What to Look for in An LMS for Online Safety Training

LMS for Online Safety Training

In this article, we’re going to list a number of important features to consider while you’re looking for a learning management system (LMS) to use for managing and administering online safety training at your workplace.

If you’re not sure what an LMS is, it’s an online software application you can use to assign, deliver, import, create, track, and report on online training, and even types of training that don’t occur online such as field-based and instructor-led classroom training. To learn more about LMSs in general, check out our What Is an LMS? article.

Let’s jump into this article now. If you want to learn even more after you’ve finished this article, we’ve included a lot of additional links for you at the bottom, and don’t forget to download our free 90-page Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist.

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Safety and the Learning Organization

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Hello and welcome, friend! In this article, we’re going to give you an introduction to how safety departments, safety managers, and/or safety professionals can contribute to the creation of a learning organization at work.

In doing so, we’ll introduce you to or touch on learning organization theory, new safety/safety differently/safety 2/human and organization performance (HOP), risk management, systems thinking and safety management systems, lean manufacturing, and more.

Let’s get started.

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Come Visit Us at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo

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This year’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo will be held October 20-26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, and we’re excited to say that we’ll be there are are looking forward to meeting you if you’ll be there too.

Come on by our booth to see our award-winning safety training solutions, including:

As an added bonus, some of our new partners from RedVector will be there with us and if you leave your business card at our booth, you can get one free pay-per-view version of any of our 3D-animated workforce training courses.

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

Come meet us and say hi and let’s get to know one another. We’d love to find out how we can help you make your workplace safer, healthier, and more efficient.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

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Some Things to Look for in Online Safety Training Courses

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Want to find the best online safety training courses for your company?

If so, we’ve got some great tips to help you make you decision below.

Once you’ve read this article, if you want to continue your research, let us recommend our Evaluating Online Safety Training recorded webinar (it’s free!), our Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions article, and our free 90-page Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist as well.

And once you know what you want, our How to Pitch Your Boss on Online Safety Training article may be quite handy.

But let’s not put the cart in front of the wagon. Check out some of the criteria for evaluating online safety training courses below first, and let us know if you’ve got any questions we can answer.

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Who Is the “Person Responsible for Safety and Health Training” for MSHA Part 46?

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In MSHA’s Part 46, the regulation specifies a number of specific roles. One of those roles is the “Person Responsible for Safety and Health Training.”

It’s not always obvious what that means, even in a simple case when a mine operator is providing mining safety training for Part 46 compliance to employees who are full-time employees at the mine.

And that can get even more confusing if a person is completing training online, or if the person taking the training doesn’t work as a normal employee of the mine but instead is working there as a contractor.

So, we’ll give you the low-down on what (and who) the “Person Responsible for Safety and Health Training” is in all these various circumstances.

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Come See Us at the MSHA-TRAM Conference

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One of our favorite conferences to attend is the MSHA Training Resources Applied to Mining (TRAM) conference in Beaver, West Virginia. There’s an undeniable charm to the Mining Academy, everyone on the MSHA staff is super-friendly and helpful, West Virginia is very pretty at that time of year, and conference attendees are excited to gather and learn.

And so we’re excited to announce that we’ll be at TRAM again this year (October 9-11) and that we’ll be both presenting and exhibiting.

First, here’s what we’ll be doing in terms of presenting. Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be facilitating discussions during three different (!) presentations:

  1. Effective Safety Training: A discussion-intensive presentation with many hands-on, written exercises introducing the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard for EHS training and going into more details on four key topics: learning objectives, blended learning training delivery, credible information and evidence-based instructional design, and training evaluation and continual improvement. See this recorded, on-demand webinar for an introduction to some of these topics.
  2. Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions: An introduction to the terms, concepts, jargon, and acronyms used when discussing online safety training and specific sets of criteria for evaluating online safety training courses, safety training management systems, and online safety training providers. See this recorded, on-demand webinar for an introduction to some of these topics.
  3. Safety and the Learning Organization: A look at fields of thought related to (1) learning organizations and (2) safety differently/new safety/safety 2/human and organizational performance and how safety managers can help contribute to their organization’s efforts to be a learning organization. The discussion will include 21 tips for implementation, and will touch on lean manufacturing, risk management, design thinking, systems thinking, and much more.

And second, we’ll also be exhibiting the safety and safety training solutions that we make for mining safety and MSHA Part 46 compliance as well as general safety. Just swing by our booth and learn more. In particular, we’ll be showing off our:

Here’s a short example of the kind of online mining safety courses we’ll be demonstrating:

And here’s a quick explanation of our MSHA LMS for Part 46 documentation, recordkeeping, and compliance.

Come meet us and say hi and let’s get to know one another. We’d love to find out how we can help you make your workplace safer, healthier, and more efficient.

Before you go, feel free to download our free Guide to MSHA Online Training, too.

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Small Business Handbook

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If you’re in charge of safety at a small business, and you feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the OSHA compliance regulations, you’re going to be excited to know about OSHA’s Small Business Handbook. It’s just what you’re looking for.

In this article, we’ll tell you about OSHA’s Small Business Handbook, tell you how it can help you, and most importantly, tell you where to get it.

If you find this article helpful, you may also want to check the other articles in our OSHA Basics series, which includes a number of articles to help with 101-level OSHA information. We’ve included a series of links to the other OSHA Basics articles at the bottom of this article.

For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the Small Business Handbook.

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3 New Series of Courses Added–Multicraft, Process Operations, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

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We typically only publish one “New Courses” blog article a month so that our blog articles primarily focus on delivering helpful articles for you related to manufacturing, safety, training, and similar workplace topics.

But we’ve been very busy this month getting a HUGE number of new course offerings available for you. How did we do it? These new courses–3 series of related courses, really–are one of the many fruits of our new partnership with RedVector.

We knew you’d want to know about all the exciting new offerings, so we provided a quick explanation below. If you’re curious for more information, just click the links we’ve provided to see course listings, video previews, and more for each of the three new series of online training courses.


3 New Series of Courses From Our Partnership With RedVector

Multicraft Courses

Our new Multicraft series includes more than 300 courses on topics related to electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and process operations. The 300 courses are divided into the following categories:

  • Industrial Fundamentals
  • Process Operations
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance

Click to learn more about our Multicraft courses.

Process Operations Courses

Our new Process Operations training series includes more than 75 interactive training courses to help workers acquire critical knowledge of theory, systems, equipment, instrumentation, conditions, and safety procedures. The 75 courses are divided into the following categories:

  • Plant Operation Basics
  • Operator Responsibilities
  • Process Operation
  • Process Equipment

Click to read more about our Process Operations courses.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Courses

Our new Total Productive Maintenance, or TPM, training series includes 27 courses on maintenance and reliability concepts. The series of courses is divided into the following categories:

  • Maintenance & Reliability
  • Workplace Organization
  • Product Quality
  • Principles of Manufacturing

Click to read more about our Total Productive Maintenance course series.

That’s our list for this month. Stay tuned for next month’s list (we’ve got some exciting courses coming!), feel free to check our entire list of workforce training courses, and please do contact us with any questions you may have.

And please download our free guide to effective manufacturing training (immediately below) before you go.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Top Ten Violations/Citations, Year by Year

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If you’re new to Safety, EHS, or OSHA, you might be a fan of our OSHA Basics series of articles, which explains a number of basic OSHA concepts, ideas, programs, regulations, etc. We’ve got a full list of the articles in this series at the bottom of this article.

And, as you may have guessed, THIS is another article in our OSHA Basics series. In this one, we’re going to give you a little bit of historical information about what’s commonly known as “OSHA’s Top Ten,” which is an annual list of the 10 standard violations that OSHA wrote the most citations for in the previous year (a fiscal year, to be exact, not a calendar year).

Before you read on, there are a few things to know or that we should you remind you of. The first is that you should remember that this list changes every year. And the second is that while the list changes every year, most of the items appear on the list year after year after year.

Read on to get a bit of a historic introduction to OSHA’s Top Ten lists from recent years.

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New Courses/Series: September, 2018

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We’ve been busy recently creating some exciting new 3D-animated online training courses for you. In fact, we’ve been very busy, as you’ll see, because this New Courses announcement includes:

  • Some individual new course titles
  • 2 brand new series of related, individual courses
  • The first big offering of new courses resulting from our partnership with Vector Solutions and RedVector

You can buy these new courses in multiple formats, including:

From Our Partnership With RedVector

Multicraft courses for training on operations, mechanical maintenance, and electrical maintenance

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2 New Courses

That’s our list for this month. Stay tuned for next month’s list (we’ve got some exciting courses coming!), 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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Come See Us at the Washington State Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board Conference

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Washingtonians, we are excited to announce that we’ll be facilitating two separate presentations and also exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference September 26 & 27, 2018 in lovely Spokane, WA (if you haven’t been to Spokane, trust us that it’s lovely at this time of the year).

First, let’s talk about those presentations: Jeff Dalto, the Senior L&D Specialist at Convergence Training, will be presenting or co-presenting on two different topics:

  1. Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions: learn some criteria for evaluating online safety training courses, learning management systems, and providers, as well as pick up key terms, definitions, jargon, and acronyms. To get an idea of what Jeff will be talking about, check out this recorded, on-demand webinar.
  2. How “Safety” Can Contribute to a Learning Organization: Jeff will co-present with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist and Assistant Professor at Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management Department (see this recent discussion with Morgan about industrial hygiene). Morgan and Jeff will discuss learning organization theory and the importance of being a learning organization in the economy of today and the future, and will give 22-specific tips for Safety professionals to apply this at work. If you want to get the learning juices flowing in advance of the talk, you might find this interview with Arun Pradhan on learning to learn and lifelong learning, this interview with Ron Gantt on Safety Differently, this overview of some of Todd Conklin’s work on Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), or this interview with Pam Walaski about systems thinking, risk management, and safety management systems in safety of interest.

And next, let’s discuss what we’ll be doing in the exhibit area in booth 208. We’ll be showing off our:

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

So, there are plenty of opportunities to meet up and lots to talk about. Try to catch us when you can and we look forward to meeting you and learning together.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Update: Instructional Methods and Learning Technologies

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If you’re in the know, you know that ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 is the US national standard for EHS training. If you want to learn more, check out our intro to Z490.1 and consider buying a copy of it, too (be sure to get the recent, 2016 version!).

If you’re even more in the know, you know that ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 is (1) in the works and (2) a similar standard that’s focused on ONLINE EHS training.

And if really in the know, so much that I suspect this is my mom, you know that Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is on the sub-committee creating Z490.2 and he occasionally provides Z490.2 progress updates here after committee meetings. Hi, Mom!

This is one of those Z490.2 progress updates. Read on to learn more.

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