Convergence Training Listed as One Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies by Training Industry

Whew! We’re winning so many awards lately, it’s hard for this humble safety blogger to keep up. But that’s a good problem, no?

For those keeping track at home, you may remember that we recently won the ISHN Best Safety Training Attendees Award at the recent ASSE Safety 2017 event in Denver, CO, and that had followed our winning the ISHN 2017 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Safety Training.

And today we’re happy to announce that Training Industry recently named Convergence Training as one of the top 20 health and safety training companies for 2017. Thanks to the folks at Training Industry for including us!

If you’re new to Convergence, and you’re wondering what we did to make it on the top 20 list, the links and videos below may give you an idea:

Not only that, we’ve got an Incident Management System for performing incident investigations, tracking corrective actions, keeping records, and OSHA and MSHA submission.

Here are some samples. First, a quick highlight video featuring images from some of our online training courses:

Next, an overview of our Convergence LMS for safety training administration:

And here’s an overview of using the Convergence LMS for MSHA safety training and compliance:

Finally, here’s our new Incident Management System:

 

Let us know if there’s some how we can help YOU with safety training at your work. And thanks again to Training Industry magazine.

Before you leave, why not download the free guide to effective safety training below as well?

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Safety Differently, Incident Reporting, and Incident Investigations: More with Ron Gantt

This is the second of our three articles with Ron Gantt focusing on Safety Differently.

If you missed our earlier Introduction to Safety Differently, click that link you just passed up. We also have another article on Safety Differently and Safety Training which is coming soon.

The focus of this article, though, is on Safety Differently and incident investigations.

Read on to learn more.

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OSHA Arc Flash Training Requirements and Standards

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Live work on electrical equipment carries a substantial risk of electric shock and arc flash. When exposed to energized equipment, employees must have a clear understanding of potential hazards and ways to work safely. Prevention of unsafe conditions is vital, as the consequences of electrical shock and arc flash can be devastating.

Temperatures during an arc flash can reach or exceed 35,000 °F (19,400 °C).  Explosions during these events can occur as metal changes from a solid to a gaseous state, causing expansion and dynamic force. The resulting blast can produce blinding light, flying shrapnel, molten metal, extreme pressure, electric shock, and deafening noise.

Employees experiencing such catastrophes can be severely burned and/or suffer vision and hearing loss, crushing body injuries, and concussions and other traumatic brain injuries. Flying shrapnel from these events can incur serious wounds or impalements. If the work is elevated, the force of the arc blast or shock also may cause workers to fall from heights and produce additional injuries.

Protecting your workers from hazards such as these mandates several interwoven and necessary training components.

If you’re wondering about what is required, let’s take a look at the applicable standards in this article.

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Electrical, High Voltage Arc Flashes: What You Need to Know

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You’ve heard about arc flash, but do you really understand enough to protect your workers?

Arc flash is a topic that is undergoing increased discussion in the workplace safety and health industry. And with good reason, as according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), fatalities due to arc flash occur at a rate of approximately one per day in the USA. And annually, more than two thousand workers are admitted to intensive care burn units because of these catastrophes.

An arc flash represents an extremely dangerous condition in the workplace. If you don’t have an adequate safety program in place, your workers may be exposed to these dangers. Let’s review some of the basics and look at what occurs during an arc flash incident, as well how to prevent hazardous conditions.

 

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The Convergence Incident Management System (IMS): Available Now


You may know that our brand-new Incident Management System, or IMS, has been nearing completion. Well, we’re happy to let you know that it’s now available and ready for you to use at your organization.

You can use our Incident Management System to:

  • Create, edit, manage, and track the status of incident reports
  • Attach associated incident documents and images, including digital photos and videos
  • Select involved personnel directly from the system
  • Document OSHA-recordable and MSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses, and submit those directly to OSHA and MSHA
  • Identify root causes
  • Prescribe, record, and track corrective actions

Even better, you can use it as a stand-alone product or you can integrate it with the Convergence LMS (our software tool for workforce training and safety training administration).

Here’s a quick video overview:

We think you’re really going to like this new safety tool. Click to learn more about our incident management system or just contact us.

You may also get some valuable insights from the following articles related to incident investigations:

And be sure to downloading our free Job Hazard Analysis Guide, below. There’s some important stuff in there.

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Incident Investigations and Root Cause Analyses: Tips from a Pro


Three quick reminders before we begin this article on performing a root-cause analysis during an incident investigation at work.

First, this is the second of two articles drawn from an interview with Joe Estey. The earlier article is more of an introduction to incident investigations, including what one is, when and how to do one, pros and cons of doing your own as opposed to bringing in a third-party, and some common mistakes people make while performing incident investigations.

Second, some history on how I know Joe. I met Joe after listening to him give a presentation on incident investigations during the Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety Conference. I liked it, learned a lot, reached out and asked if he’d participate in an interview, and he did. Thanks to Joe for all that.

Third, if you’re in the Pacific Northwest area, you can catch both Joe Estey and me speaking at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma, Washington (at the Convention Center) on September 19 & 20. Joe will be speaking on Generational Shift: Myths and Realities of the Multigenerational Workforce and Safety Culture. I will be giving one presentation on Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety Training and a second one on How to Evaluate Online Safety Training Courses, Systems, and Providers.

And with those three points made, let’s see what Joe had to tell us about incident investigations and performing a root-cause analysis.

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What Is an Incident Investigation: Tips from a Pro


I first met Joe Estey while listening to him give a presentation on incident investigations during the Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety Conference. I learned a lot about incident investigations, continuous improvement, and human performance improvement from Joe during that presentation, and so I followed up by asking him if he’d be willing to participate in an interview about incident investigations for our blog. Happily he said yes!

This is the first of two blog posts we’ll be publishing featuring Joe talking about incident investigations. The article focuses on explaining what an incident investigation is, how to perform one, and some common errors people commit while performing one. The second article will focus more on specifics for performing a root-cause analysis during the incident investigation process.

We’re excited about and grateful for Joe’s participation in this interview, and think you’ll enjoy learning from his knowledge and insights. For more about Joe, please read his bio at the bottom of this article.

Also, if you’re in the Pacific Northwest area, please know that you can catch both Joe Estey and me speaking at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Safety and Health Conference in Tacoma, Washington (at the Convention Center) on September 19 & 20. Joe will be speaking on Generational Shift: Myths and Realities of the Multigenerational Workforce and Safety Culture. I will be giving one presentation on Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety Training and a second one on How to Evaluate Online Safety Training Courses, Systems, and Providers.

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and Program

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When the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was published by OSHA in 1983, it represented a decade of painstaking, but vital, rulemaking activity.

More than thirty years have elapsed since the rule was published. And yet, HCS remains one of the most important and relevant US occupational safety and health standards. The Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), last updated in 2012 for GHS alignment, applies to a wide spectrum of workplaces and industries, and is considered one of the crown jewels in OSHA’s mission to protect workers on the job.

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Come See Us at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Expo September 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN


We’re looking forward to attending the National Safety Council (NSC) Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming September 25-27 and hope to see you there.

We’ll be in booth 1723, so stop by and say hi.

As always, we’ll be demonstrating our Convergence LMS for managing your safety training needs (plus MSHA safety training/compliance needs) and our online courses for health and safety and mining safety.

But we’re also excited to have available two new products you may not yet know about.

We’ll have all the information there for you at our booth. Come by and ask some questions, view a demo, and pick up some brochures to learn more.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Effective EHS Training


Hello, readers.

On September 19 and September 20, 2017, we’ll be giving two separate presentations related to safety training at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. One will be about Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions, and the second will be about Effective Safety Training.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for the presentation on Effective EHS Training. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

If you’re reading this before the conference presentation on September 20 and you plan on attending, feel free to check out the stuff below as a type of “pre-study” opportunity. It might help prime the pump for learning and questions.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

If you’re reading this blog post before the conference presentation but don’t plan to attend, there’s still plenty of stuff that you can read now and find useful. The same is true if you are reading this after the conference and you didn’t attend.

And with that, let’s go on to the good stuff.  Click the MORE button to get started.

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Come See Us at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference, September 19-20, 2017


We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference in Tacoma, WA on September 19-20, 2017 and we hope to see you there.

In addition, Jeff Dalto of Convergence will be leading two presentations–one on each day. On September 19, Jeff will lead a presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions. On September 20, Jeff will lead a presentation on Effective Safety & Health Training.

You’ll be able to find us at Booth 108 (which is very close to the entrance), except when Jeff is leading presentations. Come see us to learn more about our safety and health training solutions, including:

Go here for more information about the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

Go here for more information about the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

And don’t forget to download our free guide to effective safety training, below!

See you at the conference!

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2017/18 Flu Season Is Approaching: Here’s a Free Avoid the Flu Course

flu-seasonWith the passing of Labor Day, we can begin to plan for fall and even winter here in the United States and Canada. Even if it is almost 100 degrees outside as I type.

Among other things, that means thinking ahead to the 2017-2018 flu season. And early indicators suggest this coming flu season may be a rough one. Read this article on the seriousness of the flu season in Australia to see why that may mean we’re in for a bad flu season as well.

There’s a good chance you already know what to do to reduce your chances of getting the flu: get a flu shot, wash your hands a lot, and similar prevention tips. But we’ve used some information from our friends at the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pull together a free “Avoid the Flu” online course that you can watch as many times as you wish from this blog article as well.

Hope this helps!

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