Free Recorded Webinar: Introduction to New Safety (Safety 2, Safety Differently, and Human and Organizational Performance)

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Our friends at RedVector hosted Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training for a webinar providing an Introduction to New Safety, including quick introductions to Safety 2, Safety Differently, and Human and Organizational Performance (HOP).

You can listen to the recorded Introduction to New Safety–Safety Differently, Safety II, and HOP–webinar at our Webinars page. 

Give it a listen, use the comments section below to write any thoughts you have, and do check out the books, websites, resources, and thinkers:

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OSHA Basics: What Are OSHA 10 and OSHA 30?

OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are parts of the OSHA Outreach Training Program. The OSHA Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program, meaning that both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are voluntary as well.

We’ll tell you more about OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in this next installment of our ongoing OSHA Basics series of articles in which our ultimate goal is to tell you everything you always wanted to know about OSHA (a bed-burner; a stay-up-all-night reading topic–we know).

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.


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The Three Phases of Risk Assessment: Risk Management Basics

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In this installment of our Risk Management Basics series, we’re going to take a closer look at risk assessment. In doing so, we’ll break risk assessment down into three separate steps: risk identification, risk analysis, and risk evaluation.

We hope this article and our entire Risk Management Basics series will help you gain a better understanding of risk management and help you begin to use risk management techniques at your workplace. Or, if you’re already using risk management at work, to perhaps improve what you’re doing now.

Drop us a note in the comments section below if you’d like us to address any particular risk-related topic in this ongoing risk series.

And if you’re involved in occupational safety and health, feel free to download the free Guide to Using Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health at the bottom of this article (but note, this article addresses risk management and risk assessment in a general manner and can be applied to any aspect of enterprise risk management).


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Fatigue at Work: Symptoms, Hazards, Avoidance & Risk Management

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Fatigue at work is a significant contributor to occupational injuries and illnesses. It’s also the point of special emphasis in the third week of the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month 2019 (#NSM).

As a result, we’re going to take a special look at issues related to fatigue on the job in this article in the hopes of providing some information that may help avoid some injuries and illnesses (and maybe even a fatality).

If you’ve been keeping track, you also know we’ve already written about hazard recognition and slips, trips, and falls for national safety month. You might also want to check out what our friends at RedVector have been writing on for National Safety Month. Next week we’ll both be addressing impairment issues.


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Convergence Training and RedVector to Launch New Virtual Reality Ladder Safety Training at ASSP’s Safety 2019

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Convergence Training and RedVector will be launching their newly created Virtual Reality (VR) Ladder Safety Training app at next week’s ASSP Safety 2019 conference in New Orleans. Stop by booth 1047 to put the goggles on and check out the app, and while you’re there check out all of our award-winning solutions for safety and safety training.

Want to see or learn more?

And before you leave, why not download our free OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY PORTABLE LADDER COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST? 

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Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls: Free Fall Prevention & Protection Toolbox Talk Guide

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Slips, trips, and falls remain a major cause of workplace injuries and even deaths. There are many ways to safeguard against these, and one of those is training. We thought we’d provide you a free guide for leading more effective fall prevention & protection toolbox talks to help with that. The guide provides materials for leading toolbox talks on ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety, all with the aim of preventing falls at work.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its second-week emphasis on slips, trips, and falls. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here. You might want to also go here to check out the article we wrote for the week emphasis on hazard recognition.

And of course, just scroll down to the bottom of this article for the free fall prevention & protection toolbox talk guide.  


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Hazard Identification Training: How to Do It Right

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Hazard recognition is one of the most critical aspects of occupational safety. In fact, OSHA says that “One of the ‘root causes’ of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated.”

The idea that hazard identification/recognition is important to safety is a common one. And following from this, you’ll often see people within the safety industry saying it’s important to train workers on how to identify hazards at work. But what you don’t see quite as often as those first two is any guidance on how to effectively train workers to identify hazards at their workplace. That’s what we’re hoping to help you with a little bit in this article.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its first-week emphasis on hazard recognition training. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here.


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The “Safety Mythologist” Discusses 10 Common Safety Myths: A Discussion with Carsten Busch

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Every field has its sets of established truths. But if you consider some of these so-called “truths” a little critically, you sometime find out they’re not true at all. It’s like the professional version of an urban myth. They’re in the air around us; we read about them and we heard smart people saying they’re true; we never stop to question if they really ARE true; and ultimately, we end up believing in them ourselves.

In the learning and development field, a classic myth is that you can get better training results by designing training to match your learner’s so-called learning styles. But I digress–we’ll get back to that in another article.

In occupational safety, there may be some myths out there too. And that’s why we had the conversation below with “safety mythologist” Carsten Busch. Put on your critical-thinking cap and your skeptical socks and give it a listen (or a read). And many thanks to Carsten for his sharing his time and knowledge with us.


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Using Risk-Based Safety Approaches to Reduce Serious Injuries & Fatalities: An Interview with Pam Walaski

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Risk management can be a powerful tool in occupational safety and health. And when applied strategically, it can help safety managers avoid serious injuries and most importantly fatalities at work.

That’s good to know, because as our risk management/safety management expert Pam Walaski explains in the interview below, the rates of occupational fatalities haven’t been going down as of late and we can do better.

In the interview below, Pam (who’s also done interviews with us on Risk Management and Safety Management Systems as well as Five Steps to Implementing Risk-Based Safety Approaches) explains the current and sad reality of occupational fatalities, explains why risk management is a tool we can use to combat these fatalities, and shows us how to get started.

As always, thanks to Pam.

Also, know we’ve included a free starter’s guide to using risk-based occupational safety management at the very bottom of this article. 

You can watch/listen to the discussion in the video below or click MORE to read a transcript (the guide’s down there, too).


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Upcoming Webinar: An Introduction to “New Safety” (HOP, Safety Differently, Safety II)

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A quick head’s up that we’ll be holding a free webinar over at the website of our business partners RedVector in which we’ll provide an introduction to “new safety” schools of thought including Safety II, Safety Differently, and Human and Organizational Performance (HOP).

If you’d like to learn a little more about these and get pointed in the right direction for additional learning through a series of recommended thinkers, books, websites, and links, this might be something you’ll want to check out. Plus, you can’t beat the price. 🙂

You can register for the “New Safety” webinar here.


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OSHA Basics: OSHA-Approved State Plans

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OSHA’s regulations cover employers in the 50 states plus a number of territories and jurisdictions (this includes but is not limited to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

Many of those states or territories are covered by what’s known as federal OSHA. However, 22-27 states and/or territories have OSHA-approved state plans instead of being covered by federal OSHA. We’ve given a range because it depends on how you count them, something we’ll explain more for you below.

We’ll explain the state OSHA plans a little more in this article, which is a continuation of our OSHA Basics series of articles.

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.


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Guide to Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health

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As we explained in our Compliance or Risk-Based Approaches to Occupational Safety Management article, there are different ways to manage or focus your occupational safety and health management programs.

One way is to use a risk-based approach to safety in the same way other fields use risk management tools, and that’s typically considered an improvement over a more managing safety with a primary focus on compliance or in a more reactive manner.

If you’re new to risk management and the use of risk-based safety management, you may find this free GUIDE TO RISK-BASED SAFETY MANAGEMENT helpful–just go to the bottom of this article.


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