Near Miss or Near Hit? Which Do You Prefer—and Why?

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One of the many interesting controversies in safety and health (and quality, etc.) is what to call what many call a “near miss.”

Some say near miss; others say near hit; still others prefer terms like incident, event, and failure. And still other people use other terms.

Some might think it’s a meaningless point or simply a semantic issue. Others think the specific term we use for this is very important, however.

In this article, we provide an interactive, online poll to get your opinion and get the opinion of the larger community as well.

Take a moment, tell us what you think, and see what others think, too.

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Top 10 Hazards OSHA Inspectors Will Look For at Your Workplace

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Every US safety manager is at least a little interested in knowing what happens during an OSHA inspection and how to better prepare. One way to prepare is to get insight into what OSHA inspectors are looking for. We attended a conference recently in which an OSHA inspector listed the top 10 things OSHA inspectors are looking for, and we’re sharing that list here. Of course, you don’t want to focus on just these 10 items but should keep in mind all OSHA compliance requirements and the larger goals of your safety management system as well.

We’ve provided that list below because we thought it might be (a) a good way to help you prepare for an upcoming OSHA inspection but more importantly (b) a good way to focus your general workplace safety efforts in hazard identification and control.

In addition to this article, you may also be interested in the following related articles:

Please share your own insights and experiences on this issue as well.

Remember to note confuse this with the more commonly-seen Top Ten OSHA Violations/Citations list, although we’ll make some points about how they’re similar as we go through the list below.

And finally, know that we’ve included a FREE GUIDE TO OSHA INSPECTIONS for you at the bottom of this article.

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New Technologies for Safety Training: See Our Article in Professional Safety

There are lots of new technologies these days, and they’re influencing the ways we live our lives on a daily basis. You wouldn’t have been reading this article “online” 10-15 years ago. And there’s a good chance you’re even reading it on your phone, something that seemed unimaginable not that long ago. And those are just two quick examples.

Those technological changes are also affecting what we can and should do with safety training. That’s not to say the basics of how people learn have changed, because they have not, and it’s not to say our sole focus should be on technology and technological solutions, because it should not.

However, it is wise to keep up with these new technologies and see how we can leverage them to improve the quality of our safety training in addition to what we know and what we’re doing today.

Along those lines, we thought you might be interested in our recent article in the American Society of Safety Engineer’s (ASSE) Professional Safety January issue, which provides a (partial) list of some of the key technological issues to be aware of and brief explanations of how they are related to safety training.

We encourage you to get a copy of the article (even join ASSE) and read the entire magazine, but we’ve included our list below. The list was intended to be an introduction and not to be comprehensive or exhaustive, so let us know if you’ve got technologies you’d add or if you have more to say about any of the individual technologies and their application to safety training.

While you’re reviewing the list, don’t forget to click the black button at the bottom of this article to download a free copy of our Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, too.

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Contractor Orientations and Blended Learning Solutions

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What’s the best way to provide a site-specific safety orientation to contractors before they work at your site (or to visitors and vendors)? Is it with classroom-style, instructor-led training, field-based training and walk-arounds, or online training?

I have this discussion quite a bit and find that people generally think one way is better than the others. My answer to that is the same answer I always give for safety training and workforce training in general: a blended learning solution is probably the best way to do it.

A blended learning solutions means combining different training delivery methods, such a face-to-face training, online learning, and written materials, and even performance support that can be accessed via  a mobile device while on the job, to create a more comprehensive, effective orientation program for contractors. And you might be interested to know that the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on EHS training suggests blended learning solutions, too.

We’ll give you some more tips on how to use a blended learning solution for your site-specific contractor safety orientations below.

Even better, perhaps, we’ve included a free online contractor orientation buyer’s guide at the bottom of this article! 

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Catch Our “Continuous Improvement of Safety Training” Article in ASSE’s Professional Safety Magazine

If you’re a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (until recently the American Society of Safety Engineers), here’s a quick note that we’ve got yet another article in their Professional Safety magazine.

This article is one of a series we’ve written on “big issues” in safety training. They’re all based in key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard for EHS training.

Click here to buy ANSI Z490.1, click here to read our introductions to the Z490.1 standard, or click here to read our article on effective safety training. You can also download the guide to effective safety training at the bottom of this article, which covers at lot of the same ground.

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The article is a continuation of our series highlighting some “big issues” in safety training, and it focuses on evaluating safety training to make sure you’re getting the desired results. Our Effective Safety Training article all the big points in the series plus more, our article on evaluating safety training covers much of what is discussed in the magazine article as well (though not everything), and our free Guide to Effective Safety Training at the bottom of this article covers much of the same ground.

Our next article at Professional Safety will look at technology for safety training, and will give a sneak peek at the upcoming Z490.2 standard for “virtual safety training,” so stay tuned for that.

And speaking of Professional Safety, the December article looks like a good one. Here’s a sneak peek of topics covered:

  • The Role of Research in OSH
  • VPP
  • NFPA & Fire Risk Assessment
  • Integrated Approaches to Worker Safety & Health
  • ISO 45001
  • New OSHA Enforcement Policy for Monorail Hoists in Construction
  • The Use of Collected Human Capital Metrics
  • Distracted Driving
  • Four Fields of Safety Performance
  • Fatigue and Worker Safety
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Training Programs and Z390.1
  • Adult Learners and Safety Training
  • Maintenance on Mobile Equipment and Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Continuous Improvement of Safety Training (my article)

Take an hour or so and get your safety read on!

Let us know if you’ve got any questions, feel free to check out our online safety training courses and our LMS for safety training administration, download the free guide below, and have a great day.

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Update on Development of ASSE/ANSI Z490.2 Standard on “Virtual” Safety Training

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If you’ve been following our blog, you may know we’ve been contributing to the effort (with a bunch of other great safety professionals) to create ANSI Z490.2, the upcoming US national standard on “virtual” environmental, health, and safety training.

For example, here’s the last Z490.2 update we wrote.

There’s been significant forward motion on Z490.2 since that last update, much of which occurred in preparation of and during a meeting in early December, 2017, so we figured we’d take a moment to let you know about some of the more interesting threads going on in the development of Z490.2.

Know that in most cases, we currently have smaller sub-committees working on expanding/improving the various sections listed below. Another meeting is planned for January, 2018 to integrate that work into the draft.

Relationship to Z490.1: Z490.1 is the existing standard on EHS training. The basic idea is that Z490.2 is a supplement that deals specifically with stuff related to “virtual” EHS training. So most of what is covered in Z490.1 applies to virtual training as well.

Virtual safety training: So what does this mean, you ask? Again, the basic idea is something that doesn’t happen in a “real world” training scenario, such as field-based training or instructor-led training. Instead, it might mean a webinar, an online video, a website, a threaded discussion board, a social media network, an eLearning course, a “microlearning” eLearning course, 360 video, augmented reality, virtual reality, etc.

Section 1 (Scope, Purpose, and Application): This primarily gets at the relationship of this standard to Z490.1 and its use for virtual and/or other forms of “electronic” or “online” safety training, as mentioned earlier in this article.

Section 2 (Definitions): This section is becoming increasingly interesting. As we’ve been working on the other sections, we’ve realized we have more work to do here. To that point, we of course are reviewing what we’ve written already, but are also identifying other online safety training glossaries. Here’s one online safety training glossary. Another was passed around in an email thread but for the time being I’ve misplaced it. As soon as I find it, I’ll include it here as well. If you know of any yourself, feel free to add a link to the bottom of this article (thanks!).

Section 3 (Management of a Comprehensive Training Program): This covers establishing accountabilities and responsibilities, ensuring adequate resources, proper administration and management, and program evaluation.

Section 4 (Virtual Training  Program/Activity Development): This is a BIG section; it’s one I’m personally working on; and it’s still in need of a lot of work. Nonetheless, we’ve made some good initial progress here, and at the moment are covering the needs assessment, learning objectives, selection of training media/delivery methods, designing for devices, operating system compatability, learning activity design (including instructions, course navigation/easy navigation/navigation options/completion paths, video and audio design; language; interactivity; motivation and engagement; assessment strategy; criteria for completion; publication for online distribution platform;  print materials for trainees; trainer’s guide; and continuous improvement.

Section 5 (Training Delivery): Another big section here, and of course also still in progress. Currently includes trainer criteria qualifications; training delivery methods and materials; internet connection; training delivery platform; and software integrations.

Section 6 (Training Evaluation): This section currently provides an overview of evaluation methods; points to the need for evaluating the online or virtual learning environment; and deals with formative and summative evaluations.

Section 7 (Documentation and Recordkeeping): This section has been ignored a bit until now but we  have a small two-person sub-committee (including yours truly) working on fleshing it out right now.

Finally, feel free to check out our online safety training courses and our LMS for safety training administration, download the free guide below, and have a great day.

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What Are the SPCC Regulations?

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The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oil spill prevention program includes two significant rules. The first is the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule, and the second is the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule.

In this article, we’ll give you an introduction to the EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) rule. Watch our future publications for a similar article about the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule.

In addition to the two rules listed above, there’s also the Clean Water Act and the Oil Pollution Act. Again, we’ll cover those in later blog posts, so please stay tuned.

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What to Know about PSM: For PSM Program Admins, Employees, Contractors, Visitors, and Vendors

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This article sets out to answer the basic question: what to know about PSM in a PSM-covered facility.

In an earlier article focusing on OSHA’s Process Safety Management regulation, also known as PSM, OSHA PSM inspector Brandi Davis of Oregon OSHA was nice enough to explain a lot of the basics of the OSHA PSM regulation and in particular what an OSHA inspector looks for during a PSM investigation.

That article was very well received and Ms. Davis, a Senior Health Compliance Officer (and Industrial Hygienist) with Oregon OSHA, agreed to follow up with a second interview focusing on education and training for people who work at PSM facilities. Many thanks for Ms. Davis for participating in both interviews and to Oregon OSHA for giving the OK.

With that introduction done, we hope you find the interview below interesting. The focus is on what people in various roles–PSM program administrators, employees, contractors, visitors, and vendors–have to know when working in a PSM-covered facility.

Let us know if you have additional comments or questions. Also, please know we’ve included a free PSM compliance checklist for you at the bottom of this article in addition to the tips Ms. Davis.

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OSHA’s Top Ten Citations, 2017: Extended Citation & Violation Data Released

Back in October, at the National Safety Council’s annual Safety Congress, we got our first look at OSHA’s Top Ten Violations list for 2017. We gave you the list in an earlier blog post just a few months ago.

But every year, OSHA follows that up with a second announcement that includes a lot more data about the violations and citations.

That information for 2017 is out now. And we’ve summarized it below.

As you’re reading the lists, remember that in a lot of cases, these violations can be avoided with proper safety and health training at your workplace.

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Investigate Safety Incidents & Generate OSHA/MSHA Incident Reports Directly from Your LMS!

Life is already too complicated–why have different software applications for safety training AND safety incident investigations and recordkeeping?

The brand-new Convergence Incident Management Software (IMS) can be integrated directly into your existing Convergence Learning Management System (LMS). So you can access both systems with one easy log-in!

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 software or just contact us.

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

For more information about our IMS and how you can begin using it today, call us at 888-324-9190 or just drop us an email.

And before you go, why not download our FREE GUIDE TO CONDUCTING INCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS, below?

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OSHA 2016 Form 300A Online Submission Deadline is December 31, 2017

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Please note: OSHA has pushed back this deadline once again. According to OSHA, “OSHA will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before December 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data.”

The language in the quote above is taken directly from an OSHA Newsletter sent on December 18, 2017.

You can upload and submit your information here on OSHA’s site.

For more on this, please download our FREE GUIDE TO OSHA REPORTING & RECORDKEEPING.

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What Is RCRA? The EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act

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According to the EPA, RCRA, or the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, is “the public law that creates the framework for the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.” The EPA continues to explain that “The law describes the waste management program mandated by Congress that gave EPA authority to develop the RCRA program. The term RCRA is often used interchangeably to refer to the law, regulations and EPA policy and guidance.”

So in effect, the acronym RCRA is used to refer to a lot of stuff related to the regulations regarding hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste.

In this article, we’ll go into more detail about the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and in particular help you learn to determine what a hazardous waste is.

If your interests are broader, you may also enjoy our article that explains EPA and Environmental Regulations.

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