What is Visual Learning? Identifying and Understanding the Benefits of Visual Learning

Humans are visual creatures.

Going back a bit in time, vision was important to us on the African savanna to recognize predators and find food.

And although today most of us spend less time dodging leopards than our ancestors might have, it’s easy enough to see the importance of vision in our lives. How long do you go without watching a movie at the cinema, viewing a film on Netflix, or playing a video game? Or even consider music–don’t you often experience music in a music video, or while watching a stage full of dancers?

Why are so many of the dominant forms of entertainment visually oriented? Because, to return to our beginning, humans are visual creatures.

And so it makes a lot of sense to take advantage of that for workforce learning and development.

We’ll discuss this a bit in this blog post.

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See You at Oregon GOSH 2017–Portland, OR–Tuesday, March 7-Thursday, March 9

We’ll be attending the GOSH (Oregon Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health) conference, March 6-9, at the Oregon Convention Center in downtown Portland, OR this year.

Stop by and say “hi” to Josh Swink in Booth 429. Josh will show you our eLearning courses for environmental, health, and safety training; our courses for mining safety training and MSHA compliance; and our Convergence LMS for managing and administering your safety training programs. You can also talk to Josh about custom safety training and our new mobile apps for safety training while you’re there.

In addition, Senior Learning & Development Specialist Jeff Dalto will be leading a presentation on Comparing Different Online Safety Training on Wednesday, March 8 at 10:30 am to noon. The presentation should help you if your company is looking to add an online safety training solution at work but you’re not sure how to start your search. Jeff will cover much of what he’s covered in a recent webinar on this topic–check our the blog page we have dedicated to that webinar for more information and related resources.
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ANSI Z490.2–Upcoming ANSI/ASSE National Standard on Accepted Practices for Virtual Training in OSH&E Management


Are you familiar with ANSI Z490.1Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training–from our friends at ANSI and ASSE?

You may be on your own. Or perhaps you’ve read our series of articles about Z490.1, or even downloaded our free Effective Safety Training guide, which is in agreement with much of Z490.1.

Well, in addition to all your appreciation of Z490.1, I’m excited to bring some additional joy into your life. In the form of ANSI Z490.2. This is an upcoming standard on “virtual” EHS training.

How do I know about Z490.2, you ask? Good question! Because I was just accepted to work together with a lot of other folks to put the standard together. As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited to work on the standard and to help guide it toward completion.

We’re writing about this now for two reasons. First, as a head’s up that the standard is in the works. And second, to let you know we plan on writing an occasional article here at the Convergence Training blog updating you (when I can) on the status of the standard and maybe sharing some insights into how a national standard is created.

Because I literally just got accepted, and because the project is in the earliest phases, there’s not a ton to tell you right now. What I CAN say is I looked at the names of the participants and saw some folks I respect quite a good deal. So that’s a good sign.

Let us know if you’ve got any questions or suggestions by using the comments section below. And we’ll keep you posted here at the blog.

Don’t forget to download the free 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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Catch Us at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference

Annual Conference of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) and CMA 119th National Western Mining Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The conference is February 19-22, 2017, and will be held at the Colorado Convention Center.

Valerie Cantrell and Brian Andrewjeski will be staffing our booth, talking to conference attendees, taking questions, and demonstrating our Mining Safety learning management system (LMS), our mining safety eLearning courses, general safety and health eLearning courses, mobile training apps, and more.

You can find Val and Brian at Booth 1728.

Read on below if you’d like to learn more about the materials they’ll be demonstrating at SME.


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OSHA’s New Reporting Requirements: Online Injury and Illness Reporting at OSHA’s Website

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[Since we originally published this article, OSHA delayed the submission deadline, established an automated notification system on March 17 to inform people about current status of online reporting, and sent out its first automated notification on May 24….scroll down a few paragraphs to the italic and bold text to learn about the automated notification system (italics) and the delay of the submission deadline (bold).]

By now, you’ve probably heard about OSHA’s new reporting requirements that will make most employers to submit online injury and illness reporting data at an OSHA webpage.

If not, or if you’re still a little fuzzy on all the details, we’ve got information about the new online injury and illness reporting requirements here for you.

It should be an interesting change for lots of businesses. Other than being

The information in the article below should be a good start to get you ready for OSHA’s new reporting requirements and online injury and illness data submission.

[Late-breaking news: As of March 17, 2017, OSHA is not yet accepting online electronic submissions of injury and illness reports. They have set up a system that will notify you via email when the online submission system is ready and how to use it. You can sign up for those notifications here].

More news as of May 24, 2017–I just received an email update from OSHA about the online reporting as a result of signing up for the notification mentioned above. In it, OSHA says “OSHA is not accepting electronic submissions of injury and illness logs at this time, and intends to propose extending the July 1, 2017 date by which certain employers are required to submit the information from their completed 2016 Form 300A electronically.” I’ve included an image of the email I received from OSHA below.

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Online Environmental Training: EPA Regulations & Environmental Training Needs Explained (and Environmental Training Samples)

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The United States EPA enforces regulations intended to reduce pollution in the United States.

These regulations include the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), which creates a framework for the proper management of solid waste, both hazardous and non-hazardous; oil spills prevention and preparedness regulations, including the Spill Prevention Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) rules and the Facility Response Plan (FRP) rule; and stormwater rules.

In this article, we’ll provide an overview of those rules, provide some additional information, and make some online environmental training suggestions for you as well.

The EPA training and environmental training online course samples used to illustrate the EPA regulations all come from our Environment, Health, and Safety training library.


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Online Safety Training Glossary: Terms to Know In Your Search


Looking to buy an online safety training solution? Maybe some online courses, maybe a learning management system (LMS), or maybe both?

But maybe also a little….intimidated by all the jargon and special terms?

Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friend. We’ve put together a handy glossary of terms you may run into while you’re researching and evaluating online safety training.

We’ve probably included more words than any one person or company will need to look up, but what’s the harm of having extras? On the flip-side, please use the comments section at the bottom of this article if you think we’ve missed something.

Hope you find this helpful!

NOTE: You may also find this free, on-demand webinar about Comparing Online Safety Training Solutions helpful. 

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Recorded Webinar: Comparing Online Safety Training Systems to Find the Best Match for Your Company’s Safety Training Needs

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Hello readers and occasional viewers and listeners!

We held a live webinar recently and wanted to make it available in a recorded, on-demand version for you. The recording is below. The webinar goes for just about an hour. Let us know if you have any other questions.

In addition, we’ve provided links below so you can:

  1. Download the presentation in PDF format
  2. Download a free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist
  3. View a bunch of other related resources as well

The webinar itself covers the following:

  1. What is online safety training?
  2. Why consider online safety training?
  3. Evaluating online safety training providers
  4. Evaluating online safety training courses
  5. Evaluating online safety training management systems

You may also find our article on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions helpful.

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What is EHS and Why is it Important?

EHS stands for Environment, Health, and Safety. It’s a general term used to refer to laws, rules, regulations, professions, and workplace efforts to protect the health and safety of employees and the public as well as the environment from hazards associated with the workplace.

Although EHS is a common way to abbreviate this, you’ll also see HSE or other versions. And sometimes you’ll see the addition of a “Q” for Quality, as in EHSQ.

We’ll learn a little more about EHS in this article, including who’s responsible for it and some tools used in the field.

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10 Daily Workplace Safety Tips in Manufacturing

No one wants to get hurt, but sometimes we neglect best safety practices because it takes extra time and effort, a little extra time is always worth it to avoid an injury.

Checking workplace safety throughout the day is an easy way to keep your working environment safe. If you are a supervisor, it shows your employees that you care about them and their well-being. Being safety oriented can help improve your employees’ morale, productivity, and even make a good impression on visitors.

If you are an employee, following safety protocols are in your and your coworkers’ best interests. We’ve got 10 good tips for keeping you and other people safe at work below. Give them a quick review and we hope they help to keep you safe and healthy.

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Types of Online Safety Training: 2 Main Options for Employers

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If your company is thinking of getting some online safety training, it would be logical to want to know more about it before you plunk down a bunch of money.

This is the first article in a series that will help you answer some common questions and help you find the type of online safety training system that’s best for your company.

In this article, we’ll look at two common types of online safety training: on-demand online safety training and online safety training that’s administered using learning management systems (LMSs).

Once you’re done with this article, you may also be interested in a second article, Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training Solutions.

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Secrets of Effective Safety Training: 6 Steps to a Safer Workplace

Want to know how to design, create, and deliver effective safety training at work? Effective safety training? The kind of safety training that has a real effect on incident rates, driving them down? That contributes to a healthier, safer work environment?

We’ve got a pretty simple, six-step formula for success for you to follow in this article. Follow and put these six steps at work with your own safety training and you’ll watch your safety training program become more effective right before your own eyes. And as a result, your safety and health program will benefit as well. And that’s what we all want, right?

We’ve explained each step in some detail below. Enough to get started if that’s all you’re looking for. But we’ve also included links to more complete articles on the six different steps if you really want to dive deep.

That’s not all, though. We’ve also included a free Guide to Effective Safety Training download for you.

Now, let’s see how you can create more effective safety training at your work.

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