State of the Training Industry: Our Customers Tell Us What’s on Their Minds

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Since Vector Solutions acquired Convergence Training last year, and we partnered up with our new sister company RedVector, we’ve each been borrowing things from one another to create a better experience for our customers.

One of the things that RedVector has been doing for a while, and that we at Convergence appreciated, was taking an annual survey of their customers that they called The State of the Training Industry. We like this idea because it gives us a great chance to see what our customers are doing and how we might be able to help them. And we also like it because it gives our customers a chance to learn from one another.

So below is a quick infographic drawn from the State of the Training Industry survey that we pulled together with questions asked of customers of both Convergence Training and RedVector. Feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section below.

For an even deeper-dive into this, you can download the State of Industrial Training 2019 white paper RedVector prepared.

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Workplace Safety Champions: As Nominated by Their Coworkers

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In recent years, our partners at RedVector have asked their customers to nominate a safety professional at their organization for consideration in a “Safety Champions” contest.

We here at Convergence Training liked the idea so much when we learned of it that we joined in this year.

We’ve now collected nominations of many different safety professionals from our customers. All of these safety professionals did great work this past year and although we’ve picked a smaller number of winners (more on that later), we wanted to raise our hats to every safety professional and let you all see the kinds of nice things that people say about the safety professionals they work with.

The list below includes safety professionals for organizations who are customers or Convergence Training, RedVector, or both. We’re identifying the safety professionals with first name and last initial, and we’ve removed any mention of company names.

We want to emphasize that everyone mentioned below, and in fact everyone working in safety in general, is a safety champion not just this year but every year.

NOTE: In addition to this list of nominations, check out the list of winners in our 2019 Safety Champs event and learn about the special event at Tamp Bay Lighting hockey game Convergence Training and RedVector treated them to to honor their great work in safety. 

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Standard Update: Draft Passed

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Regular readers may know four things things:

  1. ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 is the US national standard for Environment, Health, and Safety Training
  2. ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 is the work-in-progress version of the same for ONLINE Environment, Health, and Safety training
  3. Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training has been participating in the creation of Z490.2
  4. Jeff writes periodic updates of the Z490.2 process and progress right here at this blog

This is one of those Z490.2 progress updates, and it’s a somewhat-exciting one at that. Read on to learn more.

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Free Manufacturing Training Guide: 5 Tips for Better Manufacturing Training

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In today’s economy, effective manufacturing training is a necessity. If you’re not training your workers to do their jobs properly, you’re pouring money down the drain and losing your competitive advantage.

To help you out, we’ve created a free Manufacturing Training Guide you can download. It’s right at the bottom of this article.

We’ve also got the bird’s-eye view of the content covered in this guide in a recorded, on-demand webinar for you. (more…)

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Effective Safety Training: A Guide to Creating, Designing, Delivering, & Evaluating EHS Training That Works

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If you’re in EHS (or Safety), you’re probably also in EHS (or Safety) training. If so, you’re going to LOVE the free downloadable guide at the bottom of this article.

The guide is going to walk you through all the steps of having a top-notch EHS training program that follows best practices. We think it will make your job easier and your workplace a safer, healthier place.

It’s a complete guide that will help you follow best practices for integrating your EHS and EHS training efforts; managing your EHS training program; design, develop, deliver, and evaluate your EHS training; and continually improve your EHS training.

Our guide has a lot in common with the best practices put forth in ANSI Z490.1, the American national standard of “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.” Although our guide covers nearly everything in the standard, we do recommend you still go and get a copy of the guide (which was just updated in 2016).

Let us know if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments–there’s a comments section at the bottom of this article. And enjoy the guide!

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Oregon GOSH Conference: Catch Us Exhibiting and Presenting Soon

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The good people at Oregon OSHA put together the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference every other year, and we’re coming up on another GOSH on March 4-7, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

Your friends at Convergence Training | RedVector will be there at GOSH and looking forward to touching base with you.

Regional Sales Manager Darin Dixon will be staffing BOOTH 229, where he’ll be demonstrating the EHS solutions Convergence offers, answering questions, and even running a raffle for a free Yeti cooler. For more information on the kinds of safety solutions Darin will be demonstrating, see the short video clips below in this article.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be presenting two times. The first presentation will be an Effective Safety Training workshop on Monday from 1-4 pm. The second presentation will cover issues related to Safety and the Learning Organization. To get some ideas of what Jeff will discuss in these two presentations, check out our free recorded webinars on Effective Safety Training and Safety and the Learning Organization.

Look forward to seeing you there! Let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, read on to learn more about the safety products Darin will be demonstrating and to download a free online safety training buyer’s guide checklist.

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How Is an Academic LMS Different than A Corporate LMS?

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A learning management system, or LMS, is a great tool for education, training, and learning and development. If your organization is looking to streamline these, an LMS can be a great place to start.

But to get the most benefit out of your LMS, you’ll want to get the LMS that’s best suited to help at your workplace. Although there are many, many different learning management systems to choose from, and no two are exactly the same, it’s very helpful to know that in general terms, we can separate learning management systems into two different broad categories: academic LMSs and corporate LMSs.

We’ll tell you a little more about what an academic LMS and a corporate LMS are in this article to help you find the right LMS for your organization.

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What Is a Learning Organization?

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In today’s economy, it’s important for organizations to support learning. Without doing so, they risk losing market share or even going out of business due to increased competition or by being disrupted in the way that streaming video services such as Netflix disrupted the brick-and-mortar videotape rental business model of companies like Blockbuster.

While all or most organizations try to learn and use the results of that learning to adapt, some organizations do this better than others. Those at the “good” end of the spectrum, who use learning well, may be known as learning organizations.

In this article, we’ll talk more about learning organization theory, learning organizations, and the characteristics of a learning organization.

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Your LMS is NOT a Learning Strategy

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A learning management system (LMS) is a great tool for compliance and workforce learning.

But it’s just that. It’s a tool. It’s not a silver bullet, it won’t address every learning challenge your organization faces.

Use it well, and you’ll get lots of benefits. We’ll review some of those for you below.

But don’t think that getting an LMS is the same as having a learning strategy. Because your organization needs to develop, implement, and maintain a learning organization–and an LMS can be a tool that helps your organization act our your learning strategy.

Continue reading to learn more about LMSs and their role in your organizational learning strategy.

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What Is a Learning Ecosystem?

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Have you heard the phrase learning ecosystem and wondered what it means? Or did you learn about it just now and is it leaving you scratching your head?

Not to worry. We’ll provide a simple and quick introduction to the concept of a learning ecosystem in this article. It’s an important idea, and even if you didn’t know the term before today, you may well find you’ve already set up a learning ecosystem at work, or at least parts of one.

Read on to learn more about learning ecosystems.

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: What is a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL)?

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If you’re new to industrial hygiene, you may have heard of permissible exposure limits (PELs) but may perhaps not know what they are. Don’t worry–there are good reasons to be confused.

In this article, which is just one in our ongoing Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics series–we’ll explain what an OSHA PEL is, tell you where you can find them, give you some tips on how to use them, and give you some reasons and nudges for using alternative occupational exposure limits that are more protective than PELs.

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OSHA Basics: (Nearly) Everything You Always Wanted to Know about OSHA–but were afraid to ask

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If you’re new to the safety profession, or even if you’ve been around a while, you may have a few questions about the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

We may not have ALL the answers for you here, but we think we’ve got a lot of the common OSHA FAQs along with helpful answers and links to additional helpful OSHA-related resources.

Of course, if we’ve missed a specific OSHA-related question that you were hoping to get answered please use the comments section below the article and we’ll try to get you an answer as well as add that question to our list of FAQs.

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