COSS & COSM:
Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS®) is a training program designed by safety professionals for the entry level person, or for the experienced safety person who needs a refresher on safety. The COSS® Program provides students with focused and relevant content that is enforced with concentrated learning activities. The course consists of 40 hours of hands-on, instructor-led learning, delivered by OSHA-authorized trainers. Case studies and workshops are used extensively to bring learning objectives into focus. Student presentations, daily quizzes, practical reviews and a comprehensive final exam allow students to demonstrate their competencies in the class.
COSS graduates will be able to:
- Determine the true cost of accidents
- Calculate Total Recordable Incident Rates (TRIR)
- Search company and public records to assess where the likelihood of an accident may lie
- Master the use of the Code of Federal Regulations (construction and general industry)
- Identify hazards, determine regulatory requirements, implement corrective actions and train personnel in required changes
- Complete risk analyses for key jobs and processes
- Perform thorough accident investigations
- Develop and implement a safety audit and inspection program
- Communicate corporate safety initiatives and goals
- Develop and maintain company safety plans and manuals
Upon completing COSS, graduates receive:
- National COSS designation
- 40 contact hours approved by CWEA
COSS has no prerequisites.
Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM)
The Certificate for Occupational Safety Managers (COSM) program is an advanced executive-level safety program consisting of participants who are currently executive-level safety managers.
- Essentials of Safety Management: Explores the scope and function of the safety position according to established health and safety benchmarks. Students assess personal competencies within the categories of foundation, core, technical, executive abilities and address leadership versus management roles.
- Strategic Planning & Evaluating for Safety Success: Teaches the importance of bench-marking your company Safety Management System (SMS) against quality safety systems such as Total Quality Management (TQM), ANSI, Z10 and OHSA’s 18001.
- Managing Risk & Safety Finances: Explores accident causation theories, how to measure and manage hazards that create risk and how to budget to eliminate them.
- Injury Management, Incentives & Discipline: Explains how the concept of injury management has expanded into an Integrated Disability Management System (IDMS) and the use of lagging indicators to drive effective incentive and recognition programs.
- Communicating the Safety Message: Focuses on communicating within all levels of the organization and explores the critical steps to planning effective safety communications. A workbook is provided to each student along with a web address, which is needed to access the electronic post-session assignments, support documents and useful tools. Participants must complete 40 hours of training and turn in all completed assignments.
Participants must have a minimum of two (2) years of safety, health and environmental work experience.
Colorado Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator (P/EVO)
If you intend on escorting an oversize load in Colorado, a Colorado Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator Certification allows you to operate in several other states, including: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
The online course is 8 hours and instructor-led, completed with an online exam proctored via webcam. The course covers everything required to obtain a Colorado Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operator certification.
The class covers the latest laws, regulations and industry standards on:
- State requirements for P/EVOs and their vehicles
- Reading and understanding the laws and permits that govern Oversize Load Transport
- The importance of planning, including route surveys and pre-runs
- How to pilot a load along different types of roads
- Using a high pole to properly measure overhead obstructions
- How to handle hazards and emergencies
Students must submit a signed application form and other required materials (including driver license, driving record, proof of insurance and a passport photo) to attend the training. To learn more, click here for the Colorado P/EVO Application.
Students are required to have the following technology to attend online training:
- a laptop or computer with working speakers
- a microphone and webcam
- an internet connection capable of streaming live video
- capability of running Zoom and the testing platform
Note:Phones and tablets are not allowed as they will not work with the testing platform. If you do not have a fully functioning computer, you will not be able to attend and no refund will be issued.
Wind Industry Transportation Professional Advanced Certification
The WITPAC certification course builds on P/EVO training by focusing on skills and safety practices specific to the wind transportation industry.
This course is recommended for transport drivers, P/EVOs (Pilot/Escort Vehicle Operators), steerspersons and other professionals who work alongside wind industry transport teams.
The WITPAC Certification Course is a half self-directed online course and half traditional instructor-led class. Upon successful completion, you will receive a WITPAC certification card or proof of completion. To receive a WITPAC certification or proof of completion you must earn a passing score on the open-book knowledge exam. Your WITPAC certification/proof of completion is valid for three years.
Upon successful completion, graduates receive:
- WITPAC certification card (prerequisites required) or
- WITPAC proof of completion (not valid for transport operation)
Class A CDL (U.S. or Canada) or P/EVO Certification (from select U.S. states only)
Pinnacol Assurance offers a safety group program designed to reduce workers’ compensation costs by promoting safety and claims management practices in the workplace. HASC Colorado’s safety program brings together groups of businesses with common risks that are committed to maintaining and enhancing industry-leading safety and claims management practices.
If you qualify for the program, you will receive access to resources and assistance for establishing safe working conditions. Workers’ compensation premium is based on an individual organization’s claims history. No policyholder will pay more for participating in a safety group program than they would as a non-participant and you earn additional savings on your workers’ compensation costs with an up-front discount. There is also the potential to receive a safety group program dividend. A dividend is a portion of the premium returned to a policyholder based on the safety record of the safety group program’s members.
- A 4% discount on your workers’ compensation premium
- Eligibility for a safety group program dividend
- Improved risk management and loss control
- Safety group program training and materials
- Risk management training – available online and in locations across the state
- Individualized service from a Pinnacol customer-focused service team
- Must have been in business for at least three years
- Maintain a minimum loss ratio established by the safety group program
- Comply with the safety group program’s training requirements
- Maintain effective hiring, safety and claims management programs
- Demonstrate management commitment to maintaining and enhancing a safe workplace
- Implement a return-to-work program
- Designate and use Pinnacol SelectNet providers (Rural exception for physical locations without a SelectNet provider within 30 miles.)
ISU Insurance Services of Colorado
Brad Baumgartner, CIC
Bradley Insurance Group
The Buckner Company
Eric M. Johnson, CIC
CRS Insurance Brokerage
HUB International Insurance Services
Kimberly C. Rossi
AssuredPartners of Colorado
Brown & Brown Insurance
Associates Insurance Group, Inc.
Colorado Workers' Compensation Network
Security First Insurance Agency