In-Person Trainings/Workshops

The Safety Center has 7 in-person trainings that are available, to your organization, free, upon request (request fulfillment subject to timing and budget availability at Center). To request one of these trainings, please email us at or call us at (406) 994-7368. The seven trainings include:

Safety 365 – A Safety Workshop for Local Governments

Length: 8 hour course

Audience: Local/rural maintenance supervisors

Instructors: Keith Knapp and Nicole Oneyear, InTrans

This one-day workshop focuses on processes for incorporating safety into all aspects of local and rural road projects, and on making safety a priority through inclusion in the traditional decision-making process—365 days a year.  The course stresses the importance of road safety, and illustrates how it can be integrated into rural/local transportation project development at all stages: planning, design, construction, implementation, operations, and maintenance.  Through practical exercises and facilitator-led discussions, the emphasis is on operations and maintenance to reflect the predominant, day-to-day responsibilities of rural/local transportation agencies.  The benefits and potential cost savings of safety initiatives are shown using examples from rural/local agencies. 

Roadside Safety Basics for Local Agencies

Length: 6 hour course

Audience: Local agency maintenance/engineering staff

Instructors: Frank Julian, FHWA and Keith Knapp, InTrans

This course provides the basics of roadside safety.  The roadside safety problem in the United States is defined and countermeasures to keep vehicles on the road are discussed.  The provision of a recovery area is also described, including discussions of clear zone and objects within it.  The third session covers the basics of drainage features and sign supports and the workshop is concluded with a short discussion of barrier basics.

Maintaining a Safer Roadway

Length: 4 hour course

Audience: Maintenance staff and supervisors

Instructors: Keith Knapp, InTrans and Renae Kuehl

Maintaining a Safer Roadway – Local agency maintenance forces are in the best position to be the “eyes and ears” of the road when it comes to identifying safety issues. This session will focus on maintenance safety solutions that local maintenance forces can implement on a daily basis to address safety issues related to elements such as shoulder drop-offs, right-of-way obstructions, striping and signing, guardrails, mowing, sweeping, patching, drainage, winter maintenance, etc. It will include a hands on case study.

Developing a Local Road Safety Plan

Length: 4 hour workshop

Audience: Local/rural planners, public works directors, and engineers

Instructors: Danena Gaines, Nicole Waldheim, Robert Hull, and Alex Maistros, Cambridge Systematics

This 4-hour workshop focuses on processes for developing local road safety plans, the different types of plans and their components, and data analysis methods to be incorporated in the a local safety plan development process. Participants finish the workshop by developing a list of actionable items to being developing a local safety plan. The workshop includes activities to get participants involved and engaged. Whether you are developing a local road safety plan for the first time, or looking for new aspects to include in your agency’s local road safety plan, this workshop will get you ready to drive down fatalities and serious injuries in your community!

Effectively Communicating Safety with Elected Officials

Length: 3.5 hour workshop

Audience: Local road engineers, planners and public works practitioners

Instructors: Pam Beer, Danena Gaines, Cambridge Systematics

This 3.5-hour workshop provides practitioners practical methods and tips to effectively verbally communicate technical information to their elected officials and the public through an interactive workshop format. Rural road safety practitioners interact with elected officials at hearings, community information sessions, town hall meetings, one-on-one meetings, and other forums where transportation policies, procedures and decisions are discussed. These events serve as opportunities for local road engineers, planners and public works practitioners to explain traffic safety issues and potential solutions to elected officials. Participants will learn strategies and tactics to communicate technical information to decision makers and participate in exercises that provide hands on examples for providing clear and concise information on safety challenges and performance.

Safety Culture Workshop

Length: 4 hour workshop

Audience: Local road engineers, maintenance staff, planners and public works practitioners

Instructor: Jay Otto, Center for Health and Safety Culture at WTI/MSU

Growing positive traffic safety culture within organizations and communities has the potential to significantly improve traffic safety in rural America. During this skill building, interactive workshop, participants will work through three modules about safety culture. The modules will include practical examples addressing three critical issues in traffic safety: increasing seat belt use, growing bystander engagement in workplace environments, and reducing speeding.  In the first module, participants will learn the basics about intentional behavior, how a variety of stakeholders across our communities influence behavior, and introduce a basic definition of traffic safety culture which can be used to improve traffic safety. A case study from rural Utah to improve seat belt use will provide a practical example of the concepts. In the second module, participants will apply the idea of safety culture to an organizational setting and engage in an exercise to explore ways of growing bystander engagement as a protective behavior within safety culture. Between 2005 and 2010, 48% of worker fatalities on road work zones were caused by running over or backing over a worker with equipment. Bystander engagement is one approach to reduce these incidents. In the third module, we will apply the ideas of safety culture to a community and engage in an activity to explore strategies to reduce speeding. Speeding is a leading cause of crashes, serious injuries, and fatalities across the U.S. and in work zones. Participants will leave the workshop with a better understanding of how to change behavior, a working definition of traffic safety culture, and ideas about how they can leverage their role (and the role of others) in growing a positive traffic safety culture

Low Cost Safety Improvements

Length: 6 hour workshop

Audience: Local road engineers, maintenance staff, planners and public works practitioners

Instructor: Keith Knapp, InTrans

This course provides a comprehensive presentation of low cost, ready-to-use improvements that enhance the safety of roads and highways. It additionally provides background on the crash mitigation process including both conventional and systemic network screening. A synthesis of countermeasures and examples of their associated crash reduction factors are identified from either the CMF Clearinghouse or other relevant publications and both are presented in this course. Countermeasures for specific areas including roadway segments and curves, roadsides, and unsignalized intersections will be presented. Through a case study exercise, participants will learn how to evaluate a highway safety situation and consider countermeasures for that situation.