Come Visit Us at the North Carolina Safety Conference: May 15-17, 2018

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A quick note to let all you Tarheel State Safety professionals know we’ll be at the upcoming North Carolina Safety Conference May 15-17, 2018 and would love to meet you while you’re there.

Come check out our our award-winning online courses for safety and health training; our learning management system (LMS) for administering all your organizational training needs; our Incident Management Software (IMS) for tracking, correcting, and reporting workplace incidents; our mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile incident reporting/investigation; and a lot more!

Between now and then, let us know if you’ve got any questions for us and feel free to download the free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist below.

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Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

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Task Analysis: New Online Course Available

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We just released our new online training course for Task Analysis. Nice!

Click that link above to explore more about the course on our website, or continue to read below to see a short sample video from the course, check out the course learning objectives, and even download a free series of case studies of some of our real customers and how they benefited from adopting online safety training at their workplaces.

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Events and Causal Factor Analysis: New Online Course Available

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Great news! We’ve just released our new online Events and Causal Factors Analysis training course for event and incident analyses/investigations.

This is a useful tool for organizing events on a timeline to determine root causes in an incident.

We’ve provided some additional information about this new online training course for you below. There’s even a series of case studies based on real experiences of our real customers implementing online safety training at work that you can download for free at the bottom of this article. 

So let’s not waste any more time…check out the course and materials below.

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Change Analysis: New Online Course Available

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Change analysis is a problem-solving method that involves comparing a process that has failed or is performing poorly to a second process that’s operating correctly. The analysis takes place by comparing the processes over different time periods. And, as you may have guessed, the goal is to find the difference(s) between the process that’s working well and the one that’s not–and change the process that’s not working well so that it is.

There are four main steps of performing a change analysis. But not everyone knows that or how to do this. And that’s why we’ve offered our new online Change Analysis training course. We think you’ll find this new course very helpful.

By the way, if this sounds somewhat familiar to you, but you can’t place way, change analysis is also sometimes known as is/is not analysis or KT analytical troubleshooting. So maybe you know change analysis by one of those names.

Would you like more information about the new course? We’ve got some for you below, including a short sample video and a list of the course learning objectives.

We even included a collection of online safety training case studies, based on experiences from our real customers, at the bottom of this article, so check that out too! 

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Come Visit Us at the Minnesota Safety & Health Conference: May 8-10, 2018

We’re excited to note that we’ll be at the upcoming Minnesota Safety & Health Conference from May 8-10, 2018, and would love to meet you while you’re there.

Brian Andrewjeski of Convergence/Red Vector will be at booth 302. Come check out our our award-winning online courses for safety and health training; our learning management system (LMS) for administering all your organizational training needs; our Incident Management Software (IMS) for tracking, correcting, and reporting workplace incidents; our mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile incident reporting/investigation; and a lot more!

Between now and then, let us know if you’ve got any questions for us and feel free to download the free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist below.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

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Come Visit Us at the ASSE Safety 2018 Conference, June 3-6, 2018

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Will you be at the ASSE Safety 2018 Conference June 3-6, 2018 in San Antonio, TX? So will we!

Come by Booth 2208 to see our award-winning online courses for safety and health training; our learning management system (LMS) for administering all your organizational training needs; our Incident Management Software (IMS) for reporting, investigating, tracking, correcting, and learning from workplace incidents; our mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile incident reporting/investigation; and a lot more!

Speaking of the annual ASSE Safety event, did you know we won the attendees choice award for BEST SAFETY TRAINING at last year’s national ASSE Safety 2017 conference? It’s true!

We look forward to meeting you there. Until then, read this update on the upcoming ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard for online safety training (we’re on the committee creating this) and feel free to download the free online safety training buyer’s guide checklist below.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate the different online safety training solutions that exist to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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Come Visit Us at the Pulp & Paper Safety Association Conference–June 17-20, 2018

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We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the 2018 Pulp & Paper Safety Association (PPSA) Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, FL on June 17-20, 2018.

We’ll be demonstrating our award-winning online courses for paper manufacturing training and safety and health training; our learning management system (LMS) for administering all your organizational training needs; our Incident Management Software (IMS) for tracking, correcting, and reporting workplace incidents; our mobile apps for mobile learning and mobile incident reporting/investigation; and a lot more!

Come to St. Petersburg, enjoy the great weather, take in the conference, say hi to us while you’re there, and let us show you how our products can help improve efficiency and safety at our paper manufacturing organization.

You’ll notice that Dr. Todd Conklin is the keynote speaker at the conference. Between now and then, feel free to check out our articles based on Dr. Conklin’s work:

And please also download our free guide to online paper manufacturing training.

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The Papermaker’s Guide to Online Training

Need to know how to use online training tools at your paper manufacturing company? This guide will tell you everything you need to know and will help you get started.

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Convergence Acquired by Vector Solutions

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We’ve got some huge news!

Convergence Training has been acquired by Vector Solutions, a long-time online training innovator and leader in performance solutions for commercial, education, and public sector clients. We’re really excited about this new opportunity to grow and provide our customers more courses, more services, and even more value.

As the newest addition to the Vector Solutions family of brands, Convergence Training joins RedVector, TargetSolutions, and SafeSchools in their ongoing efforts to provide industry-focused online solutions for training, compliance, safety, and productivity.

Our combined vision positions Convergence Training as a strategic complement to the RedVector brand, strengthening the industrial and safety markets within its line of commercial training offerings. While Convergence Training has spent years developing a strong foundation in the industrial safety arena, alignment with RedVector extends the combined market scope to include IT and cyber security, facilities management, project management, architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) clients.

The unified assets and skill sets of the Convergence Training and RedVector teams represent a competitive advantage otherwise unmatched in the industry. Clients will benefit from access to a range of new resources, including over 2,500 eLearning courses and knowledge assessments, courses accredited by more than 100 licensing bodies and professional associations, license and credential management tools, professional evaluation tools, and SDS management.

Don’t worry. While our organization grows and evolves, you’ll still get the same premium courses, feature-packed LMS options, and excellent customer service you’ve come to expect from Convergence Training. You’ll just get more of everything!

So stay tuned. We’ve got some great things in store!

In the meantime, check out the press release below for more details. And don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Vector Solutions Acquires Convergence Training,

Strengthening its Commitment to Delivering Optimum Training Technology

eLearning and Performance Optimization Company Strengthens Industrial Market Share

TAMPA, FL. (April 24, 2018) — Vector Solutions, the leader in industry-focused eLearning and SaaS performance support solutions, announced today it has acquired Convergence Training, a leading provider of training content and software solutions for industrial operations, manufacturing, and mining, specializing in 3D and animation. The acquisition solidifies Vector’s position as an innovator in training technology, strengthening its focus on skills-based training, expanding its portfolio of industry-specific solutions, and broadening the types of modernized content it can deliver to clients.

“It’s our mission to create the most effective training to maximize learning and retention for optimized performance,” said Jeff Gordon, CEO of Vector Solutions. “And one of the best ways to engage learners is by leveraging cutting-edge educational technology like the 3D modeling used in Convergence courses. This type of media allows us to bring topics to life, convey complex information and processes, give rare looks inside machinery and other large items, and create scenarios that could otherwise risk safety. This is an important step as we work to modernize our entire course library and bring personalized instant intelligence to our clients.”

Convergence serves over 50 Fortune 500 companies and has more than 400 clients including Caterpillar, Honeywell, LafargeHolcim, Microsoft and International Paper. Their course library includes 750 courses, many offered in 14 languages, on a broad range of subjects including health and safety, paper and pulping, corrugated packaging, power and utilities, mining, and HR.

“Our two teams share a passion for innovation and driving results,” said Randy Kohltfarber, CEO of Convergence Training. “We could not be more excited to see what the synergy between us will bring to the future of training, both in the industrial space and other industries served by Vector. The reach and power behind their LMS, mobile technology and course library will better enable us to reach a wider audience with our 3D training while better serving our existing clients.”

The acquisition provides clients across Vector and Convergence with access to thousands of new courses in a variety of modern formats and includes content accredited by hundreds of licensing bodies and professional associations. Clients will also benefit from increased platform features and modules for optimized performance. Convergence Training products and solutions will be offered under Vector’s Commercial business unit, partnered with the RedVector brand.

Vector Solutions is focused on creating mobile, intelligent solutions that deliver real-time training to help optimize employee performance. The addition of 3D modeling comes as the company launches its first Virtual Reality training course for firefighters and also rolls out its first Augmented Reality prototype.

For additional information, please visit the Vector Solutions website and Newsroom

About Vector Solutions

Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVector, TargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library exceeds more than 7,000 courses written by over 250 subject matter experts and reaches almost 6 million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. For more information, visit www.vectorsolutions.com. Follow us on twitter @VectorPerform and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/VectorPerformance.

 

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What Is a Hydraulic System? Definition, Design, and Components

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With a variety of applications, hydraulic systems are used in all kinds of large and small industrial settings, as well as buildings, construction equipment, and vehicles. Paper mills, logging, manufacturing, robotics, and steel processing are leading users of hydraulic equipment.

As an efficient and cost-effective way to create movement or repetition, hydraulic system-based equipment is hard to top. It’s likely your company has hydraulics in use in one or more applications for these reasons.

We’ll provide more information about hydraulic systems in this article, including covering the definition and basic designs and components.

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OSHA Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Standards and Requirements

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Many years ago, before the PPE Final Rule, OSHA determined that there were an extensive number of injuries related to workers not wearing effective personal protective equipment. In fact, in the Preamble to the Final Rule, OSHA cited various studies indicating there were 320,000 hand and finger injuries, 70,000 eye injuries, 70,000 head and face injuries, and 110,000 foot and toe injuries in 1987. (Roughly 31 percent of the total disabling injuries for that year.) Rightly so, OSHA decided these numbers merited a Standard (CFR 1910.132) to protect workers from these hazards.

Indeed, PPE does work to safeguard workers. Experts estimate that approximately ninety percent of related injuries could be prevented or minimized by wearing the proper equipment. PPE is a vital and necessary tool in the employer’s arsenal to protect workers.

Fast forward to today. Even with PPE Standards fully in place for decades, we still have an alarming number of eye, face, foot, hand and head injuries. For example, NIOSH states, “Each day about 2,000 U.S. workers sustain a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. About one-third of the injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments, and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days away from work.”

In addition to the effects injuries have on workers, these events can be financially devastating to the organization. Excessive or serious injuries can trigger numerous employer headaches, from high-risk insurance costs to OSHA inspections and penalties. And of course, each injury incident carries indirect costs related to downtime, replacing injured workers, and various related issues.

Given the importance of PPE, let’s look at OSHA’s PPE regulations more closely in this article.

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What To Teach Employees about Confined Spaces

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Few workplace areas present as many potentially serious hazards as a confined space. Without dedicated procedures for safe entry and monitoring employees within the confined space, catastrophic events can occur. According to OSHA, approximately ninety workers die in confined spaces every year. OSHA cites failure to recognize and control the hazards as contributing factors in most confined space injuries and fatalities.

This means training is critical to protecting workers if they will enter a confined space.

But it can be challenging for employers to understand the requirements for confined space training, as the hazards of these areas are often very complex or unique to each facility. You’ll have a solid training program if you know the fundamental aspects of the confined space standard and how to apply it to your workplace.

But where to begin? We’ll walk you through the OSHA confined space training requirements in this article and give you some tips for getting started.

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