Safety Management Best Practices: OSHA’s Recommendations for Safety & Health Programs

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Back in October, 2016, OSHA created a final version of their new guideline for safety and health management programs, titled Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. Around the same time, they published a helpful website full of additional materials related to best practices for safety and health programs.

In the article below, we’ll review the high points of OSHA’s new safety management guideline. And we’ll also include some links to other resources on safety management for you down near the bottom of this article.

We’d love to hear your opinions of and experiences with the new guideline in particular or with safety and health management in general. There’s a comments section at the bottom of this article–don’t be shy about using it.

Please note: this article is about OSHA’s safety management guideline for non-construction industry employers (general industry). See the following link for their Construction Safety Management Guidelines.

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How to Motivate Workers: Developing a More Engaged & Innovative Workforce

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Before we begin our article, let’s begin with a teaser to get you interested.

There’s a mismatch between what science knows and what business does.

Daniel Pink, TED Talk, The Puzzle of Motivation

And with that attention-grabbing teaser, let’s return to our article, which ultimately addresses that teaser, explains it, and and offers tips on how to solve the problem…(but know that you can also find the video of that TED Talk near the bottom of this article).

We’re moving into a new era of manufacturing. Or really, we’ve already entered the new era, and things are continuing to change at increasing rates even now.

If you’ve heard people talking about the Fourth Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0, you’ve already heard about it. The same is true if you’ve heard people talking about advanced manufacturing.

And that’s great, because this era holds a lot of exciting promise. But there’s a problem, too. Many employers are struggling to find enough workers with the necessary advanced skills. If you’ve heard of or read articles about the skills gap, you know what we’re talking about.

As a training company servicing the manufacturing industry, we’re dedicated to providing workforce training materials to help workers develop the skills necessary to help their companies thrive in this new, modern economy. Training can and does provide a measurable leg up in the perpetual manufacturing skill arms race.

But while training is helpful, important, and necessary, it can’t be the entire solution. There’s more to it than just that. For one thing, you’ve got to have workers who are motivated and capable of learning new skills–the skills they need today, and the new skills they will need tomorrow.

All that learning and skill acquisition takes motivation. Motivation to learn, motivation to acquire new skills, and motivation to be creative and innovative. But where does all that motivation come from?

Some of the motivation factor is up to the employee, of course. But employers also play a big role in creating and sustaining an environment that encourages motivation, creativity, innovation, and problem-solving.

In recent years, cognitive scientists, psychologists, behavioral economists, and other experts have learned a lot about what motivates people in their lives and at work. Some of those findings are pretty counter-intuitive.

What’s really stunning is that while some companies are doing the right things on this point, many or even most companies are not. Not only are their management practices, rules, and culture not actively contributing to these desirable workforce characteristics, they’re actively working against and stifling motivation. This is one of the areas of workforce organization where there’s a large gap between what studies and research shows us and what companies really do.

And that’s a shame, since the research is out there and in many cases can be easily applied if companies just look into it and make a few simple changes. Some companies will succeed precisely because they have taken steps to motivate workers to learn and innovate. And other companies will fail not only because they failed to take those steps, but because their culture, rules, and management techniques actually stifled that motivation to learn and create new business value.

In this article, we’re going to give you some tips from Daniel Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us, which focuses on how companies can create a workplace environment that nurtures these important traits in their workers.  Pink’s book is based on and compiles research from a lot of scholars in this field, including Dan Ariely (whose book The Upside of Irrationality: the Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home we’ve written about in the past).

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Better Paper Manufacturing Training Through Visual Learning

There are many ways to make better paper manufacturing training materials, and as a result make it easier for paper manufacturing workers to gain the knowledge and skills they need to perform their jobs well. And that in turn makes the paper manufacturing companies those people work for more productive, efficient, and profitable.

One way is to include well-designed graphics, videos, and other visuals as part of your training materials. That’s true no matter what kind of training you’re talking about: if you’re leading instructor-led training, putting together a PowerPoint presentation, creating written training materials, developing your own eLearning courses for online learning, or getting paper manufacturing online courses from a training provider.

But it’s not entirely simple. You can’t just create any visuals. Some visuals will make your training more effective, and others will make it less effective. There’s a mix of art and science to using the right visuals, and it’s based on what experts know about how people learn.

In the article below, we’ve included some general guidelines that you can follow to create effective visuals for your own training materials. Or, to evaluate training materials made by others. Follow these tips and you’ll dramatically improve the quality of any visuals in your training and, as a result, the effectiveness of your training materials for paper manufacturing employees.

We’ve also written a second article on visuals for paper manufacturing training that extends the lessons in this one.

Before you begin, feel free to watch the short video below to get an idea of what compelling workforce training visuals can do.

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How We Make Online Manufacturing Training Using 3D Animations and Videos

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We create highly life-like, online manufacturing training courses that include 3D-animated training videos to teach manufacturing employees to perform their jobs.

In some ways, these animated training videos are very similar to the kind of video you’d record with a video camera: the video you watch is a very life-like, realistic representation of the work environment and machines employees work with every day.

But we can do some things with these animated manufacturing training videos that you can’t do with “normal” videos from a video camera. For example, you can zoom in really close–to microscopic levels. You can zoom out very far, beyond what a camera can do. You can quickly change the viewing perspective from one part of the work area to the other. You can add highlights and arrows to point out important things. You can create “special views” that show the inside of a machine that would ordinarily not be visible. You can create images of things that would be too dangerous to film with a normal camera, perhaps because of dangerous machine motion.

All these special capabilities of using animation allow us to make online manufacturing training courses that do things other courses, even video-based courses, can’t do.

In short, our online manufacturing training courses can visualize all sorts of amazing things, as you can see below in this sample from some of our online manufacturing, maintenance, and industrial skills courses.

To demonstrate this more fully, and show you some more detailed examples and our general work process, we’ve explained each of the steps of a recent project in more detail below.

The demonstration below is pretty similar to how we create a lot of projects. In it, we were making a 3D model of a tissue manufacturing machine (for those not in the know, this is a paper manufacturing machine specially designed to create tissue used for paper towel and toilet paper).  (more…)

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How to Use Spaced Practice to Support Memory in Job Training

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The human brain is amazing. And so are the human abilities to learn new information and skills, remember them, and later retrieve and use them when it’s needed.

But if you’re involved in training and/or learning and development, you also know it’s not all that easy. And one of the big problems is that people tend to forget much of what they learned in training.

We’ve addressed some of the reasons why this happens earlier in our articles Why Don’t People Remember Their Training? and How People Learn (or Don’t). In this article, we’re going to continue looking at issues related at this general theme of forgetting and how to better support memory after training.

In particular, we’re going to focus our attention more specifically on the learning curve, the forgetting curve, and spaced practice. We think this will make you see more value in refresher training, for one thing. But we’ll include tips for using spaced practice at points of the learning and development cycle beyond just refresher training, too.

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Join Us at the Michigan Safety Conference in Novi, MI, April 11-12, 2017

Attention all Michiganders: we’ll be in the Mighty Mitten state April 11 and 12 for the Michigan Safety Conference.

Come to the show and swing by Booth 335 to see the best online health and safety training solutions out there, including health and safety online courses as well our as Enterprise LMS for health and safety training management. Solutions Specialist Brian Andrewjeski will be there to answer any questions you may have and demonstrate anything you may want to see.

As you may already know, the conference is in Novi, Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You can shoot us an email if you have any questions.

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Meet Us at the 75th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference and Exposition

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting and leading a presentation at the Wisconsin Safety and Health Conference and Exposition in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on April 10-12, 2017. The conference is at the Kalahari Resort in the Dells.

Come by booth 1711 and talk with Colby Matney and Scott Rise about our amazing safety and health eLearning courses and safety training management systems (LMSs). We’ve got some samples below of some of the things they’ll demonstrate at the show.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be leading a presentation at the show on Effective Safety Training. The presentation will be based on a lot of the elements discussed in the free Guide to Effective Safety Training that you can download from the bottom of this article.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You can shoot us an email if you have any questions.

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Read Our Article on Blended Safety Training in March Issue of ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’ve published another in a series of articles related to safety training in the March issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

The series of articles provides tips for better safety training, and takes as a starting point some key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on Effective Safety Training. In this particular article, we focused on how to use a “blended learning solution,” as Z490.1 recommends, to get the best safety training.

We encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for Effective Safety Training. Also, be aware that ANSI and ASSE are beginning the process of creating ANSI Z490.2, which will deal with online or “virtual” safety training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here.

Finally, we’ve got some safety-training-related freebies for you. To learn more about blended safety training, download our free Beginner’s Guide to Blended Learning by clicking the link you just past or download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training, which is based on Z490.1, by clicking the large download button at the bottom of this article.

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The 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo: Visit our Booth to See the Best Safety Training Anywhere

It must be conference season, because we’re headed out to a lot of shows lately.

To that point, if you’re in the Buckeye state of Ohio, or nearby, we hope you’ll be at the upcoming 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo in beautiful and hip Columbus, OH at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The dates, you ask? March 8-10.

If you do make it, swing on by and check out our award-winning safety training materials, including online safety/health/environmental training courses and our Convergence LMS for training administration.

Our very own Colby Matney and Brian Andrewjeski will be at Booth 833 waiting to help you.

Got any questions? Let us know. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you.

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See You at Oregon GOSH 2017–Portland, OR–Tuesday, March 7-Thursday, March 9

We’ll be attending the GOSH (Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health) conference, March 6-9, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, OR this year.

Stop by and say “hi” to Josh Swink in Booth 429. Josh will show you our eLearning courses for environmental, health, and safety training; our courses for mining safety training and MSHA compliance; and our Convergence LMS for managing and administering your safety training programs. You can also talk to Josh about custom safety training and our new mobile apps for safety training while you’re there.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be leading a presentation on Comparing Different Online Safety Training on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 am to noon. The presentation should help you if your company is looking to add an online safety training solution at work but you’re not sure how to start your search. Jeff will cover much of what he’s covered in a recent webinar on this topic–check our the blog page we have dedicated to that webinar for more information and related resources.
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ANSI Z490.2–Upcoming ANSI/ASSE National Standard on Accepted Practices for Virtual Training in OSH&E Management

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Are you familiar with ANSI Z490.1Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training–from our friends at ANSI and ASSE?

You may be on your own. Or perhaps you’ve read our series of articles about Z490.1, or even downloaded our free Effective Safety Training guide, which is in agreement with much of Z490.1.

Well, in addition to all your appreciation of Z490.1, I’m excited to bring some additional joy into your life. In the form of ANSI Z490.2. This is an upcoming standard on “virtual” EHS training.

How do I know about Z490.2, you ask? Good question! Because I was just accepted to work together with a lot of other folks to put the standard together. As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited to work on the standard and to help guide it toward completion.

We’re writing about this now for two reasons. First, as a head’s up that the standard is in the works. And second, to let you know we plan on writing an occasional article here at the Convergence Training blog updating you (when I can) on the status of the standard and maybe sharing some insights into how a national standard is created.

Because I literally just got accepted, and because the project is in the earliest phases, there’s not a ton to tell you right now. What I CAN say is I looked at the names of the participants and saw some folks I respect quite a good deal. So that’s a good sign.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions by using the comments section below. And we’ll keep you posted here at the blog.

Don’t forget to download the free guide below!

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Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to design, create, deliver, and evaluate effective EHS training by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.

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

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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