Catch Us at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference

We’ll be at this year’s Annual Conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The conference is February 19-22, 2017, and will be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

Valerie Cantrell and Brian Andrewjeski will be staffing our booth, talking to conference attendees, taking questions, and demonstrating our Mining Safety learning management system (LMS), our mining safety eLearning courses, general safety and health eLearning courses, mobile training apps, and more.

You can find Val and Brian at Booth 1728.

Read on below if you’d like to learn more about the materials they’ll be demonstrating at SME.


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OSHA’s New Online Reporting Requirements


By now, you’ve probably heard about OSHA’s new (and final) rule that requires most employers to electronically submit injury and illness data.

If not, or if you’re still a little fuzzy on all the details, we’ve got information about it all for you here.

It should be an interesting change for lots of businesses.

The information in the article below should be a good start to get you ready for it all.

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The EPA, Environmental Regulations, and Online Environmental Training Options

The United States EPA enforces regulations intended to reduce pollution in the United States.

These regulations include the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which creates a framework for the proper management of solid waste, both hazardous and non-hazardous; oil spills prevention and preparedness regulations, including the Spill Prevention Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule; and stormwater rules.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of those rules, provide some additional information, and make some online training suggestions for you as well.

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Online Safety Training Glossary: Terms to Know In Your Search

Looking to buy an online safety training solution? Maybe some online courses, maybe a learning management system (LMS), or maybe both?

But maybe also a little….intimidated by all the jargon and special terms?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. We’ve put together a handy glossary of terms you may run into while you’re researching and evaluating online safety training.

We’ve probably included more words than any one person or company will need to look up, but what’s the harm of having extras? On the flip-side, please use the comments section at the bottom of this article if you think we’ve missed something.

Hope you find this helpful!

NOTE: We’re hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 22 on how to compare online safety training solutions and find the best one for your company. You can sign up for the webinar now. We created this glossary to support that webinar and so you could use it as a resource in your search. 

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Upcoming Webinar: Comparing Online Safety Training Systems to Find the Best Match for Your Company’s Safety Training Needs

Online Safety Training Webinar

Hello readers and occasional viewers and listeners!

We’re publishing this article to let you know about an upcoming webinar on comparing different online safety training solutions and finding the one that’s best for your company.

You can register for the webinar here. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10 am (Pacific). 

In the webinar, we’ll be giving you some tips about how to research, evaluate, and implement online safety training solutions at your workplace. We’ll briefly explain what online safety training is and give an overview of the type of online safety training solutions that are out in the marketplace; we’ll go over a few benefits of online safety training; we’ll give you tips for evaluating online safety training courses, online safety training management systems, and online safety training providers; we’ll help you build your own internal online safety training evaluation team at work; and we’ll give you some pointers about determining your company’s own unique online safety training needs.

In addition, we already have a large series of helpful related resources for you below the MORE button if you want to begin researching things on your own now. And once the webinar has been held, we’ll place an on-demand recording of the webinar on this page as well so you can listen to it any time you want or send it off to coworkers or friends.

So feel free to check out the stuff below now, get excited for the upcoming webinar and stay tuned for more news, and know you can always come back to this page later as you’re continuing your process of getting online safety training at work.

Also, let us know if you have questions you’d like answers to, or issues you’d like to see addressed, during the webinar. If we get some responses, we’ll try to fold those into the webinar in advance. 

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Types of Online Safety Training: 2 Main Options for Employers

2 Types of Online Safety Training ImageIf your company is thinking of getting some online safety training, it would be logical to want to know more about it before you plunk down a bunch of money.

This is the first article in a series that will help you answer some common questions and help you find the type of online safety training system that’s best for your company.

In this article, we’ll look at two common types of online safety training: on-demand online safety training and online safety training that’s administered using learning management systems (LMSs).

Once you’re done with this article, you may also be interested in a second article, Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training Solutions.

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Secrets of Effective Safety Training: 6 Steps to a Safer Workplace

Six Steps of Effective Safety Training ImageWant to know how to design, create, and deliver great safety training at work? Effective safety training? The kind of safety training that has a real effect on incident rates, driving them down? That contributes to a healthier, safer work environment?

We’ve got a pretty simple, six-step formula for success for you to follow in this article. Follow and put these six steps at work with your own safety training and you’ll watch your safety training program become more effective right before your own eyes. And as a result, your safety and health program will benefit as well. And that’s what we all want, right?

We’ve explained each step in some detail below. Enough to get started if that’s all you’re looking for. But we’ve also included links to more complete articles on the six different steps if you really want to dive deep.

That’s not all, though. We’ve also included a free Guide to Effective Safety Training download for you.

Now, let’s see how you can create more effective safety training at your work.

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8 Reasons to Add Online Safety Training for Employees

Reasons to Add Online Safety Training ImagePotential customers often ask if we can provide reasons to add online safety training to their current workforce safety training program.

It’s a good question. Why just jump into a new thing if you don’t know if it will benefit your safety program or what those benefits will be?

In this article, we’ve laid out 8 solid reasons to add online safety training at work. This should show you how you’ll benefit. Our list will include some things you might have thought of, plus some things you may not have thought of.

If you finish this article and decide you want to explore this issue further, check out how How to Pitch Your Boss on Online Safety Training article, check our Health and Safety Training eLearning library and learning management system (LMS), or let us know you’d like to set up a preview or demo.

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How to Pitch Online Safety Training Programs To Your Boss

Pitching online safety training to your bossReady to pitch online safety training to your boss at work, but not quite sure how to frame your argument?

In this article, we’ve got the information you need to make a convincing case.

Once you’ve got the OK from the boss(es), you can then begin searching for and evaluating the online safety and health training solutions that work best for your company. And we’re going to create some materials shortly to help you with that process.

But that’s the next step. For now, let’s get started on arguments for pitching online safety training to the boss. You have to get the OK first, right?

Use the comments section at the bottom if you’ve got any questions or if you’ve got some ideas of your own about this. And notice that we’ve included a free download at the bottom of this article that explains in detail 10 real benefits that 10 real customers of ours experienced after adding online training to their existing safety training solutions. You’ll be surprised at some of the things they reported.
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OHSMS: Monitoring, Evaluation, & Correcting

Evaluating and Correcting an OHSMSIt’s time for another article in our ongoing series about occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).

In this article, we’re going to explain what to do once you’re implemented your OHSMS, it’s in operation, and you want to monitor it, evaluate the performance, and make any corrections necessary to improve results.

In doing so, we’ll look at monitoring, measuring, and assessing your OHSMS; performing incident investigations; performing audits of the various phases of your OHSMS; taking any corrective actions necessary; and including any corrective actions in your OHSMS’s planning process and in its management review.

If you’re new to the series, or if you’d like to review, here’s what we’ve covered so far:

As a reminder, this entire series is based on ANSI Z10 (2012), the ANSI/ASSE standard on occupational health and safety management systems. We encourage you to buy a copy, which you can do here.

And with that, let’s get started.

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Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training

Pros and Cons of Types of Online Safety Training ImageIn a recent article, we explained two primary types of online safety training solutions. They were on-demand online safety training and online safety training administered with a learning management system (LMS). In this article, we’re going to give you a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of types of online safety training solutions.

Keep in mind that we are by necessity generalizing about different individual online safety training solutions that belong to either of the two types. Within each type, you’ll find different solutions that offer entirely different features or the same features that perform in different manners. We discussed that in more detail in the article mentioned and linked above.

Also keep in mind that although we’re presenting this information in a pros and cons format, that doesn’t mean there’s any one system that’s automatically best. The purpose of knowing the two different basic types and knowing some of the pros and cons of each is simply to help you begin to find the type of online safety training that works best for you company today and in the future as well.

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Evaluating Online Safety Training: 6 Steps in Your Search

Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions ImageWe’re currently writing a series of blog posts covering topics such as Types of Online Safety Training, Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training, Benefits of Online Safety Training, and Pitching Your Boss on Online Safety Training.

We even threw in an article that Debunks Myths about Online Safety Training to boot.

Along those lines, in this article we’re going to give a comprehensive set of tips for evaluating online safety training solutions to find the one that works best for your company.

You can use this as a roadmap for moving through the purchasing process. Kind of like an online safety training buyer’s guide.

So if you know you want to make the investment in online safety training at work, and you just need some help figuring out which system to go with, here’s your one-stop-shopping guide.

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