Fun Scaffolds Training Game

Scaffolds are hazardous and workers get hurt on them–or worse, get hurt when falling from them.

Given that, it makes sense to train employees to work on, with, and near scaffolds safely. And it makes sense to train them in a variety of ways.

One thing you can do to add a little fun to the training is to let your employees play this scaffolds training game. You may even give it a shot yourself!

It’s basically the same thing as the games on TV’s Wheel of Fortune, except (1) there’s no Vanna White and (2) it’s about scaffolds.

Have a fun time with this!

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5 Steps to Developing Better Occupational Environmental, Health, and Safety Training

Better Occupational Environmental, Health, and Safety Training ImageIt’s not easy to develop effective occupational environmental, health, and safety training. If you’ve been doing it yourself, you know this.

And what makes it worse, many times the people tasked with designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating that training are experts in certain areas under the “EHS umbrella” but don’t have a lot of expertise in things related to training or learning and development. Sound familiar?

In this article, we’ll give you an overview of how to improve the environmental, health, and safety training at your workplace, we’ll link you to more extensive articles on each topic, and most importantly, we’ll give you a free 60-page guide on creating better environmental, health, and safety training so you can apply it at work over and over again. 

Please note that this article and the free guide at the bottom are based on ANSI Z490.1, the US National Standard of Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training. You might also be interested to know that ANSI Z490.2, an upcoming standard on online safety training, is currently in the works (check that link for an update on progress).

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Free Safety Checklists

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From time to time, we make free safety checklists that you can use for safety training or audit purposes.  And we put them on our blog for you to download. What’s not to like about that?

But now we’ve gone one step better. We’ve created this single page so you can find all the free checklists on our blog in one handy spot. Just click any of the links below to find the checklists listed.

When we create new checklists in the future, each checklist will have its own individual article, plus we’ll try to be good and come back to this article and include a link here as well. So keep your eyes here on the Convergence Training blog and look for more of these free safety and operations checklists.

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Corrugated Board Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the corrugated board industry?

We think the chances are high that you are. First, because you’re reading a blog article about a corrugated board word game. And second, because a lot of people have been coming to the Convergence Training website all excited about the multimedia training courses for corrugated board manufacturing that we have available.

So if we’re right, and you ARE in corrugated board, we’re confident you’re going to like this article.

And that’s because we’ve got a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game here for you. And–wait for it–it’s all about corrugated board and terms from the corrugated board industry. What more could you want!

The game is fun to play just to quiz yourself, or you can use it to quiz employees. It might be especially helpful for new hires with no previous experience in the corrugated board industry. They might thank you for the opportunity to review some key terms. Hey, they might even enjoy themselves a touch.

And don’t forget you can project this game on a screen or wall and play together as a team, maybe during one of your regularly scheduled weekly meetings.

Have fun and let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games.

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Lean Manufacturing Word Game

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Curious about lean manufacturing (often called just “lean” for short)? Or maybe just in the mood to test your knowledge of lean manufacturing with a fun interactive word game? Either way, you’ve come to a good spot.

Lean is a philosophy a methodology with roots based in Training Within Industry (TWI), Japanese manufacturing, and the Toyota Production System (TPS).

A lot of our customers have an interest in lean manufacturing (with this more specific meaning). In fact, not that long ago we ran a popular post about how to introduce your workers to lean manufacturing.

This is meant as a quick (and fun) introduction to some terms in lean. Please use the comments section at the bottom if there are other terms you think we should add. We may at some point recreate this word game, including more terms, or possibly make additional lean-related word games.

Oh, and hey–please note you can play this word game for free from our blog anytime you want, or you can download your own free copy and put it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS). Read the additional notes below if you’re interested in that second option.

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Tissue Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the tissue manufacturing industry?

If you are, you’re going to like what we’ve got for you here.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game that just so happens to be all about terms used in tissue manufacturing. How often do you run into that, right?

Use the game to test your own knowledge, or use it to quiz employees. You might find it especially useful if you’ve got some new hires with little previous tissue manufacturing experience. They may even thank you or tell you it was fun.

And don’t forget that you can project this on a screen and play it together as a group.

Have fun, let us know how you did, and check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games.

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Pulp Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the pulp (or pulp and paper) manufacturing industry?

If so, you’re gonna like what we’ve got for you here.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game. But it’s not about the kind of boring, unimportant stuff that TV game shows tend to fixate on. That’s right–it’s about pulp! A truly fascinating subject worthy of many fine games.

If you wish, you can use this game to quiz yourself. Or, you might want to use it as a quiz while you’re training employees. It might be especially helpful if you’re onboarding new hires with little or no experience in pulp manufacturing. They may even admit to having a little fun this with.

And remember that you can project this on a screen during a weekly team meeting as a fun way for the entire team to work and learn together.

Have fun and let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games, too.

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Free Surface Mining Equipment Glossary

We’ve been revamping our mining safety training elearning library, in case you didn’t know.

What does that mean? Well, we’ve added a BUNCH of new courses, for one thing. We’ve spruced up older titles, adding new information when relevant and improving our graphics in all cases (our 3D animation capabilities become more and more impressive every year).

And we’ve broken some of the courses up into shorter, more “bite-sized” learning activities to make them easier to watch and more effective learning experiences.

So all told, it’s a general improvement all the way around.

In this article, you can see some of the fruits of that labor. Plus you can check out an interactive glossary of terms related to equipment used in surface mining. And you can even download a free copy for yourself (read more details below about what you’d download and how to use it).

Win-win-win!
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Paper Manufacturing Word Game

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Are you in the paper manufacturing industry?

If so, you’re going to like what we’ve got for you in this blog post.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game. But unlike most of the word games our friends Vanna and Pat play on TV, this word game focuses on words commonly used in the paper manufacturing industry. Meaning, it’s relevant to you and your worklife!

You can use this word game just for fun to quiz yourself. Or, you may find it helpful as a bit of a quiz tool to employees you’re training. In particular, it could be very helpful when onboarding new hires with little or no experience in paper manufacturing. Heck, they might have a little fun themselves along the way.

And don’t be afraid to project this on a screen during a weekly team meeting as a way to get everyone involved, sharing, and learning.

Let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games, too.

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On-Demand Webinar: Developing Effective Safety Training

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Want to know the hidden secret to developing effective safety training materials?

Actually, there’s no hidden secret. But there ARE some well-known, tried-and-true methods, and they’re documented in ANSI Z490.1, the national standard of Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.

In this 30-minute, recorded, on-demand webinar, we introduce you to ANSI Z490.1, and focus on four aspects of developing effective EHS training that Z490.1 calls out:

  • Writing learning objectives that pass the ABCD and SMART tests
  • Using a blended learning solution for safety training and selecting training delivery methods based on the need for “adequate feedback”
  • Tips for developing effective safety training, including using credible information sources and following some best practices of instructional design
  • Evaluating safety training using Kirkpatrick’s four-level evaluation method

If you want to get started listening, go right ahead, just click the “READ MORE” button and listen and watch/listen away.

Also, know that we’ve got a series of related helpful links for you below the webinar video, and we’ve also included our helpful Guide to Effective EHS Training as a free download below that, too (that’s the guide that we talk about during the webinar).

Enjoy!
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Free Surface Mine Physical Environment Interactive Glossary

We’ve been revamping our mining safety training e-learning library, in case you didn’t know.

What does that mean? Well, we’ve added a BUNCH of new courses, for one thing. We’ve spruced up older titles, adding new information when relevant and improving our graphics (our 3D animation capabilities become more and more impressive every year). And we’ve broken some of the courses up into shorter, more “bite-sized” learning activities to make them easier to watch and more effective learning experiences.

One of the courses we’ve updated is our General Physical Characteristics of Surface Mines (great for Part 46 New Miner and Annual Refresher, by the way). To show that off a bit and give you a free training resource, we’ve taken some of the terms, definitions, and images from that course and made the free interactive glossary below.

There are two ways you can enjoy this free resource. The first is to just play it here from our blog. You can do that any time you wish. The second is to download your own free copy and then import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS. We’ve included more information about that second option below.
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Free Paper Manufacturing Interactive Glossary

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Here’s a cool interactive glossary of terms commonly used in the papermaking industry. Watch it here as many times as you want whenever you want. Or you can even download a free copy for yourself.

We’ve focused on some basics, and drew the images, terms, and definitions from two of our paper manufacturing e-learning courses: Pulping and Papermaking Overview and Introduction to Paper and Board Machines.

Of course, these are just two of MANY paper manufacturing titles we offer, but it’s a nice place to begin.

Hope you enjoy this glossary. Don’t forget to check out our paper manufacturing e-learning library while you’re here, too, or even download our two free guides to training in the paper manufacturing industry: Paper Manufacturing Training–the Basics and The Guide to Online Training for Paper Manufacturing.

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