Higher Temperatures Increase Heat Illness Hazards

2011 was one of the top 15 hottest years on record. In the contiguous United States, for the period from June 2011 to June 2012, temperatures have been the hottest on record. Higher global temperatures increase the chances of extreme weather, like the severe drought that was seen in Texas this year, and the unusually high heat in England.

An increase in global temperature will lead to a higher likelihood of heat exhaustion and heat stress, so it’s important to recognize these hazards if you’re supervising outdoor workers, or if you are an outdoor worker yourself. High heat can cause body temperatures to rise to dangerous levels if precautions aren’t taken. Heat illnesses can range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death.

As OSHA points out on their website post about these increased heat dangers to workers:

“During heat waves we worry about the elderly, people who live alone, the homeless, and others. It’s time to make outdoor workers a part of that group.”

Convergence Training has a 13 minute video course meant to raise awareness of heat illnesses. Click here for a full description of our Heat Stress Causes course.

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OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) to Conform with Globally Harmonized System (GHS) for Chemical Labeling

Maybe you know this already, maybe you’ve heard some whispers but don’t know the full story, or maybe you’re sitting in your chair right now, reading your computer screen and asking yourself “What the heck is this all about?”

Whether you know about this already or not, the fact is that labeling requirements in the United States for hazardous chemicals are about to change.

OSHA has updated their Hazard Communication Standard (1910.1200) so that it will comply with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. In catchier terms, this is known as the Globally Harmonized System or simply the GHS.

The purpose of the change is to standardize chemical labeling requirements not just within the United States, but throughout the entire world.

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OSHA Offers Free Heat Safety App for iPhone and Android

OSHA’s got a free heat safety app for iPhone and Android phones/devices, and we wanted to make sure you knew about it.

The app calculates the heat index for your site, displays a risk level for your workers, and even gives you precautions to follow to keep workers safe.

We’ve got the link for you to click so you can download the app below. It’s been hot this year, and this isn’t a bad tool to have in the safety and health toolbox.

Here’s what you can go to download the app from the OSHA site.

You can get even more out of the app by backing it up with a fundamental understanding of the causes of heat stress. And we’ve got some stuff for you below to help with that.

Here’s a pretty informative article about heat stress here. Check that out if you’re interested.

This short article focuses on four ways to beat the heat (and heat stress).

OSHA’s got an entire website dedicated to Heat Stress, too–not just an app.

Want to know what causes heat stress? Our Heat Stress Causes eLearning course gives the straight skinny.

And of course, it’s important to know how to prevent heat stress and recognize its symptoms. Our Heat Stress Prevention and Symptoms eLearning course gives you what you need to know.

We know you’re reading this article because of a specific interest in heat stress and the app from OSHA, but why not download a free copy of our Guide to Effective EHS Training since you’re here, too?

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Online Contractor Orientation Software and Orientation Content: Free Downloadable Buyer’s Guide Included

Does your company employ contractors? Probably.

Do you need to create orientation materials on safety and other issues for contractors before they can work for you? Probably.

And do you need an online delivery tool to that lets contractors complete their training and lets you run reports to see who’s trained and who’s not? Probably.

If so, you’ll be very happy to know that Convergence Training has a family of products to help you orient contractors at your workplace, including:

  • A hosted, web-based delivery software tool to deliver orientations online, track completions, and generate reports
  • Custom animated content to orient contractors

Nice, you say, but what exactly does this mean? Let’s look at each contractor orientation component more closely.

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OSHA Postpones Creation of Combustible Dust Regulation

The Associated Press published an article yesterday indicating that federal regulation regarding combustible dusts may still be a long way off.

While OSHA is in the process of developing safety requirements covering combustible dust hazards, according to the article, the rules were moved to a “long-term” agenda. This, despite the insistence of the Chemical Safety Board to move swiftly in completing the regulation.

In the absence of an official OSHA specification, it’s up to organizations and employers to determine how best to protect their workers from combustible dust hazards. Our own Combustible Dust Safety video was created according to industry best practices and OSHA’s official combustible dust reports, and is a great way to educate your employees about the dangers of combustible dusts.

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Zombie Safety Training

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Is your safety training met with incoherent moaning, blank stares, and open-mouthed drooling? You could be inadvertently turning your employees into ZOMBIES!

With guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Zombie World News, Convergence Training has developed courses that not only help stop you from adding to the zombie horde, but also may just save you from the pending Zombie Apocalypse.

As it turns out, workplace safety practices are also effective tools to keep you from becoming one of the undead. So, in our ongoing effort to add value to your safety training program, we offer the following tips to you.

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Don’t Get Burned: Prepare for National Fire Safety Month in October

October is National Fire Safety Month. Get prepared by making sure your collection of fire safety training materials is complete. Convergence Training has two CBT fire safety training modules to help keep the flames at bay: Fire Safety, a 23-minute module focused on 29 CFR 1910 Subpart L, and Fire Extinguisher Safety, a 14-minute module focused on 29 CFR 191.157.

See a clip from our Fire Safety training video on YouTube.

Both CBT (computer-based training) modules are SCORM compliant and feature the state-of-the-art 3D animation that has made Convergence Training the industry leader. Visit www.buybettertraining.com to view samples and purchase copies.

From the “Did-You-Know?” Department:

Fire safety isn’t just important—it’s historically interesting, too. Convergence Training’s crack research department has dug up two fire-related historical factoids for you.

National Fire Safety Month has its roots in the devastating Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Read more about the Great Chicago Fire here.

The fire is represented by one of the four stars on the flag of the city of Chicago – read more about the flag here.

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OSHA “Virtual Stakeholders” Combustible Dust Chat Recap

In case you missed it, the folks at OSHA recently held a “virtual stakeholders” web chat to discuss issues related to upcoming combustible dust regulations with concerned industry members.

OSHA began the chat by identifying these key items for discussion, with a goal of eliciting industry thoughts and opinions:

  • Definition of combustible dust and use of Kst values
  • Use of performance-based and specification-based approaches towards regulations
  • Special considerations for grain handling facilities and grain dust
  • Costs and benefits of proposed regulations

In responding to questions posed during the chat, OSHA also addressed the following:

  • Explosibility testing facilities (likely to remain private)
  • Increased hazards during plant clean-ups (they’re looking for input on engineering and administrative controls)
  • Role that NFPA standards on combustible dust will play in OSHA regulations (they may influence OSHA’s thinking)
  • Outreach training (OSHA plans to develop and provide it)
  • Employee participation in testing (OSHA seeks input)
  • Hazard communication issues regarding combustible dust (OSHA is currently revising its standard for hazard communication and will seek to make the revised hazard communication standard and new combustible dust standard be consistent)
  • Combustible dust regulation in areas without containment (they would still apply, as deflagration and flash fire risk still exist)

In the chat, OSHA explains that their “next step is to initiate the review under the small business regulatory enforcement fairness act (SBREFA) in April 2011.” Until then, check the chat history at http://www.dol.gov/dol/chat/chat-osha-20100628.htm, view the follow-up questions on the Department of Labor’s new blog at http://social.dol.gov/blog/ (try searching for “combustible dust” at that page), and stay tuned for more from OSHA in April, 2011.

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Training Will Address New OSHA Crane Regulations

The new OSHA regulations on crane operation and certification just came out last week. Understandably, there are a lot of people interested in how this will affect them. In OSHA’s words, “approximately 267,000 construction, crane rental, and crane certification establishments employing about 4.8 million workers will be affected by this rule.” It’s one of OSHA’s biggest regulation overhauls in decades.

The new regulations only affect work having to do with construction. General industry work is not affected and will remain governed by the current standard. It’s important to understand the nature of what constitutes “construction work” by OSHA standards. If you are not familiar with these distinctions, I’d recommend reading this OSHA document on construction vs. maintenance/service work.

The major changes in the new regulations include:

• Federal requirements for the certification of crane operators
• Requirements for third-party crane operator certifiers
• Increased crane inspection requirements
• Requirements for working near electricity
• More rules for assembling/disassembling cranes
• New requirements for inspecting ground conditions prior to a lift
• Qualifications for riggers and signalpersons
• New requirements for using synthetic slings

You can read the full OSHA regulations by clicking here. If you’re very interested, you can read more about how the new regulations were agreed upon and how the specific changes were made by clicking here. Also, there’s a really good question and answer session OSHA held recently that’s very informative.

We’ve ramped up our production schedule to get out our new crane training modules out as soon as we can. We’re currently working on getting the storyboards aligned with the new rules. Two of our planned modules are entitled “Overhead Crane Training” and “Mobile Crane Training”. We’re also considering modules specifically about working around electricity and assembling/disassembling booms, because those are the two leading causes of death in crane-related incidents. We also might add a general module about rigging and slings.

Overhead cranes aren’t affected too much by the new OSHA regulations, just because the new regs only apply to construction work, and not to general industry. Mobile cranes and tower cranes will of course be greatly impacted.

All regulations related to crane maintenance, crane operation, and qualifications for signalpersons and riggers will take effect November 8, 2010. Crane operators will have up to four years to meet the new certification requirements.

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Freebie: Ergonomics Image

We recently took a few renders from our Ergonomics course and put them together into a single clipart style image. The safety graphics show proper lifting techniques, and also shows the difference between good and bad seated positions. We are offering the image for you to use on your website, on your blog, in your safety meetings, or anything else, royalty free. The only thing we ask is that we ask that our logo remains apparent on the image.

Click on the image below to see it full size, and then you can right-click and save the image.

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An Online LMS for Way Less Than a Trip to the Emergency Room

Convergence Training is bringing safety training tools to just about any business. Soon, pretty much any company will be able to train, track, report, and get important notifications anywhere at any time for way less than a trip to the ER.

Convergence WebExpress is our new Internet-based training delivery and management system. It’s an online learning management system, or LMS, without the expensive servers or sophisticated software. Keep reading to find out more.

Old School LMS
As veterans of complex technical LMS installations, we’ve known for years that a company’s fundamental training needs don’t change as they grow. They just get bigger. They just need more people trained more times in more places with reports sent to more people.

And while just about any organization could benefit from the features provided by many LMSs, the costs of these systems fall astronomically beyond the budgets of most small to medium sized enterprises. So in the past, you had to be big enough to justify the hardware and software investment.

We’re changing all that.

New School Web Tools – Convergence WebExpress
For less than 10% of the cost of the average emergency room visit, any company will be able to access our entire library of courses to train an employee for a full year. That’s all 28 Environmental, Health and Safety courses and our complete set of 27 Surface Miner Training topics.

You’ll get a scalable solution and cost structure that fits your budget with a versatile set of courses and centralized training management tools.

24/7 Training
Administer required training anytime, anywhere via the Internet. Since it’s online, we can update or add training content at any time. No more 80’s VHS tapes or scratched DVDs to deal with. No in-house IT resource costs. Just relevant, affordable, accessible, and effective training.

Call Us For A Demo
Give us a call or send us an email to get a free demo account set up. Kick the tires and make sure it’s right for your business. No strings attached.

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