Meet Us at National Safety Council Congress in Chicago, September 30-October 2: Win Free Contractor Orientation and/or Kindle Fire HD

We’ll be at the National Safety Council’s 2013 Congress in Chicago, IL, this September 30-October 2. Come by and meet us at Booth 1502.

While you’re there, you can see in-person demos of our learning management systems (LMSs) and our animated, narrated, SCORM-compliant safety training modules.

If that’s not enough, we’ve also got some good swag for you. How about a free, animated and narrated contractor orientation module that includes your own site-specific policies and procedures? We’re giving one away, and even better, it comes with our Contractor LMS free for one year. Or how about something a little more tangible–like a Kindle Fire HD tablet. Yep, we’ve giving one of those away too.

Lookin’ forward to seeing you there!

Need some help keeping up with the NSC Congress news? Here’s a link to the NSC 2013 Congress website and here’s a link with their various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).

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New Papermaking Courses Available: Black Liquor Evaporators-Principles; Box Plant Basics-Corrugators; and Carrier Ropes-Safety

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department in July. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.


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New Spanish-Language Safety Training Courses Available (Nuevos Cursos Adicionales en Nuestra Libreria de Entrenamiento de Seguridad y Salud en Español)

Need help providing safety training to a Spanish-speaking workforce? If so, we’ve got just what you need. We’ve been creating Spanish-language versions of our popular, 3D-animated safety training courses, and we’ve got a new collection of courses that are available now.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Crane and Hoist Rigging Safety

This training module gives an overview of the primary rigging issues that affect crane and hoist safety. Workers will learn about the materials used for rigging and slings, the various sling hitches used, and basic safety precautions. It is based on OSHA General Industry and Construction regulations, as well as recognized best rigging practices.

Hazard Communication

Covers the 1994 version of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which is designed to inform workers of the hazards of the chemicals they work with and associated protective measures. The HazCom 1994 Standard is in the process of being phased out by OSHA in favor of the HazCom 2012 standard, with transition periods that end in 2015 and 2016.

Hydraulic Fluid Safety

From bottle jacks to forklifts and shop equipment, this course provides important information on the principles of hydraulics and the hazards that hydraulic systems can present. Based on OSHA documents and industry experience, this course is designed to help workers understand how to recognize common hydraulic hazards and avoid serious injuries.

Machine Guarding

This course covers the importance of protecting workers from industrial hazards with proper machine guarding. This course is aligned with OSHA General Industry standards and industry best practices. It is meant to be used as an introductory or refresher course for general industry workers who will be operating or working near industrial machinery.

Electrical Safety General Awareness

Spark discussion with your team on effective ways to recognize, evaluate, and avoid electrical hazards. Topics covered include personal protective equipment related to electrical safety, OSHA requirements for working on equipment, and electrical injuries such as shocks, burns, electrocutions, and falls.

Hand and Power Tools

The power to recognize and avoid injury is right at your fingertips. This module includes information on hand tools and power tools, including electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, liquid fuel, and powder-actuated power tools. Topics covered include general tool safety, maintenance, guards, best practices, and operating guidelines.

Ladder Safety

With this course, you get the step-by-step basics of ladder safety. Topics discussed on this computer-based training module include information on the types of ladders you may find in your workplace as well as ladder construction, ladder selection, height requirements, weight capacity, hazardous conditions, inspections, ladder setup, use, storage, and maintenance.

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New Safety and Operations Courses Created in June: Wire Rope Safety and Operations; Ergonomics for Industrial Environments

Here’s another update on the new training courses created by our busy Production department in June. These courses are additions to our Safety/EHS library and our Operations and Maintenance library.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Wire Rope Safety and Operation

Wire ropes are used on machines that lift and move heavy loads. Because of the potentially high loading on wire ropes, they can be one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment at a worksite. In this course, you will learn which personal protective equipment to wear while using wire ropes, safety guidelines for working with wire ropes, and how to recognize potential wire rope hazards. Because of the potential for accidents, knowing how to properly use and safely work around wire ropes is crucial to your safety and the safety of your co-workers.

Ergonomics for Industrial Environments

Understand how to recognize and reduce the stress on your body from your daily work environment. This computer-based training module discusses musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and prevention techniques, including engineering and administrative controls. Motion-based, physical, environmental, and psychological risk factors are also covered.

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New Courses Added to our Papermaking Training Library: Lime Kiln Fundamentals, Wet End Chemistry, Black Liquor Evaporators, Box Plant Equipment Basics, Corrugating Adhesives, and Box Plant Raw Materials

Here’s another update on the new training courses created by our busy Production department in June. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.


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Visit Convergence at ASSE Professional Development Conference and Expo 2013

We’ve taken our show on the road, and are currently exhibiting at ASSE Safety 2013, in lively Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are in the area, or already attending, come by and see us.

The conference is taking place through June 26th, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. We’re showing off some of our new health and safety training content, and giving demos of our Convergence LMS and Convergence Mobile training platforms.

The Convergence Training booth is #730, so if you are attending the show, stop by and say hello! Just for doing so, you can enter to win free custom contractor orientation training or a Kindle fire.

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Nuevos Cursos de Entrenamiento Estan Disponibles (New Training Courses Available–in Spanish)

We’re excited to announce the completion of the first titles in our new Spanish-language training library.

The nine new courses cover standard safety topics required in many industrial, manufacturing, and construction workplaces (and required by OSHA and other regulatory agencies).

All courses are 3D animated and include spoken audio narration and a test to confirm your workers have understood the material (in Spanish, of course).

Check out the new titles and view samples below, and keep checking back as we release more titles.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Contact us about obtaining computer-based versions of these courses. Or, purchase DVD copies from

Overhead Crane Basics

Description: This course covers the basic components and functions of floor-operated overhead cranes used in industrial facilities. It also covers the inspections of cranes and rigging components that many facilities require to be performed before a crane can be operated.

Overhead Crane Operational Safety

Description: This course covers the dangers associated with lifting and moving a load with an overhead crane, as well as safe procedures that will avoid those dangers. Based on relevant standards for overhead crane safety from OSHA, ANSI, and ASME, as well as recognized general industry best practices. Using clear, concise 2D and 3D diagrams and animations.

Hot Work Safety

Description: Based on FPA 51B and 29 CFR Subpart Q regarding welding, cutting, brazing, and other hot work, this course is intended to help workers recognize the potential hazards of hot work and avoid injuries and property damage by properly planning, preparing for, and performing hot work.

Confined Space Awareness

Description: Don’t get stuck in a tight spot. This computer-based training module provides information on confined space identification, hazardous atmospheres, physical hazards, entrance and exit hazards, hazard prevention and permits. Other topics discussed include, atmospheric testing, energy isolation, engulfment, moving or rotating equipment, and rescue procedures.

Pedestrian Safety

Description: Don’t set foot on the plant floor or walk into the warehouse without this basic training on safely walking in an active work zone. Learn about blind spots, the importance of establishing eye contact, and staying within designated walkways. This computer-based training module covers pedestrian safety guidelines, mobile equipment guidelines, and forklift driver guidelines.

Personal Protective Equipment

Description: Properly using personal protective equipment (PPE) can seem inconvenient at times, but is better than many unfortunate alternatives that can occur. This computer-based training module will educate you and your team on head protection, eye and face protection, hand protection, foot protection, respiratory protection, and hearing protection.

Forklift Safety

Description: This forklift training video provides knowledge of basic operating procedures that protect against most forklift accidents. This course includes important information required by OSHA as well as recognized best practices on powered industrial truck operation. This course can be used as an introduction to forklift safety or as a refresher on forklift basics.


Description: Protect yourself and your team from unintentional exposure to all types of hidden energy. This computer-based training module describes hazardous energy types, as well as, energy control procedures, including preparation, shutdown, isolation, lockout, stored energy check, verification, and release of lockout.

Fall Prevention and Protection

Description: Working at elevated heights presents a serious danger of falling. Falls can be caused by inattentiveness, slippery surfaces, working in awkward or out-of-balance positions, or insufficient training. This course highlights numerous methods of prevention and protection, including fall arrest systems, which can help keep workers safe from fall-related injuries.

Contact us about obtaining computer-based versions of these courses. Or, purchase DVD copies from

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New Courses Available: Table Saws and Safety Showers

Here’s a quick announcement to let you know about three new courses we just added to our ever-growing libraries of 3-D animated industrial and manufacturing training courses. You can read descriptions and view samples of the new courses below, or you can see all the titles and view samples of the courses in our e-learning libraries here.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Table Saw Basics

Course Description: This course explains the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw and provides safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw. It includes explanations of how to adjust the blade height and blade tilt, how to square the blade, and how to set the cut width.

Table Saw Operations

Course Description: This course explains the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw, provides safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw, explains different cut types that can be performed with a table saw, and demonstrates the techniques used make those cuts. Understanding how table saws operate will allow you to use them properly and effectively, and will help you prevent injuries.

Safety Showers and Eye Washes

Course Description: When accidents happen, safety showers and eye washes can be used to rinse the targeted area and reduce the severity of an injury. This course describes different types of safety showers and eye washes, explains how to operate them, demonstrates how to help an accident victim use a safety shower or eye wash, and provides best practices for maintaining and testing them.

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Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Corrugated Board Training Libraries in Development: Many Courses Available Now

Convergence Training is creating a series of ready-made, off-the-shelf training materials for the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated board industries.

When complete, the series will include 180 titles specifically focused on pulp, paper, tissue, and/or corrugated board production. In addition, another 30 courses will address related cultural issues (such as 5S Methodology), general skills (such as Process and Instrumentation Diagrams), hazardous materials (such as Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness), environmental issues (such as Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures), and workforce training and mentoring (such as Adult Learning).


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Convergence Training to Produce Toolbox Talk Video Series for Caterpillar

We’re excited to announce the availability of a new series of safety-focused “Toolbox Talk” videos, produced with the support of Caterpillar Inc. through Caterpillar Safety Services and Caterpillar University.

The new videos are derived from Caterpillar’s extensive library of Toolbox Talk discussion guides. They are designed to supplement the popular text-based documents.

Developed using Convergence Training’s signature combination of high-quality 3D graphics and animation, the courses deliver the greatest possible training experience in the limited time afforded by the Toolbox Talk format.

“Toolbox Talks are intended to be short,” says Randy Kohltfarber, General Manager of Convergence Training. “If you want to deliver effective training in a short amount of time, it has to be engaging, and it has to be easily recalled when people are actually out there on the job. High-quality audio-visual training content like ours is proven to be more effective at delivering a memorable training experience than your standard lecture or PowerPoint presentation, and I think that’s what makes us a great fit for this project.”

Keeping in spirit with the Toolbox Talk concept, Convergence Training developed each of the Caterpillar Toolbox Talk videos to be from 3-15 minutes long and to focus discussion around a single safety topic. The first seven videos are aligned with Caterpillar’s most popular Toolbox Talk guides:

  • Back Protection
  • Building a Safety Culture
  • Common Safety Mistakes
  • Cost of an Accident
  • Fatigue Avoidance
  • Operator Visibility Around Heavy Equipment
  • Safe Use of Cell Phones

Computer-based versions of the Toolbox Talk courses can be accessed through the Convergence LMS training management platform or at Caterpillar University. The Toolbox Talk DVDs are available for sale online at and

Convergence Training is a leading producer of occupational health and safety training videos, training management software, and regulatory compliance tools for general industry, manufacturing, pulp and paper, and mining.

For more information on Convergence Training’s safety training videos, compliance software, and online training services, please visit or call 360-619-5010 x229.

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Visit Convergence Training at the National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference & Expo

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending the National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference & Expo in Galveston, Texas on April 8 and 9.

Convergence Training is a leader in the safety training industry. We offer: Learning management systems to assign and deliver training to workers and keep records of completed training. This includes our:

  • Enterprise LMS for large organizations or organizations with multiple sites
  • Express LMS for smaller organizations
  • Contractor LMS for contractor, vendor, and visitor orientations
  • Convergence Mobile for remote training in the field
  • Custom training solutions to meet you specific needs

We also offer off-the-shelf 3D animated training materials, including libraries that focus on:

  • Health & Safety
  • First Aid
  • Driver Safety
  • Equipment Safety
  • Hazardous Materials

We are looking forward to the conference and are excited to display and demonstrate our award-winning, innovative training materials while we’re there. Look for us at Booth 772.

Click here for more information about the Texas Safety Conference & Expo.

Click here for more information about Convergence Training.

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