Convergence Training Listed as One Top 20 Health and Safety Training Companies by Training Industry

Whew! We’re winning so many awards lately, it’s hard for this humble safety blogger to keep up. But that’s a good problem, no?

For those keeping track at home, you may remember that we recently won the ISHN Best Safety Training Attendees Award at the recent ASSE Safety 2017 event in Denver, CO, and that had followed our winning the ISHN 2017 Reader’s Choice Award for Best Safety Training.

And today we’re happy to announce that Training Industry recently named Convergence Training as one of the top 20 health and safety training companies for 2017. Thanks to the folks at Training Industry for including us!

If you’re new to Convergence, and you’re wondering what we did to make it on the top 20 list, the links and videos below may give you an idea:

Not only that, we’ve got an Incident Management System for performing incident investigations, tracking corrective actions, keeping records, and OSHA and MSHA submission.

Here are some samples. First, a quick highlight video featuring images from some of our online training courses:

Next, an overview of our Convergence LMS for safety training administration:

And here’s an overview of using the Convergence LMS for MSHA safety training and compliance:

Finally, here’s our new Incident Management System:

 

Let us know if there’s some how we can help YOU with safety training at your work. And thanks again to Training Industry magazine.

Before you leave, why not download the free guide to effective safety training below as well?

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Check Our Article on Evaluating Safety Training in the September Issue of ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

A quick head’s up that you can read our most recent article about safety training in the September issue of the ASSE’s Professional Safety magazine.

The article is a continuation of our series highlighting some “big issues” in safety training, and it focuses on evaluating safety training to make sure you’re getting the desired results. Our Effective Safety Training article all the big points in the series plus more, our article on evaluating safety training covers much of what is discussed in the magazine article as well (though not everything), and our free Guide to Effective Safety Training at the bottom of this article covers much of the same ground.

The next article in the series at Professional Safety will focus on continuous improvement of safety training, so hang tight for that one.

And speaking of Professional Safety, the September article looks like a good one. Here’s a sneak peek of topics covered:

  • Protecting workers in extreme temperatures
  • MSDSs & ergonomics
  • Electric arc and the thermal effect
  • Health issues in the power generation industry
  • ISO 45001
  • Work-site physical therapy
  • Employee training
  • “Four fields” of safety performance
  • Safety leadership
  • Weather

Let us know if you’ve got any questions. Otherwise, get yourself a comfy seat in the shade, pour yourself some nice iced tea, and enjoy your magazine reading!

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The Convergence Incident Management System (IMS): Available Now


You may know that our brand-new Incident Management System, or IMS, has been nearing completion. Well, we’re happy to let you know that it’s now available and ready for you to use at your organization.

You can use our Incident Management System to:

  • 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

Even better, you can use it as a stand-alone product or you can integrate it with the Convergence LMS (our software tool for workforce training and safety training administration).

Here’s a quick video overview:

We think you’re really going to like this new safety tool. Click to learn more about our incident management system or just contact us.

You may also get some valuable insights from the following articles related to incident investigations:

And be sure to downloading our free Job Hazard Analysis Guide, below. There’s some important stuff in there.

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Catch Our Webinar on MSHA Part 46 and Online Training Options: Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am (Pacific)


We’ll be hosting a webinar on the MSHA Part 46 compliance training requirements and some online training options Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 am (Pacific).

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players
  • Main Types of Training
  • Compliant Methods of Training
  • Types of Compliant Documents

Take a moment to pre-register for the webinar today, and we’ll be sure to send you some reminders as the webinar approaches as well.

If you’ve got a question you’d like us to address, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to try to answer it or point you in the right direction during the webinar. Of course, we’ll take questions then as well.

Also, know that we’ll be delivering a presentation at this year’s MSHA TRAM Conference that looks at some current and future technologies for mining safety training. We’ll keep you posted about that, and if you’re at TRAM, keep an eye out for us.

Finally, feel free to download our free Guide to Online MSHA Compliance below. See you at the webinar!

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Come See Us at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Expo September 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN


We’re looking forward to attending the National Safety Council (NSC) Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming September 25-27 and hope to see you there.

We’ll be in booth 1723, so stop by and say hi.

As always, we’ll be demonstrating our Convergence LMS for managing your safety training needs (plus MSHA safety training/compliance needs) and our online courses for health and safety and mining safety.

But we’re also excited to have available two new products you may not yet know about.

We’ll have all the information there for you at our booth. Come by and ask some questions, view a demo, and pick up some brochures to learn more.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training


Hello, readers.

On September 19 and September 20, 2017, we’ll be giving two separate presentations related to safety training at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. One will be about Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions, and the second will be about Effective Safety Training.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

If you’re reading this before the conference presentation on September 19 and you plan on attending, feel free to check out the stuff below as a type of “pre-study” opportunity. It might help prime the pump for learning and questions.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

If you’re reading this blog post before the conference presentation but don’t plan to attend, there’s still plenty of stuff that you can read now and find useful. The same is true if you are reading this after the conference and you didn’t attend.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Effective EHS Training


Hello, readers.

On September 19 and September 20, 2017, we’ll be giving two separate presentations related to safety training at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. One will be about Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions, and the second will be about Effective Safety Training.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for the presentation on Effective EHS Training. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

If you’re reading this before the conference presentation on September 20 and you plan on attending, feel free to check out the stuff below as a type of “pre-study” opportunity. It might help prime the pump for learning and questions.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

If you’re reading this blog post before the conference presentation but don’t plan to attend, there’s still plenty of stuff that you can read now and find useful. The same is true if you are reading this after the conference and you didn’t attend.

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Come See Us at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference, September 19-20, 2017


We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference in Tacoma, WA on September 19-20, 2017 and we hope to see you there.

In addition, Jeff Dalto of Convergence will be leading two presentations–one on each day. On September 19, Jeff will lead a presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions. On September 20, Jeff will lead a presentation on Effective Safety & Health Training.

You’ll be able to find us at Booth 108 (which is very close to the entrance), except when Jeff is leading presentations. Come see us to learn more about our safety and health training solutions, including:

Go here for more information about the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

Go here for more information about the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

And don’t forget to download our free guide to effective safety training, below!

See you at the conference!

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Convergence Training Wins ISHN’s “Best Safety Training” Attendee’s Choice Award at ASSE Safety 2017

We’re excited to announce that we won the 2017 ISHN “Best Safety Training” Attendee’s Choice Award, a result of voting held during the ASSE’s Safety 2017 conference, for our MSHA Safety Training.

This award is in addition to the earlier 2017 ISHN “Best Safety Training” Reader’s Choice Award, which our MSHA Safety Training won before the ASSE conference.

So as they say, two out of two ain’t bad!

We’d like to thank all the folks at ISHN for putting on the vote, the ASSE for hosting the attendee’s choice voting at their recent Safety 2017 event, and of course all the voters who took part. Especially those voters who felt strongly about our safety training materials. We appreciate the tip of the hat–we work hard on making safety training that makes a difference.

For those of you who don’t know, our MSHA Safety Training includes three different components:

Check out the links above for more detailed course and LMS sample and overview videos, or check the two videos below.

Here’s a short overview of some of our online safety and health training courses:

And here’s a short overview of our Convergence LMS with the MSHA Compliance Package.

Finally, feel free to download the free guide to Online MSHA Safety Training, below.

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How to Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely

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As you’ve probably heard, there’s a total solar eclipse coming this way soon.

By “this way,” I mean it will be visible in the US from coast to coast. It will first be visible around the Oregon Pacific coast, then it will cross the country until exiting the national stage off the South Carolina Atlantic coast.

And by “soon,” I mean on August 21, 2017. The “totality” of the moon’s shadow will strike around Lincoln City, Oregon at 10:16 am Pacific time and will exit the continent at Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 pm Eastern time. The entire journey of the totality will take about an hour and a half to cross the nation, and the final glimpses of the moon’s shadow will be visible from the eastern seaboard as late as 4:09 pm eastern time.

An eclipse is an amazing thing to see, and most or all Americans will be able to see this eclipse. Even better, some Americans within a band that’s about 70-miles wide along the path of the eclipse will see its totality–a complete eclipse of the sun. Some say that viewing a full eclipse from within the path of the totality is even more amazing–even spiritual or mystical. Just ask this guy.

The video below explains what an eclipse is. Below the video, we’ve got some tips for watching an eclipse safely. Because remember, you should never look directly at the sun without special protection, even during a solar eclipse, and doing so can severely damage your eyes. 

How to Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely Without Harming Your Eyes

We said this earlier, but it bears repeating: NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT SPECIAL PROTECTION AT ANY TIME–DURING “NORMAL’ CIRCUMSTANCES OR DURING AN ECLIPSE. Why? Because it can harm your eyes and even cause blindness. You wouldn’t poke your eye with a sharp stick, would you? No-because it can hurt your eye. The same goes with trying to look at an eclipse of the sun without special protection. And NO, sunglasses aren’t good enough.

Are we good with that?

If so, here are some more tips:

  1. Spend a few bucks and buy some specially designed, protective solar viewers. This model is made of paper, costs $10-14 for two (because it’s always best to watch a solar eclipse with a friend!), and is ISO certified: Celestron Eclipse Smart Viewers.
  2. Spend even less and buy some solar eclipse viewing glasses. This article in the USA Today lists 5 reputable, safe pairs, and here’s a larger list from the American Astronomical Society.
  3. Make your own pinhole projector out of two pieces of cardboard. Here are instructions from the Jet Propulsion Lab on making a pinhole projector to view a solar eclipse.
  4. Be extra-safe and watch it on TV. Our friends at NASA will be broadcasting the eclipse live.

Here is more information about this from the American Association of Ophthalmology and the American Astronomical Society.

Hope the eclipse is cool, amazing, awesome, and even spiritual or mystical to you–or whatever you want it to be. But most importantly, we hope you watch it safely.

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Distracted Driving: Don’t Do It in Washington Or Anywhere Else!

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Distracted driving, including of course texting or holding a phone to talk while driving, is always a bad idea.

We here at Convergence Training wanted to call out the issue in particular for our customers who come out to visit us at our headquarters in Camas, WA. And that’s because the state of Washington recently passed a tough new distracted driving law that can lead to a hefty $136 penalty if you violate it.

According to the article from the Seattle Times linked above, here’s what’s illegal:

The law forbids handheld uses. Not just phone calls, but composing or reading any kind of message, social media post, photograph or data.

Drivers may not use handheld devices while at a stop sign or red-light signal.

All video watching is illegal, even in a dashboard or dash-mounted device.

But this hazard is a serious problem all over the nation, not just in Washington. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is suggesting a national “no call, no text, no update behind the wheel” ban on this kind of stuff.

Here’s what the NTSB has to say about handheld devices and distracted driving:

New connectivity has enabled new safety technologies. But it has also enabled new forms of distraction, leading to accidents and deaths, even in the most strictly regulated transportation enterprises. Since 2003, the NTSB has found PED distraction as a cause or contributing factor in 11 accident investigations. Those crashes resulted in 259 people injured and 50 people killed. And the NTSB does not investigate the majority of highway crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports hundreds of such deaths on our highways in 2012 alone. According to NHTSA, drivers engaging in visual-manual tasks, such as dialing or texting, triple their risk of a crash.

So put the phone down and pay attention to the road and the cars and people around you. You’ll be happy you did, and we promise–there’s nothing all that important going on in your phone.

Our Alert Driving Online Training course covers the dangers associated with using hand-held devices while driving plus a lot more. For example, check out the video sample below, which covers the 2-second rule for keeping enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

And hey, if you’re having trouble putting down your phone while driving, you might want to review this article on cell phone addiction.

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Coming SOON – The Convergence IMS!

When accidents happen, it can be tough to comply with OSHA and MSHA recordkeeping requirements. That’s why we developed our NEW Convergence Incident Management Software (IMS). And since we’re just about a month away from its release, here’s a quick sneak peek at how the Convergence IMS can help you record, track, and create compliant reports for any type of safety incident or near-miss.

The Convergence IMS is designed with an intuitive workflow that guides you through the incident submittal, investigation, and reporting process. Submit incident types, select people involved, take official statements, determine root cause, and assign corrective actions… all within our intuitive, powerful IMS that integrates seamlessly into our Convergence Learning Management System (LMS). You can even produce compliant OSHA and MSHA incident reports directly from the Convergence IMS for official incident reporting.

CLICK HERE or CALL 800-619-2280 to set up a demo with your Convergence Sales Representative.

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