5 OSHA Compliance Considerations for All General Industry Employers

osha general industry compliance requirements imageThis is the third and last article in a three-article series looking at OSHA compliance requirements for general industry employers.

In the first article, we looked at six compliance requirements that apply for most general industry employers.

In the second article, we looked at an additional nine compliance requirements that may also apply to those employers.

And in this third article, we’re going to kind of “mop up” and provide a series of five additional compliance considerations that all general industry employers should keep in mind.

The information in these articles is coming from OSHA’s handy online Compliance Assistance “Quick Start” Guide for General Industry. If you’re not familiar with it, we definitely encourage you to check it out.

And finally, you may want to download our free Guide to OSHA General Industry Compliance.

And with that, let’s continue and wrap up our series.

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Best Practices for Management Leadership in an OHSMS

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In this article, we’re going to look at some best practices for management leadership in your workplace occupational health and safety management system, or OHSMS.

This is one of a series of articles discussing health and safety management systems. If you’ve missed the other articles in this series, we’ve got a list of them plus links at the bottom.

The entire series of articles is based on information from ANSI Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. As we’ve said in the earlier articles, we highly recommend that you buy a copy of the Z10 standard for yourself. There’s a ton of useful information in it, including a large collection of helpful appendices at the end. It never hurts to take some guidance and get some helpful resources from the experts at ANSI and ASSE. The cost is $105.

With the scene now set, let’s get on to the focus of this article: management leadership in your health and safety management system.

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9 More OSHA Compliance Requirements For General Industry

OSHA General Industry Compliance Considerations ImageThis is the second of a three-article series looking at OSHA compliance requirements for general industry employers.

In our first article, we looked at six compliance requirements that OSHA believes apply to most general industry employers. In this article, we’ll look at an additional nine compliance requirements that OSHA believes may apply at general industry employers in addition to the five identified in the earlier article. And in the third (and final article), we draw your attention to five additional general industry compliance considerations that OSHA notes.

If you’re wondering how we know what OSHA thinks about this, it’s because they were nice enough to lay it all out in their handy online Compliance Assistance “Quick Start” Guide for General Industry. If you haven’t do so yet, write a note to yourself to check that Quick Start out soon.

And know that we’ve also prepared a free Guide to OSHA General Industry Compliance for you, too.

But for now, enjoy our overview below.

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Writing True/False, Matching, Drag and Drop, and Short-Answer Questions for Workforce Training Tests

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Recently we’ve written a series of articles about writing effective test questions for workforce training assessment.

We hope you’ve found the series interesting and helpful. And yep, you guessed it–we mentioned that because this article is another addition to the series on testing and assessment.

In this article, we’ll give you a few general tips for writing specific types of questions. We already covered multiple-choice questions, an online workforce assessment workhorse, in a different article, so we won’t address that here. In this article, we’ll consider true/false questions, matching and/or drag and drop questions, and short-answer and/or fill-in-the-blank questions.

If you missed any of the earlier article in the series, we’ve already covered:

Keep your eye on the blog for a future post on creating assessments that evaluate how well employees perform specific job tasks and/or demonstrate job skills. That’s still on the agenda.

And let us know if we’ve missed something you’d like us to write about.
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6 OSHA Compliance Requirements Most General Industry Companies Face

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The other day, I was working with a customer who had just partnered with Convergence to begin improving her company’s current safety training program.

She’s a busy professional who wears many hats at work and has many responsibilities. One of them is to be sure the appropriate safety training is delivered to the workers at her company.

But she’s not a safety professional, and was a little confused about where to start and how to know what’s necessary. So we spent a little time with her, working things out, and while we did that, we passed some resources along to her.

One of them was an online guide from OSHA that we’ve found handy in the past:  their Compliance Assistance “Quick Start” Guide for General Industry. Have you seen it? If you haven’t, write a note to yourself to check it out soon. Just check it out at that link above.

To make that even easier, we have written a series of three blog posts that walk you through the OSHA Compliance Assistance Quick Start. We broke them down like this;

  1. Six compliance requirements that apply at MOST all companies (that’s THIS article)
  2. Nine additional compliance requirements that MAY apply at your company
  3. Five final compliance considerations to keep in mind and that apply at MOST OR ALL companies

Because this is the first of those three blog posts, we’re going to cover compliance requirements that apply at most companies. Remember that we’re discussing compliance for general industry right now. OSHA does have separate guides for construction industry compliance and health care compliance as well, so check those out if they fit your needs.

And know that we’ve also created a free Guide to OSHA General Industry Compliance for you based on all these materials as well.

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Combustible Dusts: 2016 OSHA Rulemaking Update and Informational Resources

Chances are you know that OSHA has been talking about creating and enforcing a Combustible Dust Standard for some time now. That’s been going on since 2009, actually, so the process isn’t a great barn-burner.

We last wrote about it in 2013, and there hasn’t been a lot to update since then.

However, we noticed that combustible dust appears on the 2016 OSHA Unified Agenda again, so we thought we’d draw that to your attention, let you know what OSHA’s up to this year, and use it as an opportunity to share some resources on combustible dusts you may not have.

And so, we’ve published this list for you (with help from the good people at OSHA). It’s a veritable combustible-dust storm of information. We hope it helps out.

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Comic Books and eLearning: Lessons from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”

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In an earlier blog post, we took a quick introductory look at some connections between comic books and eLearning.

And in that article, we promised to follow up with a second article that focuses on the classic book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. And we also promised that the second article would focus on some lessons from comic book design that we can apply to the design of eLearning other forms of learning.

This, my friend, is that second article.

Before we get going, let’s take a stop at the “credit where credit is due” department.  Scott McCloud’s book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art is a classic and is GREAT. If you’ve read it, you can vouch for me. Or maybe you’ve just heard of it and know it’s very well regarded.

If you haven’t heard of the book or read it yet, I highly recommend it. If you read it, you’ll learn a lot on a wide variety of topics. And even better, it’s written in the form of a comic book, so you’ll have a lot of fun while you’re reading, too.

But even though I suggest you check the book out and promise you’ll like it, you won’t have to read the book to begin drawing some lessons from it. Because that’s the whole point of this article. And of the comments section at the bottom, too–please share all your own ideas.

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Comic Books and eLearning: Examples and Resources

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Comic books, the movies that they spawned, and graphic novels are a massive part of the American cultural scene these days.

For example, adults now freely admit to reading comic books. It’s no longer a dirty secret people hide. Do you read them? I do, and have since I was a kid.

We’ve seen serious books written about comics and the history of comics, including The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic Book Scare and How it Changed America and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Heck, you can even take university classes on comic books–check out the courses offered by the Department of Comic Studies at University of Oregon as an example.

Graphic novels have come from nowhere to be very well respected. And deservedly so–a few of my favorites are Maus, Fun Home, and Persepolis. What are yours?

At the cinema, it’s sometimes difficult to see a movie that’s not based on a comic book character. That’s not necessarily a great thing (witness:  Suicide Squad), but it does underline the fact that there’s a lot of interest in the characters and stories from comic books. The same with TV–how many shows on Netflix come from comic books?

And all this popularity isn’t without good reason. Sure, some of it is because with today’s CGI, it’s easier to make a more convincing superhero movie. But that’s not the whole story. Comic books and graphic novels are great ways to tell a story, and in particular, they are great ways to communicate visually.

Given all that, we’re going to give some thought to connections between comic books and eLearning courses in this article. That’s partly because a big part of an eLearning course relies on visual communication, and because visual communication is an especially effective way to learn.

This is the first of two articles about comic books and eLearning. In this article, we’ll give a general introduction to the idea and some connections. And in the next article, we’ll take a “deep-dive” view at the classic book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud, and we’ll see what lessons from that book we can apply to eLearning design and learning in general. In addition, yet another article takes a look at scenario-based learning, including some examples by the GREAT Anna Sabramowicz and Cathy Moore that are influenced by comic book design and storytelling.

If you want to zip ahead to the links of resources related to eLearning and comic books, they’re closer to the end of this article. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with relaxing and reading the whole thing.

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Safety and Health Management Systems and Programs: Comparing ANSI Z10 to OSHA’s Upcoming Safety and Health Management “Program” Guidelines

 

This is the second article in a longer series of articles looking at Safety and Health Management in general and at ANSI Z10, the American national standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, in particular.

If you want to start with the first article, which serves as an introduction to the various standards and guidelines for occupational health and safety management, click that link you just read past.

But if you just want to dive into this article mid-stream, that’s fine too. We’re trying to present each article in the series as a logical, “bite-sized” bit of information that stands alone.

And so this article is going to look at an interesting distinction: the difference between management “systems,” such as the health and safety management system model detailed in ANSI Z10 (as well as similar guidelines for creating management systems in the upcoming ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management System standard, the ISO 9000 Quality Management System standard, and the ISO 14000 Environmental Management System standard), with OSHA’s guideline for an occupational health and safety “program.”

Or, to put that in fewer words, we’re going to look at the issue of management “systems” as opposed to management “programs” in the context of occupational health and safety.

Of course, we acknowledge that the OSHA Safety and Health Management Program Guideline is not yet in final form. So it may look different when it’s final. But we’ll compare what we can compare today, and in doing so we’ll get an interesting look at the distinction between “systems” and “programs.”

(NOTE: Since we first wrote this blog post, OSHA has released their revised safety and health management program guidelines in final form. Click here to read OSHA’s Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs and/or download it as a PDF.)

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Free Safety Checklists

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From time to time, we make free safety checklists that you can use for safety training or audit purposes.  And we put them on our blog for you to download. What’s not to like about that?

But now we’ve gone one step better. We’ve created this single page so you can find all the free checklists on our blog in one handy spot. Just click any of the links below to find the checklists listed.

When we create new checklists in the future, each checklist will have its own individual article, plus we’ll try to be good and come back to this article and include a link here as well. So keep your eyes here on the Convergence Training blog and look for more of these free safety and operations checklists.

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Corrugated Board Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the corrugated board industry?

We think the chances are high that you are. First, because you’re reading a blog article about a corrugated board word game. And second, because a lot of people have been coming to the Convergence Training website all excited about the multimedia training courses for corrugated board manufacturing that we have available.

So if we’re right, and you ARE in corrugated board, we’re confident you’re going to like this article.

And that’s because we’ve got a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game here for you. And–wait for it–it’s all about corrugated board and terms from the corrugated board industry. What more could you want!

The game is fun to play just to quiz yourself, or you can use it to quiz employees. It might be especially helpful for new hires with no previous experience in the corrugated board industry. They might thank you for the opportunity to review some key terms. Hey, they might even enjoy themselves a touch.

And don’t forget you can project this game on a screen or wall and play together as a team, maybe during one of your regularly scheduled weekly meetings.

Have fun and let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games.

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Lean Manufacturing Word Game

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Curious about lean manufacturing (often called just “lean” for short)? Or maybe just in the mood to test your knowledge of lean manufacturing with a fun interactive word game? Either way, you’ve come to a good spot.

Lean is a philosophy a methodology with roots based in Training Within Industry (TWI), Japanese manufacturing, and the Toyota Production System (TPS).

A lot of our customers have an interest in lean manufacturing (with this more specific meaning). In fact, not that long ago we ran a popular post about how to introduce your workers to lean manufacturing.

This is meant as a quick (and fun) introduction to some terms in lean. Please use the comments section at the bottom if there are other terms you think we should add. You might also want to check our online courses for lean manufacturing training.

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