Risk Management Basics: What Is Risk?

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In this installment of our Risk Management Basics series, we’re going to get very, very basic. In specific, we’re going to ask what does “risk” mean in risk management. How that’s for a basic Risk Management Basics topic?

And before we get going explaining what risk means in the context of risk management, we’d like to invite you to use the comments section to suggest topics for future risk management basics series articles. Just let us know what risky topic you’d like to learn more about…

And if you’re involved in occupational safety and health, feel free to download the free Guide to Using Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health at the bottom of this article (but note, this article addresses risk management and risk assessment in a general manner and can be applied to any aspect of enterprise risk management).

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Vector Solutions Monthly Blog Round Up: June, 2019

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Our parent company Vector Solutions has been publishing a monthly blog article that compiles one interesting blog article from different Vector Solutions  brands, including your friends here at Convergence Training.

This month’s round-up focuses on safety, because June is National Safety Month, and it includes:

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the June, 2019 Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up.

And here’s the back-library of Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up articles:

Because the theme of this one is safety, we figured we’d include a free guide to risk-based safety management for you immediately below. Feel free to download it and check out website for more free downloadable guides.

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Impairment at Work: Cell Phones Negatively Influence Your Cognitive Abilities

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The National Safety Council sets aside June of every year to mark National Safety Month (#NSM), and for National Safety Month 2019 they’re putting a new focus on each of the four weeks in June: Hazard Recognition; Slips, Trips, and Falls; Fatigue; and Impairment.  We’ve written an article and/or created free safety material in keeping with each of these weekly themes, and this article is our contribution to the NSM week 4 focus on impairment.

You might also want to go back to check out our articles on Hazard Recognition Training; Slips, Trips, and Falls (there’s a free fall prevention toolbox talk checklist for you there); and Fatigue at Work (learn about creating a Fatigue Risk Management Plan). Plus, the NSC has some great materials at their website to check into.

Impairment at work is a big issue, of course. There are many ways to be impaired, as you know. You’ll see lots of materials on drugs, including opioids, and rightly so. You’ll see lots of materials on on alcohol, and that’s a serious problem too. Stress and mental illness will be topics that get deserved consideration.

We figured we’d take a look at impairment from cell phone use, and perhaps come at the issue  of cell phones from a somewhat unexpected perspective. Read on if you’d like to learn more.

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Free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

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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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Free Job Hazard Analysis Guide

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Recently we published an extensive article titled What Is a Job Hazard Analysis?  And we followed that up with a companion piece that explains How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis. If you haven’t read those yet, but are interested, go right ahead. We’ll wait for you here.

You’re back? OK, let’s continue then.

We wanted to follow those popular articles up with with a free job hazard analysis guide that you can use to lead you through your own JHAs at work. And now we’ve done that.

There’s a free download at the bottom of the article. Hope you find it helpful.
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OSHA Basics: What Are OSHA 10 and OSHA 30?

OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are parts of the OSHA Outreach Training Program. The OSHA Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program, meaning that both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are voluntary as well.

We’ll tell you more about OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in this next installment of our ongoing OSHA Basics series of articles in which our ultimate goal is to tell you everything you always wanted to know about OSHA (a bed-burner; a stay-up-all-night reading topic–we know).

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.

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The Three Phases of Risk Assessment: Risk Management Basics

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In this installment of our Risk Management Basics series, we’re going to take a closer look at risk assessment. In doing so, we’ll break risk assessment down into three separate steps: risk identification, risk analysis, and risk evaluation.

We hope this article and our entire Risk Management Basics series will help you gain a better understanding of risk management and help you begin to use risk management techniques at your workplace. Or, if you’re already using risk management at work, to perhaps improve what you’re doing now.

Drop us a note in the comments section below if you’d like us to address any particular risk-related topic in this ongoing risk series.

And if you’re involved in occupational safety and health, feel free to download the free Guide to Using Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health at the bottom of this article (but note, this article addresses risk management and risk assessment in a general manner and can be applied to any aspect of enterprise risk management).

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Fatigue at Work: Symptoms, Hazards, Avoidance & Risk Management

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Fatigue at work is a significant contributor to occupational injuries and illnesses. It’s also the point of special emphasis in the third week of the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month 2019 (#NSM).

As a result, we’re going to take a special look at issues related to fatigue on the job in this article in the hopes of providing some information that may help avoid some injuries and illnesses (and maybe even a fatality).

If you’ve been keeping track, you also know we’ve already written about hazard recognition and slips, trips, and falls for national safety month. You might also want to check out what our friends at RedVector have been writing on for National Safety Month. Next week we’ll both be addressing impairment issues.

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Convergence Training and RedVector to Launch New Virtual Reality Ladder Safety Training at ASSP’s Safety 2019

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Convergence Training and RedVector will be launching their newly created Virtual Reality (VR) Ladder Safety Training app at next week’s ASSP Safety 2019 conference in New Orleans. Stop by booth 1047 to put the goggles on and check out the app, and while you’re there check out all of our award-winning solutions for safety and safety training.

Want to see or learn more?

And before you leave, why not download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST? 

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Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls: Free Fall Prevention & Protection Toolbox Talk Guide

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Slips, trips, and falls remain a major cause of workplace injuries and even deaths. There are many ways to safeguard against these, and one of those is training. We thought we’d provide you a free guide for leading more effective fall prevention & protection toolbox talks to help with that. The guide provides materials for leading toolbox talks on ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety, all with the aim of preventing falls at work.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its second-week emphasis on slips, trips, and falls. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here. You might want to also go here to check out the article we wrote for the week emphasis on hazard recognition.

And of course, just scroll down to the bottom of this article for the free fall prevention & protection toolbox talk guide.  

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Hazard Identification Training: How to Do It Right

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Hazard recognition is one of the most critical aspects of occupational safety. In fact, OSHA says that “One of the ‘root causes’ of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated.”

The idea that hazard identification/recognition is important to safety is a common one. And following from this, you’ll often see people within the safety industry saying it’s important to train workers on how to identify hazards at work. But what you don’t see quite as often as those first two is any guidance on how to effectively train workers to identify hazards at their workplace. That’s what we’re hoping to help you with a little bit in this article.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its first-week emphasis on hazard recognition training. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here.

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