Revised OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Glossary


OSHA doesn’t have a full standard about combustible dusts. Maybe you knew that.

Instead, and as you may also know, there are a number of OSHA standards that address combustible dust hazards, controls, and safety.

One of those standards that includes information about combustible dusts is the Hazard Communication standard. And as you probably recall, OSHA updated the HazCom standard back in 2012 as part of the big GHS alignment.

But did you know that while OSHA has no specific standard about combustible dusts, they have had a “Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program” since 2008? And did you know that when the HazCom standard was updated in 2012, there was also a need to update the combustible dusts national emphasis program accordingly? And did you know that OSHA made that change on October 1, 2015?  (You can see the revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program here). It’s all true.

We’re not going to review the entire Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program in this blog post. However, we had earlier created an interactive glossary of terms defined in the National Emphasis Program, and so we decided to recreate that glossary using the terms that OSHA defines in their new, revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (2015).

And that’s what we’ve got for you here. You can view and read the glossary any time you want from right here on our blog, or you can download you own free copy and import it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS). If you want to go with that second option and download a free copy, plus read the additional explanation below to learn how that works and what you will get.

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Safety and Health Management Standards and Guidelines: ANSI Z10, OSHA’s New Guideline, ISO 45001, and More

 

Have you heard of ANSI Z10?

It’s a standard about Safety and Health Management created by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and ASSP. This is the first article in a series about ANSI Z10 and different safety management standards in general.

 

We hope you enjoy this introduction to safety management standards. Before you begin, feel free to download our free 10 Steps to Getting Started with Safety Management infographic and know we’ve got additional, even more comprehensive safety management resources waiting for you below.

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43.5 Signs You’ll Outgrow Your Learning Management System: LMSs and the Story of the Three Bears

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Most of you are probably familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Many learning & development professionals and corporate training managers have a similar experience when they’re trying to find the learning management system (LMS) that’s “just right” for their company. Some LMSs are too big and overwhelming. Some LMSs are too small and limiting. And some LMSs are just right for their company.

At Convergence Training, we’ve worked closely with our customers for more than 15 years to develop a “Momma Bear” LMS–an LMS that has all the features they need but not so many features that it becomes confusing, overwhelming, or too costly.

In this article, we’re going to look at some signs that an LMS is probably too small for your company. Or, if it’s not too small now, signs that it’s likely to become too small soon once you get into the swing of things.

Of course, every company’s needs are different, and what’s too small for one company may be too big for another and just right for a third. So the big takeaway from this article for you should be to begin considering what you want and need your LMS to do before you get one. To help with that, we’ve provided a free LMS guide at the bottom of this article.

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Tissue Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the tissue manufacturing industry?

If you are, you’re going to like what we’ve got for you here.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game that just so happens to be all about terms used in tissue manufacturing. How often do you run into that, right?

Use the game to test your own knowledge, or use it to quiz employees. You might find it especially useful if you’ve got some new hires with little previous tissue manufacturing experience. They may even thank you or tell you it was fun.

And don’t forget that you can project this on a screen and play it together as a group.

Have fun, let us know how you did, and check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games.

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Pulp Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the pulp (or pulp and paper) manufacturing industry?

If so, you’re gonna like what we’ve got for you here.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game. But it’s not about the kind of boring, unimportant stuff that TV game shows tend to fixate on. That’s right–it’s about pulp! A truly fascinating subject worthy of many fine games.

If you wish, you can use this game to quiz yourself. Or, you might want to use it as a quiz while you’re training employees. It might be especially helpful if you’re onboarding new hires with little or no experience in pulp manufacturing. They may even admit to having a little fun this with.

And remember that you can project this on a screen during a weekly team meeting as a fun way for the entire team to work and learn together.

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

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Chunking Safety Training Materials

chunking-safetyNot so long ago, we wrote an extended blog post that explained the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gave tips about how to do it.

In short, the need for chunking begins with the realization that human brains can “take in” only a limited amount of information at one time. As a result, trainers and instructional designers have learned it’s best to present information in a limited number of small, “bite-sized” pieces referred to as chunks.

You can click here to read the extended article on chunking and training.

Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to how chunking safety training can make the safety training at your workplace more effective, read on. We’ll give you all the basics and show you how we applied that information when creating our Arc Flash Safety course. You can then use those same tips when creating your own safety training.

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6 Adult Learning Principles You Should Use During Safety Training

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Before you read any further, let’s do a quick check.

Are you in safety/EHS and do your responsibilities include safety/EHS training?

If so, that’s a good sign that you’ll find this article relevant.

Next, take a moment to think about the people you provide safety/EHS training to. Are they adults?

If so, things are looking very promising for you and this article.

Because in this article, we’re going to take a look at something called adult learning principles and see how keeping them in mind when you design, develop, and deliver safety/EHS training can make your training more effective. Which of course means your training will create a healthier, safer work environment.

We’ll even give you some tips and examples of how to apply adult learning principles, and try to clear up some confusion about the multiple different lists of adult learning principles you’ll find if you do a Google search for the term.

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Onboarding New Manufacturing Workers with a Learning Management System (LMS)

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If you’re a manager at a manufacturing company, you know it’s important to deliver training to new hires as part of their new employee onboarding. And that’s also true if an experienced worker is moving to a new site, work area, or into a new role as well.

But you also probably know that onboarding new hires comes with a number of challenges. It’s hard to have time available every time a new worker is hired, and that doesn’t even account for having time every time someone moves from Site A to Site B, or from Production to Warehouse, or from Forklift Operator to Machine Tender.

Plus you’ve got to create, buy, or otherwise collect all the training materials. Not everyone has time to do that, especially create training and lead classroom training for new hires.

And of course you’ve got to actually KNOW that a new employee has been hired, or that someone has been transferred from the Tulsa site to your site in Wichita, or from Line One to Line Two. And let’s faced it–we may all like to say that communications where we work are perfect, and that we’re all informed of events like these, but I’m pretty sure you’d quickly agree that’s not always the case.

So, in a nutshell, there are lots of reasons why it’s difficult to provide onboarding training in a manufacturing environment.

That’s where an online system that includes a learning management system (LMS) can pay dividends. You can think of an LMS as an automated assistant that can coordinate all this stuff for you. Kind of a manufacturing onboarding auto-pilot system.

So if you’re in the market for an LMS, and want to be able to use it for onboarding new employees (plus your other training needs), we’ll give you an idea of some of the features you should be looking for.

NOTE: This article will focus on providing training as part of an onboarding process at a manufacturing company. For a fuller discussion of onboarding as a whole, please see our companion article Onboarding New Employees: Why and How to Do It, and for more on learning management systems for manufacturing, please see What to Look for in an LMS for Manufacturing.
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Free Surface Mining Equipment Glossary

We’ve been revamping our mining safety training elearning library, in case you didn’t know.

What does that mean? Well, we’ve added a BUNCH of new courses, for one thing. We’ve spruced up older titles, adding new information when relevant and improving our graphics in all cases (our 3D animation capabilities become more and more impressive every year).

And we’ve broken some of the courses up into shorter, more “bite-sized” learning activities to make them easier to watch and more effective learning experiences.

So all told, it’s a general improvement all the way around.

In this article, you can see some of the fruits of that labor. Plus you can check out an interactive glossary of terms related to equipment used in surface mining. And you can even download a free copy for yourself (read more details below about what you’d download and how to use it).

Win-win-win!
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Paper Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the paper manufacturing industry?

If so, you’re going to like what we’ve got for you in this blog post.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game. But unlike most of the word games our friends Vanna and Pat play on TV, this word game focuses on words commonly used in the paper manufacturing industry. Meaning, it’s relevant to you and your worklife!

You can use this word game just for fun to quiz yourself. Or, you may find it helpful as a bit of a quiz tool to employees you’re training. In particular, it could be very helpful when onboarding new hires with little or no experience in paper manufacturing. Heck, they might have a little fun themselves along the way.

And don’t be afraid to project this on a screen during a weekly team meeting as a way to get everyone involved, sharing, and learning.

Let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games, too.

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Training that Workers Will Remember: Six Sticky Tips

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Want some easy tips to follow to make training that sticks? To create training workers will remember and apply on the job? To help you attain the business goals you’re trying to reach?

Although inspired by Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point and written for a popular reading audience instead of exclusively for training professions, the book Made to Stick (more details about the book will come below, don’t worry) is a great source of information about current research into what makes things memorable and what causes people to act.

As trainers, we want to craft memorable training and we want training that workers will apply on the job. So you can see how the messages in this book will make your training better. It’s even a book you will notice a lot of training professionals referring to.

Interested in learning some of the tips from Made to Stick? If so, start by taking a little time to read the two selections below. As you read, ask yourself which you’re more likely to remember later–one or two days later, but even an hour or fifteen minutes later, too.

When you’re done we’ll cycle back and explain how this all relates to effective workforce training.

“A friend of a friend of ours is a frequent business traveler. Let’s call him Dave. Dave was recently in Atlantic City for an important meeting with clients. Afterward, he had some time to kill before his flight, so he went to a local bar for a drink.

He’d just finished one drink when an attractive woman approached and asked if she could buy him another. He was surprised but flattered. Sure, he said. The woman walked to the bar and brought back two more drinks-one for her and one for him. He thanked her and took a sip. And that was the last thing he remembered.

Rather, that was the last thing he remembered until he woke up, disoriented, lying in a hotel bathtub, his body submerged in ice.

He looked around frantically, trying to figure out where he was and how he got there. Then he spotted the note:

DON’T MOVE. DIAL 911.

A cellphone rested on a small table beside the bathtub. He picked it up and called 911, his fingers numb and clumsy from the ice. The operator seemed oddly familiar with his situation. She said, “Sir, I want you to reach behind you, slowly and carefully. Is there a tube protruding from your lower back?”

Anxious, he felt around behind him. Sure enough, there was a tube.

The operator said, “Sir, don’t panic, but one of your kidneys has been harvested. There’s a ring of organ thieves operating in this city, and they got to you. Paramedics are on their way. Don’t move until they arrive.” [Source: see note 1]

Now, the second:

“Comprehensive community building naturally lends itself to a return-on-investment rationale that can be modeled, drawing on existing practice,” it begins, going on to argue that “[a] factor constraining the flow of resources to CCIs is that funders must often resort to targeting or categorical requirements in grant making to ensure accountability.” [Source: see note 2]

OK, now that you’ve read them both, which are you more likely to remember? Why?

And how can you apply this to the training you create? Read on to learn how.

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Learning Management Systems (LMSs) for Online Safety Training

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Many companies are interested in adding an online component to their current safety/EHS training.

It makes sense. We already do so many things online, and we know that putting stuff online can make things easier, more efficient, less costly, more convenient, and more effective.

Why can’t the same be true with safety training? Well, it can be and it is, my friend.

Not only is it possible, by now we all probably have at least some familiarity with online safety training. Maybe you’ve seen and have been impressed by an online safety training course. Or maybe you’ve seen how online systems can keep track of and automate training assignments that workers must complete recurrently (such as every year for HazCom training). Or maybe you know how efficiently and effortlessly online training systems can create and store records of completed training and even auto-generate reports on that training and deliver them to your email inbox automatically.

So in this article, we’ll take a look at one tool you can use in an online safety training solution: the learning management system, or LMS. If you already know what an LMS is and how it relates to online safety training, you may learn some new stuff here. If you’re not aware of what an LMS is or how it’s related to online safety training, this may be really eye-opening and very welcome news.

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