Mandatory Safety Training and a Bit of Humor

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In this article, we’ll take a look at safety training and humor. And we’ll do it by talking about flying to Hawaii. Not bad, huh?

In an earlier part of my life, I flew to Hawaii a lot.

I had a friend who was the Artistic Director for the Honolulu Theater for Youth in Honolulu, and because he had to travel to stage plays, I often was “saddled” with dog- and house-sitting responsibilities. Rough life, huh? Living in Hawaii was great, and I even got to surf the famous Pipeline surf break on the legendary North Shore. Never got to surf Waimea Bay on a big day, though.

On one flight from Oahu to San Francisco, several hours after the plane took off, the captain announced that there was a mechanical problem and we were returning to Honolulu. When I heard that, I was a little alarmed, and so I did four things:

  • First, I looked at the map to figure out how far from land we were. We were basically in the middle of the ocean.
  • Next, I grabbed the safety information card in my seat pocket and read it: where are the emergency exits, how do the doors open, and just exactly how does that seat cushion double as a flotation device?
  • Then, I tucked my little bag of peanuts into my shirt pocket. I figured if the plane crashed, I’d eat them on the way down before we went into the drink, giving me a little energy to use while I was wading thousands of miles from land.
  • And finally, I took a nap, on the assumption that if I was going to be paddling in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for hours, I might as well rest up first.

My point is that before I pulled the safety information card out, I didn’t know the critical safety information I would need if the plane went down. Why’s that? Because I didn’t listen to the safety information talk or watch the safety video before the flight took off. I blew it off, maybe reading a book or staring vacantly out the window. Odds are you’ve done it too; we all have. Right?

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OSHA Publishes New ‘Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms’ Brief

OSHA’s been busy releasing new documents about Hazard Communication 2012, the newly revised Hazard Communication Standard that has been “aligned” with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

In a previous post, we discussed a recently published Fact Sheet that focuses on an employer’s requirements to train workers about certain elements of the new regulation before December 1, 2013. In this post, we’ll discuss highlights of the new OSHA Brief titled Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms.

Our analysis? There’s one significant change that everyone should know about and then some interesting stuff that we’ve called out. We’ll address them in order. First, the change, which we’ll cover in detail. And second, we’ll point out some of the interesting stuff (which you may already know about) and let you know where to find it in the Brief if you want to read more.

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OSHA Publishes New HazCom 2012/GHS Alignment Training Requirements Fact Sheet

As you probably know, OSHA is revising its old Hazard Communication 1994 Standard and has created a new Hazard Communication 2012 Standard. The new HazCom 2012 Standard is “aligned” with the Globally Harmonized System, also known as GHS.

You may also know that employers have an obligation to train their employees about certain aspects of the new GHS-aligned HazCom 2012 Standard before December 1, 2013 (this year). This deadline is mentioned on OSHA’s website on a page titled Effective Dates. And it has also been the subject of one of our earlier blog posts explaining What to Know and Do for HazCom 2012/GHS During 2013.

But, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know that OSHA recently published a Fact Sheet titled December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard. That’s because it’s brand new. We just recently learned of it ourselves.

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Electrical General Requirements Word Game (1910.303)

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As a kid, one of my favorite villains on the Amazing Spiderman was Electro, a walking, talking electrical hazard. Creating Electro as an arch-villain seems appropriate, because electricity can present many hazards at home and at work. And apparently, some people are either not aware of these hazards or are not taking them seriously enough, because the Electrical, General Requirements standard often appears on OSHA’s list of most commonly cited violations.

In this post, we’ve got a fun word game that lets you test your knowledge of electrical terms related to 1910.303 (the words and definitions themselves come from 1910.399, where all definitions for the subpart are listed). Hope you enjoy this one!

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Six Tips for Better On-the-Job Training (OJT)

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On-the-job training programs, also known as OJT, have a long history in manufacturing. And many times, they’re quite effective. However, if they’re not well-designed, the results can be less impressive.

What’s the story at your workplace? Are you struggling to get better results from your on-the-job training (OJT) programs?

If so, here are some quick tips to keep in mind. Use the Comments section below to add your own or ask some questions, too.

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Lockout Tagout Word Game (Control of Hazardous Energy 1910.147)

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What do you do when there’s a hazard?

As any horror movie aficionado will tell you, you lock the hazard out (although discriminating horror-movie watchers may remember that strategy didn’t work so well in The Shining).

But I digress. When it comes to hazardous energy, you definitely want to lock it out and tag it out before working on a machine or equipment. As we all know from OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy-Lockout/Tagout regulation (1910.147).

In this article, we’ve got a fun lockout/tagout word game to help you remember all that. You can play it online from this blog post as often as you want. We’ve even set up an option so you can download a free copy for yourself.

Good luck with the game. Or, as the French would say, bon chance!

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Four Ways to Prepare for Heat Stress at Work (Before it’s Too Late)

In some parts of the country, the mercury is already skyrocketing up the thermometer. A quick look at today’s weather map shows about half the country with temps in the 80s or 90s.

It’s important to be aware of hot weather because workers can suffer serious problems and even die when working in high temperatures. So what can you do as an employer or supervisor to protect your workers? Well, one thing you can do is be aware of the hazard and know how to lessen the risk.

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Free Electrical-Wiring Methods Word Game (1910.305)

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It was the Star Trek character Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy who once said “Damn it, Jim, I’m a doctor, not an electrician!”

Actually, I don’t think he ever said that. But YOU might say something like that after trying your hand at this Convergence Word Game based on OSHA’s Electrical-Wiring Methods (1910.305) regulation.

We’ve got it set up for you so you can play the game right here from our blog as many times as you wish, or you can download a free copy and import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS and play it from the LMS. It’s all right below the red MORE button. 🙂

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What’s Your Training ROI?

whats-your-training-roi-imageIf you Google “Training and ROI,” you’ll get lots of hits. About 50,100,000 in my case this morning.

And there’s a good reason for that: people want to know if the investment in workforce training is worth the cost. And they often have to justify the cost of that to their bosses.

But let’s take a step back. Instead of trying to set a specific dollar figure on the value of an job training, let’s consider some ways that training programs, including training programs delivered through a learning management system (LMS), can affect your bottom line by increasing production and efficiency and/or by cutting waste and costs.

All of these examples are drawn directly from discussions with new customers after they purchased an LMS and/or workforce training materials from Convergence Training.

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Make Better Training Materials With Instructional Design Checklists


Like you, the folks at Convergence Training are always trying to learn more and be better at our jobs. We take courses, go to conferences, read books, and prowl the web.

Yadda yadda yadda.

During a recent web prowl, I came across a fascinating and helpful discussion in LinkedIn’s “Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals’” group (note: that link will probably only work if you’re a LinkedIn member and a member of that group).

Linda (Berberich) Ross, a Senior Principal Learning Architect at Oracle Corporation (and a former coworker of yours truly, by coincidence), began the thread, which was titled “Instructional Design Review Checklist.”

It was a great discussion and many people provided links to helpful instructional design checklists to use for course development.

We’ve summarized those checklists here, including the links so you can check ’em out yourself.

Thanks to all those who participated in the original discussion on LinkedIn, and to my former coworker Linda for starting it all up.

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Powered Industrial Trucks Word Game (1910.178)

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Here’s a fun little word Jeopardy-style word game to quiz your knowledge of powered industrial trucks (PITs). It’s drawn from the definitions in OSHA’s 1910.178 Standard (Powered Industrial Trucks).

Hope you enjoy it.

We’ve got this set up so you can use it in one of two ways.

The first is that you can play the word game right here from our blog. Easy!

The second is that you can download a free copy for yourself. If you do that, you’ve got to import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS to play the game.

All the fun awaits you on the other side of the red MORE button. See you there!

 

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Machine Guarding Word Game-1910.212

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Here’s another of our popular and fun to play safety word games.

This one quizzes you on your knowledge of machine guarding, and is drawn from the definitions in OSHA’s 1926.212 Standard (Machinery and Machine Guarding Definitions).

We’ve got this set up so you can play it in either of two ways.

First, you can play it only from this blog article. Just click the red MORE button to begin.

And second, there’s an option where you can download the game for free, import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS, and play it from your LMS.

Hope you enjoy.

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