the proper way to do the task.


Many of these may seem absurd, or staged, but they are not. These are pictures of real people doing real things. Most are in a way of "how not to do them." You may have seen some of these pictures before on the Internet. Some have been taken by the staff here at staffingsafety.com. We have found these exercises reinforce the "habitual state of safety awareness" we are trying to develop in our students.


Other Useful Links

You can find links to other web sites that deal with safety in the Navigation Block on the right side of the screen.


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Troubleshooting

I get an "Incorrect access detected" error:


  • I get an error that says: "Incorrect access detected, this server may be accessed only through "http://www.staffingsafety.com" address, sorry. Please notify server administrator".
  • Ignore this. (This is just the server logging you in.) You can either wait and be redirected or click the continue button.

I can't access the online training area:


  • Can you connect to other pages on the internet such as www.staffingsafety.com? If NO then check your internet connection and check that you are not running software that blocks sites (such as parental control software or a firewall). If YES then close your browser, clear your browser cache, and try logging in again. For additional help, consult your network administrator.
  • Are you using Firefox 3.0 or newer? If NO install and run Firefox 3.0 or newer. If YES then close your browser, clear your browser cache, and try accessing again. For additional help, consult your network administrator.
  • Are you using the correct URL? Go to www.staffingsafety.com, click on the "Student Portal Link," then select the link you need to access the online training area.
  • Sometimes there may be network restrictions due to course or site updates and maintenance. (We try to perform these during off-peak times) Sometimes, such as national holidays or week nights after dinner time, our network may become overloaded (because so many students try to access it at the same time) so the network may be limiting access to prevent crashing. Try accessing the online training area 1-2 hours later or the next day. If this problem persists, contact the webmaster here.

I can't log in to the online training area:


  • Can you connect to other pages on the internet such as www.staffingsafety.com? If NO then check your internet connection and check that you are not running software that blocks sites (such as parental control software or a firewall). If YES then close your browser, clear your browser cache, and try logging in again.
  • Are you using the correct username and password? If NO then go to the log in page, and follow the directions for "forgot user name or password." If YES then close your browser, clear your browser cache, and try logging in again.
  • Does your computer meet the minimum requirements? (Computers meeting the minimum requirements, but running additional software (such as anti virus, spyware, infected with virus/spyware, etc. may not have enough resources to meet the minimum requirements).
  • For additional help, consult your network administrator.

I can't view the online training videos, download a file, or access linked web sites:


  • Are you running a pop up blocker, firewall, parental controls, or some other program that blocks sites, pop ups, or other windows from opening? If NO then ensure that Cookies, Java (Java scripting), Flash,and Pop-ups are enabled. If YES then disable the software.
  • Are you using Flashplayer 9.0 or newer? If NO install Flashplayer 9.0 or newer
  • Are you just clicking the link or trying to "open in a new window?" Our links use Java scripting to open them in a new window. Try just "left clicking" on the link.
  • Are you using Firefox 3.0 or newer? If NO install and run Firefox 3.0 or newer. If YES then close your browser, clear your browser cache, and try accessing again.
  • Does your computer meet the minimum requirements? Computers meeting the minimum requirements, but running additional software such as anti virus, spyware, infected with virus/spyware, etc. may not have enough resources to meet the minimum requirements.
  • For additional help, consult your network administrator.

I can't access some of the courses or content:


  • Students (paid or free) will not have access to all areas. Some training material will be client specific, and accessible only to students enrolled by the teacher in that course. If you feel that you should be able to access a course that you are restricted from, consult your employer, staffing company, general contractor, or HR person to be sure that is one of their courses.
  • Free users may have additional restrictions to content.

Some Categories have no courses or content:


  • This site is a work in progress. There may be Categories that have not been populated with courses yet. All companies have limited resources; the number of workers, hours in a day. We have to focus on the needs of our paid clients first and foremost. We will continue to add courses and grow the site as time goes on.

A courses I have previously taken or wanted to take is no longer available:


  • Laws, training requirements, industry best practices, and research are constantly changing; so is this site and its offerings to keep up. If a course is no longer available, check the "Site News" Navigation Block, the CHG (Changes in Training, Changes in Program Requirements) Category, or the UPD (Training Updates) Category to see if the requirements have changed or are obsolete.

My staffing company or general contractor is no longer verifying training:


  • If your staffing company or, general contractor is no longer verifying training, check with them or your HR person to be sure that they have listed you as one of their clients with staffingsafety.com. If they are no longer with staffingsafety.com, you can sign up your company to continue using our service.

Where do I find training reports:


  • All reports are emailed to your staffing company or general contractor. This information is not web accessible to help protect our Clients' information. You can check your staffing company, general contractor, or HR person for the information.

This all seems complicated, I (or my employees) don't understand how to use this site or still can't use this site:


  • Today technology is an integral part of any business. 10 years ago, web sites were a luxury for small and medium sized business, today they are a necessity. Today a web site adds legitimacy and professionalism to any business. Technology is also playing a bigger roll in business as well. Email and digital forms are replacing faxes and email, banking is moving online, employee benefits and HR are also moving online, and Safety training is no different. We also realize that not every business or person is ready to embrace technology. For these individuals, they need either in person training or printed material. Staffingsafety.com offers in person training (at an additional cost). Technology issues do not release you from your obligation to provide safety training. For alternatives to online training for your company or yourself, contact your staffing company, general contractor, or HR person. You can also arrange in person training (at an additional cost) with staffingsafety.com directly.

Any other problems:


  • You may contact via email the Administrator here.
  • You may also contact via other methods the Administrator from our contact page here.