What is EHS and Why is it Important?

EHS stands for Environment, Health, and Safety. It’s a general term used to refer to laws, rules, regulations, and workplace efforts to protect the health and safety of employees and the public as well as the environment from hazards associated with the workplace.

Although EHS is a common way to abbreviate this, you’ll also see HSE or other versions. And sometimes you’ll see the addition of a “Q” for Quality, as in EHSQ.

We’ll learn a little more about EHS in this article, including who’s responsible for it and some tools used in the field.

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10 Daily Workplace Safety Tips in Manufacturing

No one wants to get hurt, but sometimes we neglect best safety practices because it takes extra time and effort. However, a little extra time is always worth it to avoid an injury.
Checking workplace safety throughout the day is an easy way to keep your working environment safe. If you are a supervisor, it shows your employees that you care about them and their well being. Being safety oriented can help improve your employees’ morale, productivity, and even make a good impression on visitors.
If you are an employee, following safety protocols are in your and your coworkers’ best interests.
We’ve got 10 good tips for keeping you and other people safe at work below. Give them a quick review and we hope they help to keep you safe and healthy.

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Convergence Training Puts Down New Roots

In June 2016, we announced the creation of Convergence Training LLC as a privately-held spin-off of Capstone Technology Corp. Since then, we’ve gone through quite a few changes, including a complete logo redesign and a move to our new location. In fact just yesterday, our whole team stepped outside to witness the installation of our new company sign with our new logo at the top of our new building, a scene that punctuated a monumental shift in our evolution as a company.

As Convergence Training LLC, we continue to define a brand that represents the intersection of people, technology, and quality content. And everything about our new location supports the form, function, and clarity of that message. ​We’ve retained a world-class team, developing cutting edge software, while designing meaningful and effective training material. Now, we get to do all that great work in a space that expresses everything we’re about.

So come visit us at 4600 NW Camas Meadows Dr, Suite 200, Camas WA 98607. Walk through our new workspace and experience where we create the best training you can buy. And don’t forget to glance up at that beautiful sign, all lit up. It really means a whole lot to us.

 
 

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Convergence Training Releases New MSHA Miner Training Courses

safety-and-health-management-standards-and-guidelinesConvergence Training, a leading producer of industrial safety and mine training products, announced today the release of its next generation of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) compliance training courses.

Convergence Training’s history of producing award-winning MSHA training and its longstanding position as the leader in compliant miner training contribute to its dominance in the industry. Based on the MSHA Part 46 regulations for training and retraining of surface miners and mining contractors, Convergence Training’s new courses are designed to supplement a broader range of Part 46 surface mining and Part 48 underground mining compliance programs. The computer-animated courses are produced to be used individually or purchased as bundled sets that are configured to meet core requirements for new miner and annual refresher training.

Convergence Training owner and president, Randy Kohltfarber, explains the value that these new courses offer the mining industry. “Since we released our Surface Miner Training courses in 2008, we’ve helped leading mine companies and their thousands of employees stay compliant with MSHA training regulations. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done on our new MSHA miner training courses. They simply look stunning and provide a great value from a trusted brand,” said Kohltfarber.

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Stills from Convergence Training’s new MSHA compliance courses

Convergence Training will release its MSHA mine compliance course catalog in both eLearning and DVD formats for the broadest accessibility in the industry.

View more preview clips and request full-length previews at convergencetraining.com

 

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Convergence Training Spins Off From Capstone Technology

Today is a very exciting day for Convergence Training.

Capstone Technology, the parent company of Convergence Training, was recently acquired by Spectris plc, a UK-based developer of industrial instrumentation and controls.

While the dataPARC and MACS divisions of Capstone Technology will be moving on as a part of Spectris, we’re pleased to announce that Convergence Training will be spinning off into its own privately-held entity.

What does this mean for our customers?

Really, not that much. We’re still the Convergence Training you know and love. Our day-to-day operations will remain unchanged, and our team will continue to pursue our goal of providing companies with the best tools available to manage compliance requirements and increase the skills and knowledge of their employees.

Convergence Training has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. We’ve added hundreds of new titles to our training course catalog, and we’ve continued to develop the Convergence LMS into a premier workforce training and development platform.

We’ve also built a wonderful team of dedicated, hard-working individuals, and each of us is tremendously excited about our future, as we’re now able direct our entire focus toward developing the best training products and services possible.

We truly value our customers and recognize that without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. We look forward to continuing to build on these important relationships as we move forward in this exciting time.

- Randy Kohltfarber, President and Owner



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Convergence Training Updates MSHA Compliance Course Catalog

online-courses-for-MSHA-46If you’ve worked at a surface mine, or performed work in an MSHA-regulated site, there’s a good chance you’ve seen our MSHA Surface Miner Training. Back in 2008 Convergence Training developed the original library of MSHA Part 46-compliant mine safety courses. And since then, our courses have been used in hundreds of MSHA training programs all across North America and viewed by thousands of mine employees and contractors.

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New International Translations for Convergence Health & Safety Courses

Today we’re announcing the availability of newly-translated versions of 25 of our most popular health and safety eLearning courses in up to 13 different languages.

The courses cover critical safety topics such as Hearing Conservation, Crane and Hoist Rigging Safety, Lockout/Tagout, and Fall Prevention and Protection. Courses are now publicly available in the following languages (in addition to English):
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Introducing New LMS “Landing Pages”

Those of you looking to add a little more of your company’s style and personality to your Convergence LMS can now take advantage of our new customizable Landing Pages to do just that.

Where before your LMS users were greeted with a simple and plain login form, you’re now able to present them with virtually any information you’d like when they sit down to take their assigned training.

Configure your custom dashboard to display blog posts, announcements, news, or other data from an RSS feed. Upload a static image, like your company logo, or display an entire webpage by entering a simple url.

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First Look: Elective-Based Training

We’re excited to give you a preview of an eagerly anticipated new feature of the Convergence LMS – Electives.

With the option of elective-based training, not only will you be able to assign training to individual employees and groups, but your employees will also be able to self-register and complete training proactively, putting themselves in a better position to be promoted or to be successful when training up ahead of starting a new job.

Elective-based training appeals to employees’ desire to be in charge of and direct their own training. Turn your training library into a reference library and allow learners to enroll in supplemental courses so they can sharpen their skills and increase their knowledge as they see fit. (more…)

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Convergence LMS Gets a New Look

We’ve recently added some more firepower to our programming team, and as a result we’ve been able to push out a number of long-awaited enhancements that improve the look and feel of the Convergence LMS.

Modernized UI

While we made quite a few minor updates to make for a smoother user experience, the most visible changes involve updated icons, flattened layout, and improved fluidity of the overall design.

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Convergence Pulp & Paper Training Course Catalog Continues to Grow

We’re happy to announce the completion of a year-long initiative to grow the company’s library of pulp and paper industry training content

We recently added 60 more eLearning courses added to our mill employee technical training curriculum. Previous courses, also covering fundamental pulping and papermaking processes, were released in four phases during 2014. This final run of 58 courses includes titles such as “Paper Machine Refining”, “Papermaking Process Testing”, and “Bleaching Basics”, and brings the total number courses in the Convergence pulp & paper training catalog to 185. The courses aim to provide foundational knowledge to new hires or to existing employees transitioning to new jobs within a facility.

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Aerial Work Platform Safety Course Gets Reboot

Our aerial work platform safety course has been a perennial best-seller since its release in 2009. It was among the first courses we produced, and though it offered great information and provided effective training content, we decided that after 6 years, the popular course could benefit from an overhaul. Many of our courses get this treatment as they age, receiving new looks and updates to the original training content.

Today we present the new and improved Aerial Work Platform Safety course from Convergence Training. The first thing you’ll probably notice are the updated 3D models and high-resolution sets, but this was no mere facelift; 5 minutes of totally new content have been added to the course, and some existing sections have been updated to reflect current regulatory standards. We’ve also updated the built-in progress review quizzes and aligned all the content more closely with the clearly stated learning objectives. Check out a sample below:
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