Customer Testimonial: Chip Handley of Ring Power

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One of our favorite customers to work with is Chip Handley of Ring Power, a Florida Caterpillar dealer. Here’s Chip in a video at our recent 2019 Vector Solutions Client Summit talking about his experiences working with Convergence Training.

We look forward to continued projects with Chip and everyone at Ring Power and wish them a great year.

Check out more in our Client Testimonial video clip and our Client Testimonial web page.

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OSHA Basics: What Are OSHA 10 and OSHA 30?

OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are parts of the OSHA Outreach Training Program. The OSHA Outreach Training Program is a voluntary program, meaning that both OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 are voluntary as well.

We’ll tell you more about OSHA 10 and OSHA 30 in this next installment of our ongoing OSHA Basics series of articles in which our ultimate goal is to tell you everything you always wanted to know about OSHA (a bed-burner; a stay-up-all-night reading topic–we know).

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.

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The Three Phases of Risk Assessment: Risk Management Basics

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In this installment of our Risk Management Basics series, we’re going to take a closer look at risk assessment. In doing so, we’ll break risk assessment down into three separate steps: risk identification, risk analysis, and risk evaluation.

We hope this article and our entire Risk Management Basics series will help you gain a better understanding of risk management and help you begin to use risk management techniques at your workplace. Or, if you’re already using risk management at work, to perhaps improve what you’re doing now.

Drop us a note in the comments section below if you’d like us to address any particular risk-related topic in this ongoing risk series.

And if you’re involved in occupational safety and health, feel free to download the free Guide to Using Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health at the bottom of this article (but note, this article addresses risk management and risk assessment in a general manner and can be applied to any aspect of enterprise risk management).

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What Is 5S? Infographic

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5S is one of the foundations of lean manufacturing. If you want to implement lean at your workplace, 5S is a great place to start. And even if you don’t want to go “full lean,” 5S can be very valuable at your workplace, leading to improvements in productivity, efficiency, quality, and safety.

To help you get started with 5S or lean, we’ve prepared the free 5S infographic for you at the bottom of this article. Download a copy for yourself today! 

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

Downloading the 5S infographic below is a great way to get up to speed on 5S now–enjoy! 

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Download this free infographic explaining 5S, one of the foundations of lean manufacturing.

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7 Wastes of Lean Infographic

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One of the foundations of lean manufacturing is to reduce waste.

In the early days of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which is where lean manufacturing originated, Toyota engineer Taiichi Ohno developed a list of seven wastes. You can download a free infographic at the bottom of this article that lists all of these wastes for you.

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

We hope the infographic below helps your organization identify and root out waste and start providing more value to your customers.

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Download this free infographic listing the seven wastes of lean manufacturing as originally devised by Taiichi Ohno of the Toyota Production System (TPS).

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Fatigue at Work: Symptoms, Hazards, Avoidance & Risk Management

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Fatigue at work is a significant contributor to occupational injuries and illnesses. It’s also the point of special emphasis in the third week of the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month 2019 (#NSM).

As a result, we’re going to take a special look at issues related to fatigue on the job in this article in the hopes of providing some information that may help avoid some injuries and illnesses (and maybe even a fatality).

If you’ve been keeping track, you also know we’ve already written about hazard recognition and slips, trips, and falls for national safety month. You might also want to check out what our friends at RedVector have been writing on for National Safety Month. Next week we’ll both be addressing impairment issues.

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Convergence Training and RedVector to Launch New Virtual Reality Ladder Safety Training at ASSP’s Safety 2019

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Convergence Training and RedVector will be launching their newly created Virtual Reality (VR) Ladder Safety Training app at next week’s ASSP Safety 2019 conference in New Orleans. Stop by booth 1047 to put the goggles on and check out the app, and while you’re there check out all of our award-winning solutions for safety and safety training.

Want to see or learn more?

And before you leave, why not download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST? 

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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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Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls: Free Fall Prevention & Protection Toolbox Talk Guide

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Slips, trips, and falls remain a major cause of workplace injuries and even deaths. There are many ways to safeguard against these, and one of those is training. We thought we’d provide you a free guide for leading more effective fall prevention & protection toolbox talks to help with that. The guide provides materials for leading toolbox talks on ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety, all with the aim of preventing falls at work.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its second-week emphasis on slips, trips, and falls. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here. You might want to also go here to check out the article we wrote for the week emphasis on hazard recognition.

And of course, just scroll down to the bottom of this article for the free fall prevention & protection toolbox talk guide.  

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5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing Infographic

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Lean manufacturing is dedicated to reducing waste in order to increase value. In the book The Machine that Changed the World, James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos identified five principles that underlie lean manufacturing efforts.

Download our free 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing infographic below to learn the five principles.

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

We hope the infographic below helps you get started on your own lean journey.

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Download this free infographic explaining the five principles of lean manufacturing as listed in the book The Machine that Changed the World.

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Hazard Identification Training: How to Do It Right

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Hazard recognition is one of the most critical aspects of occupational safety. In fact, OSHA says that “One of the ‘root causes’ of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated.”

The idea that hazard identification/recognition is important to safety is a common one. And following from this, you’ll often see people within the safety industry saying it’s important to train workers on how to identify hazards at work. But what you don’t see quite as often as those first two is any guidance on how to effectively train workers to identify hazards at their workplace. That’s what we’re hoping to help you with a little bit in this article.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its first-week emphasis on hazard recognition training. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here.

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Create a Culture for Maintainability, Reliability & Continuous Improvement

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Would you like to create a culture that supports maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement? Sure you would!

So how should you do that? Well, one of the ways it is look at (and perhaps improve) your organizational culture. In fact, our friend Dr. Klaus Blache from the University of Tennessee Reliability & Maintainability Center (UT-RMC….read below to learn more about our partnership) says this on the topic: “For as long as I can remember, culture has been, simultaneously, the top roadblock and leading opportunity for large implementations and ongoing improvement.”

Source: Efficient Plant Magazine, “Cultural Improvement Takes Work,” February 2018, page 36

In this article, we’ll talk a little more about the importance of organizational culture for increasing maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement and give you some tips for improving culture to see some of these benefits.

This is another in our series of collaborations with UT-RMC. If you’ve missed our previous articles in this series, you might want to check out our What Is Reliability & Maintainability? article.

Also, feel free to download the free PDCA infographic at the bottom of this article.

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The “Safety Mythologist” Discusses 10 Common Safety Myths: A Discussion with Carsten Busch

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Every field has its sets of established truths. But if you consider some of these so-called “truths” a little critically, you sometime find out they’re not true at all. It’s like the professional version of an urban myth. They’re in the air around us; we read about them and we heard smart people saying they’re true; we never stop to question if they really ARE true; and ultimately, we end up believing in them ourselves.

In the learning and development field, a classic myth is that you can get better training results by designing training to match your learner’s so-called learning styles. But I digress–we’ll get back to that in another article.

In occupational safety, there may be some myths out there too. And that’s why we had the conversation below with “safety mythologist” Carsten Busch. Put on your critical-thinking cap and your skeptical socks and give it a listen (or a read). And many thanks to Carsten for his sharing his time and knowledge with us.

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