ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Standard for Online EHS Training Now Final

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If you’ve been tracking the Convergence Training blog for a while, you know that we’ve been publishing occasional updates on the progress of creating the ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 standard titled Accepted Practices for E-Learning in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.

As you may have intuited from that first sentence, you’re in for another Z490.2 update in this article.

But this one is a little more exciting than the previous updates, because today Z490.2 became final. You can buy yourself a copy of Z940.2 here.

You may also know that we’ve been creating updates on the progress of Z490.2 because Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training & Vector Solutions has been one of the folks helping to create Z490.2. If you’d like to learn more about Z490.2, Jeff will be featured in two upcoming podcasts at the ASSP Safety Standards and Technical Publications Podcast website–one for Z490.1 and one for Z490.2. Look for those podcasts at ASSP soon (we’re recording both on Tuesday, October 15 and presumably both will be published shortly after).

And before you go, feel free to download 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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IH Basics: The NIOSH Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards and How to Use It

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NIOSH makes an extremely handy Pocket Guide to Chemical Hazards (Pocket Guide or NPG) that industrial hygienists and safety professionals can use to evaluate chemical hazards and create safer, healthier workplaces.

In this installment of our ongoing Industrial Hygiene Basics article series, we’re going to give you an introductory explanation of the Pocket Guide.

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Quality Basics: PDCA & Risk Management

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All good quality management efforts, including those following and/or in compliance with the ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems Standard, include an emphasis on risk management and the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle for continuous improvement.

In this article, we give a brief introduction to risk management and the PDCA  cycle and their relation to quality assurance and quality management.

And don’t leave without downloading the free PDCA Cycle infographic from the bottom of this article! 

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Vector Solutions Monthly Blog Round Up: September, 2019

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It’s that time again. Our parent company Vector Solutions has published the monthly blog post round up including articles from different Vector Solutions brands (including your friends here at Convergence Training).

Here’s what Vector Solutions has pulled together for you this month:

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the September, 2019 Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up.

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Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point for Food Safety Management

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If you’re involved in food/beverage production and have food safety responsibilities, you’re required to fulfill Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, or HACCP, compliance requirements (see 21 CFR parts 120 and 123).

HACCP is a systematic and preventive food safety approach intended to avoid the introduction or and/or contamination of food by biological, chemical, and physical hazards rather than simply inspecting food products after their production to determine if they have been contaminated (this is somewhat similar to the “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound full of cure” adage).

Enjoy learning more about HACCP and it’s important role in food safety, and don’t forget to download the free 7 Tools of Quality download we’ve provided for you at the bottom of this article as well.

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What Are Predictive Maintenance & Conditions-Based Maintenance? (Interview with Dr. Klaus Blache)

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It’s always great to talk with someone who really knows their stuff, and when it comes to issues around maintenance, reliability, and maintainability, Dr. Klaus Blache of the UT-RMC really knows his stuff.

That’s why we’ve enjoyed holding (and publishing here) a series of discussions with Klaus on issues related to reliability and maintainbility (if you missed some, check out our recorded discussion on the benefits of reliability and maintainability and articles we co-wrote on creating a culture for reliability, maintainability, and continuous improvement as well as what reliability and maintainabilty are).

So with no further ado, please feel free to watch our short discussion explaining predictive maintenance and conditions-based maintenance (also known as PDM and CBM) below. If you’d rather read instead of watch and listen, we’ve created a transcript for you below the video.

And before you go, please feel free to download our free PDCA Cycle infographic from the bottom of this article.

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Skills for an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce

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The era of Advanced Manufacturing is coming soon. Industry 4.0. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

Great, right? Sounds good, huh?

Except, who’s going to do the work during this era (other than robots and computers)? What skills are they going to need?

There are going to be some skills that are specific to industries, and skills that are specific to sites, and skills that are specific to job roles. But there are also going to be some skills that are required in general. And those are going to be the skills we’ll discuss in this article.

And before you get too far down the page, don’t forget to download our free Manufacturing Training Guide before you go!

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What Types of Training Can You Import Into an LMS?

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If you’re looking to get a learning management system (LMS) to assist with workforce training at your organization, one question you might have is what kinds of training materials can you import into the LMS.

It’s probably obvious that you can import elearning courses, although even that answer isn’t quite that simple, as elearning courses come in different standards (or formats)–more on that below.

But you’ll also probably want to import things like video files, audio files, internet links, SharePoint links, PowerPoint presentations, PDFs, and more.

We’ll give you a quick rundown of the types of training materials you should be able to import into an LMS in this article, and we’ll give you a few additional tips about the importing process to boot. Plus, don’t forget to download the free LMS buyer’s guide at the bottom of this article.

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New Webinar Coming Soon: Evidence-Based Training Practices, October 16, 2019

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We’ll soon be doing another of our recurring live webinars over at the website of our partners RedVector.

In this one, we’ll be discussing evidence-based training practices and common learning myths.

The webinar will be held live on Wednesday, October 16 at 1 pm Eastern time (that’s 12 noon Central, 11 am Mountain, and 10 am Pacific if you, like me, get confused adjusting these things). If you sign up and listen in to the webinar, that’s great, but know that if you sign up and miss the live version, we’ll still send you a recording in your email.

Sign up for the webinar here.

We hope to see you then. If you’d like to catch up on the other webinars we’ve done with our friends at RedVector, here’s a list:

Hope to see you soon. Let us know if you’ve got any questions you’d like us to address during the webinar.

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What Is the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System Standard?

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If you’ve worked in the food chain for a period of time, you may well be familiar with the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Standard. However, if you’re new to the industry, you may be unfamiliar with the standard. Plus, it was updated in 2018, so even if you’re familiar, you may need to renew your acquaintance.

In this article, we give a brief introduction to ISO 22000 and give you some resources where you can learn more.

Also, know that we’ve got a free 7 Basics Tools of Quality guide for you at the bottom of this article.

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The Benefits of Reliability & Maintainability (Interview with Dr. Klaus Blache)

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If you’re a maintenance professional, you probably already know you want to minimize the amount of reactive maintenance you perform. And a great way to do that is to focus on reliability & maintainability.

We’ve asked our partners at the University of Tennessee’s Reliability & Maintainability Center, and in particular Dr. Klaus Blache, to help us better understand reliability and maintainability.

If you’ve been reading us for a while, you may have also read our articles on Creating a Culture for Reliability, Maintainability, and Continuous Improvement and What Is Maintainability & Reliability?. If you haven’t read those articles, you may want to check them out. Plus, keep your eyes out for future articles on related topics, including one coming very soon on predictive & conditions-based maintenance.

Also, once you finish this article, you’ll see we’ve got a Free PDCA Cycle Infographic you can download down at the very bottom (or at the link you just passed). You can use the PDCA cycle to evaluate the effects of your reliability & maintainability efforts (or any continuous improvement efforts).

You’ve got two options here: Watch a recorded version of our conversation or continue down to read a transcript. The world is your oyster–enjoy!

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Free PSM Checklist for Process Safety Management Compliance

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Here’s a free Process Safety Management (PSM) compliance checklist you can download–nice!

The PSM checklist is based on a PSM Compliance Checklist available on OSHA’s website. We took the information in their checklist and made some minor changes to make it more user friendly.

It’s in the always-handy .PDF format, just scroll to the bottom of this article and click the  button.

Hope you like the checklist. We’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here.

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