Online Hazardous Waste Training: What Is Hazardous Waste?

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So what is hazardous waste, you may ask?

Hazardous waste is regulated by the US EPA and The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA. The RCRA is a set of environmental regulations that regulates hazardous waste and more. In this article, we provide an overview of the RCRA, explain what a “hazardous waste” is (according to the EPA and RCA, naturally), and offer an online hazardous waste training suggestion for you–our RCRA Introduction online training course, which is part of our larger online Environmental training library. The online course is a great and inexpensive option for those of you who don’t want to read the full article or who want to show the course to a number of workers.

This material in this article and the online course will help your company ensure you’re treating hazardous wastes properly, not running afoul of environmental regulations, and doing your share to protect the environment around us. It will also offer suggestions and samples of hazardous waste training courses.

This article is a continuation of our look at online environmental training courses. You may also want to check our earlier article on The EPA, Environmental Regulations, and Online Training.

Before you begin reading, feel free to watch the short video overview of a few highlights from our Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) online training library.

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What is Industrial Hygiene & How Does it Contribute to Safety at Work

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Industrial hygiene and safety: ever wonder what industrial hygiene is? Ever wonder how industrial hygienists contribute to safety at work?

Some of you may already be familiar with the field of industrial hygiene. On the other hand, others of you may not, and may wonder what it is, why it exists, and what an industrial hygienist does.

In this article, we’ll provide an introduction to industrial hygiene and present a glimpse into the value this important field within occupational safety and health. Along the way, we’ll define what industrial hygiene is and who performs industrial hygiene. We’ll explain the worksite analysis that’s at the root of industrial hygiene in the workplace. We’ll list different types or categories of occupational hazards that industrial hygienists must identify and control. And we’ll provide some guidance about the hierarchy of control and how it’s used to prioritize different types of hazard control methods.

We’ll even include a list of industrial hygiene professional organizations as well as offer you plenty of free safety downloads, including ones on performing a job hazard analysis, performing an incident investigation, using the hierarchy of controls, and developing and delivering effective safety training.

Even better, we’ll give some samples of an online industrial hygiene training course you can use to train yourself or people at your worksite.

In addition to this helpful information, we offer an extensive library of online health and safety training courses, including many courses that cover topics directly related to the field of industrial hygiene. Feel free to check the course titles we offer for a match at your workplace, or just watch the short overview video drawn from some of our courses to get a better idea of our visually engaging online health and safety training materials before you read on for more specific details about industrial hygiene.

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Safety Management Best Practices: OSHA’s Recommendations for Safety & Health Programs

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Back in October, 2016, OSHA created a final version of their new guideline for safety and health management programs, titled Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. Around the same time, they published a helpful website full of additional materials related to best practices for safety and health programs.

We write about safety and health management from time to time. Before OSHA had finalized the new guideline, we published an article titled What Is a Safety and Health Program? And we’re also currently in the middle of an extended, multi-article series looking at safety and health management programs, which began with a comparison of different safety and health management standards and guidelines and then focused in on ANSI Z.10. And so it only seemed natural that we’d give you an overview of OSHA’s new safety and health management guideline.

We’d love to hear your opinions of and experiences with the new guideline in particular or with safety and health management in general. There’s a comments section at the bottom of this article–don’t be shy about using it.

Please note: this article is about OSHA’s safety management guideline for non-construction industry employers. See the following link for their Construction Safety Management Guidelines.

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Top 5 Workplace Stress Management Tips (Without Changing Your Workload)

The World Health Organization recently called stress “the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.” That’s pretty big news!

Everyone experiences some amount type of work-related stress. Occasional job stress poses little harm and can even be effective in increasing productivity. However, prolonged stress can be detrimental to both your professional and personal life.

Common symptoms of prolonged workplace stress include low morale, boredom, anxiety, and anger. Stress can even manifest as physical health problems ranging from headaches and stomaches to heart problems.

So we all experience stress. But what makes a difference is how we choose to manage stress. Managing stress is crucial to improving your job performance, staying safe while working, and taking care of your physical and mental health.

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Industrial Safety Topics and Solutions

Industrial safety topics are designed to make workers aware of policies and protections put in place to ensure safety for laborers and their work environment.

While manufacturing jobs can drastically differ from one another, there are some universal industrial safety topics and solutions that are helpful for any type of manufacturing.

We’ve included a few general tips for manufacturing safety below.

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Online Occupational Health and Safety Training Courses

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Convergence Training’s online occupational health and safety training courses teach new employees important knowledge and skills while providing experienced employees a way to refresh their understanding of knowledge and skills they’re familiar with (see our article on the importance of “spaced practice” for more about the value of this).

There are some clear advantages of online training. One is that the employee can learn at his or her own pace. Another is that the employee can access the online training anywhere at work anywhere by using a mobile device.

Convergence Training provides a large number of online safety courses on many different topics. This article describes some of the courses involving driver safety, first aid, equipment safety, and general safety. However, to see the full list and course descriptions, check Convergence Training’s online occupational health and safety training courses.

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5 Manufacturing Safety Topics for a Safer Workplace

No matter your occupation, workplace safety is vital. However, it is especially important in the manufacturing industry since you are dealing with heavy machinery. Therefore, taking safety precautions seriously and conducting safety training is extremely important for manufacturing jobs.

According to OSHA, companies that focus on worker’s safety have nearly 50 percent fewer lost workdays. To keep employees interested when conducting safety training and in safety meetings, make sure to show your concern about your employees being potentially injured. Also, praise employees who work safely and encourage reporting accidents and injuries.

We’ve got some tips for helping to keep people safe on the job below.

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Read Our Article on Blended Safety Training in March Issue of ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’ve published another in a series of articles related to safety training in the March issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

The series of articles provides tips for better safety training, and takes as a starting point some key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on Effective Safety Training. In this particular article, we focused on how to use a “blended learning solution,” as Z490.1 recommends, to get the best safety training.

We encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for Effective Safety Training. Also, be aware that ANSI and ASSE are beginning the process of creating ANSI Z490.2, which will deal with online or “virtual” safety training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here.

Finally, we’ve got some safety-training-related freebies for you. To learn more about blended safety training, download our free Beginner’s Guide to Blended Learning by clicking the link you just past or download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training, which is based on Z490.1, by clicking the large download button at the bottom of this article.

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Free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Deciding on an online safety training solution is a big decision.

But it doesn’t have to be intimidating or impossible. And there’s no reason to simply guess blindly and hope you get a good one.

To help, we’ve created a free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist that you can download at the bottom of this article. We think it will give you a good leg up on your search.

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The 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo: Visit our Booth to See the Best Safety Training Anywhere

It must be conference season, because we’re headed out to a lot of shows lately.

To that point, if you’re in the Buckeye state of Ohio, or nearby, we hope you’ll be at the upcoming 2017 Ohio Safety Congress & Expo in beautiful and hip Columbus, OH at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The dates, you ask? March 8-10.

If you do make it, swing on by and check out our award-winning safety training materials, including online safety/health/environmental training courses and our Convergence LMS for training administration.

Our very own Colby Matney and Brian Andrewjeski will be at Booth 833 waiting to help you.

Got any questions? Let us know. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you.

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See You at Oregon GOSH 2017–Portland, OR–Tuesday, March 7-Thursday, March 9

We’ll be attending the GOSH (Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health) conference, March 6-9, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, OR this year.

Stop by and say “hi” to Josh Swink in Booth 429. Josh will show you our eLearning courses for environmental, health, and safety training; our courses for mining safety training and MSHA compliance; and our Convergence LMS for managing and administering your safety training programs. You can also talk to Josh about custom safety training and our new mobile apps for safety training while you’re there.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be leading a presentation on Comparing Different Online Safety Training on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 am to noon. The presentation should help you if your company is looking to add an online safety training solution at work but you’re not sure how to start your search. Jeff will cover much of what he’s covered in a recent webinar on this topic–check our the blog page we have dedicated to that webinar for more information and related resources.
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ANSI Z490.2–Upcoming ANSI/ASSE National Standard on 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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Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to design, create, deliver, and evaluate effective EHS training by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.

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