HOP, Safety Differently, Safety-II, HPI, Resilience Engineering & More: What Are They?

[Quick note: you can download the guide from the bottom of this page or just click here.]

Have you heard of things like Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Safety Differently, Safety-II, New Safety, the “New View” of Safety, Resilience Engineer, and Human Performance Improvement (HPI) and wondered what they’re all about? Ever wanted to learn more? Even wanted tips from the people who really know? Ever wanted some guidance on how to begin implementing it at your own workplace?

If so, we think you’ll find this guide helpful, insightful, practical, and even a little fun to read (plus don’t forget our 5 Principles of HOP infographic.)

We asked some of the leading experts in the world to help introduce “new safety” to you in this guide (note that we’re using “new safety” simply as a catch-all term to include all the different terms–HOP, Safety Differently, etc.–that we listed above) and we’re very thankful that so many chose to share their experience and knowledge with us (thanks to all the contributors!).

We asked each of the contributors to answer the following questions:

How would you define “new safety?”

What’s the most important thing a safety professional should know about new safety?

How would you recommend a safety professional begin implementing new safety?

What resources do you recommend people check out to learn more about new safety?

The contributors include, in alphabetical order:

Martha Acosta, Nippin Anand, Andrea Baker, Andrew Barrett, Carsten Busch, Eric Buschard, Rosa Antonia Carillo, Tristan Casey, Bob Edwards, Joe Estey, Ron Gantt, Sam Goodman, Tanya Hewitt, Daniel Hummerdal, Adam Johns, Clive Lloyd, Gareth Lock, Jeff Lyth, Charles Major, James McPherson, Michael Phillips, Ivann Pupulidy, Becky Ray, Steven Shorrock, Brent Sutton, Pam Walaski, Sean Walker, Gary Wong, and Marc Yeston (once again, thanks to all of them!). 

In addition to this guide, you might also find these related articles and recorded discussions of interest:

Recorded Discussion with Todd Conklin: 

Recorded Discussions with Ron Gantt: 

Recorded Discussions with Carsten Busch:

Recorded Discussion with Bob Edwards:

Recorded Discussion with Andrea Baker: 

Recorded Discussion with Helen Harris: 

Recorded Discussions with Pam Walaski:

Recorded Discussions with Jennifer Serne:

Recorded Discussion with Adam Johns:

Recorded Discussions with Joe Estey:

Recorded, On-Demand Discussion with David Provan (David wanted to contribute to this and then got super-busy, so sadly we missed out on him in this round. We DO hope to add additional contributors over time and David’s at the top of our wish list!):

Recorded, On-Demand Webinar with Pam Walaski: 

Recorded, On-Demand Webinar with Jennifer Serne 

We think you’ll find this guide insightful. Download it now and come back to let us know what you think!

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Intro to “New Safety” Guide

What we’re calling “New Safety” here goes by a variety of names–HOP, HPI, Safety Differently, Safety-II, Resilience Engineering, and more. Download the guide to learn more about it from many of the world’s top experts.

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Report: State of Training in Manufacturing & Industry

Our Vector Solutions partners over at RedVector recently created two reports looking at the state of training in 2021: the report we’ve got for you here, the State of Manufacturing & Industrial Training in 2021, plus a similar report on the State of Architecture, Engineering & Construction Training in 2021.

If you’re involved in training in the manufacturing and industrial spaces, we think you’ll find the report below interesting and helpful. Download a copy, see for yourself, and let us know if you’ve got any questions or if we can help you out in any way.

In addition to the report below, you may also be interested in the following resources related to manufacturing & industrial training:

And of course, we make online manufacturing training courses, a learning management system (LMS), mobile training apps, and more as well.

Enjoy the guide and good luck with the workplace performance improvement efforts at your manufacturing workplace.

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State of Industrial & Manufacturing Training (2021)

Download this guide for all sorts of helpful insights into the state of industrial and manufacturing training as we enter 2021.

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Five Principles of HOP Infographic (Human & Organizational Performance)

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If you’re interested in new approaches to safety, sometimes referred to with the umbrella term “new safety” and other times discussed in more specific schools of thought, such as Safety Differently, Safety-II, Resilience Engineering, and (to the point of this downloadable infographic), Human and Organizational Performance, or HOP.

We’ve got a cool 5 Principles of HOP infographic for you below. Go ahead and download it–you’ll see it’s based on five principles as listed by HOP practitioner Dr. Todd Conklin and has a lot of links to places where you can learn more.

And while you’re downloading the Five Principles infographic, you might also find some of this other stuff we’ve got for you valuable, too:

Download the infographic below and let us know if you’ve got any questions! 

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Five Principles of HOP Infographic Download

Download this infographic listing and explaining the five principles of Human and Organizational Performance, or HOP, as defined by Dr. Todd Conklin.

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Online Industrial Training Tools & Tech to Know About

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Industrial companies and other organizations have been making increasingly common use of online training and different technologies associated with online training for some time now. And that long-term trend has only increased as a result of COVID-19.

So if you’re a manufacturing or industrial organization, and you’re looking to begin your online training journey or simply add to it, you may be asking yourself what some of the common technologies, tools, and product types are.

And that’s what we’re going to try to help you with now.

In addition to this article, please feel free to listen to our Effective Manufacturing Training that Works webinar and our Selecting Online Manufacturing Training webinar as well as download our Manufacturing Training guide and our Selecting & Using Online Manufacturing Training guide.

And of course, we’ve got a range of online manufacturing training courses, mobile training apps, and learning management systems for manufacturing organizations as well.


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How Lean Manufacturing is Part of the HPI Toolkit for Improving Performance at Work

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It can be easy to unnecessarily “silo” different sets of ideas and not immediately recognize that they’re related. We all probably do it at times, which is too bad, because we can often create better outcomes by making connections between those silos and creating a convergence of ideas.

One easy example of this is the not-necessarily-obvious connection between lean manufacturing and human performance improvement (HPI).

We’re going to explain that connection to you in the article below. It’s worth noting this idea certainly isn’t new, and it may seem blindingly obvious to some while perhaps others haven’t thought of it. The idea came to mind for me most recently during the pre-recorded chit-chat immediately before a recorded discussion I recently had with Guy Wallace describing the origins of HPI, so hat-tip to Guy for instigating this article.


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A Brief History of Human Performance Improvement (HPI): Talking with Guy Wallace

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Human Performance Improvement, or HPI, is a method of improving performance and outcomes at organizations that can include workplace training but considers  reasons for problems beyond just knowledge and skill gaps and interventions other than just training.

It’s also sometimes called Human Performance Technology, or HPT.

In this interview, HPI practitioner Guy Wallace gives us an overview of HPI/HPT, tells us about a few of the key ideas and originators (some of whom Guy worked with or new), gives us a few best practices, and talks about two HPI-related projects of his: a series of recorded video discussions with other HPI practitioners and a website collecting HPI resources for people to check out and learn from.

Check out the recorded discussion below and then check below the video for some links to things Guy and I talked about.

We’ve got resources for you below, plus a free downloadable Mager/Pipe Problem-Solving Flowchart, so check that all out.


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Some Key Industrial Training Topics

Industrial employers and manufacturers have their hands full in today’s business climate. And while there are a lot of challenges (and opportunities too, of course), there’s no doubt that developing a fully skilled workforce is a big challenge.

In this article, we’re going to provide a brief overview of some key times when industrial employers should deliver training to workers and some key topics to provide that training.

We invite you to share your own experiences in hiring skilled workers, providing your initial training to them during onboarding as well as throughout their career with your organization to develop those necessary skills, and of course using that training as a way to retain employees so  you won’t have to go through the expensive proposition of turning around, hiring, and onboarding new employees so frequently.

In addition to this article on industrial training topics and moments of training needs, you might also enjoy our article with Industrial Training Tips and our article on developing Training Programs for Industrial Employees.


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What Is Reliability-Centered Maintenance?

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Reliability-centered maintenance is a process of planning maintenance inspections and procedures to ensure your equipment what you need them to do and to preserve its current function(s).

Reliability-centered maintenance, or RCM, begins with identifying the problems and potential problems with your equipment, beginning with how they can fail. RCM then leads you through an orderly process that leads you to identifying ways to prevent those failures.

We’ll explain more in this article.

Before you go further, feel free to download our Guide to Industrial Maintenance Training or check out our online industrial maintenance training courses and solutions.


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New Courses Released: Online Lean Manufacturing Training Courses Available

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We’re a little late in announcing this–apologies for that!–but earlier this year we released an entire series of online training courses on the basics of Lean Manufacturing.

These courses cover all the basics–we’ll include a full course-title list below along with course descriptions–and are part of our larger online training library for continuous improvement.

The courses are all made in our famous and award-winning multimedia video production style, which of course includes 2D- and 3D-animations. Check out a quick sample from our Lean Manufacturing highlight video, below.

Read on to learn more about the specific new courses in our Lean Manufacturing series.


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The Value of Continuing Education & Professional Certifications

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You might know Convergence Training as primarily a job-training company because we create a lot of training that’s often assigned at workplaces or otherwise made available to employees to complete to build skills, improve safety, be compliant with training requirements from agencies like MSHA or OSHA, and more.

But we’re also a part of the Vector Solutions family, and our sister company RedVector has strong offerings in what you might think of as continuing education, helping people prepare for professional certifications by certifying bodies or completing required training to maintain professional licenses.

In this article, we thought we’d tell you a little more about the continuing education offerings from our partners at RedVector (which are available to Convergence Training customers, just as our training is available to their customers).

Read on to learn more.


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Infographic: Intro to Agile-The Agile Manifesto & 12 Agile Principles

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If you’re interested in agile project management, you’re going to want to know about the Agile Manifesto, including its 4 Values, and the 12 Principles of Agile (which follow from those values).

To make it easy for you, we’ve created an Intro to Agile infographic for you with those 4 values and those 12 principles, and you can download it right here and right now.

For even more about using agile for project management, check out our Project Management Basics: What Is Agile  Project Management? article.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions and if you need courses preparing for the examinations offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to get a project management certificate (yep, we’ve got online courses for that through our partners at RedVector!).


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6 Easy Steps to Better Industrial Employee Training Programs

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Providing effective training that helps industrial employees quickly develop necessary job skills is an important part of success for industrial companies. Yet not all industrial employers are familiar with reliable methods of creating and delivering effective training materials and programs that truly help employees acquire necessary job knowledge and (more importantly) acquire needed job skills quickly and efficiently.

In this article, we’ll walk you through a simple, repeatable process for improving your industrial training and facilitating the career growth of the employees at your industrial workplace, we’ll link you to additional resources where you can learn more, and we’ll give you a free guide to industrial/manufacturing training that you can download as well.

Good luck putting together your own training programs at work and let us know if you have additional questions or if we can be of help.

In addition to this article, you might also be interested in our article on Industrial Training Topics and Times of Training Need and our article with some helpful Industrial Training Tips.


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