ANSI Z490.2–Upcoming ANSI/ASSE National Standard Accepted Practices for Virtual Training in OSH&E Management

Are you familiar with ANSI Z490.1Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training–from our friends at ANSI and ASSE?

You may be on your own. Or perhaps you’ve read our series of articles about Z490.1, or even downloaded our free Effective Safety Training guide, which is in agreement with much of Z490.1.

Well, in addition to all your appreciation of Z490.1, I’m excited to bring some additional joy into your life. In the form of ANSI Z490.2. This is an upcoming standard on “virtual” EHS training.

How do I know about Z490.2, you ask? Good question! Because I was just accepted to work together with a lot of other folks to put the standard together. As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited to work on the standard and to help guide it toward completion.

We’re writing about this now for two reasons. First, as a head’s up that the standard is in the works. And second, to let you know we plan on writing an occasional article here at the Convergence Training blog updating you (when I can) on the status of the standard and maybe sharing some insights into how a national standard is created.

Because I literally just got accepted, and because the project is in the earliest phases, there’s not a ton to tell you right now. What I CAN say is I looked at the names of the participants and saw some folks I respect quite a good deal. So that’s a good sign.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions by using the comments section below. And we’ll keep you posted here at the blog.

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OSHA’s New Online Reporting Requirements


By now, you’ve probably heard about OSHA’s new (and final) rule that requires most employers to electronically submit injury and illness data.

If not, or if you’re still a little fuzzy on all the details, we’ve got information about it all for you here.

It should be an interesting change for lots of businesses.

The information in the article below should be a good start to get you ready for it all.

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The EPA, Environmental Regulations, and Online Environmental Training Options

The United States EPA enforces regulations intended to reduce pollution in the United States.

These regulations include the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which creates a framework for the proper management of solid waste, both hazardous and non-hazardous; oil spills prevention and preparedness regulations, including the Spill Prevention Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule; and stormwater rules.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of those rules, provide some additional information, and make some online training suggestions for you as well.

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Online Safety Training Glossary: Terms to Know In Your Search

Looking to buy an online safety training solution? Maybe some online courses, maybe a learning management system (LMS), or maybe both?

But maybe also a little….intimidated by all the jargon and special terms?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. We’ve put together a handy glossary of terms you may run into while you’re researching and evaluating online safety training.

We’ve probably included more words than any one person or company will need to look up, but what’s the harm of having extras? On the flip-side, please use the comments section at the bottom of this article if you think we’ve missed something.

Hope you find this helpful!

NOTE: We’re hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 22 on how to compare online safety training solutions and find the best one for your company. You can sign up for the webinar now. We created this glossary to support that webinar and so you could use it as a resource in your search. 

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Recorded Webinar: Comparing Online Safety Training Systems to Find the Best Match for Your Company’s Safety Training Needs

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Hello readers and occasional viewers and listeners!

We’re publishing this article to let you know about an upcoming webinar on comparing different online safety training solutions and finding the one that’s best for your company.

You can register for the webinar here. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 10 am (Pacific). 

In the webinar, we’ll be giving you some tips about how to research, evaluate, and implement online safety training solutions at your workplace. We’ll briefly explain what online safety training is and give an overview of the type of online safety training solutions that are out in the marketplace; we’ll go over a few benefits of online safety training; we’ll give you tips for evaluating online safety training courses, online safety training management systems, and online safety training providers; we’ll help you build your own internal online safety training evaluation team at work; and we’ll give you some pointers about determining your company’s own unique online safety training needs.

In addition, we already have a large series of helpful related resources for you below the MORE button if you want to begin researching things on your own now. And once the webinar has been held, we’ll place an on-demand recording of the webinar on this page as well so you can listen to it any time you want or send it off to coworkers or friends.

So feel free to check out the stuff below now, get excited for the upcoming webinar and stay tuned for more news, and know you can always come back to this page later as you’re continuing your process of getting online safety training at work.

Also, let us know if you have questions you’d like answers to, or issues you’d like to see addressed, during the webinar. If we get some responses, we’ll try to fold those into the webinar in advance. 

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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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Types of Online Safety Training: 2 Main Options for Employers

2 Types of Online Safety Training ImageIf your company is thinking of getting some online safety training, it would be logical to want to know more about it before you plunk down a bunch of money.

This is the first article in a series that will help you answer some common questions and help you find the type of online safety training system that’s best for your company.

In this article, we’ll look at two common types of online safety training: on-demand online safety training and online safety training that’s administered using learning management systems (LMSs).

Once you’re done with this article, you may also be interested in a second article, Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training Solutions.

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Secrets of Effective Safety Training: 6 Steps to a Safer Workplace

Six Steps of Effective Safety Training ImageWant to know how to design, create, and deliver great safety training at work? Effective safety training? The kind of safety training that has a real effect on incident rates, driving them down? That contributes to a healthier, safer work environment?

We’ve got a pretty simple, six-step formula for success for you to follow in this article. Follow and put these six steps at work with your own safety training and you’ll watch your safety training program become more effective right before your own eyes. And as a result, your safety and health program will benefit as well. And that’s what we all want, right?

We’ve explained each step in some detail below. Enough to get started if that’s all you’re looking for. But we’ve also included links to more complete articles on the six different steps if you really want to dive deep.

That’s not all, though. We’ve also included a free Guide to Effective Safety Training download for you.

Now, let’s see how you can create more effective safety training at your work.

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8 Reasons to Add Online Safety Training for Employees

Reasons to Add Online Safety Training ImagePotential customers often ask if we can provide reasons to add online safety training to their current workforce safety training program.

It’s a good question. Why just jump into a new thing if you don’t know if it will benefit your safety program or what those benefits will be?

In this article, we’ve laid out 8 solid reasons to add online safety training at work. This should show you how you’ll benefit. Our list will include some things you might have thought of, plus some things you may not have thought of.

If you finish this article and decide you want to explore this issue further, check out how How to Pitch Your Boss on Online Safety Training article, check our Health and Safety Training eLearning library and learning management system (LMS), or let us know you’d like to set up a preview or demo.

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How to Pitch Online Safety Training Programs To Your Boss

Pitching online safety training to your bossReady to pitch online safety training to your boss at work, but not quite sure how to frame your argument?

In this article, we’ve got the information you need to make a convincing case.

Once you’ve got the OK from the boss(es), you can then begin searching for and evaluating the online safety and health training solutions that work best for your company. And we’re going to create some materials shortly to help you with that process.

But that’s the next step. For now, let’s get started on arguments for pitching online safety training to the boss. You have to get the OK first, right?

Use the comments section at the bottom if you’ve got any questions or if you’ve got some ideas of your own about this. And notice that we’ve included a free download at the bottom of this article that explains in detail 10 real benefits that 10 real customers of ours experienced after adding online training to their existing safety training solutions. You’ll be surprised at some of the things they reported.
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OHSMS: Monitoring, Evaluation, & Correcting

Evaluating and Correcting an OHSMSIt’s time for another article in our ongoing series about occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).

In this article, we’re going to explain what to do once you’re implemented your OHSMS, it’s in operation, and you want to monitor it, evaluate the performance, and make any corrections necessary to improve results.

In doing so, we’ll look at monitoring, measuring, and assessing your OHSMS; performing incident investigations; performing audits of the various phases of your OHSMS; taking any corrective actions necessary; and including any corrective actions in your OHSMS’s planning process and in its management review.

If you’re new to the series, or if you’d like to review, here’s what we’ve covered so far:

As a reminder, this entire series is based on ANSI Z10 (2012), the ANSI/ASSE standard on occupational health and safety management systems. We encourage you to buy a copy, which you can do here.

And with that, let’s get started.

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