OSHA Basics: What Are a Worker’s Rights According to OSHA?

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Ever wonder what rights OSHA guarantees to an American worker? It may not be something you think about every day–although in at least one case related to safety, perhaps you should. And in other cases, even if some of the rights are not things you need to think about daily or exercise daily, they’re good to know about and one day you may need to exercise them.

This article is part of our series called OSHA Basics. This article series intends to help explain basic, fundamental issues related to OSHA. If you’re new to OSHA or occupational safety and health, these articles may be a real bonus to you. You may even find one or two of use even if you’re a safety pro.

See the list and links at the bottom of this article for a list of our OSHA Basics articles.

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8 Ways a Learning Management System (LMS) Serves as a Risk Management Tool

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Risk management is an important tool in many different fields: finance, safety, and more.

Risk management is also central to your workplace learning and development efforts, even if you don’t think of workforce learning in that way. But stop and think of all the different risks you’d face if it wasn’t for your workforce learning programs. You might not be able to recruit as many good new employees without one and you might not keep the ones you do recruit as long. New employees would struggle to understand their jobs and it would be harder to teach them new job roles and skills in their career path. You might quickly run afoul of compliance challenges, and without an emphasis on learning, your company might drift into inefficiency, irrelevance, and ultimately out of existence.

One tool your learning program can use to reduce these risks is a learning management system, or LMS. We’ll discuss a few of the ways an LMS can help your organization reduce risk exposure in this article.

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Client Testimonial Video: Ring Power & Amanda Anders

We’ve recently enjoyed working with Ring Power, a Caterpillar dealer and the largest provider of construction equipment, generators, air compressors, cranes, and forklifts in the Southeastern US, and with Amanda Anders and others of Ring Power as they implemented our learning management system, online job training courses, and more to help supercharge their employee learning and development program.

See what Amanda has to say about working with us in the video below. You can also check out more in our Client Testimonial video clip and our Client Testimonial web page.

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What Is Reliability & Maintainability?

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We’ve recently partnered with our friends at the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) Reliability & Maintainability Center to offer reliability & training opportunities in both instructor-led and online formats (more about that below).

As a result, we’ll be writing a series of articles to introduce you to some key concepts in reliability and maintainability.

This is the first article in the series, and we’re going to keep it basic and foundational by giving a quick and easy definition of reliability and maintainability.

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Client Testimonial Video: Custom Truck One Source & Don Pratt

We have been excited to get the chance to work together with Custom Truck One Source (and Don Pratt) to improve their employee training and learning and development programs. And we’re glad it’s going so well! 🙂

See what a customer has to say about working with us in the video below. You can also check out more in our Client Testimonial video clip and our Client Testimonial web page.

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Compliance and Risk Approaches to Occupational Safety and Health

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What should you focus your safety management program on? Should your focus be on complying with requirements from safety and health regulators such as OSHA and/or MSHA? Or should you consider a risk-based safety approach, such as the approach sketched out in the ANSI/ASSP Z690 Risk Management standard?

We’ll give some thoughts about this below and provide some resources to help with next steps. And we invite you use the comments section to share your own thoughts and experiences as well.

We’ve included a free guide to risk-based approaches to occupational safety and health at the bottom of this article for you too–thought you’d want to know 🙂

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: What is an Action Level (AL)?

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A key concept in industrial hygiene, and an important OSHA safeguard for workers, is the idea of an action level, which is often abbreviated as AL.

In this article, we’ll explain what an OSHA action level is and tell you where you can find more information about action levels.

This is another article in our ongoing series we call Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics. For more articles on IH topics, just scroll down to the set of links at the bottom of this article.

And read on to learn more about action levels.

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What Are the ANSI/ASSP Z690 Risk Management Standards?

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The ANSI/ASSP Z690 Risk Management Standards are the US national standards for applying risk management for occupational safety and health.

They are the US adoption of the ISO 31000 Risk Management Standards, in case you wondered.

If you’d like to learn more, continue reading, because we’re going to give a 100-level introduction to the Z690 standards as part of a longer series of articles explaining Z690 and discussing the use of risk management for occupational safety and health.

And by the way, we’ve included a free guide to using risk-based approaches for occupational safety and health management at the bottom of this article.

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What Is the ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard?

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The ANSI/ASQ 9001: 2015 Quality Management Systems Standard is the US national standard for Quality Management Systems (QMS).

It is an identical adoption of the ISO 9001 standard for Quality Management Systems.

If you’d like to learn more, read on. Also, know that we’ve got a nice (and free!) 7 Basic Tools of Quality download for you at the bottom of this article, as well as the following other Quality-related downloads for you: Deming’s 14 Management Points Guide, DMAIC Infographic, and PDCA Cycle infographic.

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Mining Safety Training and Hazard Identification: An Interview with NIOSH Mining

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Hazard identification is important at any work site with hazards. And so that’s true in the world of mining as well, obviously.

But are people born with an expert-ability to identify hazards? They are not. And so it makes sense to provide training to help people learn to spot hazards on the job.

Which brings us to the next obvious question: how do you teach people to identify hazards? It may seem simple and easy at first, but give it a little thought and you’ll probably agree it’s not such an obvious question.

We’re going to look at that issue in a little more detail in a future article, but for now we want to focus on one part of the training you can give to teach people to recognize hazards: let them practice identifying hazards in a realistic simulated environment.

In this interview, Brianna Eiter of NIOSH Mining explains their new EXAMiner hazard identification computer-based training tool to provide practice identifying hazards. And while it’s designed to help with hazard identification in a mining environment, one cool feature of EXAMiner is that you can easily customize it to match your own workplace and the hazards there–so it can be used in an industry and for any work area.

So let’s start learning from Brianna about this cool new training tool for hazard identification. We’ve got the video of the conversation immediately below. If you’d prefer to read, we also typed up the transcript, so just click the MORE button and start reading if you like it that way.

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Deming’s 14 Points: The Roots of Total Quality Management (TQM)

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W. Edwards Deming first listed his 14 points for management in his book Out of the Crisis, and they ultimately went on to have a significant influence on Total Quality Management, or TQM.

We’ve created a free downloadable guide for you that lists and explains each of the fourteen points. We even left some space alongside each point so you can write your own notes.

Download the Deming’s 14 Points guide now and keep your eyes open for more similar freebies from us (such as this PDCA Cycle infographic, this DMAIC infographic, and this 7 Tools of Quality guide).

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Free Download–Deming’s 14 Management Points Guide

Download this free guide to the 14 points of management proposed by the famous Quality guru W. Edwards Deming.

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7 Tools of Quality: Free Guide

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The Seven Basic Tools of Quality are powerful tools for quality assurance issues.

Our free downloadable guide below explains each and how to use them.

Download the guide now and stay tuned for similar offerings from your friends at Convergence Training (such as this PDCA Cycle infographic, this DMAIC infographic, and this Deming’s 14 Management Points guide).

You can also read more here about the 7 tools of quality.

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Free 7 Tools of Quality Guide Download

Get this free guide to the 7 Basic Tools of Quality, widely used in quality assurance (QA) and other continuous improvement processes.

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