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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Safety Classics Reconsidered: An Interview with Ron Gantt

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The other day we called up our friend Ron Gantt, the Safety Differently thinker, to get his take on some standard ideas in traditional safety.

In particular, we asked Ron for his take on (1) safety and compliance; (2) safety indicators–lagging and leading; (3) safety measurement; (4) Heinrich’s safety pyramid; (5) SOPs, work as planned, and work as performed; (6) job hazard analyses, or JHAs; (7) the hierarchy of controls; (8) incident investigations & root causes; (9) behavior-based safety; (10) risk & risk management; and (11) safety culture.

Ron was kind enough to answer all our questions in helpful and thought-provoking ways (which is typical for Ron).

You can watch a recording of our discussion below (watch for the appearances of Ron’s dogs!) or read a transcript  below. And we’ve included some links to earlier discussions about Safety Differently with Ron below as well.

We’d like to thank Ron once again and we are sure you’ll find this discussion interesting.

Check out these other discussions with Ron, too:


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Machine Guarding Checklist – Free Download

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Hello, friend! And welcome to another Convergence Training blog post with a free checklist that you can use as part of your company’s health and safety efforts.

This time, the checklist is for machine guarding, and in particular OSHA general industry machine guarding compliance.

Read on for more information and to download the free machine guarding checklist.

And, we’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other safety topics here.


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OSHA Basics: What Are the OSHA General Industry Regulations?

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If you’re new to occupational safety and health regulations, OSHA and the OSHA regulations or standards may be unfamiliar to you and perhaps even confusing.

To help demystify things, we’ve written this installment in our series of articles titled OSHA Basics to explain to you what OSHA means by “general industry” and what the OSHA general industry occupational safety and health regulations are.

And before you begin reading, know that we’ve got a free OSHA General Industry Compliance Guide for you, too!


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Safety Training for Family Thanksgiving

thanksgiving safety training imageThanksgiving day! A time to reflect on all our good fortunes and be thankful. A cherished opportunity to enjoy the company of not only our immediate family but our extended family too. A time to eat a wonderful meal, all expertly cooked and artfully served, while enjoying the company of all.

Well, that’s how it works sometimes, for some people. More power to them, right?

Other times, though, Thanksgiving doesn’t go quite according to plan. To prepare for those instances, you may want to consider some of the following titles from our online workforce training and online safety training libraries.

Read on for some tips and chuckles. And despite the tongue-in-cheek approach below, we truly DO wish you a great holiday.


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