Come See Us at the Tennessee Safety & Health Conference, July 30-August 2, Nashville, TN

We’ll be at the Tennessee Safety & Health Conference in hip and beautiful Nashville, TN, Sunday July 30 to Wednesday, August 2. And we’d love to meet you!

Come on over to the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and check out our award-winning, innovative safety and health training solutions in Booth 409. Here’s just a little of what we’ll be able to show you:

Come on by and see why we just won the ISHN Reader’s Choice Award for Best Safety Training and see how we can help with your safety program at work.

Check out our short highlight video while you’re here!

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What Is a Hydraulic System? Definition, Design, and Components

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With a variety of applications, hydraulic systems are used in all kinds of large and small industrial settings, as well as buildings, construction equipment, and vehicles. Paper mills, logging, manufacturing, robotics, and steel processing are leading users of hydraulic equipment.

As an efficient and cost-effective way to create movement or repetition, hydraulic system-based equipment is hard to top. It’s likely your company has hydraulics in use in one or more applications for these reasons.

We’ll provide more information about hydraulic systems in this article, including covering the definition and basic designs and components.

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ASSE Safety 2017 Day One Summary (Tuesday, June 20)

We recently attended the ASSE’s Safety 2017 conference in lovely Denver, CO. If you were there, maybe you swung by our booth or ran into Senior L&D Specialist Jeff Dalto at one of the presentations.

A well-deserved hats off to the ASSE, all the presenters, and all the staff involved in putting on a a great conference, including the folks who work for the Denver Convention Center. It’s obviously a lot of work, it went off without a hitch, plus they dialed up some beautiful weather for us as well!

The biggest problem I had while down at ASSE was choosing between the different presentations I wanted to see. There were so many good ones, I missed some I really wanted to see (notably, one by Pamela Walaski on scaling a safety and health management system for small and medium-sized companies, but I’m happy to say she wrote a great article in the most recent issues of Professional Safety magazine on the same topic).

Before I list the presentations I saw, I want to congratulation Samantha Horseman of Saudi Aramco. She won the Safety Management Innovation Award and then gave her prize to the ASSE Foundation. Admirable stuff all the way around–good on her, and an inspiration to all of us. Kudos and huzzah!

OK, here’s what I’ve seen since I’ve been there.

(Note: The conference is now over, so we’ve now published three daily overviews: ASSE Safety 2017 Day 1, ASSE Safety 2017 Day 2, and ASSE Safety 2017 Day 3).

Keynote Presentation by Philosopher Tom Morris

Author of many books, including “The Oasis Within,” Morris was a lively, engaging, funny speaker who listed his “7 Cs for Success”: Conception, Confidence, Concentration, Consistency, Emotional Commitment, Character, and Capacity to Enjoy. A bonus for mentioning ancient philosopher Zeno and recent NFL running back Jerome Bettis in the same speech.

Jonathan Klane’s “Flash Session” on Non-Fiction Storytelling in Safety

Klane is with Arizona State University (“Forks Up!”) and gave a good, quick reminder of the value of telling stories while talking about safety and/or delivering safety training. And even though it wasn’t the stated intention of his presentation, he also demonstrated well the value of determining what “problem” you’re trying to fix before developing safety training.

I am working with Klane and others to create ANSI/ASSE Z490.2, the standard on virtual safety training, so it was neat to be able to meet him face-to-face.

Roundtable on the ISO 45001 Standard

Moderated by the ASSE’s one-and-only Tim Fisher, this roundtable with Victory Troy, Todd Hohn, and Kathy Seabrook was well-attended and included a few quick summaries of key clauses within the upcoming standard on safety and health management and a good Q&A session.

The speakers mentioned this was the third year in a row they’ve given a status update on ISO 45001 at an ASSE conference, and that this will be the last. Why? Because they expect the standard to be done and final within 12 months. So watch for that, it’s a big event.

Go here for more information on ISO 45001.

What Safety Professionals Need to Know about Environmental Regulations

Salvatore Caccavalle did an admirable job of introducing attendees to the basic framework of environmental regulations in the US, noting that many safety professionals have to be aware of and comply with these regulations (often without a true environmental expert on staff).

Did you know we have a new library of online Environmental training courses? Read this blog post to find out more about our new online environmental training library and environmental regulations in general.

A baseball fan, Caccavalle exposed his love for his hometown Boston Red Sox and even dated one environmental reg as “the same year as the Miracle Mets.” It’s always good to see folks have a life outside work.

Humor in Safety/Safety Training

Speaker Tim Page-Bottorff did a nice job of reminding attendees that safety and safety training can be fun, and in fact should be. He demonstrated a few ways to make safety training more engaging, more active/participatory, and more memorable.

Job well done. Remember, folks, it doesn’t have to be wooden or put folks to sleep. And, in fact, it shouldn’t.

Safety Differently

Probably my favorite session of the day, and that’s saying a lot for the final presentation of the day. Ron Gantt did a nice job of asking attendees to consider turning our conceptions of safety “upside down.”

Gannt asked us to consider safely differently than we have in the past, with a focus on:

  • The definition of safety
  • The role of “the people” in safety (meaning workers)
  • The focus on the organization

Gantt’s unusual definition of safety is “the capacity to be successful in varying conditions.” He believes that people are often considered the problem in safety but instead should be considered the solution. And he thinks safety professionals and the organization should do everything they can to support the people, while believing that the organization has an ethical role to support the safety of the people.

I’ve read Gannt’s stuff for a few years now and see him on LinkedIn from time to time, so this was a real treat for me to see him live.

For more about Gannt’s ideas, check out the Safety Differently website.

What about You?

What sessions did you see? Let us know in the comments section below. And we hope to see you today!

And help yourself to the free guide below, which is based in large part on ASSE/ANSI Z490.1.

Finally, remember you can check out more daily overviews: ASSE Safety 2017 Day 2 and ASSE Safety 2017 Day 3.

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OSHA Makes Available New, Helpful PSM Guidelines

OSHA Compliance Requirements OSHA has released three new guidance documents to help small business comply with the Process Safety Management (PSM) regulation.

In brief, there are resources for PSM for small businesses, PSM for storage facilities, and PSM for explosives and pyrotechnics manufacturing.

A little help from OSHA is always a good thing and is to be commended. Thanks, OSHA!

We’ve got links to the three OSHA guidances plus some links to resources we’ve created over time to help with PSM compliance as well. There’s even a free PSM Compliance Checklist for you below.

Read on below for more information and resources.

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OSHA To Delay Enforcement of Silica Standard for Construction Industry

OSHA recently announced that they’re delaying the enforcement of 1926.1153, the Crystalline Silica Standard for the Construction Industry.

According to OSHA, they’re pushing back enforcement of 1926.1153 until September 23, 2017. They intend to use that time to conduct “additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.”

If you want to keep up with further changes, the best thing to do is sign up for this email notification system from OSHA. I signed up for a similar one on the Online Reporting Requirements recently and can confirm it worked well.

Read on below for more information and resources.

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The New Convergence Incident Management System (IMS): Coming Soon

Need help keeping track of workplace incidents, such as injuries, illnesses, property damage, and more?

How about reporting and acting upon near-misses and safety observations?

If so, you’ll be happy to know that our new Incident Management System (IMS) is coming soon.

 

Here are a few of the things you’ll be able to do with our new IMS:

  • Create, edit, manage, and track the status of incident reports
  • Attach associated incident documents and images, including digital photos and videos
  • Select involved personnel directly from the system
  • Document OSHA-recordable and MSHA-recordable injuries and illnesses, and submit those directly to OSHA and MSHA
  • Identify root causes
  • Prescribe, record, and track corrective actions

So, stay tuned for more!

Until then, you may be interested in reading our HOW TO CONDUCT AN INCIDENT INVESTIGATION blog article. And don’t forget to download our free Job Hazard Analysis Guide, below.

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ASSE Safety 2017: Come See Us in Denver, Co June 19-22, 2017


We’re going to be at the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Safety 2017 conference in Denver, CO June 19-22 in Denver, CO and hope to get a chance to meet you while we’re there.

Come visit us in Booth 930 to see our safety and health eLearning courses (including many new and updated titles), our new mobile safety training apps (for smart phones and tablets), and coming soon, the Incident Management module of our Convergence Learning Management System, or LMS (which is ideal for safety and health compliance training needs) .

Also, our Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto, who writes the Convergence Training blog, will be attending as a learner to take in a bunch of sessions and he’s hoping to meet a lot of you in person.

Finally, while Jeff’s there, he’s planning on meeting up with other members of the ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 (Virtual Safety Training) committee. Jeff is a member of this working committee, has enjoyed working toward the creation of this new national standard on online safety training, and is excited to see what advances can be made while at least some of the committee members are in Denver at the conference. Click here to read Jeff’s latest update on the developing of the ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard.

See you in Denver! And let us know if you have any questions for us.

And while you’re here, feel free to download our Guide to Effective EHS Training, which is based on ANSI/ASSE Z490.2.

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Convergence Training Named One of Top Places to Work in Portland, OR

Thanks to our friends at Zippia for listing yours truly, Convergence Training, as one of the top 20 places to work in the Portland, OR area (we’re actually located in Camas, WA, just north of Portland).

Here’s what Zippia had to say about working at Convergence Training:

Convergence provides training software and eLearning courses on a variety of industrial skills on subjects like packaging, manufacturing, workplace safety, and maintenance. As far as working there, former workers have mentioned that designers of the eLearning software are given plenty of leeway to create interesting and useful content in a supportive environment.

And congrats to all of the other great companies on the list, including:

  • SalesFirst Recruiting
  • Evo
  • Intuitive Digital
  • Propeller
  • Marquam Group
  • 52 Limited
  • Idealist Consulting
  • Zapproved
  • Fortis Construction-Oregon
  • InfoGroup Northwest
  • Fuel Medical
  • BizTek People
  • Logical Position
  • Maul Foster & Alongi
  • DiscoverOrg
  • MasterPlans
  • Boly:Welch
  • Sole Financial
  • Silken Management Group

Well done, all!

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Convergence Training MSHA Safety Training–2017 ISHN Reader’s Choice Award Winner

We’re proud to announce that our MSHA Safety Training compliance solution, including online mining safety training courses and a learning management system (LMS) for administering that training and creating all MSHA-required training records and documentations, just won the 2017 ISHN (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News) Reader’s Choice Award for Safety Training.

Thanks to ISHN and of course their readers for selecting us. We’re honored and will continue to create training materials of a similar high quality in the future.

Click here to see the other award winners, and congratulations to all the other winners as well.

To see more about our award-winning MSHA mining safety online courses and learning management system (LMS) for mining safety, click the MORE button to continue reading. We’ve also included a free guide to mining safety training for you at the bottom of this article.

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Join Us at the Michigan Safety Conference in Novi, MI, April 11-12, 2017

Attention all Michiganders: we’ll be in the Mighty Mitten state April 11 and 12 for the Michigan Safety Conference.

Come to the show and swing by Booth 335 to see the best online health and safety training solutions out there, including health and safety online courses as well our as Enterprise LMS for health and safety training management. Solutions Specialist Brian Andrewjeski will be there to answer any questions you may have and demonstrate anything you may want to see.

As you may already know, the conference is in Novi, Michigan at the Suburban Collection Showplace.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You can shoot us an email if you have any questions.

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Meet Us at the 75th Annual Wisconsin Safety & Health Conference and Exposition

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be exhibiting and leading a presentation at the Wisconsin Safety and Health Conference and Exposition in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin on April 10-12, 2017. The conference is at the Kalahari Resort in the Dells.

Come by booth 1711 and talk with Colby Matney and Scott Rise about our amazing safety and health eLearning courses and safety training management systems (LMSs). We’ve got some samples below of some of the things they’ll demonstrate at the show.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be leading a presentation at the show on Effective Safety Training. The presentation will be based on a lot of the elements discussed in the free Guide to Effective Safety Training that you can download from the bottom of this article.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there! You can shoot us an email if you have any questions.

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Read Our Article on Blended Safety Training in March Issue of ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’ve published another in a series of articles related to safety training in the March issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

The series of articles provides tips for better safety training, and takes as a starting point some key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on Effective Safety Training. In this particular article, we focused on how to use a “blended learning solution,” as Z490.1 recommends, to get the best safety training.

We encourage you to check out the ASSE, their Professional Safety magazine, and of course their ANSI Z490.1 standard for Effective Safety Training. Also, be aware that ANSI and ASSE are beginning the process of creating ANSI Z490.2, which will deal with online or “virtual” safety training. We’re on the committee to create that standard and you can read more about that here.

Finally, we’ve got some safety-training-related freebies for you. To learn more about blended safety training, download our free Beginner’s Guide to Blended Learning by clicking the link you just past or download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training, which is based on Z490.1, by clicking the large download button at the bottom of this article.

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