Tips for Selecting Online Safety Training: Finding the Best Fit for Your Company’s Needs

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We’re gearing up to put on a free webinar titled Tips for Selecting Online Safety Training on January 29, 2020 and decided to give a preview of the kind of things you’ll learn from the webinar below. Check back to register for the webinar in a little bit.

In this article, and in the webinar in more detail, we’ll explain to you what online safety training is, taking a particular look at online safety training courses and LMSs; we’ll discuss some benefits of online safety training from the perspective of the organization and also the employees; we’ll look at OSHA safety training requirements and opinions on online safety training as well as ASSP standards for safety training; we’ll show you the benefits of blended learning for online safety training; and we’ll give you some key criteria for selecting online safety training courses, LMSs, and providers.

Check out the article below, be sure to register for the upcoming webinar, let us know if you have any questions, and be sure to download the free online safety training buyer’s guide checklist we offer at the bottom of this article as well.


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LMS Basics: Can You Import eLearning Courses from One Provider Into an LMS by Another Provider

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In this installment of our ongoing LMS Basics series, we’re going to address a common question we get from customers: can you take elearning courses from one training provider (training provider ABC, let’s say) and import them into a learning management system (LMS) created by a different training provider (training provider XYZ, let’s say).

The short answer is yes, you can. There are a few additional wrinkles, though, that are worth knowing about. Read on to learn more about those.

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What Is Mechanical Maintenance?

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We provide a lot of training materials for maintenance technicians, and as a result we wanted to write some articles introducing people to different types of maintenance, including mechanical maintenance, the subject of this article.

In other articles, we introduce you to electrical maintenance and facilities maintenance.

And in a second series of maintenance-related articles, we’ll introduce you to 5 maintenance strategies, including reactive/corrective maintenance, preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance, and conditions-based maintenance.

For now, though, let’s dive into our introduction to mechanical maintenance.

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Safety Challenges and Solutions

Like manufacturers in all industries, pharmaceutical manufacturers and their employees face real and serious health and safety issues. In some cases, the hazards are the same ones we find in most manufacturing facilities. In other cases, the hazards are more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Likewise, pharmaceutical manufacturers use hazard controls and risk mitigations that are common to many industries as well as more specific to pharmaceutical manufacturing, including all levels of the hierarchy of controls, from elimination down to administrative controls such as training for pharmaceutical safety and the use of PPE.

We’ll look at some pharmaceutical manufacturing challenges (hazards) and solutions (controls) below.

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OSHA Recordkeeping & Reporting Deadlines Coming Soon

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Here’s a quick reminder for you that a few OSHA deadlines re: incident recordkeeping and reporting are coming up soon.

On February 1, 2020, you’ll have to have your OSHA Form 300A posted at each establishment. And on March 2, 2020, many organizations will be required to submit incident data from the previous year to OSHA using the still-somewhat-newish online submission (ITA) website.

Hope those quick reminders help. If you’d like even more information, check out our free recorded webinar on OSHA reporting and recordkeeping.

And if you’d like some help with all this, check out the Vector EHS software we now have available.

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Safety Classics Reconsidered: An Interview with Ron Gantt

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The other day we called up our friend Ron Gantt, the Safety Differently thinker, to get his take on some standard ideas in traditional safety.

In particular, we asked Ron for his take on (1) safety and compliance; (2) safety indicators–lagging and leading; (3) safety measurement; (4) Heinrich’s safety pyramid; (5) SOPs, work as planned, and work as performed; (6) job hazard analyses, or JHAs; (7) the hierarchy of controls; (8) incident investigations & root causes; (9) behavior-based safety; (10) risk & risk management; and (11) safety culture.

Ron was kind enough to answer all our questions in helpful and thought-provoking ways (which is typical for Ron).

You can watch a recording of our discussion below (watch for the appearances of Ron’s dogs!) or read a transcript  below. And we’ve included some links to earlier discussions about Safety Differently with Ron below as well.

We’d like to thank Ron once again and we are sure you’ll find this discussion interesting.

Check out these other discussions with Ron, too:

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Machine Guarding Checklist – Free Download

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Hello, friend! And welcome to another Convergence Training blog post with a free checklist that you can use as part of your company’s health and safety efforts.

This time, the checklist is for machine guarding, and in particular OSHA general industry machine guarding compliance.

Read on for more information and to download the free machine guarding checklist.

And, we’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other safety topics here.

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Vector EHS Safety Management Software Demo (Recorded)

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If you’ve been following recent happenings at Convergence Training lately, you may be aware that we can now offer to you our Vector EHS safety management software application.

If you’d like to learn more about Vector EHS, you’re in luck. Our partners at Industry Safe, who created Vector EHS, recently did a demo webinar and we’ve got a recording of it for you below.

Also, feel free to check out the recording of our recent webinar on OSHA recordkeeping & reporting and stay tuned for the arrival of a free guide to OSHA recordkeeping and reporting (we’re working on it now).

Let us know if you’d like to learn more about the Vector EHS safety management software we’ve got available for you.

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Recorded OSHA Reporting & Recordkeeping Webinar

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Our Vector Solutions partners Industry Safe and RedVector recently held a webinar explaining OSHA reporting & recordkeeping requirements–as well as giving a quick demo of how to do some of this with VectorEHS, the safety management software made by Industry Safe that we sell here at Convergence Training.

Check out the recording below to answer your OSHA reporting & recordkeeping questions and let us know if you’ve got any questions for us.

Also, check  back here shortly, because we’re currently creating a print-based guide to OSHA reporting & recordkeeping that you can download for free and it will be done soon.

Hope you found that helpful! If you’d like to learn more about the Vector EHS safety management software, check out this recently recorded demo webinar.

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Vector Solutions Monthly Blog Round-Up: November, 2019

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As happens twelve times a year, the month has changed. And in a like-minded effort to keep up with and note lunar motion, our parent company Vector Solutions has published their monthly round-up of articles from the blogs of different Vector Solutions business units, including your friends here at Convergence Training.

This most recent round-up includes articles published in November, 2019 and includes the following:

  • Vector Solutions on innovations, trends, and predictions for 2020.
  • IndustrySafe with a profile of their new employee, Elizabeth Munz.
  • RedVector with tips on how engineers can write the ultimate resume.
  • SafeSchools with vaping prevention resources.
  • TargetSolutions with some news on recent LMS updates.
  • And your favorite industrial training blog, Convergence Training, with one of our two recent interviews with Dr. Will Thalheimer on training evaluation models

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the November, 2019 Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up.

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The LTEM Training & Learning Evaluation Model

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In a recent discussion with learning researcher Dr. Will Thalheimer, we discussed four common learning evaluations models and mentioned that, in addition, Dr. Thalheimer had recently created his own called LTEM (which he “workshopped” with other leaders in the field and which he’s now iterated 12 times).

In the discussion below, Dr. Thalheimer explains his LTEM learning evaluation model.

We’d like to thank Dr. Thalheimer for taking time to talk with us about this and for all of his contributions to workplace learning, including his work on smile sheets, spaced practice, conference presentations, the effectiveness of elearning, evidence-based training & learning myths, and lots more.

If you’d like to watch the recorded video, we’ve got that for you immediately below. If you’d prefer to read the transcript, that’s below the video. Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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LMS Basics: Can You Migrate Training Data from One LMS to Another?

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In this new installment of our ongoing LMS Basics article series, we’ll answer a common question: can you take training data from one learning management system (LMS) and automate the process of migrating that data to a different LMS?

We’ll give the answers to your questions below. And know we’ve got a few other LMS-related articles that in this series that may be of interest to you, including:

Read on to learn more about migrating training data from LMS to LMS.

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