Catawba County Schools, in North Carolina, adopted the SafeSchools Online Training System in 2016. Catawba serves roughly 16,000 students and 2,100 employees in 28 schools. Since adopting the program, over 3,000 users have completed almost 82,000 SafeSchools Training courses! Before adopting SafeSchools Training, Catawba administrators were having a difficult time finding a way to conduct required compliance training and other needed safety training. The district was also seeking a way to reduce workers’ comp claims. Now, the SafeSchools Training System gives Catawba an easy way for employees to complete training on their own time, as well as a way to hold staff accountable with reports to check compliance.
Dwayne Finger, Director of Safety, Facilities & Athletics, likes that the SafeSchools Training System is easy to access, provides automatic email reminders of assignments, offers clean record keeping, and has numerous course offerings. Plus, staff like the convenience of completing their training on their own time, when it’s most convenient for them. Catawba administrators also use the Custom Course Tool in SafeSchools Training to deliver district-specific policies. In addition, administrators also like that they can assign supplementary job-specific training to individuals or groups (like cafeteria workers, transportation, maintenance departments, etc.).
The biggest benefit Catawba has seen from using SafeSchools Training? A 45% reduction in workers’ comp claims in just 3 years! The reduction in workers’ comp has also reduced the district’s insurance rates. “SafeSchools Training has easily paid for itself twice over, if not more,” says Finger. To specifically help lower their workers’ comp claims, the district utilizes the Back Injury and Lifting, Playground Maintenance and Inspection, Playground Supervision, and Slips Trips, and Falls courses, as well as assigning many other courses to help educate employees and improve safety.
“I would highly recommend SafeSchools Training to other districts. It saves time and money on needed and required staff development. It has reduced our workers’ comp claims in almost half over a three-year period, reports are easily accessible, and the email reminders keep staff informed on needed staff development,” Finger notes.
Now the district can rest assured they are meeting required mandates, increasing efficiency, and saving valuable time and money. We applaud everyone at Catawba for their success with SafeSchools Training.
To learn more about how SafeSchools Training can help you reduce workers’ comp claims and improve safety and compliance in your district, contact us at 800-434-0154 or request a demo today!