SIMA offers options to educate and prepare your teams
Training your snow teams can be overwhelming; which is why SIMA has made it easy to access safety and training resources as part of its commitment to membership. Snow Safety Week. New training videos. ASM University. Online CSP testing. Snow Safety Bootcamp. All of these and more are just a click away. Here are some tips on how to integrate SIMA’s available resources into your day-to-day operations:
Retaining key employees
Consider staggering training over time. Investing in your administrative and operational teams through Advanced Snow Manager and Certified Snow Professional training will show that you value them and will increase the skill and knowledge of your organization. Talk with your team and set up a two- to three-year plan to increase the number of ASMs and CSPs you have on staff.
Members can leverage the SIMA Training Commitment ($200 discount) to get one person in your organization started with ASM or CSP training. ASM University is another easy way to sign up more than one person for ASM and save money on each registration.
Preseason basic training
For basic training of operational personnel, leverage the members-only Snow Safety Boot Camp by downloading the PowerPoint and integrating the information into your existing preseason training. To ramp up your preseason training, invest in SIMA’s six new training videos available at www.sima.org/snowtraining.
Identify the person in your organization who is passionate and committed to snow safety training and designate them as your training champion. Recognize them and encourage them to visit www.sima.org/resources for training-specific materials available to SIMA members. Connect them to www.sima.org/library and www.sima.org/quicktips to receive access to free, quality stories that can be easily turned into tailgate talks and other training opportunities.
Enhance the value
Communicate your formal training strategy, including use of these SIMA resources, to your customers, prospects and insurance providers. Each of these audiences will see value in professional safety and skills-based training and will help you continue to differentiate yourself in your market.
Building training with quick tips
Since the launch of the SIMA Library at www.sima.org about two years ago, we’ve been creating content that is relevant, high quality and easy to access.
Our Quick Tips section is a tangible example of this strategy. Since 2015, we’ve provided a monthly focused topic that can be read quickly. The Quick Tips library includes:
- Conduct A Job Hazard Analysis
- Spotters for Snow Removal Services
- Establishing A Tailgate Training Program
- Tying Up Postseason Loose Ends
- Fuel Storage for Cold Weather
- Light It Up, Legally
- Using Video for Training, Documentation
- Throw A Snow Rodeo
- Staking Best Practices
- Preseason Prep
- Certificate of Insurance Protocols
- Equipment Purchasing: What to Know Before You Buy
- Backup Cameras & Safety
- Create Better Customer Surveys
- Cutting Edge and Plow Shoe Maintenance
- Get A Jump on Rust
- Combating Driver Fatigue
- Walking Safely in Snow and Ice
- Planning for Equipment Breakdowns
- Prepare for Snow Removal Site Damage Now
- Storing Plows in The Off-Season