What Is Total Worker Health?

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Not sure what Total Worker Health is?

Well, the interview below may be just what you’re looking for. Because we went directly to the source–Dr. Casey Chosewood, the Director of the Office of Total Worker Health, which is part of NIOSH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Chosewood gave us a great introduction to Total Worker Health and we’d like to thank him and invite him to come back again to tell us more.

Go ahead and watch/listen to the video below. We’re also going to create a transcript of this discussion and put that below the video, but to honest, we’ve been quite busy lately at the Convergence Training blog and our delivery of extra video transcription elves is late in arriving, so if you bear with us, we’ll get around to the transcription soonish.

Thanks again to Dr. Chosewood and we hope you enjoy this introduction to Total Worker Health.

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Belated Safety Training Tips for Mr. Peanut

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Holy peanut weavil! Mr. Peanut was always one tough nut to crack. After all, he’s been assaulted many times over the years.

But we’re sad to note that everyone’s favorite peanut, or maybe even everyone’s favorite legume (did you know that peanuts aren’t really nuts but instead are legumes?), has died at the age of 104.

That’s only 26 in legume-years, so it’s really quite young and tragic.

Our elegant, dapper, yet crunchy buddy died in the aftermath of a Nutmobile accident this past week. Rumor has it the accident happened shortly after he stopped at a Shell station to fill up.

The good people at Planter’s have led a weary nation to believe that we’ll learn more about this during the Super Bowl, so stay tuned for that. But remember, when the game’s over and they’re handing out trophies and announcing awards, we all know who the true MVP-nut is.

Although you could argue that providing safety tips won’t help our plucky, perished peanut now, and we’d be forced to agree, that won’t stop us from offering the three belated safety tips below based on events in his apparent untimely demise.

First, for those who are unaware, here’s what we know of the pathetic peanut perishing (Don’t worry, there are no grisly scenes involving peanut butter or brittle.)

Read on for those safety tips!

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What Is a Gemba Walk?

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In our continuing focus on continuous improvement (did you see what we did there?) in general and lean manufacturing in particular, we thought we’d write an introduction to to the ideas of gemba, going to the gemba, and gemba walks in this article.

The idea of a gemba walk is central to how lean manufacturing attempts to increase organizational learning, reduce waste, increase value, and generally improve over time.

And since we figure you’ve got an interest in lean manufacturing, we’ve included a free What Is 5S? infographic for you at the bottom of this article.

Read on for your quick introduction to the gemba and gemba walks.

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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 San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs 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 Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans, both of whom missed the Super Bowl by online one game–check out our Near Miss training course and better luck next time.

Enjoy the game, remember to be safe, and don’t forget to keep Mr. Peanut in your thoughts.

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New ANSI Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP) Goes Into Effect March 1, 2020

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There were some delays, as their often are with new standards, but the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has created three new standards for mobile elevating work platforms, or MEWPs, that go into effect March 1, 2020. If the phrase mobile elevating work platforms and the acronym MEWP don’t ring a bell, it’s what you might think of as an aerial work platform.

The new standards are A92.20, Design, Calculations, Safety Requirements and Test Methods for Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); A92.22, Safe Use of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs); and A92.24, Training Requirements for the Use, Operation, Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs). You can get copies of the new standards from the ACS A92 Secretariat’s webpage.

To keep you up-to-date, safe, and compliant, we’ve accordingly created two new MEWP-related online courses for our Working at Heights training library:

Get yourself a copy of those new standards and read on below to learn more about the new MEWP standards and see some samples from our new MEWP safety online courses.

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Creating a Blended Learning Solution Using Online Safety Training

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It’s a good idea to use online safety training as part of an overall blended safety training solution. That’s because study after study shows that blended learning solutions outperform those that rely on simply one training method (such as simply instructor-led or simply elearning).  And it’s also because a recent OSHA letter of interpretation made it clear OSHA won’t accept safety training that involves nothing other than online training.

As a result, we thought we’d write this blog article to give you some tips for creating blended learning safety training solutions.

Hope you find this helpful and let us know if you have any questions.

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7 Things to Look for in Online Safety Training

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If you’re thinking of adding online safety training to your current safety training programs at work, it helps to get some tips about what to look for. We’ve  written a lengthy blog article on How to Select Online Safety Training Solutions for you, and we even have an Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist you can download for free.

In this article, though, we’re going to give you a few things to look for in your online safety training solution. We hope this helps and we invite you to drop us a line and ask us any questions you may have.

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Safety Metrics & Indicators Reconsidered

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The safety world is doing a lot of talk about safety measurement and safety metrics lately. There’s a widespread belief that the reliance on lagging indicators for safety measurement (most especially incident rates) isn’t beneficial. And there’s also a widespread belief that we should be using more leading indicators, even if it’s not always clear which leading indicators to use.

Plus, there are interesting discussions about quantitative v. qualitative indicators as well as controversies about things that can’t be measured at all.

We sat down with Pam Walaski, whose recently been studying up and revising her own beliefs on safety measurement, to get a nicely nuanced introduction and some guidance on moving forward when it comes to safety measurement (notice in particular her suggestion to use both lagging and leading indicators but also her different spin on what lagging and leading indicators are, which ones to use, how they should be related to one another, and how they should tie-in to business goals).

Feel free to watch the video below to begin soaking it in. If you’re the type who’d rather read, we’ve included the transcript of the discussion below the video.

If you liked this discussion with Pam discussing safety metrics, you might also enjoy our discussion with Carsten Busch talking about safety metrics.

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OSHA’s July, 2019 Letter of Interpretation on Online Safety Training

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This past year, OSHA issued a letter of interpretation (LI) about using online safety training (read the OSHA LOI here).

The 2019 letter of interpretation didn’t change OSHA’s basic take on using online safety training at work: as OSHA had already made clear in a 1994 letter of interpretation, it IS fine to use online safety training. We discussed that in our earlier blog post, What Does OSHA Say about Online Safety and Health Training?

But this more recent LI from OSHA does give some additional guidance on how to use online safety training. We’ll explain for you what OSHA had to say about that below.

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Tips for Selecting Online Safety Training: Finding the Best Fit for Your Company’s Needs

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In this article we’ll explain to you what online safety training is, taking a particular look at online safety training courses and LMSs; we’ll discuss some benefits of online safety training from the perspective of the organization and also the employees; we’ll look at OSHA safety training requirements and opinions on online safety training as well as ASSP standards for safety training; we’ll show you the benefits of blended learning for online safety training; and we’ll give you some key criteria for selecting online safety training courses, LMSs, and providers.

Hope you enjoy it and let us know if you’ve got some questions!

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Safety Challenges and Solutions

Like manufacturers in all industries, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their employees face real and serious health and safety issues. In some cases, the hazards are the same ones we find in most manufacturing facilities. In other cases, the hazards are more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Likewise, pharmaceutical manufacturers use hazard controls and risk mitigations that are common to many industries as well as more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing, including all levels of the hierarchy of controls, from elimination down to administrative controls such as training for pharmaceutical safety and the use of PPE.

We’ll look at some pharmaceutical manufacturing challenges (hazards) and solutions (controls) below.

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OSHA Recordkeeping & Reporting Deadlines Coming Soon

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Here’s a quick reminder for you that a few OSHA deadlines re: incident recordkeeping and reporting are coming up soon.

On February 1, 2020, you’ll have to have your OSHA Form 300A posted at each establishment. And on March 2, 2020, many organizations will be required to submit incident data from the previous year to OSHA using the still-somewhat-newish online submission (ITA) website.

Hope those quick reminders help. If you’d like even more information, check out our free recorded webinar on OSHA reporting and recordkeeping or download our FREE Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping & Reporting.

And if you’d like some help with all this, check out the Vector EHS software we now have available.

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