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All videos are provided in VHS format unless noted. Contact Caroline Deevey at 1-800-922-6081, ext. 338,
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  • Backing, Parking and Intersections (DVD, 19 min.)
    Excellent tips for backing, parking and intersections. Use this as a supplement to a full Defensive Driving course, which should be given every three years. For all employees.
  • CNN Special: Ambulance (18 min.)
    Designed to show EMS employees the consequences of at-fault accidents.
  • Defensive Driving for Government Employees (DVD, 20 min.)
    A refresher course to address common driving errors. This video should be used in years when the four-hour Defensive Driving course is not offered.
  • Defensive Driving: When Good Weather Goes Bad (DVD, 19 min.)
    Excellent tips for bad weather—including rain, avoiding hydroplaning, how to handle flooded roads, snow, ice, wind and fog. Use this as a supplement to a full Defensive Driving course, which should be given every three years. For all employees.
  • Don't Meet by Accident: A Guide to Safe Driving (22 min.)
    Excellent recap of common driving mistakes presented in a safety committee meeting forum. For use in any department; may be used to supplement defensive driver training.
  • Hang Up and Drive: The Jacy Good Story (18 min)
    This dynamic program features Jacy Good and her fiancée Steve recalling the tragic crash that killed her parents as a result of another driver using his cell phone. In May 2008, Jacy and her parents were enjoying a great day of accomplishment—Jacy's college graduation. That day was shattered, however, when a devastating collision took the lives of Jacy's parents and left her in a coma. Her brain injury has left her with physical, speech, and cognitive impairments, but Jacy's story is an inspiration.

    • Help viewers recognize the real dangers of texting, cell phones and other distractions while driving.
    • Understand that crashes such as Jacy's devastate the lives of many more people than those who are involved in the crash.
    • Accept the fact that crashes involving cell phone use are preventable.
    • Take specific steps to avoid cell phone use while driving that will start to change the safety culture of driving education.
    • Recognize that each of us is responsible for our safe driving behavior.

    All employees should view this DVD. Viewing this DVD will make all drivers mindful of the dangerous cognitive distractions created by cell phones, even when using hands free.


  • Accident Investigation (9 min.)
    For department heads/supervisors.
  • Backhoe Safety: Inspection and Walk Around (DVD, 14 min.)
    A very complete guide for operators to use for daily equipment inspection. Could be used to help launch a daily heavy equipment inspection program. For supervisors and equipment operators.
  • Backhoe Operator's Safety and Responsibility (DVD, 8 min.)
    Covers personal protective equipment needed for backhoe and track hoe operators, pre-start inspection and safe operation. Could be used with Backhoe Safety: Inspection and Walk Around. For supervisors and equipment operators.
  • Communication/Human Performance Management (15 min.)
    Designed to help supervisors enhance communication to improve safety management.
  • Confined Space Entry (DVD, 17 min.)
    Explores the hazards of confined spaces, protective measures needed for safe entry, entry permits, entry procedures and rescue. This video is recommended for employees of any department that has confined spaces—even if employees do not enter those spaces.  The video provides awareness level training and does not meet all of the requirements needed to comply with OSHA Standards. SCAC risk managers can assist with additional training requirements.
  • Don't Bet on It (DVD, 15 min.)
    This highly-recommended video presents five accident stories that are designed to promote changes in the safety culture and employees' attitude toward safety.
  • Fall Factors: Understanding and Preventing Slips, Trips and Falls (DVD, 19 min.)
    By understanding how "fall factors" such as balance, gravity, friction and momentum contribute to falling, we can take measures to prevent these incidents. This program helps viewers prevent falls and related incidents by reviewing the factors involved—including common hazards and unsafe actions that make falling more likely. Topics include:
    • How controlling our center of gravity helps us maintain balance;
    • How gravity, friction and momentum contribute to slips, trips and falls;
    • Precautions that prevent slips and trips;
    • The importance of wearing proper footwear; and
    • Unsafe acts that contribute to falls.
  • Fire Extinguishers: Your PASS to Safety (10 min.)
    Basic training on the use of fire extinguishers for all employees.
  • Flagging Operations and Procedures (23 min.)
    Training in work zone safety for road maintenance crews.
  • Hazard Communication: The Road to Safety (16 min.)
    Basic training for all employees on OSHA's hazard communication standard. Useful as a training supplement.
    • Hazard Communication and The Global Harmonizing System (DVD, 22 min.)
      Recent changes in OHSA's Hazard Communication Standard have brought the regulation more in line with international standards with the implementation of the Global Harmonizing System. Implementing the Global Harmonizing System, or GHS, helps ensure improved quality and consistency in the classification and labeling of all chemicals, which in turn improves an employee's ability to quickly understand critical safety information. This program is designed to help employees understand the three key elements of the GHS: Hazard Classification, container labeling and Safety Data Sheets. Topics include the written Hazard Communication plan, physical and health hazard classes, pictograms, signal words and other information found on GHS container labels and the 16 sections of a Safety Data Sheet.

      Counties are mandated to train all employees by December 1, 2013 on the new label requirements and safety data sheet format.  All revisions to employers hazard communication programs must be completed by January 1, 2016.  The natural tendency for many people will be to delay the required training as long as possible especially since full compliance is not required until 2016.  We urge you to complete all revisions to your program by December of 2013.  It will only take a few more minutes to train employees in all aspects of the revisions.  The Hazard Communication Standard is one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations.  A leader's guide for this 22 minute DVD is available upon request (see link below).
  • Heat Stress: Don't Lose Your Cool (14 min.)
    For public works employees. Designed to reduce the potential for heat-related injuries.
  • The Hidden Killer: Hepatitis Awareness for Staff (DVD/VHS, 18 min.)
    For detention facilities.
  • Housekeeping: It Ain't Like the Movies (15 min.)
    Useful for developing hazard recognition skills to be used in a self-inspection program. Suitable for all employees.
  • I Chose to Look the Other Way: Three Stories of Workplace Safety (13 min.)

    Viewers will witness examples of three common scenarios where workers see something but don't say something. Your employees will learn that the root cause of each incident was a reluctance to speak up. They will be convinced that speaking up about unsafe acts is critical in the prevention of workplace injuries. Leaders guide available.

    • Three story lines featuring a failure to follow lockout/tagout, an employee neglecting to wear PPE, and a worker choosing not to wear fall protection.
    • Some other safety concerns covered in the video include supervisors, rushing, habits, shift work, and intimidation.
    • Reinforces the fact that "speaking up" about unsafe acts can save lives and help develop a positive safety culture.
  • Introduction to OSHA (3 hrs.)
    SCETV satellite broadcast sponsored by SCAC and presented by OSHA's Van Henson. An excellent introduction to OSHA services that benefit counties.
  • Lockout for Life (21 min.)
    A basic review of lockout/tagout principles with vivid illustrations of actual lockout accidents. Useful for maintenance personnel.
  • MRSA Awareness (DVD, 12 min.)
    A guide for general awareness and prevention of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a rapidly growing problem. This video includes a leader's guide and PowerPoint presentation.
  • Managing High Risk Situations (15 min.)
    Managing high-risk situations takes more than just awareness and policies which prohibit them. Employees and managers must be able to recognize and contain situations before they escalate into violent events.
    • Five realistic scenarios are rolled out with a chance to pause the program and have the viewers discuss the appropriate resolutions, as well as any preventive actions that could have been taken...and then solutions to the vignettes are presented.
    • Addresses some potential root causes of violent behavior, such as: termination, paranoia, estranged spouse / stalking, disciplinary action and sabotage.
  • Managing Your Public Officials' Liability (18 min.)
    Intended for county council members. This is a general explanation of potential liabilities that could result from council members' actions. It is recommended that SCAC conduct this presentation.
  • Office Injury Prevention (DVD, 18 min.)
    This program stresses the importance of office safety and how a good safety attitude and using good judgment are the keys to injury prevention. Topics include good housekeeping; controlling slip, trip and fall hazards; proper lifting techniques; avoiding repetitive strain injuries; preventing eye strain; preventing the spread of contagious illness; office equipment hazards and emergency response procedures. The video may be shown to employees from any department, but administrative employees are the target audience.
  • Preventing Harassment: Creating a Positive Workplace (DVD, 21 min.)
    Suitable for annual refresher training, includes leader guide and quiz.
  • Protect Yourself So You Can Protect Others (15 min.)
    EMS providers and firefighters face exposure to Hepatitis B and C, HIV and other bloodborne diseases. This video educates them about how to protect themselves from infection and what to do if an exposure occurs. It may be useful to other departments to provide basic information on bloodborne diseases and protection methods.
  • Shaping a Secure Future (12 min.)
    Provides a general overview of risk management in public entities for safety committees and department heads.
  • Trenching and Excavation Safety: The Scott May Story (DVD, 20 min.)
    This video tells the story of a 30-year-old construction worker who was killed in a trenching accident in Georgetown, S.C. It also presents the basic safety measures that all trenching and excavation workers need to know. Topics include:
    • When and where safety rules apply;
    • OSHA standards that require trenching/excavation work to be managed by a "competent" person;
    • Identifying soil types;
    • Determining how to excavate safely;
    • Slope-back ratios; and
    • Other forms of protection.
  • Trenching and Shoring: Understanding Excavation Safety (DVD, 15 min.)
    This video gives an overview of the hazards and control measures needed to conduct excavations safely. It is recommended for employees of any department that excavates—regardless of the depth of the excavation. Unsafe excavation practices can result in multiple fatalities, often involving co-workers who attempt to rescue fellow employees from a collapse. The video provides awareness level training and does not meet all of the requirements needed to comply with OSHA Standards. SCAC risk managers can assist with additional training requirements.
  • Understanding Governmental Liability (19 min.)
    An overview of liability exposures and basic awareness training to help avoid tort liability. For all employees.
  • Working Smart: General Office Safety (20 min.)
    For all employees.
  • Workplace Violence (3 hrs.)
    SCETV satellite broadcast sponsored by SCAC.

Lifting/Back Safety

  • Back at Work (16 min.)
    General back safety and exercises for all employees.
  • Back Basics (1) (12 min.)
    Provides a simple, practical demonstration of how the back functions. This funny, entertaining video features Occupational Therapist Michael Meinik.
  • Back in Step:  The Road to Recovery from Back Pain (50 min.)
    Occupational Therapist Michael Meinik provides practical tips to help minimize back pain, speed recovery and reduce the risk of re-injury. Recommended for all employees, but is especially useful for the employee who has had a back injury.
  • Back Safety for First Responders (20 min.)
    Back safety for EMS, Fire and Sheriff's Department, includes back exercises for preventing injuries.
  • On the Road: The Lighter Side of Lifting (22 min.)
    This funny, entertaining video features Michael Meinik, an occupational therapist. It provides real world examples of better ways to lift and is beneficial for all departments. A  PowerPoint presentation recaps the main points.
  • Powerlift: Lifting Training That Works (19 min.)
    Most of us have been trained to lift objects with the traditional bend your knees and keep your back straight technique, but it doesn't work. This method forces us to overuse our knees and legs and our backs still end up bearing the brunt of the load. Dr. Michael Schaefer has recognized the flaws of the conventional lifting technique and developed a safe, easy and stronger lifting position. Leader's Guide PDF available.
    • The structure of the back and why back lifting can be so harmful.
    • Flaws of the traditional "squat lift" technique.
    • Cumulative injury and scar tissue.
    • Keeping the spine in a "neutral position" and the basics of the wide stance PowerLift.
    • The four lifts derived from the PowerLift concept: Tipping Load, Tripod Lift, Golfer's Bend and Lean-Bar Lifting techniques.
    • Adding strength and balance to a lift by bridging
  • Prevention Strategies (3) (15 min.)
    Practical methods for maintaining a healthy back. To be used in series with Back Basics (1) and Risk Factors (2).
  • Risk Factors (2) (13 min.)
    To be used in series with Back Basics (1).
  • Stretching Out at Work (13 min.)
    Occupational Therapist Michael Meinik provides practical tips for stretching to minimize muscle strain at work.
  • Take 5 for Health and Safety
    A series of two videos featuring Occupational Therapist Michael Meinik. Learn about sitting, standing, lifting, stretching and ergonomics. "Take 5" captures the key elements of these important topics and presents them in a series of five-minute programs that motivate, entertain and educate. Each show is complimented by a short, humorous "commercial" that drives home the important points of injury prevention.