Distracted Driving: Don’t Do It in Washington Or Anywhere Else!

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Distracted driving, including of course texting or holding a phone to talk while driving, is always a bad idea.

We here at Convergence Training wanted to call out the issue in particular for our customers who come out to visit us at our headquarters in Camas, WA. And that’s because the state of Washington recently passed a tough new distracted driving law that can lead to a hefty $136 penalty if you violate it.

According to the article from the Seattle Times linked above, here’s what’s illegal:

The law forbids handheld uses. Not just phone calls, but composing or reading any kind of message, social media post, photograph or data.

Drivers may not use handheld devices while at a stop sign or red-light signal.

All video watching is illegal, even in a dashboard or dash-mounted device.

But this hazard is a serious problem all over the nation, not just in Washington. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is suggesting a national “no call, no text, no update behind the wheel” ban on this kind of stuff.

Here’s what the NTSB has to say about handheld devices and distracted driving:

New connectivity has enabled new safety technologies. But it has also enabled new forms of distraction, leading to accidents and deaths, even in the most strictly regulated transportation enterprises. Since 2003, the NTSB has found PED distraction as a cause or contributing factor in 11 accident investigations. Those crashes resulted in 259 people injured and 50 people killed. And the NTSB does not investigate the majority of highway crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports hundreds of such deaths on our highways in 2012 alone. According to NHTSA, drivers engaging in visual-manual tasks, such as dialing or texting, triple their risk of a crash.

So put the phone down and pay attention to the road and the cars and people around you. You’ll be happy you did, and we promise–there’s nothing all that important going on in your phone.

Our Alert Driving Online Training course covers the dangers associated with using hand-held devices while driving plus a lot more. For example, check out the video sample below, which covers the 2-second rule for keeping enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

And hey, if you’re having trouble putting down your phone while driving, you might want to review this article on cell phone addiction.

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What Is Safety Differently? An Interview with Ron Gantt

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If you’ve been paying attention to the safety and health world lately, you may know about “Safety Differently.”

For example, there’s a safety differently website devoted to the topic. In addition, the plenary topic at the recent ASSE Safety 2017 conference contrasted behavior-based safety with human and organizational performance (HOP), which has a lot in common with Safety Differently. This was probably the most discussed session at the ASSE conference that year. And, the May 2017 issue of the ASSE’s Professional Safety magazine featured an in-depth, peer-reviewed article about Safety Differently by Ron Gantt, and that article created a storm of back-and-forth letters to the editor and writer in the later June, 2017 issue.

In this article, we’re interviewing Mr. Gantt to learn more about Safety Differently. So let’s leave the introduction and get right to our interview with Ron Gantt about Safety Differently, below.

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Tips for Beating the Training Forgetting Curve

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In a recent article, we introduced you to the well-documented forgetting curve in training and explained that something called spaced practice can help reduce or even eliminate the forgetting curve.

In this article, we’re going to give you a few more tips for how to design training that combats the forgetting curve and creates memorable training that employees will not only understand during the training, but that they’ll also remember after the training and put to use on the job.

Sounds like good stuff to know, no?

Let’s get started, then.

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Come See Us at the Tennessee Safety & Health Conference, July 30-August 2, Nashville, TN

We’ll be at the Tennessee Safety & Health Conference in hip and beautiful Nashville, TN, Sunday July 30 to Wednesday, August 2. And we’d love to meet you!

Come on over to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and check out our award-winning, innovative safety and health training solutions in Booth 409. Here’s just a little of what we’ll be able to show you:

Come on by and see why we just won the ISHN Reader’s Choice Award for Best Safety Training and see how we can help with your safety program at work.

Check out our short highlight video while you’re here!

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7 Basic Tools of Quality

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Quality control experts lean heavily on the so-called “7 Basic Tools of Quality” to fine-tune processes as part of an overall quality assurance effort.

These basic QA tools are often associated with Karou Ishikawa, a Japanese thinker who’s credited as a heavyweight in quality management and who is especially known for the development of the quality circle and Ishikawa, or fishbone, diagram, which is itself one of the 7 basic tools we’ll talk about in this article.

And as is often the case in quality issues, you can also detect the influence of W. Edwards Deming on the 7 basic tools.

The 7 tools are graphing techniques that people commonly use for quality control troubleshooting purposes.

So let’s start learning about these very useful techniques for quality control.

Quick note: You can download a free 7 Basic Tools of Quality Guide at the bottom of this article.

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Manufacturing Safety Training Tips: How to Get It Right

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Looking for some manufacturing safety training tips? If so, that makes sense. There’s a lot to be said in favor of working in manufacturing, but it does pose a set of hazards to the workers.

However, safety managers and other safety professionals work tirelessly to create safer, healthier workplaces for manufacturing employees (and of course, in a good safety culture, they’re working hand-in-hand with the employees themselves), and part of that involves safety training for the manufacturing workforce.

In this article, we’re going to walk you through some key aspects of safety and safety training in manufacturing facilities, and give you tips to help create a safer, healthier workplace.

Before we begin, though, know that you can download a free guide to Effective Safety Training by clicking the download button at the end of this article, or just download any of the free guides and/or watch any of the free webinars listed below.

And with all that said, and with those free resources made available, let’s get to listing some manufacturing safety training tips.

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Delivering Safety Training: Read Our Tips in ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine’s July Issue

We’ve got another in a series of articles related to safety training in the July 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 EHS training. This article focuses on delivering effective EHS training (as opposed to designing it, or developing it, etc.).

We encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for environmental, health, and 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” EHS training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here, here, and here.

To download our free guide to effective EHS training, based on ANSI Z490.1, scroll down to the bottom of this article.

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Paper Manufacturing Safety Tips: Hazards, Controls, and Safe Work Practices

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If you’re a paper manufacturer, we probably don’t need to tell you that (1) paper manufacturing comes with its own unique set of hazards, (2)  controlling those hazards and keeping employees safe on the job is important and worthwhile, and (3)  not only is creating a safe workplace the right thing to do, it pays off in terms of better operational efficiency and higher revenues too. So you may be looking for some paper manufacturing safety tips.

We partner with many paper manufacturers to make online paper manufacturing training videos, both custom and off-the-shelf. And all our customers see the value in online paper manufacturing safety training courses as well.

In the article below, we give a few tips about safety issues when working around a paper machine. The images are taken from our Paper Machine General Safety online course. We’ve included a sample video of that course immediately below, and throughout the article, you’ll see other sample videos from other related courses.

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ANSI Z490.2–Another Update on National Standard for Virtual Occupational Safety, Health, and Environmental Training

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As you may remember, I’m part of a group of people helping to create the upcoming ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard on “virtual occupational safety, health, and environmental training” and I’ve been writing periodic blog articles with updates on the status and little behind-the-scenes views of how a standard is created.

I wrote an earlier article that explains Z490.2 is in creation and that explains some base-level details, such as what is its relation to Z490.1, and a second article as we began working on Z490.2.

In this article, we’ll tell you of the most recent developments, which came about as a result of a phone conference the group members had to discuss the new safety training standard.

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Wire Rope: Lay, Classification, and Construction

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Working safely with wire rope, for rigging and other purposes, requires an understanding of some of the characteristics of wire rope. Characteristics you should understand include lay, classification, and construction. We’ll explain each in this article.

For even more information about wire rope, please see our wire rope online training video and wire rope safety online training video courses.

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MSHA Part 46 Training Certification Process

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Let’s start by clearing up a source of confusion: there is no MSHA Part 46 certification process. We know people search the Internet for this a lot because tools on Google says it’s true, and we know that a lot of people call our offices asking question about MSHA Part 46 certification. So begin by putting that question aside.

However, there really is something called MSHA Part 46. Employees working at surface mines have to be provided and must complete mining safety training that aligns with Part 46 requirements. And mine owners must provide training mining safety training to their employees as well as complete other compliance requirements, including documentation of their Part 46 training. So, that’s what we’re going to tell you about in this article.

To set the scene, MSHA is the Mine Safety and Health Administration. It’s the mining equivalent of OSHA. And MSHA’s 30 CFR Part 46 are MSHA’s regulations for safety training provided to miners and other employees at surface mines.

We describe what a surface mine  and surface mining are here and what MSHA Part 46 is here.

And with those starters covered, let’s learn more about MSHA Part 46.

We’ve got a free Guide to MSHA Training Requirements that you can download at the bottom of this article, too. 

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Visuals for Better Paper Manufacturing Training

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Pulp and paper manufacturing is a competitive business (that’s true of tissue and corrugated board as well). You’ve got to be an expert in many things–operations excellence, health and safety, environmental regulations, training, and more.

That’s true no matter where in the world you’re doing business.

In addition, American pulp and paper manufacturers have one arguable competitive disadvantage: they have to pay their workers more than workers in many other nations are paid. As a result, it’s important to provide the best possible training to this pulp and paper manufacturing workforce so they will have advanced skills that allow them to create a product, including value-added products, with more efficiency.

That’s where we come in. We’re experts in pulp and paper training and we’ve been doing it for more than 15 years.

With our training, you can onboard new hires more rapidly, efficiently, and effectively than you can otherwise. And that’s going to matter as the experienced Baby Boomers at your company are retiring and they’re being replaced by intelligent, capable, even college-educated millennials who have a lot to offer but don’t have a lot of relevant job experience.

Our training will help you cross-train workers so they know how to perform multiple different jobs. This will ease succession planning but will also spark motivation, creativity, and innovation from your workers.

It will, as a customer of ours who’s a training lead at a major American paper products manufacturing company has said to me, “turn your machine operators into machine engineers.”

In this article, we’re going to demonstrate a few visual design techniques that make our paper manufacturing training materials so compelling, engaging, and effective. This is actually the second of a two-article series looking at how to design visuals for effective paper manufacturing training. You may also want to check our earlier article, Better Paper Manufacturing Training Through Visual Learning.

Feel free to watch the short sample video, which shows some highlights of our online job training courses, before you begin. You’ll see we make online training materials for pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated board manufacturing, but also for things like environment, health, and safety; HR and soft skills; general manufacturing; and more.

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