OSHA Basics: (Nearly) Everything You Always Wanted to Know about OSHA–but were afraid to ask

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If you’re new to the safety profession, or even if you’ve been around a while, you may have a few questions about the US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).

We may not have ALL the answers for you here, but we think we’ve got a lot of the common OSHA FAQs along with helpful answers and links to additional helpful OSHA-related resources.

Of course, if we’ve missed a specific OSHA-related question that you were hoping to get answered please use the comments section below the article and we’ll try to get you an answer as well as add that question to our list of FAQs.

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An Online Software Program for Tracking Safety Training: The LMS

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Frequently, potential customers (or even just safety professionals that we meet in the field, at conferences, or on social media) know that there are online software applications for tracking the completion of safety training. In fact, we often get calls, emails, or online web form submissions asking for more information about software for “tracking safety training completion.”

So that part’s easy enough.

But sometimes, people don’t know there’s a name for the kind of web-based computer software that is used for delivering training, including but not limited to safety training, online as well as tracking employee training progress, completion, and expiration–and even more.

In the learning and development industry, the tool that safety professionals would use to track safety training is known as a learning management system, or LMS for short. If you’re a safety professional and you’re looking for an online software application to help you track safety training completion, it’s an LMS that you’re looking for.

And even if your initial focus is on tracking safety training completion, you’ll soon discover that a learning management system does a lot more than just that, and that you’ll be excited to use some of these other LMS tools to improve your overall safety training program.

If you’ve got a few minutes, read on to find out more about LMSs and how to use them for safety training.

And don’t forget to download the free online safety training buyer’s guide at the bottom, which includes a lot of information about LMSs. 

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New Article in ASSP Professional Safety Magazine: Online Safety Training & Safety Culture

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How much thought have you given to online safety training? What about to safety culture? And, how much have you thought about the way(s) online safety training can influence your organization’s safety culture.

That’s the topic of this new article in the ASSP’s Professional Safety January issue. And of course, it’s just one of many interesting and helpful articles in the publication. Be sure to check out Professional Safety to see this article but lots of other good ones as well.

Also, since this article is in part about online safety training, check out this recent article about the progress of the upcoming ASSP/ANSI Z490.2 national standard on online EHS training.

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training co-wrote the article with Morgan Bliss, Assistant Professor in the Safety and Health Management program at Central Washington University (one of several recent collaborations with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist). To get some related thoughts on similar topics from Morgan and Jeff, you might also want to check out this recorded ASSP Training & Communications Practice Specialty webinar on Safety and Organizational Learning.
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OSHA Basics: The OSH Act

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Way back in 1970, the United States federal government passed the OSH Act. The OSH Act created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and all the OSHA safety regulations you’re familiar with.

We’ll tell you more about the OSH Act at the origins of today’s OSHA and the OSHA standards in this article.

This article is just one in a series of articles that we call OSHA Basics. The OSHA Basics articles cover fundamental issues related to OSHA like the OSH Act that this article covers. See the list and links at the bottom of this article for a list of our OSHA Basics articles.

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Visual Literacy for Occupational Safety

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This article is an interview on the topic of using visual literacy to improve occupational safety and the workplace, and in particular to improve hazard recognition and identification.

It’s another in our occasional series of interviews with various subject matter experts in training, safety, safety training, and related disciplines. In this interview, we’re talking with Doug Pontsler of the Center of Visual Expertise. They’re doing a lot of interesting and good work on applying the visual literacy skills we commonly associate with artists to occupational safety and heatlh.

We think we’ll find this topic helpful and interesting, so let’s get right to learning what visual literacy is and how developing our skills in visual literacy can help us improve occupational safety at the workplace. As you’ll see, there’s a recording of our discussion immediately below. If you’d prefer to read instead of listen, we’ve also typed up the transcript if you click the MORE button.

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What Does OSHA Say About Online Safety & Health Training?

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If you’re thinking of using online safety and health training at your workplace, one reasonable question to ask is “What does OSHA have to say about online safety training?” You may wonder if they accept the completion of online safety training to satisfy safety training requirements in OSHA standards, for example.

Well, the short answer is yes. OSHA certainly does allow employers to use online safety training to satisfy the compliance requirements for mandatory occupational safety and health training.

We’ll flesh out that answer for you below, however, giving you some of OSHA’s explanations and linking you to some supporting documents at the OSHA website. And we’ll go a little further, as well, letting you know about a couple of ANSI/ASSP standards on environmental, health, and safety training that also support the use of online training for occupational safety and health training. We’ll even tell you what learning experts outside the world of safety and health have to say about the efficacy of online training.

Let us know if you have any additional questions about the use of online safety training at work, and do feel free to download our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist as well.

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New Article in ASSP Professional Safety: Safety Communications & Infographics

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Just a quick note to say we’ve got another article in the most current (December, 2018) issue of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Professional Safety.

This one gives some tips for visual communication in safety communication, and in particular for creating infographics, which are a very effective way to communicate to people in a quick, simple, easy-to-understand manner.

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training co-wrote the article with Morgan Bliss, Assistant Professor in the Safety and Health Management program at Central Washington University (one of several recent collaborations with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist).

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OSHA Basics: Which OSHA Standards Include Training Requirements?

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If you’re a safety professional, one of your job responsibilities is to provide safety and health trainers to the workers at your organization in order to teach them about workplace hazards and how to work safely in the workplace.

But what exactly should your safety training cover?

The simple answer is that safety training needs may differ for every employee, depending on his or her job roles, and may differ in different work areas or at different locations within one organization. The key, of course, is to provide training that makes each worker aware of the types of hazards they’ll encounter in the course of their work day, teaches those workers how to eliminate, control, or otherwise work safely in the presence of those hazards, and go home just as safe and healthy at the end of the workday as they were when they arrived.

However, it certainly doesn’t hurt to know the specific safety training requirements called for in OSHA standards. While compliance is never the final answer for safety and safety training at work (remember, compliance is the floor of safety, not the ceiling), it’s reasonable to want to know what safety training OSHA specifically calls for in their standards.

But the problem with this is it’s not so easy to get a quick answer. If you go to the OSHA Standards, you’ll quickly notice that….well, there are a LOT of them, some of them are quiet LOOOOONG, and it’s certainly not easy to skim them all and quickly find what you’re looking for.

But fortunately, OSHA’s created a single document that lists all their training requirements. As a safety professional who’s responsible for providing occupational safety and health training at the workplace, you should (and no doubt will) be quite happy to learn about this.

Read on to learn more about this and to get a copy of the OSHA Training Requirements document for yourself.

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New DOT Hazmat Online Training Courses Added

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This month, we added 10 brand-new online training courses to our DOT Hazmat Online Training library, which is itself just a part of our Transportation Safety Training & Compliance library.

Because companies have different training needs, you can buy these new DOT Hazmat courses in multiple formats, including:

The different purchase options are explained more fully on the course description pages–plus we welcome you to start a chat and talk live with a sales person for more explanation.

9 New Online DOT Hazmat Training Courses

Click any of the links below to see previews and learn more about the 9 new DOT Hazmat online training courses:

In addition to these new courses, we’ve also updated the following existing course, so check it out too:

And once you’re done checking out those course previews above, download the free guide below to learn some real stories from real customers about the positive effects of their move to online safety training.

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Benefits of Online Safety Training

Wondering if you should make the plunge with online safety training? This guide gives 10 reasons why, each based on experiences at real companies like yours.

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Integrating Your LMS with Other Software Applications at Work

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Many times, when someone’s looking to get a learning management system (LMS) for his or her organization, they’re curious if the LMS can be integrated with other software programs at work. (Pro tip: by “integrate,” we mean what we’d call in lay-person’s talk the ability to pass data back and forth and “communicate.”)

Maybe that describes you, and it’s exactly the kind of question you’ve been wondering. Or maybe you’ve been looking at learning management systems, didn’t know about these kind of software integrations, but now that it’s come up, you’re definitely interested to learn more.

Well, the short answer is that yes, a learning management system CAN be set up so it’s integrated with the software applications at your workplace. And we’ll tell you a little more about that below.

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OSHA’s Top Ten List, 2018: Additional Data Released

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Back in October, during the annual National Safety Council Congress & Expo, OSHA announced their ten most commonly cited standards for the previous fiscal year (fiscal year 2017, in this case). You may recall that we published that OSHA’s Top Ten list as soon as it was out.

But every year, OSHA releases the Top Ten list in two forms–the shorter version they release during the NSC Congress, and then the same list with more information and data in final form in December.

As you no doubt know, it’s December, which means OSHA and the NSC has now released the updated and larger list and we’ve got all that additional information below for you.

And if you’d like a larger, more bird’s-eye view, we also have a separate article that shows the OSHA Top Ten Lists for recent years.

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