What Is MSHA Part 46? Training Requirements for Surface Mines

pt46Some of you are seasoned hands well aware of the MSHA Part 46 training requirements. But maybe a refresher would help. Others may be new to the field and might find this article a helpful introduction.

So let’s dive in and take a closer look at MSHA Part 46.

In future articles, we’ll show you how you could use mine safety e-learning courses for part of your Part 46 Training Plan, and how using a learning management system (LMS) can help you assign, deliver, track, report on, and create documentation of that training.

What Is MSHA?

MSHA is an acronym that stands for the Mine Safety and Health Administration. They’re the government agency tasked with safety and health issues at mines. One aspect of their responsibility is to make sure miners receive proper safety training.

What Is MSHA Part 46?

Part 46 is a part of CFR Title 30 Mineral Resources. It deals with mandatory training and training documentation requirements at certain mine sites (see below to learn which mines).

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Motivating Learners: Tips from Robert Mager’s Book “Developing Attitude Toward Learning”

We all want to motivate our learners. Motivating learners during the training so they’ll have a better chance to learn is important, obviously. And it’s also important to motivate learners AFTER the training so they’ll be more positively disposed toward the topic in general and more likely to apply the training at work.

But how exactly does a good trainer motivate learners? One good place to look for tips is in the book Developing Attitude Toward Learning (or SMATs ‘n’ SMUTs) by the noted human performance improvement/learning theorist Robert Mager.

A quick note about Mager’s title: Mager is a funny guy and his books often have humorous subtitles. In this book, he explains that a “SMAT” is a “subject matter approach tendency” and a “SMUT” is a “subject matter unapproach tendency.” These originated as joking phrases he used around the house with his family while writing the book. A SMAT–or subject matter approach tendency–is a learner’s tendency to have a continued interest in the subject matter after the training is over. A SMUT–or subject matter unapproach tendency–is a learner’s tendency to avoid the subject matter after the training. Mager designed the book to teach us ways to increase SMATs for our learners and decrease SMUTs for our learners–in other words, try to make them want to engage with our topic and try to avoid turning them off our topic.

In this article, we’ll pass on some of the tips from Mager’s book. Of course, we recommend you buy the book and read it yourself. In fact, we recommend that you buy and read the entire “Mager Six Pack,” which we’re currently in the process of reading and writing about ourselves. Currently, here are the articles we’ve got about the Mager Six Pack:

Book Reviews:

Explanations of Techniques Described in Mager’s Books: 

With that out of way, let’s see what Mager has to teach us in this book (Developing Attitude Toward Learning).

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

Also–feel free to download any of the following while you’re here? They’re all free–

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Introducing New LMS “Landing Pages”

Those of you looking to add a little more of your company’s style and personality to your Convergence LMS can now take advantage of our new customizable Landing Pages to do just that.

Where before your LMS users were greeted with a simple and plain login form, you’re now able to present them with virtually any information you’d like when they sit down to take their assigned training.

Configure your custom dashboard to display blog posts, announcements, news, or other data from an RSS feed. Upload a static image, like your company logo, or display an entire webpage by entering a simple url.

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First Look: Elective-Based Training

We’re excited to give you a preview of an eagerly anticipated new feature of the Convergence LMS – Electives.

With the option of elective-based training, not only will you be able to assign training to individual employees and groups, but your employees will also be able to self-register and complete training proactively, putting themselves in a better position to be promoted or to be successful when training up ahead of starting a new job.

Elective-based training appeals to employees’ desire to be in charge of and direct their own training. Turn your training library into a reference library and allow learners to enroll in supplemental courses so they can sharpen their skills and increase their knowledge as they see fit. (more…)

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Convergence LMS Gets a New Look

We’ve recently added some more firepower to our programming team, and as a result we’ve been able to push out a number of long-awaited enhancements that improve the look and feel of the Convergence LMS.

Modernized UI

While we made quite a few minor updates to make for a smoother user experience, the most visible changes involve updated icons, flattened layout, and improved fluidity of the overall design.

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EHS Professionals March Madness Bracket Tournament Plus Some Safety Training for March Madness Jokes

bballMarch Madness. It’s all you hear about these days, it seems.

Given that excitement in the spring air, Convergence Training has decided to host March Madness Tournament Bracket Competition for EHS professionals.

Wanna play? If so, go to this URL: http://ehspros.mayhem.cbssports.com/e?ttag=BPM16_cpy_invite_new

The password is, appropriately: EHS

Then fill out and save your bracket.

If you win, and if you’re in the United States (where we can ship things easily), we’ll send some Convergence Training swag your way (just one winner). If you win and you’re not in the US, meaning shipping will be too expensive, we’ll try to do something else to honor your achievement. Nobody from Convergence Training is allowed to win.

We’ll post periodic updates about the tournament and how different people are doing with their brackets, and of course we’ll announce the winner.

If you have any questions or confusion about how this works, send us an email at media@convergencetraining.com. There’s also a chat feature on this blog–if you catch us during business hours, we’ll be happy to chat “live.”

We’ve even included some Safety Training for March Madness jokes and a free EHS training guide for you below; read on if you’re looking to burn a minute or two or want a helpful freebie.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. We’ve got EHS e-learning courses, several learning management systems (LMSs), and more. Contact us for more information, and don’t forget to download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training.
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What Is Kaizen?

what-is-kaizenIf you know the vocabulary and methods of lean manufacturing, you know the terms kaizen and kaizen event. You may even have participated in a kaizen culture or a kaizen event.

On the other hand, you may have never heard these terms, or maybe you’ve heard them but don’t yet know what they mean. If so, this article is for you, because we’re going to tell you what kaizen is. In a future article, we’ll clue you in on what a kaizen event is as well, and we’ll explain the differences.

Convergence Training makes tools to help companies be more efficient. We offer learning management systems (LMSs), training materials, and applications for performance support on mobile devices at the workplace. Check out our website to learn more or just contact us if you’ve got a question.

What Is Kaizen?

Kaizen is a Japanese word that translates to something like “change for better.” The concept of kaizen is one of the cornerstones of lean manufacturing. A simple way to think of it is as a process of continual improvement.

In a work place, kaizen is a never-ending process in which everyone at a company, from the highest managers to the newest rank and file hire, is encouraged to make small changes (or suggest them to management) to continually improve work processes.

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Book Review: Robert Mager’s Analyzing Performance Problems (or, You Really Oughta Wanna)

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We just read Robert Mager’s Analyzing Performance Problems, or, You Really Oughta Wanna, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his performance problem analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

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Convergence Pulp & Paper Training Course Catalog Continues to Grow

We’re happy to announce the completion of a year-long initiative to grow the company’s library of pulp and paper industry training content

We recently added 60 more eLearning courses added to our mill employee technical training curriculum. Previous courses, also covering fundamental pulping and papermaking processes, were released in four phases during 2014. This final run of 58 courses includes titles such as “Paper Machine Refining”, “Papermaking Process Testing”, and “Bleaching Basics”, and brings the total number courses in the Convergence pulp & paper training catalog to 185. The courses aim to provide foundational knowledge to new hires or to existing employees transitioning to new jobs within a facility.

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Free Hierarchy of Controls Training Course

hic-moduleWe recently published an article titled What is the Hierarchy of Controls?

It turns out the article was quite popular–we had a lot of folks visiting that page to read it.

As a result, we decided to create this e-learning course about the hierarchy of controls and offer it to you for free. What’s not to like about a free hierarchy of controls training course?

That’s it, below (scroll down). You can enjoy this in one of two ways (or, both).

First, you can watch it right here. Watch it right here, right now, or bookmark this page and come back whenever you want to.

Or second, you can download it and import it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS).

Notice that we just said “and import it into your LMS.” What you’ll get when you download this course is a zipped folder in a standard e-learning format called SCORM (read more about SCORM here). If you just try to open the zipped folder and watch something, it won’t work. But if you import the zipped folder into your learning management system (read more about LMSs here), then you can view the course through your LMS and even assign it to your workers.
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Evaluating EHS Training Effectiveness: ANSI Z490.1, Section 6

ansi-6 (Note: This article is based on the newly revised, 2016-version of Z490.1.)

Hello. Here’s another installment in our look at ANSI Z490.1, the standard that lists “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.”

This post focuses on best practices for evaluating EHS training. That means two things: evaluating how well your employees learned from their EHS training and, of course, evaluating the EHS training itself. Plus, it means using that evaluation information during continuous improvement efforts.

If you want to download our free 42-page Guide to Effective EHS Training, based on all of ANSI Z490.1, click that link you just whizzed past or scroll down to the bottom of this article and click the download button.

Otherwise, let’s get learning about evaluating EHS training.

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Book Review: Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis

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We just read Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his goals analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

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