What Is Total Worker Health?

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Not sure what Total Worker Health is?

Well, the interview below may be just what you’re looking for. Because we went directly to the source–Dr. Casey Chosewood, the Director of the Office of Total Worker Health, which is part of NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Chosewood gave us a great introduction to Total Worker Health and we’d like to thank him and invite him to come back again to tell us more.

Go ahead and watch/listen to the video below. We’re also going to create a transcript of this discussion and put that below the video, but to honest, we’ve been quite busy lately at the Convergence Training blog and our delivery of extra video transcription elves is late in arriving, so if you bear with us, we’ll get around to the transcription soonish.

Thanks again to Dr. Chosewood and we hope you enjoy this introduction to Total Worker Health.

In addition to reading this interview with Dr. Chosewood, you may also want to check out our online health and wellness training courses.


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Belated Safety Training Tips for Mr. Peanut

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Holy peanut weavil! Mr. Peanut was always one tough nut to crack. After all, he’s been assaulted many times over the years.

But we’re sad to note that everyone’s favorite peanut, or maybe even everyone’s favorite legume (did you know that peanuts aren’t really nuts but instead are legumes?), has died at the age of 104.

That’s only 26 in legume-years, so it’s really quite young and tragic.

Our elegant, dapper, yet crunchy buddy died in the aftermath of a Nutmobile accident this past week. Rumor has it the accident happened shortly after he stopped at a Shell station to fill up.

The good people at Planter’s have led a weary nation to believe that we’ll learn more about this during the Super Bowl, so stay tuned for that. But remember, when the game’s over and they’re handing out trophies and announcing awards, we all know who the true MVP-nut is.

Although you could argue that providing safety tips won’t help our plucky, perished peanut now, and we’d be forced to agree, that won’t stop us from offering the three belated safety tips below based on events in his apparent untimely demise.

First, for those who are unaware, here’s what we know of the pathetic peanut perishing (Don’t worry, there are no grisly scenes involving peanut butter or brittle.)

Read on for those safety tips!


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What Is a Gemba Walk?

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In our continuing focus on continuous improvement (did you see what we did there?) in general and lean manufacturing in particular, we thought we’d write an introduction to to the ideas of gemba, going to the gemba, and gemba walks in this article.

The idea of a gemba walk is central to how lean manufacturing attempts to increase organizational learning, reduce waste, increase value, and generally improve over time.

And since we figure you’ve got an interest in lean manufacturing, we’ve included a free What Is 5S? infographic for you at the bottom of this article.

Read on for your quick introduction to the gemba and gemba walks.


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Super Bowl Party Safety Training Suggestions

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The big day is coming up, and millions of people around the world will come together to eat nachos, drink beer, and share their opinions about new commercials.

Plus, the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will play a football game. And so will some puppies.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a short list of training suggestions to get you ready for your Super Bowl party. That’s right, we’ve got some Super Bowl party safety training suggestions for you!

Before we begin, though, let us offer condolences to the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, both of whom missed the Super Bowl by online one game–check out our Near Miss training course and better luck next time.

Enjoy the game, remember to be safe, and don’t forget to keep Mr. Peanut in your thoughts.


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New ANSI Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) Goes Into Effect March 1, 2020

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There were some delays, as their often are with new standards, but the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has created three new standards for mobile elevating work platforms, or MEWPs, that go into effect March 1, 2020. If the phrase mobile elevating work platforms and the acronym MEWP don’t ring a bell, it’s what you might think of as an aerial work platform.

The new standards are A92.20, Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); A92.22, Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); and A92.24, Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). You can get copies of the new standards from the ACS A92 Secretariat’s webpage.

To keep you up-to-date, safe, and compliant, we’ve accordingly created two new MEWP-related online courses for our Working at Heights training library:

Get yourself a copy of those new standards and read on below to learn more about the new MEWP standards and see some samples from our new MEWP safety online courses.


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Implementing Continuous Improvement Efforts at Work

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Every business wants to improve–or should want to. And although there are many different ways for companies to get better, there IS a nice, existing continuous improvement toolbox that businesses can use from the first steps all the way to the maturity of their continuous improvement journey.

In this article, we’ll profile some of the standard continuous improvement techniques, with a focus on those that organizations should implement first, and we’ll toss in a few other ideas related to learning theory and organizational learning that you might not find in other resources dedicated to continuous improvement methodologies.

We hope you find this article helpful and that it moves you forward on your own continuous improvement adventure. And we invite you to touch base with us to ask any questions you may have on the topic.

Finally, because the P-D-C-A cycle is one of standard and proven tools used for continuous improvement in workplaces throughout the world, we’ve created a free P-D-C-A Cycle infographic that you can download for free.


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Creating a Blended Learning Solution Using Online Safety Training

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It’s a good idea to use online safety training as part of an overall blended safety training solution. That’s because study after study shows that blended learning solutions outperform those that rely on simply one training method (such as simply instructor-led or simply elearning).  And it’s also because a recent OSHA letter of interpretation made it clear OSHA won’t accept safety training that involves nothing other than online training.

As a result, we thought we’d write this blog article to give you some tips for creating blended learning safety training solutions.

Hope you find this helpful and let us know if you have any questions.


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What Is Facilities Maintenance?

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We provide a lot of training materials for maintenance technicians, and as a result we wanted to write some articles introducing people to different types of maintenance, including facilities maintenance, the subject of this article.

In other recent article, we introduced you to mechanical maintenance and electrical maintenance. Check those out too if they strike your fancy.

And in a second (upcoming ) series of maintenance-related articles, we’ll introduce you to 5 maintenance strategies, including reactive/corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and conditions-based maintenance. So stay tuned for all that.

For now, read and enjoy the article, and let us know if you have any questions about your own maintenance training program at work. Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement. 


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7 Things to Look for in Online Safety Training

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If you’re thinking of adding online safety training to your current safety training programs at work, it helps to get some tips about what to look for. We’ve  written a lengthy blog article on How to Select Online Safety Training Solutions for you, and we even have an Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist you can download for free.

In this article, though, we’re going to give you a few things to look for in your online safety training solution. We hope this helps and we invite you to drop us a line and ask us any questions you may have.


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Safety Metrics & Indicators Reconsidered

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The safety world is doing a lot of talk about safety measurement and safety metrics lately. There’s a widespread belief that the reliance on lagging indicators for safety measurement (most especially incident rates) isn’t beneficial. And there’s also a widespread belief that we should be using more leading indicators, even if it’s not always clear which leading indicators to use.

Plus, there are interesting discussions about quantitative v. qualitative indicators as well as controversies about things that can’t be measured at all.

We sat down with Pam Walaski, whose recently been studying up and revising her own beliefs on safety measurement, to get a nicely nuanced introduction and some guidance on moving forward when it comes to safety measurement (notice in particular her suggestion to use both lagging and leading indicators but also her different spin on what lagging and leading indicators are, which ones to use, how they should be related to one another, and how they should tie-in to business goals).

Feel free to watch the video below to begin soaking it in. If you’re the type who’d rather read, we’ve included the transcript of the discussion below the video.

If you liked this discussion with Pam discussing safety metrics, you might also enjoy our discussion with Carsten Busch talking about safety metrics.


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Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

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Maintenance can be a major effort at a company, and maintenance costs can chew up a lot of dollars.

And I’m probably telling you nothing new when I say that when maintenance isn’t done, and something breaks, the cost of downtime can be even more significant.

One way to spend less on maintenance in general, and to lose less on maintenance-related downtime, is to practice a preventive maintenance approach.

In this article, we offer a Q&A on some basic topics related to maintenance and preventive maintenance. To learn more about this, please read the article below, and do let us know if you have any additional questions or if you need any help with your maintenance training needs at work.

Before you begin, you might want to check this short sample from our online Equipment Maintenance and Reliability training course.

For now, read and enjoy the article, and let us know if you have any questions about your own maintenance training program at work. Plus, check out our recorded webinar on maintenance, maintainability, organizational learning, and continuous improvement 


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OSHA’s July, 2019 Letter of Interpretation on Online Safety Training

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This past year, OSHA issued a letter of interpretation (LI) about using online safety training (read the OSHA LOI here).

The 2019 letter of interpretation didn’t change OSHA’s basic take on using online safety training at work: as OSHA had already made clear in a 1994 letter of interpretation, it IS fine to use online safety training. We discussed that in our earlier blog post, What Does OSHA Say about Online Safety and Health Training?

But this more recent LI from OSHA does give some additional guidance on how to use online safety training. We’ll explain for you what OSHA had to say about that below.


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