State of the Training Industry: Our Customers Tell Us What’s on Their Minds

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Since Vector Solutions acquired Convergence Training last year, and we partnered up with our new sister company RedVector, we’ve each been borrowing things from one another to create a better experience for our customers.

One of the things that RedVector has been doing for a while, and that we at Convergence appreciated, was taking an annual survey of their customers that they called The State of the Training Industry. We like this idea because it gives us a great chance to see what our customers are doing and how we might be able to help them. And we also like it because it gives our customers a chance to learn from one another.

So below is a quick infographic drawn from the State of the Training Industry survey that we pulled together with questions asked of customers of both Convergence Training and RedVector. Feel free to share your own thoughts in the comments section below.

For an even deeper-dive into this, you can download the State of Industrial Training 2019 white paper RedVector prepared.

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Workplace Safety Champions: As Nominated by Their Coworkers

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In recent years, our partners at RedVector have asked their customers to nominate a safety professional at their organization for consideration in a “Safety Champions” contest.

We here at Convergence Training liked the idea so much when we learned of it that we joined in this year.

We’ve now collected nominations of many different safety professionals from our customers. All of these safety professionals did great work this past year and although we’ve picked a smaller number of winners (more on that later), we wanted to raise our hats to every safety professional and let you all see the kinds of nice things that people say about the safety professionals they work with.

The list below includes safety professionals for organizations who are customers or Convergence Training, RedVector, or both. We’re identifying the safety professionals with first name and last initial, and we’ve removed any mention of company names.

We want to emphasize that everyone mentioned below, and in fact everyone working in safety in general, is a safety champion not just this year but every year.

NOTE: In addition to this list of nominations, check out the list of winners in our 2019 Safety Champs event and learn about the special event at Tamp Bay Lighting hockey game Convergence Training and RedVector treated them to to honor their great work in safety. 

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Standard Update: Draft Passed

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Regular readers may know four things things:

  1. ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 is the US national standard for Environment, Health, and Safety Training
  2. ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 is the work-in-progress version of the same for ONLINE Environment, Health, and Safety training
  3. Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training has been participating in the creation of Z490.2
  4. Jeff writes periodic updates of the Z490.2 process and progress right here at this blog

This is one of those Z490.2 progress updates, and it’s a somewhat-exciting one at that. Read on to learn more.

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Oregon GOSH Conference: Catch Us Exhibiting and Presenting Soon

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The good people at Oregon OSHA put together the Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference every other year, and we’re coming up on another GOSH on March 4-7, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, OR.

Your friends at Convergence Training | RedVector will be there at GOSH and looking forward to touching base with you.

Regional Sales Manager Darin Dixon will be staffing BOOTH 229, where he’ll be demonstrating the EHS solutions Convergence offers, answering questions, and even running a raffle for a free Yeti cooler. For more information on the kinds of safety solutions Darin will be demonstrating, see the short video clips below in this article.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be presenting two times. The first presentation will be an Effective Safety Training workshop on Monday from 1-4 pm. The second presentation will cover issues related to Safety and the Learning Organization. To get some ideas of what Jeff will discuss in these two presentations, check out our free recorded webinars on Effective Safety Training and Safety and the Learning Organization.

Look forward to seeing you there! Let us know if you have any questions. Otherwise, read on to learn more about the safety products Darin will be demonstrating and to download a free online safety training buyer’s guide checklist.

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New Article in ASSP Professional Safety Magazine: Online Safety Training & Safety Culture

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How much thought have you given to online safety training? What about to safety culture? And, how much have you thought about the way(s) online safety training can influence your organization’s safety culture.

That’s the topic of this new article in the ASSP’s Professional Safety January issue. And of course, it’s just one of many interesting and helpful articles in the publication. Be sure to check out Professional Safety to see this article but lots of other good ones as well.

Also, since this article is in part about online safety training, check out this recent article about the progress of the upcoming ASSP/ANSI Z490.2 national standard on online EHS training.

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training co-wrote the article with Morgan Bliss, Assistant Professor in the Safety and Health Management program at Central Washington University (one of several recent collaborations with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist). To get some related thoughts on similar topics from Morgan and Jeff, you might also want to check out this recorded ASSP Training & Communications Practice Specialty webinar on Safety and Organizational Learning.
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New Article in ASSP Professional Safety: Safety Communications & Infographics

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Just a quick note to say we’ve got another article in the most current (December, 2018) issue of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Professional Safety.

This one gives some tips for visual communication in safety communication, and in particular for creating infographics, which are a very effective way to communicate to people in a quick, simple, easy-to-understand manner.

Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training co-wrote the article with Morgan Bliss, Assistant Professor in the Safety and Health Management program at Central Washington University (one of several recent collaborations with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist).

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New DOT Hazmat Online Training Courses Added

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This month, we added 10 brand-new online training courses to our DOT Hazmat Online Training library, which is itself just a part of our Transportation Safety Training & Compliance library.

Because companies have different training needs, you can buy these new DOT Hazmat courses in multiple formats, including:

The different purchase options are explained more fully on the course description pages–plus we welcome you to start a chat and talk live with a sales person for more explanation.

9 New Online DOT Hazmat Training Courses

Click any of the links below to see previews and learn more about the 9 new DOT Hazmat online training courses:

In addition to these new courses, we’ve also updated the following existing course, so check it out too:

And once you’re done checking out those course previews above, download the free guide below to learn some real stories from real customers about the positive effects of their move to online safety training.

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Benefits of Online Safety Training

Wondering if you should make the plunge with online safety training? This guide gives 10 reasons why, each based on experiences at real companies like yours.

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Come See Us at the OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference–December 4-5, 2018

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Will you be at the upcoming OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference in Houston, Texas on December 4th and 5th?

Well so will we, partner! While you’re in Texas, mosey on over to Booth 220 and see our award-winning solutions for safety and safety training, including online environmental, health, and safety training courses, our Convergence learning management system (LMS) for safety training administration, our Incident Management System (IMS) for reporting, investigating, correcting workplace injuries and illnesses, mobile training apps, and a lot more.

We look forward to seeing you there–be sure to stop by. And read on to see some more examples of what we’ll be demonstrating at the conference.

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Come See Us at the Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference

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It’s almost that time of year again–the annual Western Pulp, Paper & Forest Products Safety and Health Conference, put on by our friends at Oregon OSHA, is right around the corner. November 27-30, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel on the River in Jantzen Beach, to be exact.

Jeff Dalto, the Senior Learning & Development Specialist at Convergence Training, will be leading a presentation on Effective Safety Training at the conference. The presentation will involve a great deal of back-and-forth discussions and multiple hands-on exercises for practice. We’ll introduce the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 national standard for EHS training; will take closer looks at four key aspects of the standard, including learning objectives, blended learning training delivery, credible information and effective and evidence-based instructional design, and training evaluation and continual improvement (plus some additional tips for evidence-based training techniques). If you’d like a bit of a preview of this presentation, check out this recorded, on-demand webinar about effective safety training.

Of course, we also welcome you to check out our:

We’ve got some quick highlight videos for you of the kind of online training we create for paper manufacturing and safety. Check out the two brief overview videos below and then go to our website to learn even more.

Here are some quick samples of our online paper manufacturing training:

And here are some quick samples of our online safety training:

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

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Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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ASSP Training & Communications Practice Specialty Webinar: Integrating Your Safety Department Into Organizational Learning Efforts

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Hey, we’re excited to announce that Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training | RedVector will be co-presenting along with Assistant Professor Morgan Bliss of the Central Washington University Safety and Health Management Department in an interview hosted by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) Training & Communications Practice Specialty.

As we understand, anyone’s welcome to attend the webinar–you don’t have to be an ASSP member or a member of the Training & Communications Practice Specialty.

The webinar is on Tuesday, November 13 from 1-2 pm (Pacific, that is–so, it begins at 10 am Eastern, 11 am Central, 12 noon Mountain, and 1 out here on the left coast). You can register here (it’s free!).

If you’d like a preview of the webinar presentation, we’ll be discussing much of what this Safety and the Learning Organization article covers–plus more.

See you at the webinar!

And hey, before you leave, feel free to download our free EFFECTIVE SAFETY TRAINING 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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New Online Safety Training Courses for Canadian Market Now Available

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As we always do, we spent the past month creating entirely new online workforce training courses for you as well as updating some existing courses.

What’s unique about this month, however, is we’re releasing a large series online safety training courses for the Canadian market. The courses are available in English and French, and of course they are aligned with Canadian safety and health regulations.

You can buy these new courses in multiple formats, including:

20 New Online EHS Training Courses for Canadian Market

Click any of the links below to see previews and learn more about the 20 new courses:

New “Canadian” Online Safety Training Courses:

In addition to these new courses, we’ve also updated the following existing courses, so check ’em out too:

And once you’re done checking out those course previews above, feel free to download our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, too.

Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

Learn how to evaluate different online safety training solutions to find one that best fits your company’s needs with our FREE informative guide and checklist.

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Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide Checklist

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