Check Our Article on Evaluating Safety Training in the September Issue of ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

A quick head’s up that you can read our most recent article about safety training in the September issue of the ASSE’s Professional Safety magazine.

The article is a continuation of our series highlighting some “big issues” in safety training, and it focuses on evaluating safety training to make sure you’re getting the desired results. Our Effective Safety Training article all the big points in the series plus more, our article on evaluating safety training covers much of what is discussed in the magazine article as well (though not everything), and our free Guide to Effective Safety Training at the bottom of this article covers much of the same ground.

The next article in the series at Professional Safety will focus on continuous improvement of safety training, so hang tight for that one.

And speaking of Professional Safety, the September article looks like a good one. Here’s a sneak peek of topics covered:

  • Protecting workers in extreme temperatures
  • MSDSs & ergonomics
  • Electric arc and the thermal effect
  • Health issues in the power generation industry
  • ISO 45001
  • Work-site physical therapy
  • Employee training
  • “Four fields” of safety performance
  • Safety leadership
  • Weather

Let us know if you’ve got any questions. Otherwise, get yourself a comfy seat in the shade, pour yourself some nice iced tea, and enjoy your magazine reading!

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The Convergence Incident Management Software (IMS): Available Now


You may know that our brand-new Incident Management Software, or IMS, has been nearing completion. Well, we’re happy to let you know that it’s now available and ready for you to use at your organization.

You can use our Incident Management Software to:

  • Create, edit, manage, and track the status of incident reports
  • Attach associated incident documents and images, including digital photos and videos
  • Select involved personnel directly from the system
  • Document OSHA-recordable and MSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses, and submit those directly to OSHA and MSHA
  • Identify root causes
  • Prescribe, record, and track corrective actions

Even better, you can use it as a stand-alone product or you can integrate it with the Convergence LMS (our software tool for workforce training and safety training administration).

Here’s a quick video overview:

We think you’re really going to like this new safety tool. Click to learn more about our incident management software or just contact us.

You may also get some valuable insights from the following articles related to incident investigations:

And be sure to downloading our free Job Hazard Analysis Guide, below. There’s some important stuff in there.

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Incident Investigations and Root Cause Analyses: Tips from a Pro

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In this article, we’ve got an interview with Joey Estey talking about performing incident investigations at work and looking for a root cause (or root causes).

You may already know this is the second of two articles drawn from an interview about incident investigations with Joe Estey. The earlier article is more of an introduction to incident investigations, including what an incident investigation is, when and how to do one, pros and cons of doing your own as opposed to bringing in a third-party, and some common mistakes people make while performing incident investigations.

In addition, we’ve also recently spoken with Joe about performing pre-task pre-mortems, discussions at the job scene intended to help avoid having incidents and having to perform incident investigations.

And with those three points made, let’s see what Joe had to tell us about incident investigations and performing a root-cause analysis.

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What Is an Incident Investigation: Tips from a Pro

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In this article, we’ve got an interview with safety professional Joe Estey to learn a whole bunch about incident investigations and looking for root causes. This article focuses on explaining what an incident investigation is, how to perform one, and some common errors people commit while performing one.

In addition to this article, we’ve also held an interview with Joe on the search for root causes while performing a root-cause analysis during the incident investigation process.

We’re excited about and grateful for Joe’s participation in this interview, and think you’ll enjoy learning from his knowledge and insights about incident investigations.

You might also be interested in a few other incident-related articles, including:

Finally, we’ve also had a chat with Joe about performing pre-task pre-mortems, discussions just before performing the job that help to avoid incidents and reduce the need for incident investigations.

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Catch Our Webinar on MSHA Part 46 and Online Training Options: Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am (Pacific)


We’ll be hosting a webinar on the MSHA Part 46 compliance training requirements and some online training options Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 am (Pacific).

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players
  • Main Types of Training
  • Compliant Methods of Training
  • Types of Compliant Documents

Take a moment to pre-register for the webinar today, and we’ll be sure to send you some reminders as the webinar approaches as well.

If you’ve got a question you’d like us to address, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to try to answer it or point you in the right direction during the webinar. Of course, we’ll take questions then as well.

Also, know that we’ll be delivering a presentation at this year’s MSHA TRAM Conference that looks at some current and future technologies for mining safety training. We’ll keep you posted about that, and if you’re at TRAM, keep an eye out for us.

Finally, feel free to download our free Guide to Online MSHA Compliance below. See you at the webinar!

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and Program

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When the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was published by OSHA in 1983, it represented a decade of painstaking, but vital, rulemaking activity.

More than thirty years have elapsed since the rule was published. And yet, HCS remains one of the most important and relevant US occupational safety and health standards. The Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), last updated in 2012 for GHS alignment, applies to a wide spectrum of workplaces and industries, and is considered one of the crown jewels in OSHA’s mission to protect workers on the job.

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Come See Us at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Expo September 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN


We’re looking forward to attending the National Safety Council (NSC) Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming September 25-27 and hope to see you there.

We’ll be in booth 1723, so stop by and say hi.

As always, we’ll be demonstrating our Convergence LMS for managing your safety training needs (plus MSHA safety training/compliance needs) and our online courses for health and safety and mining safety.

But we’re also excited to have available two new products you may not yet know about.

We’ll have all the information there for you at our booth. Come by and ask some questions, view a demo, and pick up some brochures to learn more.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training


Hello, readers.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for a presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions I recently gave at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

And with that, let’s go on to the good stuff.  Click the MORE button to get started.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Effective EHS Training


Hello, readers.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for the presentation on Effective EHS Training I recently gave at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

And with that, let’s go on to the good stuff.  Click the MORE button to get started.

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Come See Us at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference, September 19-20, 2017


We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference in Tacoma, WA on September 19-20, 2017 and we hope to see you there.

In addition, Jeff Dalto of Convergence will be leading two presentations–one on each day. On September 19, Jeff will lead a presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions. On September 20, Jeff will lead a presentation on Effective Safety & Health Training.

You’ll be able to find us at Booth 108 (which is very close to the entrance), except when Jeff is leading presentations. Come see us to learn more about our safety and health training solutions, including:

Go here for more information about the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

Go here for more information about the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

And don’t forget to download our free guide to effective safety training, below!

See you at the conference!

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Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

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It’s Flu Season: Here’s a Free Avoid the Flu Course

Flu Image It’s fall in the United States, which means it’s time to think ahead toward flu season, which is coming soon.

Most importantly, because now’s the time to get your flu shot, which takes a little while to kick in before it gives you as much protection as it can.

But also because it’s a good reminder to do things like wash your hands and cover your mouth when you sneeze and stay away from people who don’t do that kind of stuff 🙂

We’ve used some information from our friends at the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pull together a free “Avoid the Flu” online course that you can watch as many times as you wish from this blog article as well.

Hope this helps!

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Who Has Hazard Communication Duties on the Job?

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OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is a broad, horizontal regulation, meaning it impacts almost every workplace and numerous employees within those companies. According to OSHA, that boils down to roughly five million US workplaces and approximately forty-three million employees who are affected by the standard. (1)

Most employers are aware HazCom is an essential element in their safety management systems. They’ve made Hazard Communication part of required onboarding training through safety orientations. And when the standard updated to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in 2012, employers followed through on mandatory training, to inform workers about the changes in labeling, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and terminology.

But the next questions are:

  • What do you do beyond that?
  • Are your employees following through on various aspects of HazCom or is it a somewhat dormant and overlooked safety program in your workplace?

We’ll consider those questions and more in this article.

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