Occupational Asbestos Exposure and Mesothelioma

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Did you know that there are about 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma, a disorder associated with exposure to asbestos, every year (in the US)? It’s true.

This is a high number, to be sure. And that high number becomes even more grave when you realize that diagnosed patients have a life expectancy of 12-21 months after diagnosis, that only 23% live longer than a year after diagnosis, and that on average, there are 2,500 mesothelioma related deaths in a year.

I recently met up with Shawn Tallet, a Health Advocate with the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center (MAAC), and he shared those numbers above with me. Shawn’s been nice enough to tell us a little more about asbestos, asbestos exposure in the workplace, and mesothelioma in the interview below. Our thanks to Shawn, to the MAAC, and to all the good people working to help prevent asbestos-related illness and to help those who do suffer from it.

In addition to the information below, I’d point you to the MAAC’s blog, which has a lot of helpful articles on the topic. And we’ve included a short sample of our own Online Asbestos Awareness Safety Training Course at the bottom of this article as well.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA Directives

Here’s another quick article in our OSHA Basics series, in which we explain basic, ground-level information about OSHA that you may not know. Hey, none of us were born with this information and you’ve got to learn it somewhere, right?

In this article, we’re going to explain what an OSHA Directive is. We hope you’ll find this helpful. They’re definitely good to know about in the context of OSHA inspections.

And with that to pique your curiosity, let’s get started.

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Update: Another Update, Plus Talk on “Shalls” and “Shoulds”

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As you may know, Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is part of the sub-committee creating the upcoming ASSP/ANSI Z490.2 standard for online EHS training.

As a result, this gives us the ability to periodically update you on developments with the creation of that standard. For example, in recent updates we discussed the meaning of the phrase “online safety training” and the use of the Delphi Method to create the new standard.

In this update, we’re going to tell you a few things we discussed and worked on in our most recent meetings, as well as point out something important about the structure of many standards like this that also has importance for OSHA compliance (hint: it involves words like “shall” and “should”).

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OSHA Basics: Letters of Interpretation (LIs)

As part of our OSHA Basics series, in which we explain some basic information about OSHA, we’re turning our attention to OSHA’s letters of interpretation.

If you’ve never heard of a letter of interpretation, they’re worth knowing about.

Or, maybe you’ve heard of them, but have always been a little curious about what they are. If that’s the case with you, we think we can help you out.

Or maybe you’re just curious about how to find OSHA’s letters of interpretations so you can read them yourself. Again, we’ve got you covered.

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OSHA Basics: The General Duty Clause–5(a)(1)

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In this installment of our OSHA Basics series, we’re going to give you a quick introduction to OSHA’s so-called “General Duty Clause.” The General Duty Clause is found in Section 5 of the OSH Act–5(a)(1), to be exact. And in general terms, it’s OSHA’s requirement that employers provide employees with a safe work environment that’s free of recognized hazards.

You probably know OSHA has many specific safety & health requirements for specific safety and health hazards–things like welding fumes, airborne particulates, and confined spaces, for example. But you can probably also understand that there may be unsafe, hazardous working conditions that aren’t covered by a specific OSHA standard. That’s the situation that OSHA’s General Duty Clause was created to cover–it’s a bit of a safety at work catch-all.

Read on to find out what the General Duty Clause is, how it’s related to an employer’s responsibility for occupational safety and health, and how an OSHA inspector might cite an employer for violating the General Duty Clause.

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Tips for Reducing Laceration Hand Injuries in the Workplace

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Lacerations, especially to the hands, are perennially one of the top workplace injuries. In fact, here’s what one customer told us recently: “Hand injuries account for about 1/3 of my company’s total injuries. We take every opportunity to raise Hand Safety awareness.”

Not only do cuts hurt, but they can sideline employees for days, weeks—sometimes even permanently: just about every job requires a worker to have healthy hands. Cuts are also more costly than most employers realize.

The good news is that lacerations are largely preventable. Proper training and PPE are important but, cutting to heart of the problem, so is choosing tools that are as safe as possible.

We asked TJ Scimone of Slice Inc., to talk with us about cutting hazards in the workplace and different methods workplaces and workers can use to protect themselves. We’re very pleased to have TJ share his experience and knowledge in the interview below.

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Customer Success Story: Rengo Packaging

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Rengo Packaging, Incorporated is a corrugated packaging manufacturer that specializes in custom-design packaging systems. They’re located in Kapolei, Hawaii and have fantastic management, employees, and a rock-star HR/AC/Administration/IT Manager, Manu Bermudes.

Rengo partnered with Convergence Training some years ago and since they began with us have used a number of our products and services, including our Contractor LMS, our flagship Convergence LMS, our online courses for corrugated packaging manufacturing (known as “Box Plant Basics”), and additional online training courses on safety and manufacturing topics.

Manu was kind enough to take some time from her very busy schedule to talk with us about her experience using Convergence Training products and working with Convergence on the development of the training program at Rengo. As you’ll see, Manu’s a powerhouse and a special person, and we had nothing but a great time working with her.

Check out the interview below and be ready to be inspired by Manu and by everyone at Rengo.

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The Fall Prevention & Protection Hierarchy of Controls

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As part of our extended look at preventing falls in construction, all of which is part of our observance of the recent 2018 National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, we’re going to take a look at the the fall prevention & protection hierarchy of controls in this article.

In addition to this article, remember we’ve also written the following related to falls, fall prevention, and fall protection recently:

There are also many other great fall protection resources out there, including the OSHA Fall Protection/Prevention Safety and Health Topic Page and this CDC/NIOSH Falls in the Workplace website. Please use the comments section at the bottom of this article if there are other fall prevention & protection resources out there you’d like to share with other readers.

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Convergence Training Incident Management System (IMS) Wins 2018 ISHN “EHS Management Software” Reader’s Choice Award

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Last year, Convergence Training won the ISHN Best Safety Training Reader’s Choice Award and the ISHN ASSE Safety 2017 Best Safety Training Attendees Award for our MSHA Training series of online safety training courses (designed primarily for MSHA Part 46 compliance).

This year, we added to that by winning the 2018 ISHN EHS Management Software Reader’s Choice award for our brand-spankin’ new Incident Management System software, which we call our IMS. Thanks to ISHN and all their readers for voting for us again this year!

We’re pumped about the win, as you’d expect.

What does our IMS do? Well, here’s a list features for starters:

  • Incident reporting, including attaching photos/documents/videos/audio
  • Incident investigations
  • Assigning corrective actions
  • Tracking correction actions
  • Reporting and data analytics
  • Automated notifications of key tasks
  • OSHA & MSHA reporting
  • OSHA online incident submission
  • DOT functionality (coming soon)
  • Mobile capabilities (phone, tablet, etc.)
  • Much more

Be sure to check out our Incident Management Softwareweb page to learn even more, or watch the brief video below for an overview of the system’s benefits. And you can always send us an email to learn more.

Investigating incidents at work, including near-misses, gives you a great opportunity learn more about the hazards and risks at your workplace and increase your organization’s overall capacity for safety.

For some related reading, we invite you to check out the following articles:

And before you go, please feel free to download our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, below! 

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3 Safety Tips Before Getting On an Aerial Lift

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Falls from heights continue to be a major cause of occupational injuries and fatalities, year after year. Those falls occur in a number of ways, including workers falling from aerial work platforms.

In this article, we’ll give you a few simple and easy-to-implement safety tips for working with aerial lifts. You might also be interested in our other articles related to falls that we created for the Safety Stand-Down week, including:

Also, check out the bottom of this article, because we’ve included a free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist for you. 

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3 Ways to Ensure Your Safety When Wearing a Fall Protection Harness

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Falls continue to be a leading cause of injuries and fatalities at work. That’s true year after year.

In this article, we’re going to provide a few quick, easy, and important tips on wearing a fall protection harness. Properly wearing a harness can be one way to reduce the risk of fall-related injuries and illnesses (although it’s important to remember that PPE is a low-level control on the hierarchy of controls and you should always attempt higher-level controls to reduce fall risk before considering PPE).

You might also want to check out the other articles related to falls and fall prevention that we’ve got for you.

Also, know that we’ve included a free Fall Prevention Toolbox Talk Checklist for you–just go down to the bottom of this article. 

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