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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Confined Space Hazards: Hazards that Turn a Confined Space Into a Permit Space (General Industry)

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OSHA’s 1910.144 Confined Space regulation covers confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces in general industry.

Amongst other things, it explains what a confined space is, what a permit-required confined space is, and what an employer must do in order to allow entry into a confined space.

One of the key issues in understanding all of this is knowing what hazards must be present in order to turn a confined space into a permit-required confined space (alternately known simply as a permit space).

We’ll explain just what those hazards are and point you toward additional helpful information about confined spaces and OSHA regulations regarding confined spaces in this article.

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Come See Us at the Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference

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If you’re an Oregonian and a Safety professional, we want to let you know that we’ll soon be exhibiting and presenting at the upcoming Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Bend, Oregon (September 18 & 19, 2018 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes).

First, the presentation: Convergence Training’s Jeff Dalto will be giving a three-hour workshop on Effective Safety Training, during which he’ll introduce the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard on EHS Training, lead active discussions and hands-on exercises on four tips from Z4901. (learning objectives, blended learning, credible information and instructional design, and evaluating and continually improving training) as well as introduce some specific evidence-based training tips.

Note: This on-demand webinar covers some of the materials Jeff will talk about in his presentation.

Next, the exhibiting: When Jeff’s not exhibiting, he’ll be staffing the booth and demonstrating some of Convergence Training’s safety and safety training solutions. We’ll be showing off our:

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

Come on by and say hi and ask us any questions you’ve got on your mind–we’d be happy to meet you and try to help.

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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Come See Us at the NSC’s Maine Safety and Health Conference, Sept 18-20, 2018

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If you’re planning on attending the 91st Annual National Safety Council Maine Safety and Health Conference at the August Civic Center in Augusta, Maine September 18-20, 2018, we’d love to see you!

Valerie Cantrell of Convergence Training | RedVector will be there waiting to meet you and to demonstrate our award-winning safety training materials, including our online safety training courses, our learning management system (LMS) for safety training administration, our new incident management system (IMS) for workplace incidents, and more.

Shoot us off a question or leave a comment below if  you’ve got special questions for us or if you’d like to set up a special meeting in advance. Otherwise, we’ll see you in Augusta!

And before you go, please feel free to download our free online safety training buyer’s guide below.

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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5 Easy Steps to Begin Implementing a Risk-Based Approach to Occupational Safety: An Interview with Pam Walaski

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In an earlier interview, Pam Walaski gave us an introduction to Systems Thinking, Risk Management, and Safety Management Systems. If you haven’t seen that one, we recommend you check it out either before or after reading this article.

And in this article, we’re excited because Pam has agreed to come back and continue the conversation, giving us 5 easy tips to follow to begin making the change from a compliance-based OSH strategy to a risk-based OSH strategy.

This should be a very helpful article for occupational safety and health managers and professionals who are looking to take those first steps toward a systems that’s less focus on purely compliance and more focused on risk and risk management.

If you prefer to listen instead of read, scroll to the bottom of this article, where we’ve included an audio recording of this discussion.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA Variances

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For those who don’t know, we’re going to explain what getting a “Variance” from OSHA means, what kind of variances OSHA grants, and how to apply for them in this article.

This look at OSHA’s variance program is yet another in our OSHA Basics series of articles, which explains 100-level OSHA topics that may have slipped through the cracks when you were learning about something else related to occupational health and safety. For a full list of the articles in our OSHA Basics series, just scroll down to the bottom.

And all that said, continue reading to look about variances from OSHA.

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4 Characteristics of a Permit-Required Confined Space (General Industry)

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The first step of working safety in and around confined spaces, and of keeping on the right side of OSHA confined space regulations, is to know what a confined space is. We explained that in our 3 Characteristics of a Confined Space article.

Once you’ve identified your confined spaces, the next step is to figure out which ones are permit-required confined spaces. OSHA’s general industry 1910.146 regulation specifies four requirements that make a confined space a permit-required confined space.

Read below to learn what those four requirements are and how to apply this at work as part of your permit-required confined space program.

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Convergence Training Named One of “Top 20 Safety and Health Training Companies” by TrainingIndustry.com

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We’re excited to announce that TrainingIndustry.com has named Convergence Training one of the “20 Top Safety and Health Training Companies” for 2018. Thanks so much to the folks at TI.com for that prestigious award–it makes us feel good about all the hard work we put in this year.

We’d also like to add a shout-out to the other 19 companies, and most especially to our business partners RedVector (meaning Convergence Training | RedVector won 2 of the 20 top spots, or 10%!)

If you’re not familiar with us but would like to know more, here’s SOME of what we do:

We’ve got some samples for you below.

Here’s a quick overview video that includes some highlights from our online training courses for safety and health (and other useful workforce training topics):

And this short video explains how our Convergence LMS can help simplify the management of your safety training as well as make it more efficient and effective:

We’ve even got a special version of the Convergence LMS for MSHA safety training and compliance (in particular, MSHA Part 46):

And this video explains how our Incident Management System works:

Any questions for us? Just let us know. And thanks to TrainingIndustry.com for the award. We’re honored!

And don’t leave without first downloading our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist.

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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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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Come See Us at the Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference

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Are you a resident of the yellowhammer state involved in occupational safety and health? If so, we look forward to seeing you at this year’s Alabama Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Orange Beach, Alabama (August 27-29, 2018).

We’ll be in Booth 36 showing off our:

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

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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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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OSHA Basics: OSHA Penalties

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No employer wants to get hit with a penalty from OSHA. And that’s even more true since 2016, when OSHA increased those penalties significantly (and OSHA adjusted those penalties for inflation as recently as January 2, 2018).

The best reason to not run afoul of OSHA and get into citations and penalties is because OSHA compliance contributes to better health and safety at work.

But, if fear of a penalty is another reason to comply, we’ve got the necessary information for you below.

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