Belle Plaine Unified School District (USD) 357 in Belle Plaine, KS, implemented WORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite in the fall of 2012. The additional risk management support was a welcome resource since administrators throughout the district wore so many hats. One of the district’s top needs was deploying required safety training and ensuring employee completion of these trainings. The district pinpointed blood-borne pathogens staff training as a need because of the federal requirement. Before using EmployeeSafe, the school nurses conducted this training during an in-service day. However, due to state budget cuts, the district cut nursing personnel and now conducts this training online.
Using EmployeeSafe’s Staff Training System, the lone district nurse’s training workload has dramatically decreased while the percentage of timely completion of trainings has dramatically increased. Instead of deploying the training in person, employees watch the training online and complete a short quiz at their convenience. The automation in the system manages training via auto-email notifications, and the auto-reporting to administrators lets each know their staff’s training status. Additionally, all training records are centrally located online so the district can easily pull a report proving all staff members are trained should they be audited.
After the 2014-2015 school year, Belle Plaine USD 357 experienced additional cuts in public school funds from the state – leaving administrators responsible for reevaluating if the value of EmployeeSafe was worth the cost.
The district felt the value of EmployeeSafe was worth the cost because it met a top priority need, made the process easier for all staff and provided the assurance that the district was compliant should it get audited. Even though the district had access to some online training through its insurance company, it chose EmployeeSafe because the suite provides a complete solution for meeting compliance requirements for training, (M)SDS and compliance tasks.