OSHA Basics: What Are a Worker’s Rights According to OSHA?

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Ever wonder what rights OSHA guarantees to an American worker? It may not be something you think about every day–although in at least one case related to safety, perhaps you should. And in other cases, even if some of the rights are not things you need to think about daily or exercise daily, they’re good to know about and one day you may need to exercise them.

This article is part of our series called OSHA Basics. This article series intends to help explain basic, fundamental issues related to OSHA. If you’re new to OSHA or occupational safety and health, these articles may be a real bonus to you. You may even find one or two of use even if you’re a safety pro.

See the list and links at the bottom of this article for a list of our OSHA Basics articles.

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Compliance and Risk Approaches to Occupational Safety and Health

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What should you focus your safety management program on? Should your focus be on complying with requirements from safety and health regulators such as OSHA and/or MSHA? Or should you consider a risk-based safety approach, such as the approach sketched out in the ANSI/ASSP Z690 Risk Management standard?

We’ll give some thoughts about this below and provide some resources to help with next steps. And we invite you use the comments section to share your own thoughts and experiences as well.

We’ve included a free guide to risk-based approaches to occupational safety and health at the bottom of this article for you too–thought you’d want to know 🙂

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: What is an Action Level (AL)?

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A key concept in industrial hygiene, and an important OSHA safeguard for workers, is the idea of an action level, which is often abbreviated as AL.

In this article, we’ll explain what an OSHA action level is and tell you where you can find more information about action levels.

This is another article in our ongoing series we call Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics. For more articles on IH topics, just scroll down to the set of links at the bottom of this article.

And read on to learn more about action levels.

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What Are the ANSI/ASSP Z690 Risk Management Standards?

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The ANSI/ASSP Z690 Risk Management Standards are the US national standards for applying risk management for occupational safety and health.

They are the US adoption of the ISO 31000 Risk Management Standards, in case you wondered.

If you’d like to learn more, continue reading, because we’re going to give a 100-level introduction to the Z690 standards as part of a longer series of articles explaining Z690 and discussing the use of risk management for occupational safety and health.

And by the way, we’ve included a free guide to using risk-based approaches for occupational safety and health management at the bottom of this article.

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Workplace Safety Champions: As Nominated by Their Coworkers

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In recent years, our partners at RedVector have asked their customers to nominate a safety professional at their organization for consideration in a “Safety Champions” contest.

We here at Convergence Training liked the idea so much when we learned of it that we joined in this year.

We’ve now collected nominations of many different safety professionals from our customers. All of these safety professionals did great work this past year and although we’ve picked a smaller number of winners (more on that later), we wanted to raise our hats to every safety professional and let you all see the kinds of nice things that people say about the safety professionals they work with.

The list below includes safety professionals for organizations who are customers or Convergence Training, RedVector, or both. We’re identifying the safety professionals with first name and last initial, and we’ve removed any mention of company names.

We want to emphasize that everyone mentioned below, and in fact everyone working in safety in general, is a safety champion not just this year but every year.

NOTE: In addition to this list of nominations, check out the list of winners in our 2019 Safety Champs event and learn about the special event at Tamp Bay Lighting hockey game Convergence Training and RedVector treated them to to honor their great work in safety. 

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Effective Safety Training: A Guide to Creating, Designing, Delivering, & Evaluating EHS Training That Works

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If you’re in EHS (or Safety), you’re probably also in EHS (or Safety) training. If so, you’re going to LOVE the free downloadable guide at the bottom of this article.

The guide is going to walk you through all the steps of having a top-notch EHS training program that follows best practices. We think it will make your job easier and your workplace a safer, healthier place.

It’s a complete guide that will help you follow best practices for integrating your EHS and EHS training efforts; managing your EHS training program; design, develop, deliver, and evaluate your EHS training; and continually improve your EHS training.

Our guide has a lot in common with the best practices put forth in ANSI Z490.1, the American national standard of “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.” Although our guide covers nearly everything in the standard, we do recommend you still go and get a copy of the guide (which was just updated in 2016).

Let us know if you have any questions, thoughts, or comments–there’s a comments section at the bottom of this article. And enjoy the guide!

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: What is a Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL)?

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If you’re new to industrial hygiene, you may have heard of permissible exposure limits (PELs) but may perhaps not know what they are. Don’t worry–there are good reasons to be confused.

In this article, which is just one in our ongoing Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics series–we’ll explain what an OSHA PEL is, tell you where you can find them, give you some tips on how to use them, and give you some reasons and nudges for using alternative occupational exposure limits that are more protective than PELs.

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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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