CarriersEdge, a provider of online driver training for the trucking industry, recently expanded its library of training courses, added two courses in its Practical Cargo Securement library, plus bloodborne pathogens and spotted lanternfly courses.
The company also said it added Spanish versions to two existing courses: “Lift Truck Operator Skills” and “Distracted Driving.”
The new courses for cargo securement—on securing paper rolls and concrete pipes—expands the list of cargo securement courses CarriersEdge offers to 10. All CarriersEdge cargo securement courses are based on the Practical Cargo Securement handbook published by Techni-Com.
“Practical Cargo Securement is considered the gold standard guide for cargo securement in North America,” said Jane Jazrawy, CarriersEdge co-founder and CEO. “Through our partnership with Techni-Com, CarriersEdge is the only driver training provider with exclusive rights to generate courses on its contents. This allows us to develop meaningful courses that help drivers improve their load securement practices.”
The “Requirements for Paper Rolls” securement course details the special requirements needed to transport one or more paper rolls with a combined weight of 5,000 pounds or more. The course covers the importance of correctly restraining paper rolls, describes the common methods to properly secure paper rolls, as well as how to secure paper rolls with different orientations.
The “Requirements for Concrete Pipes,” course details special requirements needed to transport one or more concrete pipes loaded onto a flatbed trailer, using the loading method of ‘eyes crosswise’ to prevent rolling. The course breaks down the importance of correctly securing concrete pipes, devices used to properly fasten concrete pipes and things to consider before loading concrete pipes onto a trailer. The course also includes techniques on how to properly secure concrete pipes on a flatbed trailer.
Also new to CarriersEdge subscribers is a course on bloodborne pathogens, titled “Bloodborne Pathogens Safety Awareness.” This course is designed to help drivers understand the hazards associated with bloodborne pathogens and provide guidance on how to stay safe in potential exposure areas. Bloodborne pathogens are disease-causing micro-organisms that are transmitted through bodily fluid. After completing the course, drivers will be able to identify major bloodborne pathogens, how they are transmitted and what to do if exposed. Drivers will also learn ways to minimize the spread of an infection, and how to properly dispose of contaminated material.
For those travelling through the Northeast region of the US, the “Preventing the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly” course CarriersEdge now offers teaches drivers how to identify a spotted lanternfly in different stages of its lifecycle, the threat spotted lanternfly poses, and how to kill, remove the eggs and report a spotted lanternfly sighting. The course also explains how to avoid having the insect attach to your vehicle and where it might “hide.” The spotted lanternfly is indigenous to parts of Asia, but has recently been found primarily in Pennsylvania, where there is a quarantine. The invasive insect is considered a threat to vegetation and valuable crops in the area.
Lastly, CarriersEdge continues to offer courses in other languages.
“We just added Spanish versions for our ‘Lift Truck Operator Skills’ and ‘Distracted Driving’ courses,” Jazrawy said. “Our goal is to help fleets become safer, and these additions are great resources for our clients to achieve that.”