Machine Guarding Information: OSHA Citation Data, Free Online Word Game, Free Checklist, FAQs & More

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As you probably know, OSHA publishes a list list of the ten most commonly cited standard violations every year. Here’s OSHA’s Top Ten Citations List for 2016. Machine Guarding, 1910.212, is #8 on the list for 2016, and so we’ve got some online machine guarding training resources for you in this article–plus more.

In many or most years, it’s the same standards on the list time and time again (the Machine Guarding standard is one of those that appears year after year). And as a result, we’ve pulled together a series of blogs to help you train your workers about each of the ten most cited standards. This blog is part of that series, and so we’ve got a bunch of materials to help with machine guarding. We’ve got a sample of our own online machine guarding training plus much, much more for you.

Let us know if you’ve got some other resources you’d suggest. The comments field awaits.

Before you dig into the information about machine guarding below, feel free to check out our short sample video that demonstrates a few highlights of our online safety and health courses.

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What Is a Learning Objective?

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[This is the the first in a series of posts about learning objectives. We’ve now compiled all the posts into a single downloadable guide to writing learning objectives if you want to check that out.]

If you’re new to the learning and training world, you may not yet know what a learning objective is.

To put it simply, a learning objective describes what the learners should be able to do after they complete your training materials. In many cases, you’ll probably have a series of learning objectives instead of just one.

You should create your learning objectives before creating your training content. Use the information you gathered during the Training Needs Assessment and the Analysis (or first) phase of the ADDIE instructional design process to create your objectives.

We’ll explain more below and will provide links to even more information about learning objectives, including how to write them, tests to see if they’re written well, different types of learning objectives for different types of learning, and key thinkers in the development of the idea of learning objectives.

There’s even a great free guide to writing learning objectives at the bottom you can download. 

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OSHA’s Newly Proposed Injury and Illness Record Submission Requirements

In a series of previous posts, we wrote explanations of OSHA’s injury and illness recording requirements, including the use of Form 300, Form 300A, and Form 301.

This post, however, announces OSHA’s proposed plans to require employers to take the establishment-specific injury and illness data they’re already collecting and submit it electronically through a website (cue the requisite Obamacare-exchanges joke and rimshot audio file snippet here).

What Is OSHA Proposing?

They are proposing modifying the current injury and illness reporting requirements. The modifications would not change the kind of data employers need to collect—that stays the same. But the new modifications would require many employers to submit that information electronically to OSHA. (more…)

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Creating Visuals for Training Materials: Connie Malamed’s Book “Visual Language for Designers”

Not that long ago, we recommended the book “Design for How People Learn” by Julie Dirksen. Now we’ve got another book recommendation for you—Connie Malamed’s “Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand.”

First, an admission. We’re HUGE Connie Malamed fans. She’s got a great instructional design blog and a second blog for visual design. She’s got a neat instructional design app. She’s pleasant, sociable, and informative in social media circles. And yes, she’s got a really great book, too.

This article is a general overview/review of Malamed’s book. To see the ideas in her book “put into action,” check out this article: 25 Graphic Design Tips for e-Learning.

Which brings us back to the book recommendation.

Convergence Training provides learning management systems and e-learning courses, primarily for industrial and manufacture ring companies. Contact us if you have questions.

And feel free to download any of the free guides below while you’re here:

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OSHA’s Top 10 Cited Standards of 2013

Every year, OSHA‘s kind enough to announce the most commonly cited standards of the previous year.

For example, here’s the list they released in 2013 of the most commonly cited standards of 2012. You may remember that last year we not only gave you this list, but gave you a TON of free training materials to help you with the regulations in the list. You can still view and download the materials by following the link above.

Well, 2013 is almost over, and OSHA’s done it again: they’ve just announced the 10 most frequently cited standards of 2013.

The list is below. Keep watching our blog in the following weeks and months as we create more free training materials related to these standards for you.
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Breaking Bad: Workforce Training Suggestions

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Tonight, the final episode of the TV series Breaking Bad airs.

As we like to do from time to time, we take a break from writing about serious safety issues such as preventing fatalities, learning teams, incident investigations, leading indicators, safety training, and online safety training and use a seasonal event or something in pop culture to enjoy a safety yuk or two.

In this article, the laughs are on, or compliments of, Walt and his crew from Breaking Bad. Hope you enjoy this one, and if you do, feel free to check out some of our other humor-based safety articles, such as those listed below:

Note: this post includes video clips from the AMC television series Breaking Bad. If you’re not familiar with Breaking Bad, please know that it includes some colorful language and behavior. The clips below contain some of the more light-hearted moments from the show.

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What Is SCORM?

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If you’re interested in e-learning, you’ve probably heard of or seen the acronym SCORM.

To my eyes, it looks like it should be the name of a Star Trek enemy—kind of like the Borg Collective. But nope, it’s a set of rules, standards, and specifications for making e-learning modules and learning management systems (LMSs) work together.

Read on if you’re curious for more information.

What Does SCORM Do?

SCORM ensures that e-learning courses can be imported into, assigned, played, completed, and tracked from a learning management system (LMS). That’s assuming that both the e-learning course and the LMS are SCORM-compliant.

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Study Shows Link between Workforce Health and Safety and Company’s Financial Performance

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Money. Although some don’t care much for it, others say it’s what they want. They work hard for it, and they love it.

But why are we talking about this on a blog typically related to training, safety, and production efficiency, you ask? Well, partly to indulge my desire to listen to some classic R&B and rock tunes while at work, of course. But also because a new study has shown a link between the operational safety and health of companies and their financial bottom-line.

That’s right. Even though there’s no need to justify safety—it’s the right goal in and of itself—this study shows a link between good safety and health records and stronger stock market performance.

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Employee Silica Exposure Monitoring Checklist

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As you probably know, OSHA’s got a new rule on respirable crystalline silica that goes into effect September 23, 2017, with different compliance requirement dates based on industry (read more about that here).

With that, safety issues related to silica have been on lots of people’s minds. And rightly so, as the health risks are real. According to OSHA, the rule can save about 700 lives and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis every year. If you missed it, we’ve already published a blog post full of resources about respirable crystalline silica.

In addition, Convergence Training is offering an Employee Silica Exposure Monitoring Checklist to help you monitor your employees’ silica exposure. You can download it below. The checklist is drawn from a Silica eTool from OSHA.

This is the first of several silica-related posts and free resources we have planned for you, so keep checking back here at the blog for more.

Also we’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here.

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OSHA Proposes New Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule: Here Are Some Helpful Resources

OSHA recently announced a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to crystalline silica. You may have already heard about this-it was even mentioned in the New York Times recently. But we figured we’d run through all the information you need to know right here in this one post.

First, Does the Convergence Training Blog Have Any Free Silica-Related Training Materials?

Yeah, here’s an employee silica exposure checklist for you–in four different formats, no less.

Is This a Rule or Just a Proposed Rule?

It’s just a proposed rule. That means it’s a suggestion that OSHA has put forth. There’s a lengthy process to complete before this becomes a rule, if it ever does. And that includes periods for public comments and public hearings.

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