ANSI Z490.2–Upcoming ANSI/ASSE National Standard Accepted Practices for Virtual Training in OSH&E Management

Are you familiar with ANSI Z490.1Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training–from our friends at ANSI and ASSE?

You may be on your own. Or perhaps you’ve read our series of articles about Z490.1, or even downloaded our free Effective Safety Training guide, which is in agreement with much of Z490.1.

Well, in addition to all your appreciation of Z490.1, I’m excited to bring some additional joy into your life. In the form of ANSI Z490.2. This is an upcoming standard on “virtual” EHS training.

How do I know about Z490.2, you ask? Good question! Because I was just accepted to work together with a lot of other folks to put the standard together. As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited to work on the standard and to help guide it toward completion.

We’re writing about this now for two reasons. First, as a head’s up that the standard is in the works. And second, to let you know we plan on writing an occasional article here at the Convergence Training blog updating you (when I can) on the status of the standard and maybe sharing some insights into how a national standard is created.

Because I literally just got accepted, and because the project is in the earliest phases, there’s not a ton to tell you right now. What I CAN say is I looked at the names of the participants and saw some folks I respect quite a good deal. So that’s a good sign.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions by using the comments section below. And we’ll keep you posted here at the blog.

Don’t forget to download the free guide below!

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Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to design, create, deliver, and evaluate effective EHS training by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.

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Catch Us at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference

We’ll be at this year’s Annual Conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The conference is February 19-22, 2017, and will be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

Valerie Cantrell and Brian Andrewjeski will be staffing our booth, talking to conference attendees, taking questions, and demonstrating our Mining Safety learning management system (LMS), our mining safety eLearning courses, general safety and health eLearning courses, mobile training apps, and more.

You can find Val and Brian at Booth 1728.

Read on below if you’d like to learn more about the materials they’ll be demonstrating at SME.


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10 Daily Workplace Safety Tips in Manufacturing

No one wants to get hurt, but sometimes we neglect best safety practices because it takes extra time and effort. However, a little extra time is always worth it to avoid an injury.
Checking workplace safety throughout the day is an easy way to keep your working environment safe. If you are a supervisor, it shows your employees that you care about them and their well being. Being safety oriented can help improve your employees’ morale, productivity, and even make a good impression on visitors.
If you are an employee, following safety protocols are in your and your coworkers’ best interests.
We’ve got 10 good tips for keeping you and other people safe at work below. Give them a quick review and we hope they help to keep you safe and healthy.

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Convergence Training Puts Down New Roots

In June 2016, we announced the creation of Convergence Training LLC as a privately-held spin-off of Capstone Technology Corp. Since then, we’ve gone through quite a few changes, including a complete logo redesign and a move to our new location. In fact just yesterday, our whole team stepped outside to witness the installation of our new company sign with our new logo at the top of our new building, a scene that punctuated a monumental shift in our evolution as a company.

As Convergence Training LLC, we continue to define a brand that represents the intersection of people, technology, and quality content. And everything about our new location supports the form, function, and clarity of that message. ​We’ve retained a world-class team, developing cutting edge software, while designing meaningful and effective training material. Now, we get to do all that great work in a space that expresses everything we’re about.

So come visit us at 4600 NW Camas Meadows Dr, Suite 200, Camas WA 98607. Walk through our new workspace and experience where we create the best training you can buy. And don’t forget to glance up at that beautiful sign, all lit up. It really means a whole lot to us.

 
 

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Conference Wrap-Up: Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference

We just completed attending, presenting at, and exhibiting at the recent Western, Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference in Portland, Oregon (December 2016). A triple threat–how about that!

First off, a thousand thanks to Oregon OSHA and everyone involved in planning, organizing, and putting on the conference. Here’s a list of other conferences that Oregon OSHA’s putting on, including of course the upcoming Governor’s Occupational Health and Safety Conference (GOSH), which happens in Portland, OR on March 6-9, 2017.

And of course, thanks to everyone else, too. This includes the conference attendees (the whole reason for the conference), the conference presenters (lots of very smart and experienced people were sharing valuable information at the conference this year), and the conference exhibitors explaining their health and safety offerings (a special shout-out here from me to folks from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, both of whom had some good stuff and were mighty knowledgeable and friendly). And let’s not forget the hotel staff who took care of everything so we could focus on learning–rooms, food, and more.

I’d also like to say thanks in particular to everyone who I had a chance to meet with and talk to at the show. It’s always a pleasure to get out of the office and meet others in the field, and invariably a learn a lot from it.

Below is an overview of the conference presentations that we attended through the three-day meeting and the conference presentation we delivered at the end of the third day. Obviously, if you attended you may have seen some different presentations than we did, so hopefully you’ll (1) find our brief overviews below interesting and (2) you’ll use the comments section at the bottom of this article to tell us about the presentations you attended or led yourself.

For those of you who attended the Effective Safety Training presentation that we led, we’ll include some links below where you can download some additional information on effective safety training, and we’ll let you know about a second follow-up blog post specifically for you (which we haven’t yet completed but will soon).

If you stopped by  at the Convergence Training exhibit desk, liked what you saw in our solutions for health and safety training, pulp and paper training, and general training management software, feel free to drop an email to our representative Brian Andrewjeski.

 

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Effective Safety Training: Check Out Our Article In ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’re always excited to work together with a professional safety organization like the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and so we’re excited and honored to have written an article for their Professional Safety magazine (gated-must be an ASSE member).

Thanks to Tim Fisher, Standards Development and Technical Services, for recommending us to the Professional Safety staff, and to Sue Trebswether, Editor/Manager at Professional Safety, for all the hard work and good cheer.

Go here to read the magazine and our article. Remember, you’ve got to be an ASSE member, but that starts at only $150/year, and that $150 pays for many, many benefits. It’s a safety bargain to be sure.

But don’t rush away too quickly! We’ve got a series of ASSE-related materials that we’ve created for you below, plus a free 60-page Guide to Effective Safety Training you can download and some more cool safety training stuff.

It’s all below the MORE button, just waiting for you.

And stay tuned to Professional Safety, as this is the first in a multi-article series on safety training that we’re writing for the magazine. Our next article will appear in their January, 2017 issue, and we’ll have articles in their March, May, July, September, November, and January (2018) issues as well. So get in here, at the ground floor, and settle in for the long haul with us! 🙂

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MSHA TRAM Conference, 2016

mshaThe Mine Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as MSHA, just held their annual Training Resources Applied to Mining conference, more commonly known as TRAM. (I am not sure I knew what TRAM stood for before today–how about you?)

We exhibited at TRAM and our intrepid Sales Account Manager Valerie Cantrell gave a presentation on how to use blended learning, including online learning activities, for mining safety training and MSHA compliance.

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Convergence Training Releases New MSHA Miner Training Courses

safety-and-health-management-standards-and-guidelinesConvergence Training, a leading producer of industrial safety and mine training products, announced today the release of its next generation of Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) compliance training courses.

Convergence Training’s history of producing award-winning MSHA training and its longstanding position as the leader in compliant miner training contribute to its dominance in the industry. Based on the MSHA Part 46 regulations for training and retraining of surface miners and mining contractors, Convergence Training’s new courses are designed to supplement a broader range of Part 46 surface mining and Part 48 underground mining compliance programs. The computer-animated courses are produced to be used individually or purchased as bundled sets that are configured to meet core requirements for new miner and annual refresher training.

Convergence Training owner and president, Randy Kohltfarber, explains the value that these new courses offer the mining industry. “Since we released our Surface Miner Training courses in 2008, we’ve helped leading mine companies and their thousands of employees stay compliant with MSHA training regulations. I’m really proud of the work we’ve done on our new MSHA miner training courses. They simply look stunning and provide a great value from a trusted brand,” said Kohltfarber.

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Stills from Convergence Training’s new MSHA compliance courses

Convergence Training will release its MSHA mine compliance course catalog in both eLearning and DVD formats for the broadest accessibility in the industry.

View more preview clips and request full-length previews at convergencetraining.com

 

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Convergence Training Spins Off From Capstone Technology

Today is a very exciting day for Convergence Training.

Capstone Technology, the parent company of Convergence Training, was recently acquired by Spectris plc, a UK-based developer of industrial instrumentation and controls.

While the dataPARC and MACS divisions of Capstone Technology will be moving on as a part of Spectris, we’re pleased to announce that Convergence Training will be spinning off into its own privately-held entity.

What does this mean for our customers?

Really, not that much. We’re still the Convergence Training you know and love. Our day-to-day operations will remain unchanged, and our team will continue to pursue our goal of providing companies with the best tools available to manage compliance requirements and increase the skills and knowledge of their employees.

Convergence Training has experienced tremendous growth over the past several years. We’ve added hundreds of new titles to our training course catalog, and we’ve continued to develop the Convergence LMS into a premier workforce training and development platform.

We’ve also built a wonderful team of dedicated, hard-working individuals, and each of us is tremendously excited about our future, as we’re now able direct our entire focus toward developing the best training products and services possible.

We truly value our customers and recognize that without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. We look forward to continuing to build on these important relationships as we move forward in this exciting time.

- Randy Kohltfarber, President and Owner



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Convergence Training Updates MSHA Compliance Course Catalog

online-courses-for-MSHA-46If you’ve worked at a surface mine, or performed work in an MSHA-regulated site, there’s a good chance you’ve seen our MSHA Surface Miner Training. Back in 2008 Convergence Training developed the original library of MSHA Part 46-compliant mine safety courses. And since then, our courses have been used in hundreds of MSHA training programs all across North America and viewed by thousands of mine employees and contractors.

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New EHS Training Courses Available: DOT HAZMAT Safety; Respirator Basics; Blocking and Cribbing for Heavy Equipment; Metal-on-Metal Safety;

Here are the new courses we added to our EHS Training Library last month.

You can also just check all of the titles in our EHS training library and our Mining Safety training library.

We’ll keep announcing new courses each month as they roll out, so stay tuned for more.

You can view samples of each course below, but contact us for a demo for full-course previews.

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New Manufacturing Training Courses Available: Operator Basic Care; Lubrication Basics

Here are the new courses we added to our Manufacturing Training Library last month.

You can also just check all of the titles in our following libraries:

We’ll keep announcing new courses each month as they roll out, so stay tuned for more.

You can watch samples of the new courses below, or contact us to set up a demo and view full-length previews.

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