Is Safety Differently Really Any Different than Safety? An Interview with Ron Gantt

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In a purely non-scientific, sticking-my-finger-into-the-wind kind of way, it seems to me there’s been more discussion of Safety 2, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), and Safety Differently lately.

Note: I tend to lump these all together as different names for basically the same thing–let me know if you disagree–and I’ll be using the term Safety Differently for the rest of this article.

Maybe you’ve noticed that same increase in chatter about and interest in Safety Differently yourself lately.

Not so long ago, I “listened in” on a thoughtful and interesting discussion on LinkedIn in which people were discussing Safety Differently. One of the primary issues in the discussion was question whether or not Safety Differently was really any different that “traditional” safety.

Ron Gantt, as he often does, entered the fray and presented a comprehensive, eloquent answer in which he suggested that Safety Differently really is different than traditional safety. (I should also note that many people who contributed to this discussion were very thoughtful–it was one of those times when you realized that a social media network like LinkedIn really can be a great community where passionate, informed professionals exchange views and opinions in a productive, civil, respectful manner.)

I was pretty impressed, and I asked Ron if we could do an interview in which he presents his views on Safety Differently. Ron was kind enough to agree, as he has in the past as well, and we’re very grateful to him for his contributions below. For those of you not familiar with Ron, check out the SafetyDifferently.com website that he edits and keep an eye out for him at safety and similar conferences–he’s an engaging and persuasive speaker. You can also find additional information about Ron at the bottom of this article.

And now, let’s get to talking to Ron about Safety Differently.

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Occupational Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

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Did you know that there are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma, a disorder associated with exposure to asbestos, every year (in the US)? It’s true.

This is a high number, to be sure. And that high number becomes even more grave when you realize that diagnosed patients have a life expectancy of 12-21 months after diagnosis, that only 23% live longer than a year after diagnosis, and that on average, there are 2,500 mesothelioma related deaths in a year.

I recently met up with Shawn Tallet, a Health Advocate with the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center (MAAC), and he shared those numbers above with me. Shawn’s been nice enough to tell us a little more about asbestos, asbestos exposure in the workplace, and mesothelioma in the interview below. Our thanks to Shawn, to the MAAC, and to all the good people working to help prevent asbestos-related illness and to help those who do suffer from it.

In addition to the information below, I’d point you to the MAAC’s blog, which has a lot of helpful articles on the topic. And we’ve included a short sample of our own Online Asbestos Awareness Safety Training Course at the bottom of this article as well.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA Directives

Here’s another quick article in our OSHA Basics series, in which we explain basic, ground-level information about OSHA that you may not know. Hey, none of us were born with this information and you’ve got to learn it somewhere, right?

In this article, we’re going to explain what an OSHA Directive is. We hope you’ll find this helpful. They’re definitely good to know about in the context of OSHA inspections.

And with that to pique your curiosity, let’s get started.

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On-the-Job Training (OJT): An Intro

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On-the-job training, also commonly known as OJT, is a time-tested, popular, and effective workforce training solution. In fact, as we’ll discuss later in this article, it’s probably the single most commonly used form of training in workplaces. OJT is also sometimes known as direct instruction.

OJT comes in different forms, as you’ll learn below. It can be more or less successful depending on the several factors, including how it’s designed and the participants. We’ll cover that below, too. And it can make up different percentages of an employee’s overall workforce learning & development experience. Yep, we’ll touch on that below.

In this article, we’ll take a deeper dive into on-the-job training (OJT), explaining what it is, why it’s popular, why workplaces should use it, and how to use it so that it’s most effective in terms of helping workers develop skills they’ll need to perform their jobs effectively and contribute to the overall success of the company they work for.

If you know of us as a producer of online training courses for workforce training, you may be surprised we’re writing about OJT. But we strongly believe OJT is an important part of an overall blended learning solution for workforce training, and that’s why our learning management system (LMS) is designed to help administer not only online learning but also OJT and other types of training, such as instructor-led classroom training.

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Free Downloadable Guides and More

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From time to time, we create stuff that you can download for no cost right here from the Convergence Training blog. These include a wide variety of things (guides, interactive word games, checklists, etc.) on a wide variety of topics (online safety training, lean manufacturing, job hazard analyses, corrugated board manufacturing, and so on).

We figured you might appreciate it if we created one blog post that includes links to all those different free downloads we offer. And that’s what this post is.

Please note: Although there’s no financial cost for any of these downloads, we will ask for you name and email address. 

Hope you find some downloads that are helpful for you! And let us know if you’d like us to make anything specific for you–we’ll see what we can do!

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New Courses Released: June 2018

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Here’s a list of the new and/or updated courses we released this past June, adding to our already impressive workforce training libraries.

Click the links to learn more about the courses, including see their learning objectives, watch a short simple video, and read a list of FAQs. You can buy them in multiple formats as well, including:

New Courses

Updated Courses

That’s our list for June. Stay tuned for July’s list, feel free to check our entire list of workforce training courses, and please do contact us with any questions you may have.

Download our free white paper below, too, with 10 real stories from 10 real customers who adopted our online training courses and saw real benefits! 

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Benefits of Online Safety Training

Wondering if you should make the plunge with online safety training? This guide gives 10 reasons why, each based on experiences at real companies like yours.

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Update: Another Update, Plus Talk on “Shalls” and “Shoulds”

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As you may know, Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is part of the sub-committee creating the upcoming ASSP/ANSI Z490.2 standard for online EHS training.

As a result, this gives us the ability to periodically update you on developments with the creation of that standard. For example, in recent updates we discussed the meaning of the phrase “online safety training” and the use of the Delphi Method to create the new standard.

In this update, we’re going to tell you a few things we discussed and worked on in our most recent meetings, as well as point out something important about the structure of many standards like this that also has importance for OSHA compliance (hint: it involves words like “shall” and “should”).

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Customer Success Story: Westway Feed Products

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From time to time, we like to highlight customers who are experiencing success with their workforce training while using our products, such as our learning management systems (LMS) and online training courses.

In this article, we’re going to look at Westway Feed Products, and their HSE Regional Specialist Amy Myers.

Westway uses our Enterprise learning management system to assign, deliver, and track training and uses a number of different titles from our online training library, including training on topics such as safety, HR, and more.

We’d like to thank Amy for her time in conducting this interview and for the role she played in adopting Convergence for Westway’s training needs. And we’d like to congratulate her on the great work she’s doing, as well as congratulate everyone at Westway for working together to make a safer, more efficient organization.

Read on to learn how Amy, Westway, and the Westway employees have benefited from using Convergence Training products.

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OSHA Basics: Letters of Interpretation (LIs)

As part of our OSHA Basics series, in which we explain some basic information about OSHA, we’re turning our attention to OSHA’s letters of interpretation.

If you’ve never heard of a letter of interpretation, they’re worth knowing about.

Or, maybe you’ve heard of them, but have always been a little curious about what they are. If that’s the case with you, we think we can help you out.

Or maybe you’re just curious about how to find OSHA’s letters of interpretations so you can read them yourself. Again, we’ve got you covered.

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