Hooks, Slings, and Wire Ropes: Talking Rigging Safety With Howard Kaplan

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Each year in the United States about 50 people are killed in crane accidents and hundreds more are injured. These incidents are frequently attributed to poorly inspected rigging equipment and improper or unsafe rigging techniques performed by inadequately trained riggers.

During the development of our own Wire Rope Safety training videos, we were fortunate to receive some expert feedback from Howard Kaplan, trainer and owner of Liberty Crane & Rigging Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona. We recently caught up with Howard again for a brief Q&A about wire ropes, rigging safety, and the importance of proper training.

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Free PSM Checklist for Process Safety Management Compliance

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Here’s a free Process Safety Management (PSM) compliance checklist you can download–nice!

The PSM checklist is based on a PSM Compliance Checklist available on OSHA’s website. We took the information in their checklist and made some minor changes to make it more user friendly.

It’s in the always-handy .PDF format, just scroll to the bottom of this article and click the  button.

Hope you like the checklist. We’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here.

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New OSHA Rules Published or Coming In Next Few Months

The good folks at OSHA have been busy. They’ve got one new rule coming soon and four updated rules coming right after that. Makes me feel lazy in comparison. Let’s see what they’ve been up to.

Need help with your safety training? Check out our Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and our safety training courses.

The New OSHA Rule:

Confined Spaces in Construction. Check our Confined Spaces in Construction post for more information about this one, which OSHA says they’ll publish in August. This standard has been in the works for a looooong time. It will be interesting to see if this really goes into effect and, if it does, how smooth or bumpy the process is for those in the field. We’d love to hear your thoughts and comments about this!
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Ladder Safety Information: OSHA Citation Data, Free Online Word Game, FAQs, and More

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We’ve got samples of online ladder safety training materials for you and a lot more in this article, so if you’re looking for help with ladder safety, read on.

Every year, OSHA puts out a list of the ten most commonly cited standard violations. Here’s OSHA’s Top Ten Citations List for 2016. Ladders, 1926.1053, is #7 on the list for 2016, and so we’ve got some online ladder training resources for you in this article–plus more.

Many of the same standards appear on the list again and again (that’s true of the Ladder standard, by the way–it’s on the list every year). And as a result, we’ve pulled together a series of blogs to help you train your workers about each of the ten most cited standards. Below, we’ve got a bunch of materials to help with ladder training.

Let us know if you’ve got some other resources you’d suggest. The comments field awaits.

Before you dig into the information about ladder training below, feel free to check out our short sample video that demonstrates a few highlights of our safety and health courses.


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Dog Days of Summer Heat: How to Avoid Heat Stress

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Summer Is Heat Stress Season

Well, it’s summer again and we should be thinking about heat stress to make sure workers don’t overheat this year. Heat stress is a risk for people working outdoors but also for those working inside.

What Is Heat Stress?

So what is heat stress? When the body can’t cool itself by sweating, a range of heat-related issues can occur, including heat rashes, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke (which is the most dangerous). These are collectively known as heat stress.

Heat Stress Training Materials

We’ve got a bunch of materials that should help you train your workers on heat stress, so let’s get to listing them below.

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Tornado Safety Tips for the Workplace: How to Be Prepared

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It’s tornado season once again. And each year around this time, we get a sobering reminder of how powerful, destructive, and deadly tornadoes can be.

To help you prepare, we’ve pulled together a bunch of tornado-related resources for you in this article. From a safety-perspective, this may well be one of the better tornado-related articles you’ll read this year.

But to top it off, we’ve thrown in some more tornado-related information, including videos of the largest tornado ever filmed, a classic movie clip featuring a famous tornado, and an interesting factoid about tornadoes and the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Aaron Presley.

Dive on in if we’ve piqued your curiosity.

If this article on tornadoes seems too serious for you, check our alternate humorous article on Sharknado Safety Training (or just keep that in mind for later).

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Free Online Lockout Tagout Resources: Word Game, FAQs, Course Samples, and More

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Every year, OSHA puts out a lot of the 10 standards that are most frequently cited. Here’s a list of OSHA’s Top Ten in 2016. Lockout-Tagout/Hazard Energy Control is on that 2016 list, and so we’ve got some online lockout tagout training resources for you here–plus more.

Many of the same standards appear on the list again and again, year after year. As a result, we’ve pulled together a series of blogs to help you train your workers about each of the ten most cited standards. In this one, as we said, we’ve got lots of information about lockout tagout, and lots of online lockout tagout training materials for you.

Let us know if you’ve got some other resources you’d suggest. The comments field awaits your input.

Before you dig into the information about lockout tagout and hazardous energy control below, feel free to check out our short sample video that demonstrates a few highlights of our online safety and health courses.

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Facing the Challenges of Process Safety Management (PSM) – an Interview with Sathy Rajendran

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Spills, leaks, and explosions involving hazardous chemicals have been responsible for some of the world’s worst industrial disasters. Because of the potentially massive human and environmental costs involved, companies that utilize hazardous chemicals in their manufacturing processes are subject to one of the most comprehensive (and complex) of OSHA’s regulatory standards: Process Safety Management (PSM).

We approached Sathy Rajendran, Ph.D, CSP, and Coordinator of Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management Program, for a brief chat about PSM and what it takes to set up an effective program.

The interview is below and we hope you enjoy it.

And if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll see we’ve got a FREE PSM COMPLIANCE AUDIT CHECKLIST you can download. Nice!

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Free Incident Investigation Module – Fatal Phosgene Exposure

We’ve got something that’s both old and new for you today.

It’s old in that this is another “freemium” safety training elearning course from your friends at the Convergence Training blog. That’s right, it’s free! You can watch it for free from here or download it and put it into your LMS for ZERO dollars and ZERO cents. That LMS does have to be SCORM-compliant, course.

However, it’s new because we’ve done something a little different this time. It’s not a standard training course, but instead it gives you and your workers a chance to investigate a real-life safety incident that led to a workplace fatality. This is something that one person can work through at a computer alone. But it’s also something you can work through with a group of workers in a safety meeting or in a series of safety meetings. We think it would create a lot of discussion and really get your workers engaged and involved.

We hope that this “Incident Investigation” module will lead to helpful discussions and maybe even help you improve your own safety program-if that’s needed. And if you’re interested in incident investigations, please read our extensive article explaining how to perform an incident investigation.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We provide health and safety e-learning courses, make several learning management systems (LMSs), and create custom training solutions too. Contact us to ask some questions, view full-length course previews, or schedule a demo.

And since you’re here, why not download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training?

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3 Common Contractor Orientation Challenges

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Let us guess: you need to provide site-specific orientations to contractors before they arrive to work at your site. And you’ve got to deliver other orientation materials to visitors and vendors before they arrive for their visit.

Are we right?

We can even guess some of the problems you’re having. Contractors arrive at your site without completing their orientation. It’s difficult to drop everything and train them as they show up, one by one, but it’s equally difficult to set up classroom-style orientations so you can do it with larger groups. Once the orientation is complete, you don’t have an effective way to store the records. Plus, it’s complicated to manage orientations that contractors have to complete every year or so, because you’re not sure who completed the orientation when. Or maybe you suspect that contractors are billing your company back for the fee they pay to complete your current online contractor orientation solution (which seemed like a bargain when you got it for free).

Are we onto something here? Sound familiar? If so, keep reading, because we’re about to outline some common problems companies like yours face when trying to provide contractor and visitor orientations.

Plus, we’ve included a link to our downloadable Contractor and Visitors Orientation Buyer’s Guide to help you sort this all out.

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Super Bowl Party Safety Training Suggestions

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The big day is coming up, and millions of people around the world will come together to eat nachos, drink beer, and share their opinions about new commercials.

Plus, the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams will play a football game. And so will some puppies.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a short list of training suggestions to get you ready for your Super Bowl party. That’s right, we’ve got some Super Bowl party safety training suggestions for you!

Before we begin, though, let us offer condolences to the New Orleans Saints and the Kansas City Chiefs, both of whom came close but didn’t attain the proverbial cigar. For the Saints, I’m suggesting our Incident Investigation course, because someone has to investigate how the refs didn’t call that screamingly obvious pass interference call. And for the Chiefs, how about our Near Miss course, given that the took LA to overtime.

We should also tip our hats to all four teams involved in the conference championship games–two exciting games that both went into overtime is about all we could hope for as fans.

Enjoy the game and remember to be safe!

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