NWRESD Takes Safety Training Online

The Northwest Regional Education Service District, an agency that works with 20 school districts in Oregon, is moving staff safety training online.

NWRESD has contracted with safety training provider PublicSchoolWORKS to use the Staff Training module from PSW's EmployeeSafe Suite in order to "facilitate timely administration of safety training, compliance with various state and federal requirements for things like drills and inspections, and accident management for school personnel...." It will handle tracking, managing, and task documentation and will provide reports to administrators when training needs to take place.

NWRESD will be implementing the module in 12 of its school districts, involving about 5,000 employees.

“The districts we work with were using programs that weren’t saving them time or providing the types of reporting that were effective,” said Scott Cummins, application specialist for NWRESD, in a statement released this week. After reviewing several programs on the market, I found that PSW’s Staff Training module, which is part of their EmployeeSafe Suite, had the ability to provide us with exactly the type of training that we needed while cutting back on the time required by administrators to manage recurring safety training, as well as, effectively manage the training of new staff. We were looking for a viable training option that could replace our previous programs; a single program that would be less expensive yet actually get the tasks done that we needed to take place. I think we have found that solution with PSW.”

NWRESD provides services for more than 170 public schools in 20 school disticts spread across 3,500 square miles of northwest Oregon. It has an annual operating budget of $118.9 million.

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