Performing a Pre-Task Pre-Mortem: An Interview with Joe Estey

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In this interview, we’re catching up with our old friend Joe Estey to learn about what he calls a “pre-task pre-mortem.”

A pre-task pre-mortem is a discussion to talk about (1) the desired end-state of the task, (2) the process for completing the task, (3) the resources used for the task, (4) where failure is most likely to occur during the task, and (4) mitigations and controls necessary based no the pre-mortem discussion.

We’ve typed up the entire transcript of this discussion with Joe for you below, but know that there’s also a video of the discussion at the bottom of this article if you’d prefer to watch and listen instead of read.

Now, let’s learn more about pre-mortems for safety and learning.

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What to Look for in An LMS for Online Safety Training

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In this article, we’re going to list a number of important features to consider while you’re looking for a learning management system (LMS) to use for managing and administering online safety training at your workplace.

If you’re not sure what an LMS is, it’s an online software application you can use to assign, deliver, import, create, track, and report on online training, and even types of training that don’t occur online such as field-based and instructor-led classroom training. To learn more about LMSs in general, check out our What Is an LMS? article.

Let’s jump into this article now. If you want to learn even more after you’ve finished this article, we’ve included a lot of additional links for you at the bottom, and don’t forget to download our free 90-page Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist.

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Safety and the Learning Organization

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Hello and welcome, friend! In this article, we’re going to give you an introduction to how safety departments, safety managers, and/or safety professionals can contribute to the creation of a learning organization at work.

In doing so, we’ll introduce you to or touch on learning organization theory, new safety/safety differently/safety 2/human and organization performance (HOP), risk management, systems thinking and safety management systems, lean manufacturing, and more.

Let’s get started.

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Come Visit Us at the 2018 National Safety Council Congress & Expo

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This year’s National Safety Council Congress & Expo will be held October 20-26 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX, and we’re excited to say that we’ll be there are are looking forward to meeting you if you’ll be there too.

Come on by our booth to see our award-winning safety training solutions, including:

As an added bonus, some of our new partners from RedVector will be there with us and if you leave your business card at our booth, you can get one free pay-per-view version of any of our 3D-animated workforce training courses.

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

Come meet us and say hi and let’s get to know one another. We’d love to find out how we can help you make your workplace safer, healthier, and more efficient.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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Some Things to Look for in Online Safety Training Courses

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Want to find the best online safety training courses for your company?

If so, we’ve got some great tips to help you make you decision below.

Once you’ve read this article, if you want to continue your research, let us recommend our Evaluating Online Safety Training recorded webinar (it’s free!), our Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions article, and our free 90-page Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist as well.

And once you know what you want, our How to Pitch Your Boss on Online Safety Training article may be quite handy.

But let’s not put the cart in front of the wagon. Check out some of the criteria for evaluating online safety training courses below first, and let us know if you’ve got any questions we can answer.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Small Business Handbook

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If you’re in charge of safety at a small business, and you feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the OSHA compliance regulations, you’re going to be excited to know about OSHA’s Small Business Handbook. It’s just what you’re looking for.

In this article, we’ll tell you about OSHA’s Small Business Handbook, tell you how it can help you, and most importantly, tell you where to get it.

If you find this article helpful, you may also want to check the other articles in our OSHA Basics series, which includes a number of articles to help with 101-level OSHA information. We’ve included a series of links to the other OSHA Basics articles at the bottom of this article.

For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the Small Business Handbook.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Top Ten Violations/Citations, Year by Year

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If you’re new to Safety, EHS, or OSHA, you might be a fan of our OSHA Basics series of articles, which explains a number of basic OSHA concepts, ideas, programs, regulations, etc. We’ve got a full list of the articles in this series at the bottom of this article.

And, as you may have guessed, THIS is another article in our OSHA Basics series. In this one, we’re going to give you a little bit of historical information about what’s commonly known as “OSHA’s Top Ten,” which is an annual list of the 10 standard violations that OSHA wrote the most citations for in the previous year (a fiscal year, to be exact, not a calendar year).

Before you read on, there are a few things to know or that we should you remind you of. The first is that you should remember that this list changes every year. And the second is that while the list changes every year, most of the items appear on the list year after year after year.

Read on to get a bit of a historic introduction to OSHA’s Top Ten lists from recent years.

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Come See Us at the Washington State Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board Conference

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Washingtonians, we are excited to announce that we’ll be facilitating two separate presentations and also exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference September 26 & 27, 2018 in lovely Spokane, WA (if you haven’t been to Spokane, trust us that it’s lovely at this time of the year).

First, let’s talk about those presentations: Jeff Dalto, the Senior L&D Specialist at Convergence Training, will be presenting or co-presenting on two different topics:

  1. Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions: learn some criteria for evaluating online safety training courses, learning management systems, and providers, as well as pick up key terms, definitions, jargon, and acronyms. To get an idea of what Jeff will be talking about, check out this recorded, on-demand webinar.
  2. How “Safety” Can Contribute to a Learning Organization: Jeff will co-present with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist and Assistant Professor at Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management Department (see this recent discussion with Morgan about industrial hygiene). Morgan and Jeff will discuss learning organization theory and the importance of being a learning organization in the economy of today and the future, and will give 22-specific tips for Safety professionals to apply this at work. If you want to get the learning juices flowing in advance of the talk, you might find this interview with Arun Pradhan on learning to learn and lifelong learning, this interview with Ron Gantt on Safety Differently, this overview of some of Todd Conklin’s work on Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), or this interview with Pam Walaski about systems thinking, risk management, and safety management systems in safety of interest.

And next, let’s discuss what we’ll be doing in the exhibit area in booth 208. We’ll be showing off our:

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

So, there are plenty of opportunities to meet up and lots to talk about. Try to catch us when you can and we look forward to meeting you and learning together.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Update: Instructional Methods and Learning Technologies

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If you’re in the know, you know that ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 is the US national standard for EHS training. If you want to learn more, check out our intro to Z490.1 and consider buying a copy of it, too (be sure to get the recent, 2016 version!).

If you’re even more in the know, you know that ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 is (1) in the works and (2) a similar standard that’s focused on ONLINE EHS training.

And if really in the know, so much that I suspect this is my mom, you know that Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is on the sub-committee creating Z490.2 and he occasionally provides Z490.2 progress updates here after committee meetings. Hi, Mom!

This is one of those Z490.2 progress updates. Read on to learn more.

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Confined Space Hazards: Hazards that Turn a Confined Space Into a Permit Space (General Industry)

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OSHA’s 1910.144 Confined Space regulation covers confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces in general industry.

Amongst other things, it explains what a confined space is, what a permit-required confined space is, and what an employer must do in order to allow entry into a confined space.

One of the key issues in understanding all of this is knowing what hazards must be present in order to turn a confined space into a permit-required confined space (alternately known simply as a permit space).

We’ll explain just what those hazards are and point you toward additional helpful information about confined spaces and OSHA regulations regarding confined spaces in this article.

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Come See Us at the Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference

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If you’re an Oregonian and a Safety professional, we want to let you know that we’ll soon be exhibiting and presenting at the upcoming Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Bend, Oregon (September 18 & 19, 2018 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes).

First, the presentation: Convergence Training’s Jeff Dalto will be giving a three-hour workshop on Effective Safety Training, during which he’ll introduce the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard on EHS Training, lead active discussions and hands-on exercises on four tips from Z4901. (learning objectives, blended learning, credible information and instructional design, and evaluating and continually improving training) as well as introduce some specific evidence-based training tips.

Note: This on-demand webinar covers some of the materials Jeff will talk about in his presentation.

Next, the exhibiting: When Jeff’s not exhibiting, he’ll be staffing the booth and demonstrating some of Convergence Training’s safety and safety training solutions. We’ll be showing off our:

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

Come on by and say hi and ask us any questions you’ve got on your mind–we’d be happy to meet you and try to help.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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Come See Us at the NSC’s Maine Safety and Health Conference, Sept 18-20, 2018

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If you’re planning on attending the 91st Annual National Safety Council Maine Safety and Health Conference at the August Civic Center in Augusta, Maine September 18-20, 2018, we’d love to see you!

Valerie Cantrell of Convergence Training | RedVector will be there waiting to meet you and to demonstrate our award-winning safety training materials, including our online safety training courses, our learning management system (LMS) for safety training administration, our new incident management system (IMS) for workplace incidents, and more.

Shoot us off a question or leave a comment below if  you’ve got special questions for us or if you’d like to set up a special meeting in advance. Otherwise, we’ll see you in Augusta!

And before you go, please feel free to download our free online safety training buyer’s guide below.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

Download Free Guide

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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