Burlington Fire Department attains 100% training compliance with Mindflash

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2017 8:41:56 AM
ldquo Mindflash does what every fire department in our province requires to keep track of training with the goal of 100 percent compliance. rdquo
Bill Hammond
Training Supervisor
Burlington Fire Department

About the Organization

The Burlington Fire Department is a municipal fire department that provides vital emergency response, prevention, and education services in order to increase community safety and quality of life in region of Burlington, Ontario Canada, which was named the best mid-sized city in Canada. The force strives to be a leader in service excellence, employee development, strategic alliances, advanced training, and use of technology.

Situation

The Burlington Fire Department runs eight fire stations and employs roughly 300 people, including career and volunteer firefighters, dispatchers, mechanics, trainers, inspectors, investigators, and a public educator. The department responds to a variety of emergencies within the municipality, from fires and car accidents to water rescue and chemical spills. All of the staff must complete mandatory training on a regular basis. Additionally, Training Supervisor Bill Hammond creates special interest training for outside agencies such as the regional police force (for example, how to utilize extrication tools for forcible entry).

Training is especially important due to the dangerous nature of the work–the more skilled the workforce, the less people get hurt. As such, Hammond’s main goal with training is 100 percent compliance, meaning he can prove to an outside agency that 100 percent of staff has taken a specific training program. The challenge is ensuring that every person is trained at the same level, with the same content, and within the same time period. It’s critical that everyone receives an identical message, and that Hammond has accurate documentation of training. The in-house program that was created for the department did not allow him to deliver a consistent message, and it didn’t track completion or scoring on training courses.

Solution

The Burlington Fire Department searched for an eLearning solution and chose Mindflash due to its ease of use and breadth of features. Hammond uses interactive PowerPoint presentations, PDF documents and videos to create courses, each of which is concluded with a test. For mandatory training, he sets a time frame (usually 21 days) within which employees must complete the course. Additionally, trainees must achieve a certain percentage on the test in order to pass training. Special interest courses are generally presented on a big screen by the captains, with trainees taking the tests at their leisure, independently.

Hammond likes Mindflash because it:

  • Is easy to use, both for the trainer and the trainees.
  • Is cost effective and didn’t require any upgrades to their system.
  • Ensures that every employee receives the same message at the same time.
  • Automatically converts any video format during uploading.
  • Provides instant results and great overall reporting.
  • Lets him add a completion certificate at the end of each program.
  • Can be accessed anywhere at any time.

Results

In the year that Hammond has been using Mindflash, he has created about 40 courses. The most recent course had 160 trainees enrolled. At any given moment, Bill can instantly see who has completed a course, who is currently taking it, and who hasn’t started. Further, he can filter it all by group, platoon, or station. Although the minimum pass rate is 70 per cent on the quizzes, almost all trainees get 100 percent. And for the first time in Burlington Fire history, he can say they’ve had 100 percent compliance–and he can prove it with course-by-course reports printed from Mindflash.

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Topics: compliance training, Safety training, Burlington Fire Department and Mindflash, Content Creation

MacPack reduced training costs by 50% and managed safety compliance with Mindflash

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2017 8:40:02 AM
ldquo I like that it is so easy to update material on Mindflash because regulations change so often. The product couldn’t be any easier to use. Also, Mindflash customer service is fabulous. rdquo
Allison Davis
Training Manager
MacPack

About the Organization

MacPack LLC is a packing and crating company, which specializes in the packing of hazardous materials for transportation, and specialized preservation packing. The company is a leader in its field and regularly trains 3rd parties on best practices for transporting hazardous materials.

Situation

Hazardous materials in transportation can be dangerous. As a result, the industry follows a strict set of regulations that guide their preparation. These regulations can often be difficult to understand and comply with. MacPack has developed a significant business in training other companies on how to comply with these regulations.

Allison Davis is tasked with training 3rd party companies, along with her many other internal responsibilities at MacPack. Typically her in-person training courses would take three full days plus travel. Dealing with logistics like room rentals and organizing lunch for trainees were an added burden for Allison. “I would be completely out of commission for 3-days” Allison said. “I didn’t want to travel all the time.” While MacPack would pass the costs onto the trainees, it “wasn’t the business we wanted to be in.” Allison said. Trainees were unhappy at having to take 3-days off of work to complete their training and the $700 per trainee registration fee plus travel expenses was prohibitive to some companies.

Solution

Allison realized that there must be a more efficient solution. She searched on Google and found Mindflash. She was pleasantly surprised when it only took her two hours to create a professional-looking online course using her existing PowerPoint and PDF files.

This ease in editing course content is a godsend for Allison. “I like that it is so easy to update material on Mindflash because regulations change so often. The product couldn’t be any easier to use. Also, Mindflash customer service is fabulous.”

Results

Allison has now successfully moved her training program online using Mindflash. Instead of spending 3-days for each training, trainees can now complete all of their training requirements online in far less time. Trainees can work on as much material as they have time for and then login again at later time of their convenience.

Further, MacPack was able to cut the cost of the course in half, which works to further increase its popularity. They are currently training about 50 people a month and growing. “I’ve gotten great feedback from trainees” Allison says. “They really appreciate the fact that they don’t have to travel for training. And they love being able to pick right up where they left off online.”

“Mindflash has made my life a lot easier” Allison says. “I hope no one ever wants a public, in-person training again!”

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Topics: compliance training, ROI, Safety training, MacPack and Mindflash, Cost of Training, ROI of Training

L.A. Food Bank helps volunteer teams work safely with Mindflash

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2017 8:23:33 AM
ldquo Since approximately 80 percent of our partner agencies are run by volunteers only, the required class allows the representatives to take the class at their convenience. rdquo
Elizabeth Cervantes
Agency Relations Director
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

About the Organization

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is a nonprofit, charitable organization that helps fight hunger by collecting food donations from several sources and distributing them to the needy through a network of over 1,000 partner agency sites throughout the county. The L.A. Regional Food Bank also sponsors classes and programs aimed at raising awareness and support of hunger relief.

Situation

The L.A. Regional Food Bank’s partner pantry agencies are required to complete an annual food safety course in order to distribute food. Previously, all training and certification was done in-person either at the Food Bank or at the annual agency conference.

However several factors made training and certification difficult. First, the agency needed to train at least one member of over 400 different agencies — and many of those agencies employed only part-time volunteers, which often made scheduling a training appointment difficult. With only limited opportunities to train and certify partner agency staff, the Food Bank was often forced to certify large groups of people in-person at once, during the annual agency conference. As a result, the Food Bank could only deliver food safety training to a maximum of two members of each agency.

Solution

The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank turned to Mindflash to solve its training and certification conundrum. With Mindflash, the Food Bank was able to:

  • Allow partner agency staff to access training materials any time, from any place.
  • Conduct tests on food safety and automatically certify trainees who passed all relevant tests.
  • Utilize many of its existing training materials (including PowerPoint, Word, videos or PDFs).
  • Train and certify far more representatives from partner agencies in food safety.
  • Save time and planning that had been previously devoted to in-person training.

Results

Since adopting its Mindflash food safety training course, which includes informative slideshows and several short quizzes, the L.A. Regional Food Bank has been able to train more than 200 partner agency staff members. By urging partner agencies to utilize the online training, the Food Bank has also relieved the crunch on space, time, and resources that had gone into training so many people in-person and on-site.

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Topics: compliance training, nonprofit training, Safety training, L.A. Food Bank and Mindflash

Fortune 200 Manufacturer builds effective contractor training for a safe work environment

Posted by admin on Jul 19, 2017 6:49:55 AM

Overview

Situation:
The company needed fast, effective way to ensure that contractors arrived well-trained in safety practices on Day One.

Solution:
Mindflash training delivers 12 online courses to laptops, tablets, and mobile devices with compelling content, trainee assessments, and management reporting.

Results:
Contractors arrive for their first day of work fully up-to-speed on safety standards and practices

ldquo Mindflash helps us hire the right people by screening candidates for their willingness and ability to understand the importance of safety. Successful trainees make good, safe workers. rdquo

Documentation and Standards Specialist
Fortune Global 200 Industrial Manufacturer



Situation

The Engineering Services division of this €50 billion industrial powerhouse uses Mindflash to train contractors on safety standards and practices before they report for their first day of work on an automotive parts shop floor.

Contractors including pipe fitters, tool makers, and assemblers enter a work environment that requires eye protection, steel toed boots, and hard hats. Fork lifts, overhead cranes, ladders, heights, and heavy lifting make for a potentially hazardous environment that requires strict adherence to safety standards.

Before Mindflash, contractors spent half of their first day receiving safety training. Now they arrive fully trained and ready for work.

Solution

Contractors take Mindflash courses on a wide variety of platforms – desktop, laptop, tablet, and mobile. The Documentation and Standards team builds courses in Mindflash from source material in a variety of formats: PowerPoint slides (including embedded animations), videos, PDFs, and Word docs. Typical courses run 40-60 slides with quizzes of up to 30 questions each.

Mindflash provides powerful reports which allow the company to easily view key metrics on trainees and courses, such as how many have passed and failed, time spent on courses, and total training time for a series. Every two months, the program leaders meet with upper management to review results and recommend curriculum changes based on trainee performance.

This innovative multinational is constantly updating courses to ensure they are compelling and effective. Using Mindflash’s breakthrough web-conversion and live editing features, she can make specific changes by simply inserting a new slide at any point.

Through integration with a corporate web portal, trainees self-register for Mindflash courses based on job titles. Training administrators create custom trainee groups in Mindflash and, when necessary, adds filtering fields for new entities, such as a new supplier of contract labor. “There are lots of ways to customize Mindflash,” one Administrator stated. “It allows us to tailor the platform to do just what we need.”

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Topics: compliance training, mobile learning, Safety training, manufacturing, Fortune Global 200 Industrial Manufacturer, Contractor Training

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