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Compliance Corner: Are your employees aware of what is considered a refusal to test?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

By Jamie Bork, GSN Director of Compliance

Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations prohibit participants (employees) from refusing a test. Here’s a partial list of Part 40 refusals (event), the party ultimately responsible for the final determination (decision maker) and the DOT instructions for handling them:

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For more information, employees may be provided with a document directly from the DOT.

Integrity must be the Standard

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

By: Jerry LePre

The ethical standard of America is at a crossroad. Today too many people are more concerned about being politically correct instead being ethically correct even when political correctness lacks sincerity. In the past, the majority of Americans built this country on the foundation of hard work with integrity as its cornerstone. However, this standard of ethics started to disappear in the 1960s. During this decade, America’s strong foundation started to crumble. The decay began when a standard of excellence was removed from our classrooms. Instead of turning within to develop character, many people now “turn on” to themselves. As a result, they are obsessed with associating acceptance, prosperity, and success with their self-centered phony facades and inflated egos. Furthermore, the practice of putting a spin on the truth (lying) is considered more and more an acceptable practice. This popularity for spinning is due to our unwillingness to accept accountability.

Consequently, a growing segment of our society prefers to justify behavior to fit their needs at any given time. This liberal ethical philosophy professes free interpretation and justification of laws, principles, and rules based on current desires without regard to the spirit and fundamental truth of the law. This is opposite of the strict conservative philosophy, which has the black-or-white approach with issues. A third moderate philosophy balances these two extremes. This approach adapts the fundamental truth and spirit of the law to apply to current events without compromising the integrity of moral principles, virtues, and values. It combines the strength of integrity with the power of innovation. As America comes to the crossroad, it is evident that we need to return to a high ethical standard of integrity. This was the standard that made our country great. Our future depends on it.

Jerry LePre is the GSN Director of Communication

GSN Magazine 2015 Year in Review

Monday, December 21st, 2015

2015: The Foundation for Take GSN to a New Level of Excellence

Click to download GSN Magazine 2015 Year in Review

Click to download GSN Magazine 2015 Year in Review

As the holiday season approaches and we start to make plans for 2016, I realize that it is time to reflect on the significant accomplishments that occurred during this year. 2015 was a great time for Global Safety Network. I thank each and every team member for their hard work, dedication and commitment that has made this success possible. Without my team, there is no GSN to serve our valued clients. In the past few months, GSN has experienced significant growth.

As a result of these strategic changes, we are engaged, equipped and energized to be more efficient, more effective and more empowered. GSN is now better prepared and positioned to take our company to a new level of excellence. This means GSN has set a high standard of realistic goals and high expectations from our leadership as well as our team members. At this time, I would like to list some of the many accomplishments that took place to make GSN a better and focused company to serve you and your company.

  • Background Screening Enhancements
  • Faster Turnaround Time
  • Source Improvements
  • Form I-9 and E-Verify Electronic Services
  • New Office in Watertown SD dedicated to Background Screening
  • Enhance Client Communication / Start GSN The Magazine
  • Launch of GlobalSoft 2.0 Again, I want to thank our loyal client partners for helping make 2015

Again, I want to thank our loyal client partners for helping make 2015 such a tremendous year for GSN. I look forward to working with you in 2016.

– Chris Greenberg, President, CEO, and founder of Global Safety Network and Greenberg Enterprises.

Vehicle Crashes are a Leading Cause of Teenage Deaths

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

National Teen Driver Safety Week October 18-24, 2015

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of teenage deaths in the US, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The agency reported in 2013 there were over 2,600 teenagers (15-19 year old) killed in fatal crashes with teenage drivers. An estimated 130,000 were injured. Despite these alarming facts, a recent survey conducted by NHTSA showed only 25% of the parents questioned had a serious talk with their kids about safe driving and the five key dangers of driving. These dangers include the adverse effects of alcohol, not wearing seat belts, texting while driving, speeding, and extra passengers. NHTSA says that even if parents think their kids don’t hear them, they do. They say all parents should discuss the “5 to Drive” – Set the rules before your teenage drivers hit the road.

Remember the “5 to Drive” Tips from the NHTSA

  1. No Drinking and Driving. Set a good example by not driving after drinking. Remind your teen that drinking before the age of 21 is illegal, and alcohol and driving should never mix no matter your age. Teen drivers are at a greater risk of death in alcoholrelated crashes compared to drivers in all other age groups, even though they’re too young to legally buy, possess, or consume alcohol. Nationally in 2013, almost one out of five (19 percent) of the teen drivers (15 to 19 years old) involved in fatal crashes had been drinking.
  2. Buckle Up. Every Trip. Every Time. Every Front Seat and Back. Lead by example. If you wear your seat belt every time you’re in the car, your teen is more likely to follow suit. Remind your teen that it’s important to buckle up on every trip, no matter how far or how fast they are driving. In 2013, 64 percent of all the young passengers (13-to 19-year-old) of teen (15- to 19-year-old) drivers who died in motor vehicle crashes weren’t restrained. When the teen driver was also unrestrained, the number of all passengers unrestrained increased to almost 90 percent.
  3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All. Remind your teen about the dangers of texting or dialing while driving, and that the phone is off-limits when they are on the road. It’s equally important to model safe driving habits for your teen—you shouldn’t text and drive either. In 2013, among drivers 15 to 19 years old involved in fatal crashes, 6 percent were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the highest percentage of drivers distracted by phone use. In 2013, 156 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted teen driver. TIP: Put your cell phone in the trunk of your car while driving to avoid the temptation to use it.
  4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You. Drive the speed limit and require your teen age kids to do the same. Explain that every time your speed doubles, your stopping distance quadruples. In 2013, almost one-third (29 percent) of teen drivers involved in a fatal crash were speeding.
  5. No More Than One Passenger. With each passenger in the vehicle, your teen’s risk of a fatal crash goes up. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behavior triples when traveling with multiple passengers. Check your State’s GDL (Graduated Driving Licensing) law before your teen takes to the road; it may prohibit any passengers. From October 18-24, join parents across the country in the “5 to Drive” campaign. For more information about National Teen Driver Safety Week and the “5 to Drive” campaign, please visit www.safercar.gov/parents.

Colorado Realizing the Negative Effects of Legalized Pot

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

“I feel like we’re losing a generation. I talk to these kids. Mainstream kids who are doing the concentrate (concentrated marijuana) every day. The potential for harm and the implications for their future is unfathomable.” – Diane Carlson, Co-founder of Smart Colorado, a youth advocacy group

More and more the citizens of Colorado are learning of the negative effects caused by the legalization of marijuana for recreational use. As a result, throughout the state, a fledgling repeal movement is underway. In fact, according to Bob Doyle, Executive Director of the Colorado Tobacco Education and Prevention Alliance, voters who once supported the law in 2012 are now voting to block pot shops in their neighborhoods.

The primary concerns are:

  1. The levels of the psychoactive ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), are 400 percent higher than they were three decades ago, according to the New England Journal of Medicine.
  2. Marijuana is available in concentrated products such as brownies, chocolates, cookies, lollipops, gummies and cherry drops. Opponents say the marijuana industry is targeting young people with edible marijuana products. These items are produced by extracting the psychoactive ingredient of the plant for a very powerful effect.
  3. The focus on youth is making a horrific impact. Based on information provided by the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (RMHIDTA), an offshoot of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, kids under the age of 21 are using pot at excessive levels despite 21 being the minimum age for purchasing marijuana.

As a result of legalized pot, all aspects of life in Colorado – family life, education, business, law enforcement and healthcare – are being adversely affected.

Stages of Chemical Dependency

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

GRAND FORKS, ND – There are three stages of chemical dependency, according to physiology:

  • Early Stage – Use
  • Middle Stage – Abuse
  • Late Stage – Addiction

THE EARLY STAGE – USE

  • The use of alcohol or illegal substances to achieve a “high”, “euphoric state of mind” or “calming effect”.
  • Excessive use of prescription medications in higher doses than prescribed by a physician to alter the user’s mood or to get a “high”.

THE MIDDLE STAGE – ABUSE

  • The continued excessive or improper use of a drug or alcohol despite negative consequences.
  • Usage of the substance is continuously increased. Yet the initial euphoria and high cannot be reached.
  • Stopping usage of the substance is still possible.
  • Drugs or Alcohol become the central focus.
  • Behavior changes are apparent.

THE LATE STAGE – ADDICTION

  • This disease causes the body to become chemically dependent upon the substance (drug or alcohol).
  • Condition is classified as “drug dependence” or “alcoholism”.
  • User needs the substance in order to function and prevent withdrawals.
  • An alcoholic or drug dependent (addicted) person cannot stop without counseling, medical treatment and family support.

Codependency

Codependent relationships are defined as a type of dysfunctional helping relationship where one person supports or enables another person’s addiction, poor mental health, immaturity, irresponsibility, lying and deceit, or under-achievement. It enables, not empowers others, by providing help, assistance and support to bail someone out or cover-up behavior so the wrongdoer does not suffer the unpleasant consequences of their actions. These enablers, who perceive themselves as rescuers, are often in denial of the wrong- doing of others through justification.

Enablers, who are often motivated by love or manipulation, feel satisfaction and acceptance by being merciful and helpful. They do not understand they are actually hurting the wrongdoer by not allowing the offender to face the real issues and resulting penalties. Enablers prevent wrongdoers from receiving help.

The Workplace Enabler

A substance abuser in the workplace can create a paranoid corporate culture of deception based on lies, deceit, mistrust and suspicion. Abusers control and manipulate managers, supervisors and co-workers to cover up for their symptoms and behavior. Those who are manipulated feel sorry for the abuser. As a result, these knowingly or unknowing participants partake in the cover-up by making excuses, justification or not reporting the abuser’s signs of wrong-doing.

Flakka: Dangerous New Synthetic Drug

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Flakka is more potent than previous synthetics and triggers crazed and bizarre behavior. It is more dangerous than cocaine.

GRAND FORKS, ND – Flakka, whose street name is ‘Gravel’ due to its white, crystal chunks, is a new designer drug that is more potent and addictive than its synthetic predecessors, according to the DEA. It can be crushed and snorted, swallowed or injected and frequently mixed with other drugs like methamphetamine. According to a report by CNN, this manmade drug causes a high similar to cocaine. But like ‘bath salts,’ Flakka has the potential to be much more dangerous than cocaine.

Often referred to by the media as the, “the insanity drug” due to the crazed and bizarre behavior of its users, Flakka is a stimulant that is classified as a cathinones, with the amphetamine-like effects of Molly and Ecstasy. According to the United Way of Broward County Commission on Substance Abuse, Flakka was the cause of 123 deaths in Florida during 2013.

The Effects and Dangers
The effects of a high dosage of Flakka, which comes mostly from China, include a sudden rise in body temperature to as high as 105 degrees and experiencing a state of ‘excited delirium’ during which the user believes he or she is stronger and faster than normal with the sense of invincibility. Heart problems like tachycardia and life-threatening kidney failure have also been linked to the drug.

Is Your Child Safe and Secure?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Child Passenger Safety Week September 13-19, National Seat Check Saturday

GRAND FORKS, ND – Every 34 seconds a child under the age of 13 is involved in a vehicle crash, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The report further states that many of these deaths and injuries could have been prevented by the proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.

“It is critical that every parent understands how to install and use safety devices when it comes to the safety of their children,” James “Jamie” Bork, the Director of Compliance for Global Safety Network, said.

The first step in selecting a car seat for your child is determine if the rear or front facing best fits your situation. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the rear-facing seat provides the best protection for children up to 2 years old. Weight and height restrictions are listed on the side or back of the seat.

For older children, the only option is the front-facing seat, which provides a top tether and lower anchors. It is recommended to use the tether for children under 40 pounds. Your seat’s label provides exact information regarding the weight and height restrictions for using the tether and anchors.

Children can remain in the front-facing seat until they are about 65 pounds, depending on the car seat limits. Once children outgrow the car seat, they can switch to a booster seat. No matter what type of car seat best fits your needs, make sure that it is properly installed. According to data collected by Safe Kids Worldwide, seventy-three percent of all car seats are not used or installed correctly.

Learn more about child safety.

Stop Bullying

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

GRAND FORKS, ND – An estimated 20 to 30 percent of school-age children are involved in bullying as a victim or as the bully, according to Parent and Child Magazine. This form of intimidation can be verbal abuse (name calling, spreading rumors and threats), psychological (outcast and avoidance) or physical (hitting, pushing or stealing possessions).

No matter what type, bullying is painful. It does not discriminate, since this adverse behavior crosses age, socio-economic, racial, ethnic and cultural boundaries. Reports indicate that bullying starts as early as preschool and intensifies as children get older.

Researchers state that victims tend to be shy and weaker with low self-esteem and poor social skills. As a result, the perpetrators consider the victims as an easy target who will not defend themselves against the attacks. Since bullies are usually cowards, they seek victims that are not a threat to retaliate.

The Negative Long-term Effects of Bullying
Bullying affects both the victim and the perpetrator. While victims of bullying can suffer long-term emotional problems that cause low self-esteem and depression that can last into adulthood, the bully usually is unable to form positive relationships as an adult. Reports indicate that the adult bully is more likely to use tobacco, abuse alcohol and drugs and be abusive to his or her spouse. This type of bully mentality has also been found in some cases to be linked to criminal activities.

The Parent and Child Magazine Warning Signs of Bullying
If you’re concerned that your child is a victim of teasing or bullying, look for these signs of stress:

  • Increased passivity or withdrawal
  • Frequent crying
  • Recurrent complaints of physical symptoms such as stomach-aches or headaches with no apparent cause
  • Unexplained bruises
  • Sudden drop in grades or other learning problems
  • Not wanting to go to school
  • Significant changes in social life — suddenly no one is calling or extending invitations

Above the Water Line: Katrina Remembered

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
It started like any other Sunday morning. But unlike all the Sunday mornings before, within 24 hours, Katrina, a category 5 hurricane with winds of 175 miles per hour, took aim at the Crescent City.

Hurricane Katrina, a category 5 storm with winds of 175 miles per hour, took aim at the Crescent City in August 2005.

For those of us who grew up in the Greater New Orleans area, we can count on the facts that the Mississippi River will rise again and powerful hurricanes will once again strike our shores. But we can also count on the fact that when faced with adversity, the people from this area will always rise to the occasion.

To us, life is all about faith, family, football, and food.

We know how to laugh.
We know how to love.
We know how to cry.

To sum it up, we know how to live. And more importantly, we know when something threatens who we are, we will show them who we are. No matter what we face. No matter how bad it gets. Be it from nature or manmade. We won’t give up. We won’t surrender. We will always rebuild bigger, better, and stronger.

Together, we will rise above the waterline. Together, we will make a difference.

GSN Makes a Difference

Global Safety Network (GSN), a national leader in providing risk mitigation services, is proud to serve the people of the Greater New Orleans Area. We are dedicated to helping this region build back bigger, better, and stronger after every setback.

This same dedication to local communities is shared by all of the GSN teams. Whether it is in New Orleans, Las Vegas or the Dakotas, the GSN staff understands the solutions needed to overcome the unique challenges faced by local businesses and families.

Through our risk mitigation services, we can reduce or eliminate exposures that can impact the safety and security of your business. Together, we will always rise to the occasion. Together, we will MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

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