Friday, May 13, 2022

Why Use Industry-Specific Training?

Are you looking for training that caters specifically to your industry?

Personalized, comprehensive, industry-specific training can be:

Optimize Preparedness – Industry-specific training provides specific skills and knowledge that general training often doesn't. An office worker and concert venue worker have different work environments that require different training. For example, the concert venue employee might not have many places to hide and must prepare for open space attacks, something the office worker might not have to worry about. Conversely, someone working in an office needs to learn how to barricade office doors, and doesn't need to worry as much about dealing with large crowds. Industry-specific training helps employees properly prepare for an active shooter event and better envision their escape plan.

TPOP offers industry-specific training for:

  • Office facilities
  • Utilities and energy companies (in the field and in utility facilities)
  • QSR and table service restaurants
  • Food retail
  • Commercial Retail
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Mass gatherings and entertainment venues
  • Houses of worship

Learn about the other benefits of specific, personalized training.

Secure Your Personalized Active Shooter Preparedness E-Learning

When you choose TPOP's online training for verbal de-escalation and active shooter preparedness, you can further personalize the training in a number of ways. Our instructors are filmed on green screen backgrounds which means that we can “place” the industry experts in front of images in your workplace (your office, your restaurant, your warehouse etc.). This creates a more familiar surrounding and further personalizes the training for your teams.  You can also create a personalized video introduction from your management which displays at the beginning of the training. And finally, we can customize the course content and duration to your individual training needs.

Let’s talk about your training needs today.

 

Monday, May 2, 2022

Why Personalized Training is Better for Everyone

Browsing workplace violence preparedness (WPV) training for your workplace? 

Want to give your employees skills on situational awareness, verbal de-escalation, and active shooter readiness?

You should be! The majority of active shooter preparedness training on the market is designed for an office environment, which can be helpful if that's where your employees spend most of their time. But if your workplace is a retail store, a restaurant, a factory, a warehouse, an entertainment venue or some other unique environment, then your employees might be left with more questions than answers. There is also an abundance of quick video training options that leave much to be desired. Some organizations choose options like these because they can quickly satisfy the OSHA General Duty Clause obligation, but you’ll be doing your employees a disservice by choosing training that doesn't consider the unique risk factors and challenges of your workplace.

Personalized, comprehensive, industry-specific training has the following benefits:

Increase Employee Confidence – When your staff learns how to respond appropriately to workplace violence in their specific environment, this will increase their confidence and make them feel safer and more secure while at work.

Maximize Knowledge and Retention – Industry-specific training that aligns with an employee's everyday workflow and environment is easier to absorb and easier to remember. Building muscle memory for acting under pressure is critical and that task is faster to develop when the lessons resonate directly with the learner. 

Learn other benefits of industry-specific training.

Secure Your Personalized Active Shooter Preparedness E-Learning

When you choose TPOP's online training for verbal de-escalation and active shooter preparedness, you can further personalize the training in a number of ways. Our instructors are filmed on green screen backgrounds which means that we can “place” the industry experts in front of images in your workplace (your office, your restaurant, your warehouse etc.). This creates a more familiar surrounding and further personalizes the training for your teams.  You can also create a personalized video introduction from your management which displays at the beginning of the training. And finally, we can customize the course content and duration to your individual training needs.

Let’s talk about your training needs today.


Friday, April 15, 2022

Have You Updated Your Response Plan?

In your active shooter response plan, have you coordinated with your local police?

The Virginia Beach shooting shows the importance of coordinating with police. The municipal building used a keycard system to enter, and as an ex-employee, the shooter still had his keycard. The police arrived on the scene in 2 minutes but couldn’t get in without a keycard or door code. As you update your training, update your response plan with information that the police or EMS should know in the event of an emergency. This information includes the layout of your building, door codes, and how to gain access to restricted areas.

Learn more about lessons learned from active shooter events.

Your Staff Needs Specialized Active Shooter Training

Is your training relevant to your industry?

Industry specific training is more useful and impactful than generic training. If your current training uses a “one size fits all approach,” your employees could be missing out on relevant information regarding how to respond to an active shooter in their unique environment. For example, field-based employees in the utilities sector won’t receive the full benefits of training if the training takes place in an office environment.

TPOP offers industry specific training for:

  • Corporate facilities
  • Utilities
  • Fast Food and Restaurants
  • Grocers and retailers
  • Healthcare
  • Mass gatherings
  • Houses of worship

Let’s talk about updating your active shooter training today.

Friday, April 1, 2022

The Importance of Updating Training

Do you provide active shooter preparedness training for your employees?

When was the last time it was updated?

It’s important that your active shooter preparedness training is regularly updated with the latest information. Updated training can inform your staff about lessons learned from previous shootings, changes in policies and procedures, and keep the training fresh in their minds.

For example, pulling a fire alarm during an active shooter event is not generally advised. In the past, some have used fire alarms as warning signs to others to get out of the building. We now know that this can potentially put people in harm's way. Fire alarms bring in firefighters who are prepared for fires, not active shooters. If the shooter is still in the building, a fire alarm may put the firefighters at risk, too.

Learn other aspects of active shooter training that need updating.

Your Staff Needs Specialized Active Shooter Training

Is your training relevant to your industry?

Energy workers | Active shooter training

Industry specific training is more useful and impactful than generic training. If your current training uses a “one size fits all approach,” your employees could be missing out on relevant information regarding how to respond to an active shooter in their unique environment. For example, field-based employees in the utilities sector won’t receive the full benefits of training if the training takes place in an office environment.

TPOP offers industry specific training for:

  • Corporate facilities
  • Utilities
  • Fast Food and Restaurants
  • Grocers and retailers
  • Healthcare
  • Mass gatherings
  • Houses of worship

Let’s talk about updating your training today.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

How to Create a Tourniquet

Did you know the average active shooter event lasts 3-5 minutes, but it takes EMS and police about 10 minutes to show up?

How can you treat the injured before EMS arrives?

The majority of the wounds you’ll see during an active shooter event include some degree of blood loss. You must address major blood loss first before other injuries. Remember, every second counts!

How to Fashion a Tourniquet

Tourniquets are a great way to stop blood loss from a limb and can be created with household objects. A tourniquet consists of 3 components: a loop, stick, and lock. For the loop, you can use items like belts, ties, and computer cables. The stick can be a remote, a pair of metal scissors, or any straight, rigid object around 6 inches long.

A man making a tourniquet for active shooter response plan

First, you must tie the stick in place over the bleeding extremity to keep it from unraveling. Go as high on the extremity as possible and tie an overhand knot. Apply the stick and tie another overhand knot. Twist the stick and apply pressure. Once the blood flow has stopped, secure the stick.

Never apply a tourniquet over a knee or elbow. If these areas are bleeding, place the tourniquet a few inches above the joint. Check on your tourniquet frequently to make sure it’s still working, but never remove it.

Learn other ways to stop bleeding.

Create an Active Shooter Response Plan for Your Workplace

To some, it might seem unnecessary to learn how to respond to injuries because they believe their risk of an active shooter event is low. Risk is not just about probability - it’s a combination of probability, vulnerability, and consequences. Use this formula to get a true picture of your risk. 

It’s your duty to prepare your workplace and keep your staff safe. You can teach your staff what to do in preparation of an active shooter event or other type of workplace violence with online training. TPOP’s active shooter preparedness training will help you create an active shooter response plan customized for your workplace.

Let’s talk today about your company’s risk.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

How to Locate Arteries and Stop Major Bleeding

Is your workplace prepared for an active shooter event?

Do you have a response plan in place?

Do you have Stop the Bleed kits? 

The average active shooter event lasts between 3-5 minutes, but it takes police and EMS about 10 minutes to arrive on the scene. Before they arrive, your employees are on their own. They need to be prepared to act as a first responder for themselves and the injured.

How to Stop Major Bleeding

Use pressure points: apply pressure to the primary artery that delivers blood and press on it to pinch it closed. You can find arteries based on their pulsing. If you’ve found the right artery, the bleeding will slow down dramatically.

Major bleeding from arms: The artery you need to close is most likely the brachial artery, which is located above the elbow bone, between your large upper arm muscles. To close this artery, make your hand into a “c” shape and apply pressure to the area.

Infographic showing how to stop blood loss from legs | Active shooter response
Major bleeding from legs: You’ll need to close the femoral artery, which is located near the top of your thigh, in the crease of the groin. This artery may require more pressure to close. Press down on the area with your body weight onto the heel of your hand. If more pressure is needed, use your knee.

Where to Source Bandages

Bleeding from the neck, armpit, and groin can’t be closed using pressure points or tourniquets. These areas must be bandaged to help form a clot. You can use towels, clothes, and socks as improvised bandages. Hold the bandage for at least 5 minutes firmly and directly over the wound to ensure you’ve stopped the bleeding.

Learn more about responding to injuries.

Create an Active Shooter Response Plan for Your Workplace

To some, it might seem unnecessary to learn how to respond to injuries because they believe their risk of an active shooter event is low. Risk is not just about probability - it’s a combination of probability, vulnerability, and consequences. Use this formula to get a true picture of your risk. 

It’s your duty to prepare your workplace and keep your staff safe. You can teach your staff what to do in preparation of an active shooter event or other type of workplace violence with online training. TPOP’s active shooter preparedness training will help you create an active shooter response plan customized for your workplace.

Let’s talk today about your company’s risk.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

How to Attack an Active Shooter

What would you do if you were face to face with an active shooter?

How can active shooter training help you?

The worst-case scenario you can prepare for is an active shooter event is taking place, you can’t run or hide, and you must fight to survive.

Active shooter training can help your staff learn what to do in these situations and be able to execute if necessary.

Fighting should be your last resort and should only occur when you come face to face with the shooter. Your goal should be to incapacitate the shooter because even if you disarm them, they may have more weapons.

See what workplace items can be used as weapons.

How to Attack

Turn the tables on the gunman by acting as aggressively as possible. Gunmen don’t expect resistance and will be thrown off. Yell as loud as you can – this can overwhelm the shooter and disrupt their ability to make decisions. If you have the time and people, you can plot a group or surprise attack to throw off the shooter further. This is when multiple people swarm the shooter from all angles, subverting the shooter’s expectations and outnumbering them. Incapacitate the shooter and wait for police to arrive.

Prepare Your Staff for the Worst with Active Shooter Training

TPOP’s active shooter preparedness training teaches your employees how to recognize, manage, and survive an active shooter event. Topics include situational awareness, verbal de-escalation, the Run, Hide, Fight methodology, and more. Online training can be customized to feature an introduction from your leadership, place the training faculty in your location via green screen, and choose the length that fits your time requirements. Your staff can feel safer and more confident at work in less than an hour!

Let’s talk about preparedness for your business today.

Why Use Industry-Specific Training?

Are you looking for training that caters specifically to your industry? Personalized, comprehensive, industry-specific training can be: Opti...