How IndustrySafe/Vector EHS Can Help Your Organization’s COVID Prevention Plan

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Many employers are gearing up (or trying to sustain) their COVID-19 Return-to-Work efforts, and we’ve got an upcoming April 20 COVID/Return-to-Work webinar that explains 16 elements OSHA recommends for a COVID Prevention Plan and shows how organizations can implement those 16 elements with the help of Vector Solutions EHS software solutions (register now–16 Steps to a COVID Prevention Plan Webinar).

Partly to gear up for this, we had a discussion last week about how the Vector Solutions LiveSafe/WorkSafe mobile risk communication platform can be used in these efforts. This week (and immediately below), we’ve had a similar discussion about using the Vector Solutions EHS Management software as part of those return-to-work efforts.

Check out the recorded discussion below, click any of the additional resource links we’ve offered for you down there, and don’t forget to download our COVID Prevention Plan Checklist. 

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How LiveSafe/WorkSafe Can Help Your Organization’s COVID Prevention Plan

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At Vector Solutions, we’re busy working with our customers to help them with their Return-to-Work efforts and COVID Prevention Plan and are scheduling a live webinar on April 20, 2021 (16 Steps to a COVID Prevention Plan) that you’ll find helpful if you’re looking for assistance with this.

Of course, we offer a variety of products that can help you organization plan and implement a COVID Prevention Plan, and one of those is our WorkSafe offering from our partners at LiveSafe. We thought we’d invite Alex Brunjes of LiveSafe to tell us more about COVID prevention plans, OSHA’s recent COVID-related actions, and how employers can use the WorkSafe mobile risk communication platform to assist with COVID Prevention Plans.

Give Alex a listen below–we talk through all of the 16 elements that OSHA recommends in your COVID Prevention Plan in about 25 minutes–and check out the helpful COVID-related links we’ve got for you below the video as well.

When you’re done listening to Alex talking about COVID prevention plans and the LiveSafe mobile risk communication platform, we’ve also recorded an interview with my coworker Danielle Goddard discussing COVID and the Vector EHS management software by Vector Solutions. Be sure to check that out, too.

And of course, don’t forget to download our COVID Prevention Plan Checklist from the link you just passed or the button at the bottom of this page before you go!

Here’s our discussion with Alex talking about using LiveSafe to implement your COVID prevention plan.

Here are some of the links we mentioned in the video:

Hope that helps!

Let us know if we can answer any questions about COVID prevention plans, LiveSafe/Worksafe, the other Vector Solutions health and safety solutions, or anything else. And of course, be sure to help yourself to the COVID Prevention Plan checklist below before you take off!

 

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COVID-Return to Work Checklist

Download this checklist, based on OSHA’s January 29. 2021 “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace,” to help keep the workers at your organization safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Introducing LiveSafe

The Vector Solutions family continues to grow. Last week, we profiled the Vector EHS Management Software offered by our Vector Solutions partners IndustrySafe. This week, we’re profiling the newest member of the Vector family, LiveSafe, and their risk communication & intelligence communication platform.

In the recorded discussion below, we talk with Dan Morrison of LiveSafe to learn more about what LiveSafe is and does. Check it out and let us know if you’ve got any questions for us!

And before you go, feel free to download our Guide to Risk-Based Safety Management!

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Free Download–Guide to Risk-Based Safety Management

Download this free guide to using risk management for your occupational safety and health management program.

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Introducing Vector EHS: Vector Solutions Offers EHS Management Software

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Some Convergence Training customers may know that (1) we became part of Vector Solutions about two years ago and are in the process of changing our name to Vector Solutions and (2) Vector Solutions includes many other brands, including IndustrySafe and LiveSafe.

Industry Safe makes EHS management software that Vector Solutions has called Vector EHS.

In the recorded discussion below, we talk with Clare Epstein of IndustrySafe to learn more about the Vector EHS management software that’s available to any Vector Solutions customers, including of course customers of Convergence Training.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions and thanks to Clare for sharing her time, knowledge, and passion for EHS management with us.

Hope you enjoyed the discussion about Vector EHS and let us know if you have any questions.

We’ve got a bunch of links and free resources for you below if you want to check that out.

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3 Online Learning Tools (and Skills) Made More Essential by COVID-19

Workplace learning has made increasing use of technology for not only years, but for decades now.

And then the COVID-19 pandemic came, making face-to-face, instructor-led training dangerous, potentially fatal, impractical, and less desirable and making various forms of online, remote, or technology-assisted training even more desirable.

We’ve done our best to keep writing about how to deliver training more effectively and safely as a result of COVID-19, We wrote an article about quickly transitioning to elearning and another on quickly taking up live online learning and followed those up with a webinar on the same topics. Then we had a recorded discussion with Shannon Tipton about live online learning, including the use of webinars and virtual classrooms. We’ve talked about it elsewhere, most notably in some webinars on online manufacturing training and online maintenance training. And we’ll be writing about it again in an article with some tips on virtual classrooms via guru Cindy Huggett.

In this article, we’re going to quickly introduce three online learning technologies to consider as your company continues to adapt your own training programs because of COVID. As always, let us know if you’ve got any questions!

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New Simulation Course Released: High-Voltage Electrical Switching Simulator

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We’re excited to be able to offer a new supplement to our existing online training courses for electrical transmission & distribution–a new 3D-animated High-Voltage Switching simulation.

Check out the short highlight video below and contact us if you’d like to learn more.

This simulator allows workers to practice this dangerous, high-risk task safely, an excellent use of scenario-based training and simulations.

Before you go, feel free to download our guide to Online Training for the Electrical Transmission & Distribution industry.

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Guide to Electrical Transmission & Distribution Online Training

Download this free guide to learn how to select and use online training in the electrical transmission & distribution industry. Includes tips on general training, blended learning, online courses and learning management systems, and more.

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New Courses Released: Facilities Maintenance Online Training Library

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Although we publicized this in different ways when it happened, we’re late here at the Convergence Training blog announcing that Vector Solutions, including Convergence Training and RedVector, made a major course release of Facilities Maintenance online training courses this year.

Our new Commercial Facilities Maintenance online training library includes 69 individual courses running over a total of 23 hours and separated into 16 different related series of courses.

Here’s a quick overview video that you might enjoy:

Below is a list of the online training courses in this new Commercial Facilities Maintenance online training library. Let us know if you’d like to learn more about these courses or our LMS for delivering them. Click to contact Convergence Training or RedVector.

We’ve got additional descriptions of each course for you below.

Also, if you want to dig a little deeper into some good ideas for improving your facilities maintenance training programs, check out our record, on-demand webinar explaining how Vector Solutions joined forces with our partners at CBRE to help them build a best-in-class facilities maintenance training program for CBRE and their maintenance techs.

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New Courses Released: National Electrical Code (NEC) 2020®

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You may remember our earlier article mentioning that the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) had updated the National Electrical Code, creating NEC 2020®.

Here’s what the NFPA says about NEC 2020® at their webpage:

NFPA 70®National Electrical Code® (NEC®), sets the foundation for electrical safety. The revised 2020 edition of this trusted code reflects the dynamic nature of the industry, incorporating more than 3,700 public inputs and 1,900 comments, resulting in hundreds of updates and four all-new articles related to emerging issues like emergency disconnects, ground-fault circuit interrupter protection, surge protection, power over Ethernet, and more.

To help electricians get or stay certified, Vector Solutions (through our business partners at RedVector) have released a series of new online NEC 2020® training courses to their existing continuing education training library for electricians.

We’ll give some more details about these exciting and important new course offerings below. Please let us know if you’ve got any questions.

Plus, we’re offering a free, live, informational webinar on these NEC 2020® Changes on Tuesday, September 15, 2020. Register now and you can attend live, listen, and even ask some questions or, if you miss it, we’ll be sure to get a recording in your email inbox shortly after.

And here’s a quick overview video from some of the NEC 2020® online training courses.

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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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Microlearning at Vector Solutions

Not that long ago, our parent company Vector Solutions undertook a large project to convert some existing courses into microlearning courses that their RedVector customers could use. Very cool.

Even cooler, that microlearning project won a prestigious Award for Excellence in Learning award from Brandon-Hall. Which we’re proud of–congrats to all involved.

In this interview, Vector Solutions Vice President of Content Michael Schreiner will talk with Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training & Vector Solutions about microlearning, what it is, why there’s so much talk about it these days, why it’s useful in training, some common uses of it, about the conversion project itself, and most importantly about how Vector Solutions/RedVector customers can access these microlearning courses.

If you’re a Vector Solutions customer and want to use these microlearning courses, begin by getting our RedVector Go app.

Enjoy and let us know if you have any questions!

 

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Adding Online Maintenance Training During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Companies have been using online training more and more in recent years. But this COVID-19 pandemic, which really became an issue in the United States in early 2020, is making all sorts of companies think even more about using different forms of online training to help transfer knowledge to their employees while assisting employees in the continued development of skills.

Just like any other department, maintenance departments are thinking the same thing, thinking of safe ways to deliver training to maintenance techs while observing social distancing and trying to prevent passing a dangerous viral infection from worker to worker.

In this article, we’ll discuss a few different types of online training in this article and give you some tips for getting some online training to your maintenance techs instead of using instructor-led training.

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