Come Visit Us at the Wisconsin Annual Safety Congress (Wisconsin Dells, April 16-18, 2018)

Come hang out with us in the land of beer and brats as we attend the Annual Wisconsin Safety Congress this year. The conference is on April 16-18, 2018 in the Wisconsin Dells.

We’ll be in booth 1711 and would love a chance to say hi and get to know you.

We’ll be showing off our award-winning solutions for safety and health training, including online safety and health coursesonline mining safety/MSHA compliance courses, and learning management systems (LMSs) that help you manage and administer all your training, including tracking, reporting, managing due dates and expirations, and much more.

In addition to exhibiting, our Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be giving two presentations at the conference. They are:

  1. A six-hour pre-conference workshop to help you tune up your safety training techniques and your safety training program at work
  2. A shorter, one-hour presentation during the conference itself on online safety training

See you there!

 

Between now and then, let us know if we can help with anything, and feel free to download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training, which is based on the ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 standard.

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Voluntary Use of Respirators: New Online Course Available

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There are certain instances at work where employers are not required to provide an employee with a respirator, but the employee chooses to wear and use a respirator and the employer allows it nonetheless. This is known as voluntary use of a respirator, and there are some important things for both the employee and the employer to know about such voluntary use.

To make sure everyone knows what they need to know, we’ve created our new Voluntary Use of Respirators online training course. In particular, the course explains some requirements employers must fulfill in these circumstances.

To learn more about this new course, and to see a short sample video and a list of the course learning objectives, read on.

 

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Updated Course: Hand Tools for Electrical Work

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As you know, we update a large number of courses every year to keep up with regulatory requirements, to add fresh content, and to provide the best workforce learning experience possible.

As part of that effort, here’s a quick head’s up that we’ve updated our existing Hand Tools for Electrical Work course.

If you already have this course in our eLearning format, you don’t need to do anything to get the updated material. We’ll get it to you. “eLearning” format in this context means that you’ve got the course (in SCORM or AICC format) inside a learning management system (LMS) or you’ve bought a subscription to the course from us and currently stream it online from our website.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have questions.

And if you don’t yet have the course, now’s the time, because it looks awesome!

Continue reading for more information about the updated course and to see a short sample video.

 

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New Course Added: Bloodborne Pathogens for Hospitality

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If you’re in the hospitality industry, you know bloodborne pathogens can be a serious safety issue at work.

As a result, and to keep you safeguard employee health and safety in hospitality, we’ve just released our new Bloodborne Pathogens for Hospitality training course.

The course explains the dangers of bloodborne pathogens, where one is likely to find them in the hospitality industry, precautions necessary to minimize the risk, and what to do in cases of suspected or accidental exposure.

For more information about this new course, including a short sample video and a list of the course learning objectives, read on.

 

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New Course Available: Pallet Jack Safety

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If you’re involved in warehousing or make use of pallet jacks in any other application, you know they can be hazardous and can cause some serious injuries.

For that reason, we’re excited to release our new Pallet Jack Safety online training course, which just came out.

The course covers basic principles of operating a pallet jack and procedures for their safe use.

For more information, including the course learning objectives and a short sample video, continue reading.

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New Course Added: Seven Basic Quality Tools

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For those of you in Quality, Quality Assurance (QA), or Quality Management, or just for those interested in all-things-Quality, we’re excited to announce the release of our new 7 Basic Tools of Quality course.

We’re guessing you know what the 7 tools are (but if not, don’t worry, we’ve listed them below). Continue reading to see that list and to learn more about the course. We’ve even included a short sample video.

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New Technologies for Safety Training: See Our Article in Professional Safety

There are lots of new technologies these days, and they’re influencing the ways we live our lives on a daily basis. You wouldn’t have been reading this article “online” 10-15 years ago. And there’s a good chance you’re even reading it on your phone, something that seemed unimaginable not that long ago. And those are just two quick examples.

Those technological changes are also affecting what we can and should do with safety training. That’s not to say the basics of how people learn have changed, because they have not, and it’s not to say our sole focus should be on technology and technological solutions, because it should not.

However, it is wise to keep up with these new technologies and see how we can leverage them to improve the quality of our safety training in addition to what we know and what we’re doing today.

Along those lines, we thought you might be interested in our recent article in the American Society of Safety Engineer’s (ASSE) Professional Safety January issue, which provides a (partial) list of some of the key technological issues to be aware of and brief explanations of how they are related to safety training.

We encourage you to get a copy of the article (even join ASSE) and read the entire magazine, but we’ve included our list below. The list was intended to be an introduction and not to be comprehensive or exhaustive, so let us know if you’ve got technologies you’d add or if you have more to say about any of the individual technologies and their application to safety training.

While you’re reviewing the list, don’t forget to click the black button at the bottom of this article to download a free copy of our Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, too.

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New Course Added: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)

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One of the new courses we released this past month covers the Canadian hazard communication Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHIMS, requirements.

WHMIS requires employers to inform workers about the hazards of chemicals in the workplace by labeling containers, providing safety data sheets, and training employees both to recognize hazardous materials and know how to protect themselves.

Continue reading to learn more about the course, including reading the learning objectives and viewing a short sample video.

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New Course Available: Woodyard Cranes

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Just a quick note here that we’ve released a new course on woodyard cranes as used in pulp-processing woodyards to handle those massive logs that get turned into pulp and eventually paper products.

The course explains a couple of typical designs of these overhead woodyard cranes and then explains operational principles and safety considerations.

Read on to watch a sample video and to review the course’s learning objectives.

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Catch Our “Continuous Improvement of Safety Training” Article in ASSE’s Professional Safety Magazine

If you’re a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (until recently the American Society of Safety Engineers), here’s a quick note that we’ve got yet another article in their Professional Safety magazine.

This article is one of a series we’ve written on “big issues” in safety training. They’re all based in key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard for EHS training.

Click here to buy ANSI Z490.1, click here to read our introductions to the Z490.1 standard, or click here to read our article on effective safety training. You can also download the guide to effective safety training at the bottom of this article, which covers at lot of the same ground.

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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.

Our next article at Professional Safety will look at technology for safety training, and will give a sneak peek at the upcoming Z490.2 standard for “virtual safety training,” so stay tuned for that.

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

  • The Role of Research in OSH
  • VPP
  • NFPA & Fire Risk Assessment
  • Integrated Approaches to Worker Safety & Health
  • ISO 45001
  • New OSHA Enforcement Policy for Monorail Hoists in Construction
  • The Use of Collected Human Capital Metrics
  • Distracted Driving
  • Four Fields of Safety Performance
  • Fatigue and Worker Safety
  • Hydrogen Sulfide Training Programs and Z390.1
  • Adult Learners and Safety Training
  • Maintenance on Mobile Equipment and Control of Hazardous Energy
  • Continuous Improvement of Safety Training (my article)

Take an hour or so and get your safety read on!

Let us know if you’ve got any questions, feel free to check out our online safety training courses and our LMS for safety training administration, download the free guide below, and have a great day.

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Update on Development of ASSE/ANSI Z490.2 Standard on “Virtual” Safety Training

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If you’ve been following our blog, you may know we’ve been contributing to the effort (with a bunch of other great safety professionals) to create ANSI Z490.2, the upcoming US national standard on “virtual” environmental, health, and safety training.

For example, here’s the last Z490.2 update we wrote.

There’s been significant forward motion on Z490.2 since that last update, much of which occurred in preparation of and during a meeting in early December, 2017, so we figured we’d take a moment to let you know about some of the more interesting threads going on in the development of Z490.2.

Know that in most cases, we currently have smaller sub-committees working on expanding/improving the various sections listed below. Another meeting is planned for January, 2018 to integrate that work into the draft.

Relationship to Z490.1: Z490.1 is the existing standard on EHS training. The basic idea is that Z490.2 is a supplement that deals specifically with stuff related to “virtual” EHS training. So most of what is covered in Z490.1 applies to virtual training as well.

Virtual safety training: So what does this mean, you ask? Again, the basic idea is something that doesn’t happen in a “real world” training scenario, such as field-based training or instructor-led training. Instead, it might mean a webinar, an online video, a website, a threaded discussion board, a social media network, an eLearning course, a “microlearning” eLearning course, 360 video, augmented reality, virtual reality, etc.

Section 1 (Scope, Purpose, and Application): This primarily gets at the relationship of this standard to Z490.1 and its use for virtual and/or other forms of “electronic” or “online” safety training, as mentioned earlier in this article.

Section 2 (Definitions): This section is becoming increasingly interesting. As we’ve been working on the other sections, we’ve realized we have more work to do here. To that point, we of course are reviewing what we’ve written already, but are also identifying other online safety training glossaries. Here’s one online safety training glossary. Another was passed around in an email thread but for the time being I’ve misplaced it. As soon as I find it, I’ll include it here as well. If you know of any yourself, feel free to add a link to the bottom of this article (thanks!).

Section 3 (Management of a Comprehensive Training Program): This covers establishing accountabilities and responsibilities, ensuring adequate resources, proper administration and management, and program evaluation.

Section 4 (Virtual Training  Program/Activity Development): This is a BIG section; it’s one I’m personally working on; and it’s still in need of a lot of work. Nonetheless, we’ve made some good initial progress here, and at the moment are covering the needs assessment, learning objectives, selection of training media/delivery methods, designing for devices, operating system compatability, learning activity design (including instructions, course navigation/easy navigation/navigation options/completion paths, video and audio design; language; interactivity; motivation and engagement; assessment strategy; criteria for completion; publication for online distribution platform;  print materials for trainees; trainer’s guide; and continuous improvement.

Section 5 (Training Delivery): Another big section here, and of course also still in progress. Currently includes trainer criteria qualifications; training delivery methods and materials; internet connection; training delivery platform; and software integrations.

Section 6 (Training Evaluation): This section currently provides an overview of evaluation methods; points to the need for evaluating the online or virtual learning environment; and deals with formative and summative evaluations.

Section 7 (Documentation and Recordkeeping): This section has been ignored a bit until now but we  have a small two-person sub-committee (including yours truly) working on fleshing it out right now.

Finally, feel free to check out our online safety training courses and our LMS for safety training administration, download the free guide below, and have a great day.

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ASSE Columbia/Willamette Luncheon–Safety Training Discussion

 

We gave a presentation on safety training and online safety training at the recent (November) meeting of the ASSE’s Columbia/Willamette Chapter. Thanks to all involved, including of course those who attended and participated in the discussion, those who helped organize and set the luncheon up, and the staff at Hayden’s Lakefront Grill for hosting us.

Our presentation touched on four basic issues:

  • The ANSI/ASSE Z490.1 standard on EHS training
  • Some basic tips for designing, developing, and delivering better safety training
  • The upcoming/in-development ANSI/ASSE Z490.2 standard on “virtual” or “online” EHS training
  • Some basic tips on evaluating online safety training solutions

We’ve got a little more information about each of those four items for you below, including links to free webinars, free downloadable guides, and more. You can also email us to get a copy of the PowerPoint we used to facilitate the discussion.

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