New ANSI Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) Goes Into Effect March 1, 2020

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There were some delays, as their often are with new standards, but the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has created three new standards for mobile elevating work platforms, or MEWPs, that go into effect March 1, 2020. If the phrase mobile elevating work platforms and the acronym MEWP don’t ring a bell, it’s what you might think of as an aerial work platform.

The new standards are A92.20, Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); A92.22, Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); and A92.24, Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). You can get copies of the new standards from the ACS A92 Secretariat’s webpage.

To keep you up-to-date, safe, and compliant, we’ve accordingly created two new MEWP-related online courses for our Working at Heights training library:

Get yourself a copy of those new standards and read on below to learn more about the new MEWP standards and see some samples from our new MEWP safety online courses.

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Implementing Continuous Improvement Efforts at Work

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Every business wants to improve–or should want to. And although there are many different ways for companies to get better, there IS a nice, existing continuous improvement toolbox that businesses can use from the first steps all the way to the maturity of their continuous improvement journey.

In this article, we’ll profile some of the standard continuous improvement techniques, with a focus on those that organizations should implement first, and we’ll toss in a few other ideas related to learning theory and organizational learning that you might not find in other resources dedicated to continuous improvement methodologies.

We hope you find this article helpful and that it moves you forward on your own continuous improvement adventure. And we invite you to touch base with us to ask any questions you may have on the topic.

Finally, because the P-D-C-A cycle is one of standard and proven tools used for continuous improvement in workplaces throughout the world, we’ve created a free P-D-C-A Cycle infographic that you can download for free.

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Creating a Blended Learning Solution Using Online Safety Training

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It’s a good idea to use online safety training as part of an overall blended safety training solution. That’s because study after study shows that blended learning solutions outperform those that rely on simply one training method (such as simply instructor-led or simply elearning).  And it’s also because a recent OSHA letter of interpretation made it clear OSHA won’t accept safety training that involves nothing other than online training.

As a result, we thought we’d write this blog article to give you some tips for creating blended learning safety training solutions.

Hope you find this helpful and let us know if you have any questions.

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What Is Facilities Maintenance?

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We provide a lot of training materials for maintenance technicians, and as a result we wanted to write some articles introducing people to different types of maintenance, including facilities maintenance, the subject of this article.

In other recent article, we introduced you to mechanical maintenance and electrical maintenance. Check those out too if they strike your fancy.

And in a second (upcoming ) series of maintenance-related articles, we’ll introduce you to 5 maintenance strategies, including reactive/corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and conditions-based maintenance. So stay tuned for all that.

To learn more about this, please read the article below and do be sure to let us know if you questions or need assistance with your maintenance and facilities maintenance training needs.
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7 Things to Look for in Online Safety Training

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If you’re thinking of adding online safety training to your current safety training programs at work, it helps to get some tips about what to look for. We’ve  written a lengthy blog article on How to Select Online Safety Training Solutions for you, and we even have an Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist you can download for free.

In this article, though, we’re going to give you a few things to look for in your online safety training solution. We hope this helps and we invite you to drop us a line and ask us any questions you may have.

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Safety Metrics & Indicators Reconsidered

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The safety world is doing a lot of talk about safety measurement and safety metrics lately. There’s a widespread belief that the reliance on lagging indicators for safety measurement (most especially incident rates) isn’t beneficial. And there’s also a widespread belief that we should be using more leading indicators, even if it’s not always clear which leading indicators to use.

Plus, there are interesting discussions about quantitative v. qualitative indicators as well as controversies about things that can’t be measured at all.

We sat down with Pam Walaski, whose recently been studying up and revising her own beliefs on safety measurement, to get a nicely nuanced introduction and some guidance on moving forward when it comes to safety measurement (notice in particular her suggestion to use both lagging and leading indicators but also her different spin on what lagging and leading indicators are, which ones to use, how they should be related to one another, and how they should tie-in to business goals).

Feel free to watch the video below to begin soaking it in. If you’re the type who’d rather read, we’ve included the transcript of the discussion below the video.

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Benefits of Preventive Maintenance

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Maintenance can be a major effort at a company, and maintenance costs can chew up a lot of dollars.

And I’m probably telling you nothing new when I say that when maintenance isn’t done, and something breaks, the cost of downtime can be even more significant.

One way to spend less on maintenance in general, and to lose less on maintenance-related downtime, is to practice a preventive maintenance approach.

In this article, we offer a Q&A on some basic topics related to maintenance and preventive maintenance. To learn more about this, please read the article below, and do let us know if you have any additional questions or if you need any help with your maintenance training needs at work.

Before you begin, you might want to check this short sample from our online Equipment Maintenance and Reliability training course.

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OSHA’s July, 2019 Letter of Interpretation on Online Safety Training

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This past year, OSHA issued a letter of interpretation (LI) about using online safety training (read the OSHA LOI here).

The 2019 letter of interpretation didn’t change OSHA’s basic take on using online safety training at work: as OSHA had already made clear in a 1994 letter of interpretation, it IS fine to use online safety training. We discussed that in our earlier blog post, What Does OSHA Say about Online Safety and Health Training?

But this more recent LI from OSHA does give some additional guidance on how to use online safety training. We’ll explain for you what OSHA had to say about that below.

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What Is Electrical Maintenance?

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We provide a lot of training materials for maintenance technicians, and as a result we wanted to write some articles introducing people to different types of maintenance, including electrical maintenance, the subject of this article.

In other recent articles, we introduced you to mechanical maintenance and facilities maintenance.

And in a second (upcoming ) series of maintenance-related articles, we’ll introduce you to 5 maintenance strategies, including reactive/corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and conditions-based maintenance. So stay tuned for all that.

To learn more about this, please read the article below. And do let us know if you have more questions or if you need assistance with your industrial maintenance or facilities maintenance training needs.  (more…)

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Tips for Selecting Online Safety Training: Finding the Best Fit for Your Company’s Needs

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In this article we’ll explain to you what online safety training is, taking a particular look at online safety training courses and LMSs; we’ll discuss some benefits of online safety training from the perspective of the organization and also the employees; we’ll look at OSHA safety training requirements and opinions on online safety training as well as ASSP standards for safety training; we’ll show you the benefits of blended learning for online safety training; and we’ll give you some key criteria for selecting online safety training courses, LMSs, and providers.

Hope you enjoy it and let us know if you’ve got some questions!

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LMS Basics: Can You Import eLearning Courses from One Provider Into an LMS by Another Provider

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In this installment of our ongoing LMS Basics series, we’re going to address a common question we get from customers: can you take elearning courses from one training provider (training provider ABC, let’s say) and import them into a learning management system (LMS) created by a different training provider (training provider XYZ, let’s say).

The short answer is yes, you can. There are a few additional wrinkles, though, that are worth knowing about. Read on to learn more about those.

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What Is Mechanical Maintenance?

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We provide a lot of training materials for maintenance technicians, and as a result we wanted to write some articles introducing people to different types of maintenance, including mechanical maintenance, the subject of this article.

In other articles, we introduce you to electrical maintenance and facilities maintenance.

And in a second series of maintenance-related articles, we’ll introduce you to 5 maintenance strategies, including reactive/corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and conditions-based maintenance.

To learn more about this, please read the article below and be sure to let us know if you have more questions or if we can be of assistance helping you put together a maintenance training program at your workplace.

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