Next Safety Webinar:

Tuesday October 17 @ 7:30 MST

The El Nino Pattern and its Potential Impacts on the Upcoming Winter Season

  • Please join us for a virtual presentation by the National Weather Service in Glasgow, MT. They will discuss the developing El Nino pattern and its potential impacts on the upcoming winter season, along with demonstrating places to get up-to-date and detailed weather information for northeast Montana and surrounding areas. 
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Recorded Webinars

Tuesday, September 19, 2023: Unpaving Roads!?! With guest speaker Laura Fay

Information includes: Converting Severely Distressed Low Volume Paved Roads to Engineered Unpaved Roads

Tuesday, August 15, 2023: Mower Safety
Information includes: Rules for safe mowing

Tuesday, June 20, 2023:  Summer Safety
Information includes: Heat Illness, Creepy Crawly Bites and Diseases, and Flooding

Tuesday, May 16, 2023:  Fall Protection
Information includes: Identifying Fall Hazards, Analyzing Work Area for Fall Hazards, Hierarchy of Fall Hazard Control, OSHA Regulations for Fall Protection

Tuesday, April 18, 2023: Work Zone Safety

Information includes: National Work Zone Awareness Week, Doing Our Part to Stay Safe, PPE, Surroundings, Blind Spots, Understanding Hazards

Tuesday, February 21, 2023: Winter Maintenance Research with guest speaker Laura Fay
Information includes: Winter Maintenance Research

Tuesday, December 20, 2022: Safe System Approach with guest speaker Jamie Sullivan

Information includes: National Center for Rural Road Safety, How we get to Zero, Safe System Approach.

Tuesday, November 15, 2022: CDL Regulations – Guest Speaker Tyler Niedge, CDL Program – Miles Community College

Information includes: Entry Level Driver Training…What is it and who does it effect.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022: Get Ready!!  Winter Prep

Information includes: Snow Plow and Motor Grader winter prep and safety, winter travel, and survival tips.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 Topic: Chain Saw Safety

Information includes: Chain saw safety before and after starting chain saw and head-to-toe protective equipment.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 Topic: On-Line training and information resources

Information includes: Resources available online and where to find tailgate talks, YouTube videos, weather links, MT LTAP recorded webinars, SD gravel roads manual, other state's LTAP resources, MUTCD, and lots more.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Topic: Spring Safety

Information includes: Increase awareness of spring safety/dangers of heat illness, mosquito and tick-transmitted diseases, snakes, and floods.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022: Impacts of Quality Gravel Specifications

Information includes: Basics of what constitutes QUALITY/SPEC gravel, impacts on float loss, 3 keys to making chloride treatments successful, decreasing your maintenance costs and improve the level of service of your gravel roads.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022: What’s the Buzz?  Hearing Safety

Information includes: Intro to the ear, decibel levels, hearing loss and causes, OSHA requirements, PPE.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022:   Electrical Safety

Information includes: Faulty outlets, wiring, extension cords.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022: Winter Activity Considerations

Information includes: Shop safety, outside safety, heavy equipment safety.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021:  Stormwater Runoff Concerns for Local Road Agencies

Information includes:  Flood impact mitigation.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021: Defensive Driving

Information includes: Three stages of a collision, collision prevention, occupant protection, distracted driving.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021: Be Fire Ready

Information includes: Raising fire awareness, prevention in and around the shop.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021: Underground and Above Ground Storage Tank Operator Training. Class “C” Operator Training

Information includes: Emergency shut-down procedures, responding to surface spills, training

May 18, 2021: Traffic Incident Management

Information includes: Move Over/Slow Down law; interagency cooperation; providing advanced warning


April 20, 2021:Gravel Road Maintenance – Part 2

Information includes: Maintenance, testing

March 16, 2021:Gravel Road Maintenance – Part 1

Information includes: Maintenance, testing

February 16, 2021: Culvert Slip-Lining & InfraSteel Rehabilitation

Information includes: Trenchless culvert rehabilitation methods

January 19, 2021: SIGNING 101

Information includes: Sign installation, maintenance, state laws.

December 15, 2020: Work Zone Safety in the Winter

Information includes: Appropriate clothing, equipment maintenance, work zone safety and sign maintenance.

November 17, 2020: Holiday Safety Tips for the Workplace and Home

Information includes: Fatigue; Slips, Trips and Falls; Electrical Safety; Food Safety; Travel Safety

October 20, 2020: Winter Seasonal Safety and PPE

Information includes:  Appropriate PPE, carbon monoxide, hypothermia, seasonal affective disorder

September 15, 2020: Confined Space Safety

Information includes:  Hazardous atmosphere, ventilation considerations, retrieval system, rescues

August 18, 2020:  Bridge Load Posting Program

Information includes: FHWA requirements, interpreting weight limit signs, process details 

July 21, 2020: Chain Saw Safety

Information includes: Chain saw components, protective equipment, safety

June 16, 2020:  Overview of the Road Safety Champion Program

Information includes: Certificate program, training modules, benefits

May 19, 2020: Respirable Crystalline Silica in the Workplace

Information includes: Silica standard; exposure, health effects, workplace protections.

April 21, 2020: Tire Safety

Information includes: Tread, inflation, rotating, visual checks, explosions

April 14, 2020: LTAP Safety Meeting, What’s Lurking Around in the Spring

Information includes: Heat illness, sun exposure, mosquito and tick transmitted diseases, snakes

April 7, 2020:  Working Remotely and Dealing with Stress

Information includes: Technology challenges, organization and structure, stress

March 31, 2020: Culvert Installation, Excavation, and Inspection on Low Volume Roads

Information Includes: Proper installation, Trenching, Inspection

March 24, 2020: Hygiene, Blood and Bodily Fluid Safety in the Workplace

Information includes:  Worker hygiene, precautions, workplace sanitation

March 17, 2020: First Aid Review

Information includes:  First aid, CPR, AEDs

February 18, 2020:  Back Safety and Fall Prevention Basics

Information includes: Ergonomics, slips, trips, and falls

January 21, 2020: Walk Arounds, Waste Oil, and Split Rim Tire

Information includes: Internal and external inspections, uses for used oil, and split rim tires.

December 17, 2019: Holiday Safety and Winter Hazard Review
Information includes: CO poisoning, electrical safety, and slips, trips, and falls.

November 19, 2019: Ergonomics

Information provides proper ergonomics associated with driving.  The webinar identifies common work related muscular disorders, risk factors, and ergonomic control methods for eliminating  or reducing issues from sitting for prolonged periods.

October 15,2019: Defensive Driving

Information includes: occupant protection, distracted or impaired driving, wildlife crossings, blind spots, and collision prevention.

July 23 2019: Trenching and Excavation Safety

Information provided covers general excavation safety, soil types and the importance of knowing what soil you are working in, protective systems that can be used, atmospheric hazards, and other hazards workers may encounter.

June 12 2019:  Skid Steer Safety
Information provided covers skid steer parts, safety concerns, visibility, center of gravity, and training.

March 2019: Cutting Torch & Welding Safety - Part 2

Information provided covers varying aspects of gas welding and cutting arc welding and cutting, fire prevention, ventilation and protection, safe use, handling, and precautions to take when welding and cutting, and hazard identification and abatement methods.

February 2019:  Cutting Torch & Welding Safety - Part 1

Information provided covers varying aspects of handing compressed gas cylinders, Regulator Burnout, Assembly of regulators, basic types of gases, equipment safety inspection check lists; and safety issues.   

January 2019:  PPE Equipment Safety 
Information provided covers varying aspects of PPE:  Hand Safety, Eye Safety, Hearing Safety, Head Safety, and Winter PPE.

December 18, 2018:  Holiday Safety
Information provided Fire Safety, Food Safety, Travel Safety, Slips and Falls, Decoration Safety, and Holiday Stress, and Don’t Crowd the Plow!

November 20, 2018:  Electrical Safety Webinar 
Information provided includes:  causes of electrical fires, general safety tips, overhead power line safety, shop safety, and how to avoid an electrical injury.

October 16, 2018:  Winter Preperation Webinar 
Information provided includes:  snow plow safety checklist, motorgrader safety check list, 3 points of contact, winter travel, hypothermia, winter clothing, and survival basics. 

September 18, 2018:  Slips, Trips, Falls, and Back Safety Webinar
Information provided includes:  Back Safety Basics: 3-Point Contact, Ingress/Egress on Equipment, Most Common Injuries, Your Back and Equipment Operators, Slips in Shops, Safety Manual, MT LTAP Videos and DVD’s on Slips, Trips, and Falls and Back Safety 

August 21, 2018:  Workzone Safety Webinar provided includes: A basic outline regarding work zone safety methods, temporary traffic controls, and short term work sites on roads and street.     

July 17, 2018:  Fire Proofing your Shop Information provided includes: fire protection, fire extinguishers, fire prevention, wildfire preparedness, and program tenants and resources.   

June 19, 2018:  Chain Saw Safety 
Information provided includes: Chainsaw safety, common injuries, safety features of chainsaws, operations, PPE, how to prevent accidents, and additional safety materials.  

May 22, 2018:  Weed Mowing Safety
Information provided includes: PPE when weed mowing or when on mobile equipment, understanding slope or incline danger, why you should pack a first aid kit and have knowledge of heat exhaustion, brush fire concerns and mowing extremely tall grass and mowing noxious weeds

April 17, 2018:  Dump Truck Safety Information provided includes: dump truck safety hazards, daily truck inspections and safety measures, backing up dump trucks, and dump truck best practices.

March 20, 2018:  Don't Crowed the Plow 
Information provided includes: the dangers of crowding the snow plow, traveling around the snow plow, and what you can do to increase public awareness of snow plow safety.   

February 12, 2018:  Winter Maintenance 
Information provided includes:  anti-icing chemicals, application methods designed to reduce winter hazards on roadways, weather information, chemical technology, and application procedures to enhance roadway safety.  

January 16, 2018:  Leadership  Information provided includes:  Ideas to consider for leadership, motivational information, and personal potential opportunities.  

December 19, 2017:  Electrical Safety  Information provided includes:  Electricity & the human body, types of electrical burns, overhead power line safety, and how to avoid an electrical injury.  

November 21, 2017:  Slips, Trips, & Falls, and Winter Walking Information provided includes:  Slips, trips, and falls; 3 point contact; shop safety; winter concerns and PP;, and ladder safety.

October 22, 2017:  PPE  Information provided includes:  Personal Protective Equipment for hands, eyes, ears, head, and winter solutions for cold weather.    

September, 2017:  Trenching & Excavation Safety  Information provided includes: What is a trench and at what depth do you need more protection? Why are soil testing and understanding soil classifications vital? Discussion of soil types and cohesion, protective measures of sloping and benching, and shoring and shielding as another safety procedure.

August 22, 2017:  Defensive Driving  Information provided includes:  Safe driving techniques, drug and alcohol awareness, and responding safely to critical driving situations and conditions, including emergencies.  

July 25, 2017: Summer Safety  Information provided includes: Heat illness, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, sun exposure, water safety, and mosquito and tick transmitted diseases.

June 27, 2017: Back Up Safety  Information provided includes: Varying aspects of backing up safety; rear blind zones; preventing accidents; driving back overs; major risk factors and causes; and backing up skills and policies.

May 23, 2017: Mobile Equipment and Weed Mowing Safety  Information provided includes: Importance of being trained, PPE when weed mowing or when on mobile equipment, Understanding slope or incline danger, Why pack a first aid kit and have knowledge of heat exhaustion, Brush fire concerns, Mowing extremely tall grass and mowing noxious weeds.

February 28, 2017: Hand & Eye Safety PPE  Your hands and your eyes are continually exposed to work hazards. In this monthly safety webinar, Montana LTAP staff cover Personal Protection Equipment for hands and eye safety; different types of physical trauma and chemical contact to hands and various glove choices and glove maintenance; five types of eye and face protection, including ANSI Z87 regulatory eye glasses/goggles; other training resources available.

January 31, 2017: Slips, Trips, and Falls  Montana Association of Counties’ Loss Risk Specialist, Jim Muskovich, reviewed important aspects of keeping workers' backs safe in the workplace and importance of being aware of ingress/egress of equipment. MT LTAP Field Engineer Sam Gianfrancisco added valuable safety scenarios on 3-point contact also. Topics included 3-Point Contact, Common Injuries on Insurance Claims for Heavy Equipment Operators, Back Protection, Shop Safety, Slips-Trips-Falls, other training resources.

December 20, 2016: Best Management Practices for Cattle Guards/Car Gates With liabilities always a concern, let's design the safest cattle guard/car gate we can, but have documentation in place specifying what your county requires for installation and cleaning.  In this webinar, Sam Gianfrancisco, MT LTAP Field Engineer, discusses with John Stokes, Pondera County Road Administrator, various cattle guard or car gate designs. Emphasis is placed on the county's liability and importance of having encroachment permits and resolutions. Following are a few county examples of both, plus a design:

November 15, 2016: Work Zone Safety for Low Volume Roads Do you have an MUTCD? The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is the standard for our nation. Within the MUTCD is Chapter 5 for low volume road signage. For 30 minutes, Sam Gianfrancisco, MT LTAP Field Engineer, along with Shawna Page, High Country Safety Training, and Steve Kurk, Town of Manhattan, cover temporary traffic control, flagging issues, and importance of wearing correct retroreflective apparel to keep all safe in a work zone. Use the electronic version of the 2009 MUTCD at this site:

October 11, 2016: Hearing Safety, What's the Buzz  How important is your hearing? This 30-minute webinar covers aspects of the human ear and how it functions as well as how to prevent hearing loss through using PPE; controlling high noise levels in the work place; understanding loud equipment and OSHA Decibel Limits; importance of audiometric testing; and being proactive in your work place.

September 20, 2016: Winter Safety for Montana Roadways   With winter just around the corner, Steve Kurk, retired City of Bozeman Lead Operator, along with Sam Gianfrancisco, LTAP Consultant, cover varying aspects of how to prepare winter equipment, specifically snow plows, and prepare crew. Topics covered include: • Equipment Pre-Inspection Walk-Arounds  • Ingress and Egress of Equipment  • Backing Safety  • Abrasives: Pros and Cons  • Written Snow Plow Policies  • Training New Drivers

April 19, 2016: Low Volume Road Signage Because the majority of Montana roadways are low volume, this webinar covers the variety of signage to use on these types of roads, Chapter 5 in the MUTCD, in this webinar: What is a low-volume road • Application of signs on low volume roads • Design of Signs for low-volume roads • Placement • Types of Signs• When to use “No Traffic” signs • Traffic Control for Highway-Rail • Temporary Traffic Control Zones

March 22, 2016: Roadway Signs Vital for roadway travel, signage is a much requested topic. During this safety webinar, topics reviewed include from MUTCD Chapter 2: • Excessive Use of Signs • Design of Signs • Maintaining Minimum Retroreflectivity • Posts and Mountings• Size of Regulatory Signs • STOP Sign Application • Speed & Weight Limit Signs • Warning Signs • Object Marker Design and Placement Height.

February 16, 2016: Front End Loader Safety For this webinar, safety aspects are reviewed when operating a front end loader:• Review Front End Loader Design • Pre-Start Inspection and Procedures • Safety Concerns when driving the Front End Loader • Remembering those general safety operating procedures • Stockpiling with the Front End Loader and Safety Concerns when Digging Banks • Efficient Loading Cycles • Hand Signals

January 19, 2016: Forklift Safety Due to recent inquiries for forklift certification from local governments, this 30-minute contains a two part training session regarding forklift safety issues. Safety issues included forklift design, controls and instrumentation; forklift versus car; pre-inspection necessity; load stability and the fulcrum point; hazards concerning forklift loads; and importance of forklift training for crew members.

December 15, 2015: Winter Maintenance

1st Half: (Slides 1-17; 30 minutes).  2nd Half: (Slides 18-32; 13 minutes) With recent winter storms in Montana this webinar provides practical information for maintaining snow and ice packed roads. this material outlined includes abrasives, salt and abrasive mixtures, application rates, importance of pre-wetting anti-icers to stop scatter loss, dew point issues, snow fences and their application to save mechanically snow removal costs, and snow plowing policies. Click here for one-page Snow Plowing Policies from Montana LTAP.

November 24, 2015: Public Relations This webinar reviews communication avenues for local governments dealing with the public. Topics included Listening Skills, Communication Process, Fine Line between listening and abuse, managing expectations, snow plow policy, and problem solving. Also provided is the following template for Obstruction of Vision/Roadway Concern Notification Form again (see September 22, 2015) as a possible avenue for working with the public: Click here for template for Obstruction of Vision/Roadway Concern Notification form

October 20, 2015: Trench Safety and Gravel Pit Concerns This morning's webinar covered safety issues with trenching and soil classifications when dealing with culvert placement and excavations such as gravel pits. Several scenarios are provided where actual stories of people who were buried by trench walls collapsed on them. Other discussions included soil types A, B, C and protective measures for workers in the trench of sloping and benching, and shoring and shielding. Click here for four OSHA handouts discussed on the webinar: 1 OSHA Poster2 OSHA fact sheets, 3 OSHA safety card, 4 OSHA booklet.

September 22, 2015: Keys to Safer Intersections & Reduced Liability This webinar has Montana Department of Transportation's Roy Peterson and Kraig McLeod, reviewing intersection safety, appropriate signage at intersections, and liability issues involving state and local governments' road right of ways and home owners involvement. Click here for template for Obstruction of Vision/Roadway Concern Notification form. Click here for handout on Keys to Safer Intersections.

July 14, 2015: ABC's of First Aid Various First Aid methods are examined and what is available for the following types of incidents: ABC = Airway, Breathing, Circulation; Broken Bones & Slings & Splints; Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke & Burns; Rattlesnake Bites & Tick Bites & Bee Stings; First Aid Kits & Add Ins.

June 16, 2015: Weed Mowing Safety & Mobile Operations Information provided includes: Importance of being trained, PPE when weed mowing or when on mobile equipment, Understanding slope or incline danger, Why pack a first aid kit and have knowledge of heat exhaustion, Brush fire concerns, Mowing extremely tall grass and mowing noxious weeds.

May 19, 2015: Road Stabilization  Various aspects of building and designing gravel roads are discussed including the importance of understanding why roads deteriorate. Various methods of maintaining a road to keep it stable are presented.

April 21, 2015: Electrical Safety  What are electrical dangers on the job: electricity can be a killer; Types of Electrical Burns; Overhead Power Line Danger; Call before you dig – Yes, all Montana Street and Road Departments must call! It’s the Law!; PPE for Electrical Hazards; Electrical cord safety; MT LTAP Resources on electrical safety; DVD on electrical safety available from MT LTAP library also.

March 24, 2015: Back Safety & Slips, Trips, & Falls   Back safety and 3-Point Contact for Equipment Ingress/Egress are covered in this webinar. Common Back Injuries caused by equipment operation, slips in shops due to wet or greasy floors, stairs and ladder safety, putting together a safety template available from MT LTAP, along with various slips, trips, and falls safety videos and DVDs available from MT LTAP library.

January 20, 2015: Temporary Traffic Control for Low Volume Roads  Work zone safety: what determines low volume roads in a temporary traffic work zone; understanding temporary traffic control as seen in Chapter 6 of the MUTCD; various TTC signs to be used for low volume roads in a work zone; ANSI 2 or ANSI 3 required safety vests; when are flaggers assigned to a work zone; the importance of keeping your flaggers certified and the liability issues if you don't; review of the five parts of a work zone.

December 16, 2014: Winter Survival  Outlined are various winter survival topics including: standard safety for winter travel; carbon monoxide and hypothermia as it relates to winter stranded automobile fatalities; proper layering of winter clothing; winter survival priorities; and what's in your winter survival kit.

December 9, 2014: Winter Maintenance   What is included in winter maintenance: sand/salt mixtures, deicing concerns, the importance of know about the dew point, having a winter maintenance policy, attributes of snow fences, and how to train snow plow drivers. MACRS President Ovila Byrd, Flathead County Road Department offered real life situations his county has dealt with when plowing roads.

October 2014: Load Securement Doug Nisbet, Lewis & Clark County, provided information from real life experiences on the following: Overview of proper loading, positioning, and securing; Why have a properly secured load; Force of Gravity Percentages regarding weight of cargo; Different types of securement approaches; Understanding Working Load Limits of Tie-downs; Observations of damaged or weakened tie-down components.

September 2014: PASER Inventories   The 2008 Gravel Roads Inventory from Montana County Road Departments was reviewed; what ratings mean with photo examples; review of several county's inventories and comparisons to 2013/2014; cost of improving roads better known as good roads cost less; Interactive webinar where participants rate several roads; review of importance of sending in road ratings for 2014/2015.

August 2014: Truck Driving Safety   Dave Sutton, Retired Cascade County Road Supervisor, discussed the importance of the Seven Step Vehicle Inspection/Tire Inspection; 3-point Contact and Backing Safety; Points on Controlling Speed; Managing Driving Space; Winter Issues; Distracted Driving; and Review of Air Brake Systems.

July 2014: Skid Steer Safety   Safety considerations and operations of a skid steer are reviewed along with skid steer safety concerns such as moving parts, possible decapitation, loss of limbs, visibility and stability. The versatility of the skid steer and its many uses are also covered.

June 2014: Road Millings  Mo Henman, Retired Yellowstone County Road Department - now Western Emulsions, covered:

  • Brief discussion on when to pave
  • Basic Use of Road Millings
  • Importance of Preparing and Shaping Gravel Road
  • Dump Trucks and Uses
  • Steps for Laying Out Millings
  • Reclamite or Not
  • Options and Review. Mitch Urdahl, Gallatin County Road Supervisor, also provided informative comments on road millings in his county.

April 2014: Gravel Road Materials and Specifications  Topics covered:  Keys to Longevity of Gravel Roads; Montana's Standard Prism Design; Gravel Road Gradation Requirements and Plasticity; Using Sieve Analysis to Understand Gravel Specifications; Process for Obtaining and Handling Good Gravel; and Calculating Gravel Volume. Jerry Otto, Hill County Road Supervisor, and Ovila Byrd, Flathead County Road Supervisor, added their comments also.

February 2014: Back, Hand, & Eye Safety (PPE)   Topics covered: •Heavy Equipment Operators - Most Common Injuries on Insurance Claims •Back Protection and Prevention for Equipment Operators •Importance of 3-Point Contact for Ingress/Egress •Basics of Hand Safety – Use of Correct Hand Protection •Eye and Face Protection

January 2014: Collaborations with Other Agencies

  • Importance of Partnerships
  • Who Are the Partners
  • What Funding is Available
  • Discussion with Others about TSEP
  • other funding sources

September 2013: PASER Review

  • Road Condition Inventories and how they provide valuable data for requesting funding to improve county roads or city streets

August 2013: Working in the Heat

  • Wild Land Fire Concerns
  • Heat Exhaustion
  • Dehydration
  • Heat Stroke
  • Water and the human body
  • Giardia

July 2013: Snakes and Ticks 

  • Identification of Ticks
  • Diseases Ticks Carry
  • Removal of Attached Tick
  • Disposal of Ticks
  • Procedures if Bitten by Rattlesnake
  • Sawyer Snake Bite Kit
  • Avoiding Snake Bites