What Does OSHA Say About Online Safety & Health Training?

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If you’re thinking of using online safety and health training at your workplace, one reasonable question to ask is “What does OSHA have to say about online safety training?” You may wonder if they accept the completion of online safety training to satisfy safety training requirements in OSHA standards, for example.

Well, the short answer is yes. OSHA certainly does allow employers to use online safety training to satisfy the compliance requirements for mandatory occupational safety and health training.

We’ll flesh out that answer for you below, however, giving you some of OSHA’s explanations and linking you to some supporting documents at the OSHA website. And we’ll go a little further, as well, letting you know about a couple of ANSI/ASSP standards on environmental, health, and safety training that also support the use of online training for occupational safety and health training. We’ll even tell you what learning experts outside the world of safety and health have to say about the efficacy of online training.

Let us know if you have any additional questions about the use of online safety training at work, and do feel free to download our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist as well.

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New Article in ASSP Professional Safety: Safety Communications & Infographics

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Just a quick note to say we’ve got another article in the most current (December, 2018) issue of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Professional Safety.

This one gives some tips for visual communication in safety communication, and in particular for creating infographics, which are a very effective way to communicate to people in a quick, simple, easy-to-understand manner.

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training co-wrote the article with Morgan Bliss, Assistant Professor in the Safety and Health Management program at Central Washington University (one of several recent collaborations with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist).

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OSHA Basics: Which OSHA Standard Include Training Requirements?

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If you’re a safety professional, one of your job responsibilities is to provide safety and health trainers to the workers at your organization in order to teach them about workplace hazards and how to work safely in the workplace.

But what exactly should your safety training cover?

The simple answer is that safety training needs may differ for every employee, depending on his or her job roles, and may differ in different work areas or at different locations within one organization. The key, of course, is to provide training that makes each worker aware of the types of hazards they’ll encounter in the course of their work day, teaches those workers how to eliminate, control, or otherwise work safely in the presence of those hazards, and go home just as safe and healthy at the end of the workday as they were when they arrived.

However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to know the specific safety training requirements called for in OSHA standards. While compliance is never the final answer for safety and safety training at work (remember, compliance is the floor of safety, not the ceiling), it’s reasonable to want to know what safety training OSHA specifically calls for in their standards.

But the problem with this is it’s not so easy to get a quick answer. If you go to the OSHA Standards, you’ll quickly notice that….well, there are a LOT of them, some of them are quiet LOOOOONG, and it’s certainly not easy to skim them all and quickly find what you’re looking for.

But fortunately, OSHA’s created a single document that lists all their training requirements. As a safety professional who’s responsible for providing occupational safety and health training at the workplace, you should (and no doubt will) be quite happy to learn about this.

Read on to learn more about this and to get a copy of the OSHA Training Requirements document for yourself.

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New DOT Hazmat Online Training Courses Added

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This month, we added 10 brand-new online training courses to our DOT Hazmat Online Training library, which is itself just a part of our Transportation Safety Training & Compliance library.

Because companies have different training needs, you can buy these new DOT Hazmat courses in multiple formats, including:

The different purchase options are explained more fully on the course description pages–plus we welcome you to start a chat and talk live with a sales person for more explanation.

9 New Online DOT Hazmat Training Courses

Click any of the links below to see previews and learn more about the 9 new DOT Hazmat online training courses:

In addition to these new courses, we’ve also updated the following existing course, so check it out too:

And once you’re done checking out those course previews above, download the free guide below to learn some real stories from real customers about the positive effects of their move to online safety training.

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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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Integrating Your LMS with Other Software Applications at Work

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Many times, when someone’s looking to get a learning management system (LMS) for his or her organization, they’re curious if the LMS can be integrated with other software programs at work. (Pro tip: by “integrate,” we mean what we’d call in lay-person’s talk the ability to pass data back and forth and “communicate.”)

Maybe that describes you, and it’s exactly the kind of question you’ve been wondering. Or maybe you’ve been looking at learning management systems, didn’t know about these kind of software integrations, but now that it’s come up, you’re definitely interested to learn more.

Well, the short answer is that yes, a learning management system CAN be set up so it’s integrated with the software applications at your workplace. And we’ll tell you a little more about that below.

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OSHA’s Top Ten List, 2018: Additional Data Released

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Back in October, during the annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA announced their ten most commonly cited standards for the previous fiscal year (fiscal year 2017, in this case). You may recall that we published that OSHA’s Top Ten list as soon as it was out.

But every year, OSHA releases the Top Ten list in two forms–the shorter version they release during the NSC Congress, and then the same list with more information and data in final form in December.

As you no doubt know, it’s December, which means OSHA and the NSC has now released the updated and larger list and we’ve got all that additional information below for you.

And if you’d like a larger, more bird’s-eye view, we also have a separate article that shows the OSHA Top Ten Lists for recent years.

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Benefits of a Cloud-Based LMS

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If you’re trying to find the right learning management system (LMS) solution for your workplace, you might be wondering if you should have your LMS installed on your company’s network or if you should get a cloud-based LMS.

Or perhaps you haven’t gotten quite that far, and you didn’t know you could get a cloud-based LMS. Or maybe you’re not even sure what the cloud is or why you’d want a cloud-based LMS.

If any of this sounds familiar to you, then you’ll appreciate this article, in which we tell you what you need to know about cloud-based learning management systems (LMS).

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Safety Training for Rudolph, Santa & Friends

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If you’re 100% on top of your game when it comes to creating and delivering effective safety training to the workers at your company, then perhaps you have time to consider safety training and other job training for folks who don’t work at your company–like, perhaps, the characters in the old animated Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Because that’s what we’ve got for you here! See our training suggestions, all drawn from our library of online workforce training courses, for popular characters from the Christmas classic, including Santa, Donner and Blitzen, the Abominable Snowmonster, Herbie the elf (he’s the one who wants to be a dentist, remember?), Yukon Cornelius, and of course everyone’s favorite, Rudolph himself.

Hope you enjoy this brief bit of levity in the middle of an otherwise productive day, and we wish you and yours a happy holiday season!

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OSHA’s SHARP and VPP Programs: An Interview with Mark Hurliman of Oregon OSHA

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If you’re interested in learning more about OSHA’s Consultative programs for safety management and safety excellence, you’ve come to the right article. This is an interview with Mark Hurliman, the VPP and SHARP Program Coordinator with Oregon OSHA, and Mark’s going to explain to all of us the basics of the VPP and SHARP programs for all employers in the US (federal and state plans).

There’s a lot to learn, so let’s more waste any more of your time.

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Come See Us at the OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference–December 4-5, 2018

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Will you be at the upcoming OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference in Houston, Texas on December 4th and 5th?

Well so will we, partner! While you’re in Texas, mosey on over to Booth 220 and see our award-winning solutions for safety and safety training, including online environmental, health, and safety training courses, our Convergence learning management system (LMS) for safety training administration, our Incident Management System (IMS) for reporting, investigating, correcting workplace injuries and illnesses, mobile training apps, and a lot more.

We look forward to seeing you there–be sure to stop by. And read on to see some more examples of what we’ll be demonstrating at the conference.

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How to Develop an Effective Paper Manufacturing Training Program: Free Downloadable Guide

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Effective training has always been important in paper manufacturing, and that may be even more true today as a generation of older, highly skilled employees retire and new generations of smart and highly motivated workers without the same experience enter the workforce. All while economic realities call for making production increasingly efficient.

To help you optimize the training program at your paper manufacturing facility, we’ve developed this guide that explains a lot of the basics of training design, development, delivery, and evaluation in a paper manufacturing facility.

Here’s what our Paper Manufacturing Basics Training Guide covers:

  • Matching training to business goals
  • Identifying job roles, competencies, and tasks
  • Task analysis
  • Learner analysis
  • Learning objectives
  • Assessments
  • Design & development of training materials
  • Training implementation
  • Training evaluation & continuous improvement

If you really want to put your paper manufacturing training program into high gear, download this free guide plus our free guide to online paper manufacturing training.

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