NAPSA Certified Sweeper Operator – Parking Lot

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Lessons

A. Introduction

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B: Disclaimer and Hold Harmless

Disclaimer and Hold Harmless The NAPSA Certified Sweeper Operator (CSO) program is a tool to expose equipment operators and those working in the broad sweeping industry to concepts and ideas…

Nutrition

Nutrition: You might be wondering why nutrition is the first item in becoming a CSO.  Frankly, this is one of those areas that most in our profession do poorly.  However,…

Sleep

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You need to sleep. It’s a fact of life. But it’s not just a matter of getting sleep. It’s a matter of getting quality sleep, and enough of it. The…

Sight & Hearing

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SIGHT Your sight is the most important sense you have as a sweeper operator. Making sure your eyes are protected and cared for is more than just a good idea…

Ergonomics & Posture

ERGONOMICS & POSTURE The dictionary definition of ergonomics: The study of people’s efficiency in their working environment. However, from a more practical standpoint, ergonomics is about safety. Your work environment…

Drug Use

DRUG USE It may seem like a no-brainer, but we’ve got to say it anyway: If you’re in an accident, you will likely be drug tested. If your drug test…

Health Issues & Injuries

Operating a sweeper isn’t without its dangers, and accidents happen. When they do, it’s your responsibility to report any injuries you sustain while on the job to your supervisor. It…

How Sweepers Work

Power sweepers are all the same, right? Wrong. Power sweepers come in many shapes and sizes. That’s because the jobs we’re asked to do have different needs and require specialized…

Parts of a Regenerative Air Sweeper

Most Parking Lot Sweepers are Regenerative Air Sweepers Knowing the names of various parts of the sweeper will develop a common language that will speed up your training.  Having a…

Pre-Start

Welcome to the NAPSA Certified Sweeper Operator Pre-Start lesson! By the time you complete this module, you should be able to: Explain what a pre-start inspection is. Explain why the…

Safe Driving – Basics

Your safety is important — to yourself, your family, your friends, and your employer. That’s why, when operating a large vehicle like a sweeper, it’s especially important to establish good…

Safe Driving – “The No Zone”

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Blind Spots – The “No Zone” During basic driver training we all heard about “blind spots”.  Those areas on the road that are impossible to see and be seen. Many…

Safe Driving – In-cab Safety

Chances are, it’s not going to be just you in the cab of your sweeper. You’ll likely have things like your lunch box, drink container, and tools like your blower…

Safe Driving- Distractions

According to the Federal Communications Commission: The popularity of mobile devices has had some unintended and sometimes deadly consequences. An alarming number of traffic accidents are linked to driving while…

Safe Driving – Maintenance Issues

Part of your job is to inspect your sweeper regularly to prevent maintenance issues from arising in the middle of your shift. As you become more familiar with your sweeper,…

Accident Check List

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IMPORTANT: If an accident occurs: Remain Calm. 1: Stop!   Do not leave the scene. 2: Turn on warning lights, four-way flashers and determine if anyone is injured. 3: Set…

Accidents – Video

In this section we watch a video from ATA Associates.  They are an accident investigation firm in Texas.  With their permission and our thanks, they allow us to use their…

Accidents – Stories & Case Studies

There are sweeper operators who go through their entire careers without ever getting into an accident. By being careful and attentive, minimizing distractions, and following best practices, they avoid putting…

Paperwork & Recordkeeping

Welcome to NAPSA Certified Sweeper Operator Module 7: Paperwork & Recordkeeping. Many people don’t enjoy doing paperwork and recordkeeping. There are reasons you’re required as a sweeper operator to fill…

Sweeper Operation – Introduction

Welcome to NAPSA Certified Sweeper Operator Module 8: Safe Sweeper Operation. At the end of this module, you will: Be able to execute the steps of the Take 5 Risk…

Sweeper Operation – Take 5!

Five seconds isn’t a lot of time, right? If you just Take 5, you can keep yourself and everyone around you safe.  Actually, some jobs may take five minutes to…

Sweeper Operation- Good Planning

Quotes to sweep by “Be quick, but don’t hurry”.      “When you hurry you’re more apt to make mistakes.  But you have to be quick. If you’re not quick you can’t…

Sweeper Operation – Safety Risks

In this lesson you will learn: Some very sweeper specific safety issues Do’s and Don’ts regarding leaks How to avoid injuries that are common (but preventable) when working in a…

Sweeper Operation – Off-Tracking

Off-Tracking is where the rear tires of a vehicle do not follow in the same “track” as the front tires when navigating a turn. This is very pronounced in long…

Blowing – Use and Techniques

This lesson covers various tip and techniques for using blowers. Just like every job, Take-5.   The concepts of Take-5 are even more important when on-foot. Blowing may be 10% of…

Noise & Dust

At the end of this module, you will know: How equipment noise affects those around you What causes dust and what effect it has The techniques you should use to…

Lot Management – Introduction

It is time to bring it all together. This is where the rubber hits the road, or in our case, where the sweeper pickup head meets the parking lot. We…

Lot Management – Speed

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This might sound weird at first, but here’s the truth about sweeping: Slow is fast, and fast is slow. Why do you think that is? Because driving fast ends up…

Lot Management – Turns

“We don’t train until you get it right, we train until you can’t get it wrong.” There’s an art to driving a sweeper. Experienced sweeper operators can spot other experienced…

Lot Management – Patterns

Patterns have also been discussed in the Good Planning lesson.  It is such an important topic we include additional information and approach it from a different angel. Sweeping a parking…

Lot Management – Equipment

The best sweeper operator will struggle to perform quality sweeps if his equipment’s not in good working order. Holes in your vacuum system will keep your sweeper from picking up…

Lot Management – Safety

  It may seem like we talk about safety a lot, but the truth is that we probably can’t emphasize it enough. Safety is the most important aspect of your…

Sweeper Operator People Skills

  Introduction:     When your employer hired you, they did so because they believe you have the qualities it takes to succeed in a role where most people would fail. You’re…

Airport Sweeping

The need for power sweeping isn’t limited to parking lots and construction sites. Airports need them, too. In addition to large parking lots of their own, airports have incredibly large…

Ethics

Welcome to NAPSA Certified Sweeper Operator Module 17: Ethics! Up to this point, the training you’ve received during this certification program has primarily focused on the various aspects of doing…

Thank You

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Any project this large cannot be done by one person.  The heavy lifting was shared by many.  Literately dozens of people and companies have dedicated thousands of hours and hundreds…

The Main Thing

A clean lot. Empty trash cans. Sidewalks and curbs that are free and clear of debris. On the surface, the role of a sweeper operator seems simple: Get the job…

Trash Can Management – Basics

Emptying trash cans is a normal part of servicing our customers.  It is not the most pleasant part of the job, but it is critical to keeping the customer happy.…

Trash Can Management – Safety

When lifting or moving a bag or can be sure to use proper lifting technique.     Avoid lifting a can or bag full of water.  Use a key, screw…

Sweeper Wash Out Basics

Washing Out It is important to wash your sweeper for many different reasons. It is one of the most important maintenance activities you can perform on your sweeper. The cleaner…

Hopper Dumping Tips & Strategies

Dumping the sweeper hopper is a normal part of each shift. Sometimes multiple times per shift.  There are lots of hazards to look out for. In this lesson you will…

Final Exam – Questions 1-20

The Final Exam includes key questions from each of the lessons.  Some questions are new or re-worded.  This is an open book test.  If you forgot something, feel free to…

Final Exam – Questions 21-40

The Final Exam are key questions from each of the lessons.  Some questions are new or re-worded.  This is open book.  If you forgot something, feel free to go back…

Final Exam – Questions 41-50

The Final Exam includes key questions from each of the lessons.  Some questions are new or re-worded.  This is an open book exam.  If you forgot something, feel free to…

Oral Exam Instructions

Once you complete the final exam, it is now time to take the Oral Exam with your boss.  This is a key function of this course. It makes sure you…