Better Mining Safety Training Visuals for New Miners: Using Visuals to Increase Learning

better-mining-safety-trainingWant your newly hired miners to really remember their training? Need to train a worker to perform a new task, such as operating a dozer, and later know how to perform that task in the field? Want to find a way to speed-up that process of remembering and learning?

If so, this post is for you, my friend.

Getting a newly hired miner up to speed on all of the critical aspects of mining and mining safety is a tough job. If you’re a safety manager in charge of safety training at a mine site, you already know this.

But what should you do about it? One of the smartest things you can do is to use training methods that are PROVEN to work better with learners who are new to the content area. In this case, that means new to safety issues related to working at your mine, and/or related to working a specific task at your mine site.

We’ll be writing a series of articles explaining different techniques for getting these “novice learners” up to speed in the coming weeks. In this post, we’ll look at one of the most effective: using visuals in your mining training.

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Respiratory Protection Training Resources (1910.134)

OSHA-top-10-respiratoryOSHA puts out a list of the top 10 most cited violations every year. Many of the same standards appear on the list again and again. So we’re pulling together some things to help you train your workers about each.

Because respiratory protection is often on that list, we’ve got a list of  respiratory protection training resources for you. They include a link to our own e-learning course, a fun word game, an interactive glossary of terms OSHA defines in the standard, and some respiratory protection FAQs. Hope you find it helpful.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that offers many e-learning courses, including health and safety e-learning courses, in addition to several learning management systems (LMSs) you can use to assign, deliver, track, and report on training. Contact us to set up a demo or learn more.

While you’re here, why not download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training?

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Better Safety Training for New Employees: Using Visuals

better safety training for new employeesNeed to train a worker with no job experience in your industry about all the safety hazards at your site before they can begin working? Or maybe you have to get a new employee acquainted with the safe work practices of a new position he or she just moved into? If so, read on–this post is for you.

Training a newly hired employee about all the critical safety aspects of a job is  tough work. If you’re a safety manager in charge of safety training, we’re not telling you anything you don’t already know.

But what can you do to make your safety training better? One of the smartest things you can do is to use training methods that are proven to work better with learners who are new to the content area. In your case, that means they’re new to safety issues related to working at your site, and/or safety issues related to working a specific job.

We’ll be writing a series of articles explaining different techniques for getting these “novice learners” up to speed in the coming weeks. In this post, we’ll look at one of the most effective: using visuals in your training.

Contact Convergence Training now for help with your safety training, or check out our learning management systems and safety training e-learning courses.

While you’re here, you may want to download this free Guide to Effective EHS Training, too.

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Graphic Design Tips for eLearning: 25 Fundamental Techniques

25-ways-visual-trainingLooking for something you can do to create more effective learning experiences for your workers? Experiences in which the workers really learn and then transfer that learning to the workplace? We all are, right?

One of the easiest things you can do to help your workers learn is to create better training visuals that are well-conceived and designed. In fact, research shows that you can use better training visuals to dramatically increase your learner’s comprehension, retention, and transfer of behaviors to the workplace—and that’s especially true for “novice” learners who are new to a particular content area.

Want to know why this is true?  Want to learn some techniques to help you learn how to design great training materials? Sure you do! Just keep reading (and looking at the example visuals, of course) to learn more. We’ve got some great graphic design tips for elearning for you below–for any type of training, really.

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The Benefits of Optional, Elective-Based Training At the Workplace

Training Assignments and Optional Elective TrainingIf you administer a learning management system (LMS) at your workplace, or even if you’re just thinking about getting one, you may be focused on mandatory training assignments.

And that makes sense. There’s a lot of training that you’ll want to be 100% sure your employees complete: job-based training about their current position at your workplace, mandatory safety and compliance training — You can probably add more items to the list yourself.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make a series of learning management systems, many libraries of e-learning courses for workforce training, apps for mobile learning and performance support, and more. Contact us to ask some questions and set up a demo. 

You may also be interested in the free guides below:

But What About Elective Training?

With all that focus on mandatory training assignments, it can be easy to lose track of the value of making elective training available on an optional basis. What are some reasons to make optional elective training available to your workers, you ask? We’ll list a few below.

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Better Papermaking Training for New Paper Makers: Get New Employees Up to Speed Fast With Visuals

Better Papermaking TrainingNeed to get a brand new hire with no experience in the papermaking industry trained before he or she can hit the floor on the clean up crew? Or do you want to get someone from converting ready to work on a paper machine? Or maybe you need to train workers to prepare them for a new position on the paper machine, as they move from Winder Operator to 5th Hand?

If so, papermaking friend, then this is the post for you.

At Convergence Training, we do a lot of work with companies in the paper industry. And we often hear similar stories from these papermakers: they’ve got a large number of very experienced workers who are nearing retirement, they’re hiring a lot of new workers to fill those positions, and they’re struggling to get  these new hires up to speed quickly enough.

We tell our customers that there are a couple of things they can do to onboard these new papermaking employees, make sure the training is comprehensive, and even compress the amount of time necessary to do it.

For one, they can get and use a learning management system to help administer this process. Secondly, they can create a structured OJT program to help deliver part of the training in an organized, comprehensive manner. Third, they can use training materials, including elearning courses, that make strong use of visuals to compress the learning curve (visuals are a very effective way to increase comprehension and retention for new learners). And fourth, they can create scenario-based learning to help the new worker develop advanced job skills, such as problem solving, troubleshooting, and process optimization, that really create value for the company. There are other things you can do, too.

In this article, we’ll discuss that use of visuals within your training materials. Click those earlier links if you want to study some of those other aspects in more detail.

Convergence Training is a training provider with a long, proven history in the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated board fields. We make off-the-shelf elearning courses for pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated board manufacturers, several different learning management systems (LMSs), custom training content, and more. Contact us to see full-length course previews, to schedule an LMS demo, or just to ask a few questions.

And since you’re here, why not download our:

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Choosing an LMS: How to Get it Right the First Time

how to choose the right lmsWondering what  to consider when choosing an LMS?  If so, you’re in good company. Many companies realize that an LMS can help their training program, but they have no solid ideas of what to look for, how to evaluate the LMS itself, or how to evaluate the LMS provider.

Adopting an LMS is a big decision, and not one to rush into. Even with time and caution, it’s a tough process to choose the right one. And choosing a poor one can really set you back, wasting time, money, and momentum.

To make the process easier, we’ve created a guide to lead you through the LMS decision process. Here’s an overview of topics we’ll cover:

  1. Identify and consult with stakeholders
  2. Determine business needs
  3. Where to get your LMS: Open source, build-your-own, or buy?
  4. Evaluate the LMS
  5. General functionality
  6. Important features

Check out the learning management systems from Convergence Training–we have several, each designed for businesses in specific industries or of different sizes. Or just contact us to set up a demo.

And while you’re here, why not download one of the free guides:

 

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Closing the Skills Gap with Structured On-The-Job Training (OJT)

closing-the-skills-gapI spend a lot of time working with new customers in the manufacturing sector who are just beginning to use our Convergence Training learning management system (LMS) at their workplace.

At many of these businesses, a large part of the workforce is older and nearing retirement. These older workers are very experienced and have a lot of knowledge about the processes, procedures, and machines in their workplace. Unfortunately, that information is typically just “in their heads” — it’s rarely written down, documented, or recorded in any way.

As these more experienced workers retire, the manufacturing companies are scrambling to hire newer, younger workers to take their place. These workers are ambitious and work hard, but they know only a fraction of the stuff they need to know to operate as effectively as the more experienced workers they’ll need to replace soon.

Naturally, our customers want to facilitate the transfer of critical knowledge and skills to these new workers. Ideally, they can get the new hires up to speed quickly, and they can capture that critical knowledge before the more experienced workers retire.

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New MSHA Coal Mining Dust Rule Takes Effect August 1, 2014

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In the early 1900s, when my grandfather was just a little boy, he left his home in Lithuania to come to America. He settled and grew up in Pennsylvania, where he worked in coal mines for many years when he was young. When he got older, he moved to Detroit, where he worked at Ford’s Willow Run plant. There, he helped to make the B-24 bombers that played a role in helping the United States come out on the right side of WWII. (My grandmother also worked on the line at Willow Run, by the way.)

But those years in the Pennsylvania coal mines caught up my with grandfather, and he passed away of black lung disease when I was just a kid. I have only a few memories of him, and my grandmother lived twenty more years as a widow.

It’s a sad story for me and my family, but it’s newsworthy because it’s common–many American miners died of black lung disease back then. But tragically, that’s not just part of the distant past. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), black lung has played a role in the death of at least 76,000 miners since 1968. In addition, more than $45 billion in federal compensation benefits has been paid to miners disabled by black lung and to their survivors. And even today, miners continue to be diagnosed with black lung–in fact, black lung rates have increased in recent years.

And that’s why MSHA published a new rule in April to lower the rates of respirable coal mine dust–the stuff that causes black lung. And that rule is set to go into effect soon–August 1, 2014.

What all that said, let’s take a closer look at this new MSHA Coal Mining Dust rule.

Need help training your miners? Check out our Learning Management System (LMS) for mine operators and our mining safety courses.

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New Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Rule Published by OSHA

New electric power generation, transmission, and distribution rule

In case you missed it, OSHA just published a new electric power generation, transmission, and distribution rule.

To be exact, the announcement was made April 14, 2014, and the rule goes into effect on July 10, 2014 (that “go live” date is now coming up soon). But, OSHA DID delay compliance and enforcement guidelines for some of the requirements. See below for more on that.

According to OSHA, the changes:

  • Update the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution for Construction standard, issued in 1972
  • Update the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution for General Industry (Operation and Maintenance) standard, issued in 1994
  • Harmonize the two standards (general industry and construction) so the same rules apply generally to the same kinds of work
  • Update the standards so they’re based on the latest consensus standards and improvements in electrical safety technology

OSHA’s provided lots of information here. In addition, we’ve gathered that information up and presented it below (relying heavily on their handy Fact Sheet and FAQ, parts of which we’ve directly copied and pasted below so you get the words from the horse’s mouth).

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Powered Industrial Truck Training Resources (1910.178)

OSHA puts out a list of the top 10 most cited violations every year.

Here’s the list from 2015.

Many standards appear on the list each time. Maybe there’s a little re-ordering, but some standards get violated a LOT every year.

So we’re pulling together some things to help you train your workers about each of the top ten. Here, we’ve got a list of resources about powered industrial trucks for you.

These include links to our own e-learning courses, a fun word game, an interactive glossary, free downloadable daily checklists, helpful FAQs, and more. Hope you find this helpful.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with an extensive library of e-learning courses, including health and safety e-learning courses. We’ve also got a variety of learning management systems (LMSs) for administering your training.  Contact us today to learn more or set up a demo.

Also, download a copy of our free Guide to Effective EHS Training.

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