How to Use Leading & Lagging Indicators to Evaluate Workplace Safety

Every company we work with says that safety is job one, safety is the most important thing, there’s no work goal that’s worth sacrificing safety, or something like that. And they’re sincere.

To that end, they come to us for help improving their safety training programs, using our 3D-animated training materials, our best-in-class learning management systems for use in industrial and manufacturing companies, or even our mobile training and work-support solutions.

Evaluating Workplace Safety

But how do you KNOW that you’ve got a safe workplace? For many, the answer is to look at the incident rate. The goal is always zero incidents; a decreasing incident rate is a good sign, and an increasing incident rate a bad one.

But that’s not enough. There’s more to safety than just your incident rate, right? So a lot of safety people talk about leading and lagging indicators of safety.

What does that mean? Well, let’s take a step back and look at the terms leading and lagging first. Leading indicators are things that occur before an incident could occur, and lagging indicators are things that happened after an event occurred. Leading is before; lagging after. It’s the same use of the terms that you hear when people on the news are discussing economics.


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Teaching Skills: The Psychomotor Domain of Learning and Learning Objectives

[This is the the seventh in a series of posts about learning objectives. We’ve now compiled all the posts into a single downloadable guide to writing learning objectives if you want to check that out.]

As we mentioned in the last post, there are three different kinds of learning: learning about things you can “know,” learning about things you can “do,” and learning about things you “feel.” We will refer to these as knowledge, skills, and attitudes, or “KSAs” for short.

In this post, we’re going to consider the “skills” domain more closely. The information below is based on the theories of R.H. Dave (1975), and draws from explanations of those theories that appear at Don Clark’s well-known “Big Dog Little Dog” instructional design blog. Check out Clark’s material on learning domains to read more about this hierarchy and to learn about alternate versions of this hierarchy by Simpson and Harrow if you’re interested. I’ve written about Dave’s hierarchy because it’s the one that seems most useful to me, but the others are also popular, well-known, and well-regarded.

This information can help you create a more effective workforce training program.


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Online Electrical Safety Training: Online Courses, Free Word Game, FAQs, and More

Electrical General Requirements Online Safety Training Course Image

Electrical, General Requirements (OSHA standard 1910.303) is one of those regulations that pops up on OSHA’s top ten most cited standards on a frequent basis. To try to help, we’ve pulled together a bunch of online electrical safety training materials for you in this blog post.

Here’s what we’ve got for you:

  • Samples of our own e-learning courses related to electrical safety
  • A free electrical safety interactive word game
  • A free electrical safety interactive glossary
  • Additional electrical safety information from OSHA and others

Hope you find this helpful.

Before you dive into the online electrical safety training materials below, feel free to check out this short video overview of our online health and safety training library.


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Brrr…The Polar Vortex Is Upon Us. Here Are Some Cold Weather Safety Tips

Baby, it’s cold outside. (I like that version, don’t you?)

To be honest, the weather’s not so cold here in the Portland, OR area. Need evidence? I biked to work today.

But we know we’ve been lucky, and we’ve been watching the weather forecasts and the news and feeling for all of you further east who are getting hit by something few of us had ever heard of before: a polar vortex. Well, at least that’s a new one to me. Maybe you sharpies knew that term before. 🙂

Anyway, we thought we’d use the opportunity to drop some quick links to helpful information on you. Check ’em out below and stay warm and safe.


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Common Question: Do You Need an Authoring Tool Like Articulate or Captivate to Use the Convergence LMS? Answer: No


One of the questions that our new learning management system (LMS) customers frequently ask us is whether or not they NEED to use e-learning authoring tools like Articulate Studio/Storyline, Adobe Captivate, or others in order to use our LMS.

Another related question they commonly ask is “What’s an e-learning authoring tool anyway?”

So we thought a little post to clear all this up would be helpful. The brief answer to the first question is NO. You can use the Convergence LMS perfectly well without an authoring tool. The information below will explain that more fully. And as for the second question, if you don’t yet know what an e-learning authoring tool is, read on.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make off-the-shelf e-learning courses, several learning management systems (LMSs), custom training solutions, and more. Contact us to see full-length course previews, set up an LMS demo, or just ask a few questions.

And since you’re here, why not download one of our free guides as well:


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Free Interactive Glossary of Corrugated Board Terms

Are you in the corrugated board industry?

If so, you might find this free, downloadable, interactive glossary of terms used in the corrugated board industry interesting and valuable.

We’ve drawn all the images and definitions from our series of e-learning courses for corrugated manufacturers, which you might want to check out–it’s a cool series of courses, assuming you’re into corrugated. Which we assume you are, since you’re reading this post.

We hope you enjoy this and put it to good use.


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NSC’s 10 Preventable Workplace Incidents (And Suggested Safety Training Courses for Each)

The National Safety Council (NSC) has a list of the Top Ten Preventable Workplace Incidents on their website. According to them, the items on the list are the “ten most reported workmen’s compensation injuries as listed by top insurance companies throughout the country.”

Since we’re all interested in preventing workplace incidents and injuries, we thought it would be helfpul to provide the list below and include some suggested training courses for each item.


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Happy New Year from Convergence Training!

With only a little time left in 2013, we at Convergence Training wanted to wish you all a very happy New Year.

Don’t worry if you didn’t follow through on all those ambitious resolutions you set for yourself last year. You now have 365 days to come up with a whole set of new ones.

So whether you’re staying in to watch the ball drop or celebrating out with friends and family, have a safe and wonderful end to 2013, and an amazing start to 2014.

Cheers from Convergence Training!!!

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Explaining Things: A Fun Video Example

Every so often, when we see some effective training material during our daily lives outside the office, or when we see something that explains things nicely, we like to share it here.

Some years ago, we found the video below from a story on the National Public Radio (NPR) website about an informational video that explained a physical process. The video was created by a college student named Dan Quinn. Mr. Quinn has a YouTube channel where he publishes videos he creates, and one is a really interesting piece on why wine “cries” in a glass.

Convergence Training is a training provider that creates off-the-shelf elearning courses, several learning management systems, and custom training solutions. Contact us to view full-length previews of the courses, to schedule an LMS demo, or just to ask a few questions.

While you’re here, why not download some of our free guides?


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Two New Courses Available: Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) Awareness and Stress Management and Prevention

We’ve got two new courses available in our training libraries!

The first, Chlorine Dioxide (ClO2) Awareness, is part of our ever-growing safety training library.

And the second title, Stress Management and Prevention, is a new addition to our Human Resources training library.

Check the videos below to see a sample of each new course. If you want more information or want to request a demo of the full courses, here’s how you can contact us.

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Teaching “Knowledge”: The Cognitive Domain of Learning and Learning Objectives

[This is the the fifth in a series of posts about learning objectives. We’ve now compiled all the posts into a single downloadable guide to writing learning objectives if you want to check that out.]

As we mentioned in the last post, there are three different kinds of learning: learning about things you can “know,” learning about things you can “do,” and learning about things you “feel.” These are called the Cognitive domain, the Psychomotor domain, and the Affective domain. Because we try to avoid $25 words here at the Convergence Training blog, we will also refer to them as Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes. But we didn’t make that up–it’s a somewhat common way to think of this, and trainers often call these “KSAs” for short.


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14 Workforce and Safety Training Courses for Common Thanksgiving Problems

happy-thanksgivingThanksgiving day! A time to reflect on all our good fortunes and be thankful. A cherished opportunity to enjoy the company of not only our immediate family but our extended family too. A time to eat a wonderful meal, all expertly cooked and artfully served, while enjoying the company of all.

Well, that’s how it works sometimes, for some people. More power to them, right?

Other times, though, Thanksgiving doesn’t go quite according to plan. To prepare for those instances, you may want to consider some of the following titles from our workforce and safety training libraries.

Read on for some tips and chuckles. And we truly DO wish you a great holiday.


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