Developing Learner-Centric Safety Training: See Our New Article in ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’ve published another in a series of articles related to safety training in the May issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Also, hot tip–we hear they’re changing their name to the American Society of Safety Professionals, or ASSP. There’s a new logo coming, too. More on that when we find out more.

The series of articles provides tips for better safety training, and takes as a starting point some key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on Effective Safety Training. In this particular article, we focused on how to develop learner-centric safety training. Which is a fancy way of saying how to develop safety training that focuses on the learning needs of the learner. Seems logical when you put it that way, no?

We encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for Effective Safety Training. Also, be aware that ANSI and ASSE are beginning the process of creating ANSI Z490.2, which will deal with online or “virtual” safety training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here.

Finally, we’ve got some safety-training-related freebies for you. To learn more about developing learner-centric safety training, download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training at the bottom of this article. It’s based on Z490.1, by clicking the large download button at the bottom of this article.

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OSHA Fire Extinguisher Mounting Height, Placement & Signage Requirements

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In some cases, OSHA requires employers to have fire extinguishers at work, and in other cases, employers will choose to provide fire extinguishers. In either scenario, if a company will place portable fire extinguishers in the workplace, it’s important to know OSHA requirements covering mounting fire extinguishers and fire extinguisher placement as well as as OSHA fire extinguisher signage requirements.

We’ll cover each of those three issues–fire extinguisher mounting height, fire extinguisher placement, and fire extinguisher signage requirements–in this article.

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Mobile Safety Training Apps: 3 Fundamental Uses

It’s the mobile age, as everyone knows. Not that long ago Apple created the iPhone and now it seems like we do everything on our smart phones or on tablets like the iPad.

How many things do you do with your smart phone these days? Probably a lot, right?

Assuming the answer is yes, doesn’t it make sense to consider mobile safety training at work?

In this article, we explain three simple ways to use mobile safety training apps to improve your overall safety training program.

You might also want to look at our collection of mobile safety training apps on our main webpage, or our 9 Great Uses for Mobile Training Apps article.

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ANSI Z490.2–Update on National Standard for Virtual Safety Training

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Note: This article has been updated since the original publication to provide additional details.

As you may already know, I’m part of a committee creating an ANSI/ASSE national standard on “virtual” safety training (that means the same thing as “online” safety training).

I’ve been writing a little series of articles to keep you up to date on the progress of this standard and also just to provide a window into how a national standard is created (this is my first time doing it and I was curious myself).

I wrote an earlier article that explains Z490.2 is in creation and explaining some base-level details, such as what is its relation to Z490.1.

In this article, we’re going to give a little peek behind the curtain of what’s been going on since I joined the committee, at least at a high level.

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Behavior-Based Safety Programs and Training

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Behavior-based safety training programs are important in any company, but they are especially vital in the manufacturing and industrial sectors where heavy machinery can easily hurt you or one of your coworkers.

Promoting a strong workplace safety culture is a team effort because each employee plays a role in ensuring the safety of themselves and their coworkers. Safety training is not only important for keeping workers safe, but it can also lead to higher profits and more satisfied workers.

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What Is Hazardous Waste?

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So what is hazardous waste, you may ask?

Hazardous waste is regulated by the US EPA and The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA. The RCRA is a set of environmental regulations that regulates hazardous waste and more. In this article, we provide an overview of the RCRA, explain what a “hazardous waste” is (according to the EPA and RCA, naturally), and offer an online hazardous waste training suggestion for you–our RCRA Introduction online training course, which is part of our larger online Environmental training library. The online course is a great and inexpensive option for those of you who don’t want to read the full article or who want to show the course to a number of workers.

This material in this article and the online course will help your company ensure you’re treating hazardous wastes properly, not running afoul of environmental regulations, and doing your share to protect the environment around us. It will also offer suggestions and samples of hazardous waste training courses.

This article is a continuation of our look at online environmental training courses. You may also want to check our earlier article on The EPA, Environmental Regulations, and Online Training and our article on What Is RCRA? 

Before you begin reading, feel free to watch the short video overview of a few highlights from our Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) online training library.

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What is Industrial Hygiene & How Does it Contribute to Safety at Work?

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Industrial hygiene and safety: ever wonder what industrial hygiene is? Ever wonder how industrial hygienists contribute to safety at work?

Some of you may already be familiar with the field of industrial hygiene. On the other hand, others of you may not, and may wonder what it is, why it exists, and what an industrial hygienist does.

In this article, we’ll provide an introduction to industrial hygiene and present a glimpse into the value this important field within occupational safety and health. Along the way, we’ll define what industrial hygiene is and who performs industrial hygiene. We’ll explain the worksite analysis that’s at the root of industrial hygiene in the workplace. We’ll list different types or categories of occupational hazards that industrial hygienists must identify and control. And we’ll provide some guidance about the hierarchy of control and how it’s used to prioritize different types of hazard control methods.

We’ll even include a list of industrial hygiene professional organizations as well as offer you plenty of free safety downloads, including ones on performing a job hazard analysis, performing an incident investigation, using the hierarchy of controls, and developing and delivering effective safety training.

Even better, we’ll give some samples of an online industrial hygiene training course you can use to train yourself or people at your worksite.

And once you’ve ready this article, if you still want to learn more about industrial hygiene, check out our Introduction to Industrial Hygiene, in which we discuss IH with a real-life industrial hygienist.

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Safety Management Best Practices: OSHA’s Recommendations for Safety & Health Programs

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Back in October, 2016, OSHA created a final version of their new guideline for safety and health management programs, titled Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs. Around the same time, they published a helpful website full of additional materials related to best practices for safety and health programs.

In the article below, we’ll review the high points of OSHA’s new safety management guideline. And we’ll also include some links to other resources on safety management for you down near the bottom of this article.

We’d love to hear your opinions of and experiences with the new guideline in particular or with safety and health management in general. There’s a comments section at the bottom of this article–don’t be shy about using it. Also, feel free to download our free 10 Steps to Getting Started with Safety Management infographic, which is based on this OSHA document.

Please note: this article is about OSHA’s safety management guideline for general industry employers. See the following link for their Construction Safety Management Guidelines.

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Top 5 Workplace Stress Management Tips (Without Changing Your Workload)

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The World Health Organization recently called stress “the health epidemic of the twenty-first century.” That’s pretty big news!

Everyone experiences some amount type of work-related stress. Occasional job stress poses little harm and can even be effective in increasing productivity. However, prolonged stress can be detrimental to both your professional and personal life.

Common symptoms of prolonged workplace stress include low morale, boredom, anxiety, and anger. Stress can even manifest as physical health problems ranging from headaches and stomach aches to heart problems.

So we all experience stress. But what makes a difference is how we choose to manage stress. Managing stress is crucial to improving your job performance, staying safe while working, and taking care of your physical and mental health.

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4 Industrial Safety Tips

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Industrial workplaces present a variety of hazards to workers. In addition to a robust safety and health management system, a few basic safety tips can go a long way to keeping industrial workers healthy and safe.

We’ve included a few general tips for manufacturing safety below. While industrial and manufacturing jobs can drastically differ from one another, there are some universal industrial safety tips, guidelines, and solutions that are helpful for nearly all industrial workplaces.

To help you maintain a safer workplace, we’ve included not only the four tips below, but also a free Guide to Performing a Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) you can download at the bottom of this article.

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Online Occupational Health and Safety Training Courses

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Convergence Training’s online occupational health and safety training courses teach new employees important knowledge and skills while providing experienced employees a way to refresh their understanding of knowledge and skills they’re familiar with (see our article on the importance of “spaced practice” for more about the value of this).

There are some clear advantages of online training. One is that the employee can learn at his or her own pace. Another is that the employee can access the online training anywhere at work anywhere by using a mobile device. Plus the visuals have great explanatory power that aids comprehension and retention, as we explain in our 10 Amazing Ways Animations Make Safety Training Better article.

Convergence Training provides a large number of online safety courses on many different topics. This article describes just a few of the courses involving driver safety, first aid, equipment safety, and general safety. To see the full list of online safety training courses we provide and review sample videos and course descriptions, check Convergence Training’s online occupational health and safety training courses.

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5 Manufacturing Safety Topics for a Safer Workplace

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No matter your occupation, workplace safety is vital. However, it is especially important in the manufacturing industry since you are dealing with heavy machinery. Therefore, taking safety precautions seriously and conducting safety training is extremely important for manufacturing jobs.

According to OSHA, companies that focus on worker’s safety have nearly 50 percent fewer lost workdays. To keep employees interested when conducting safety training and in safety meetings, make sure to show your concern about your employees being potentially injured. Also, praise employees who work safely and encourage reporting accidents and injuries.

We’ve got some tips for helping to keep people safe on the job below. In addition, you may find our article on manufacturing safety training tips helpful.

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