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 Safety 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


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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Using an LMS to Onboard New Hires More Effectively, Efficiently

using-an-LMS-to-onboard-new-hiresOnboarding new employees can be time consuming, difficult, and inefficient. And, for a number of reasons–it’s often ineffective. If you’ve done it before, you already know this.

You can onboard new employees more quickly, efficiently, and effectively by using a learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a software application that companies can use to import, create, assign, deliver, and track training. You can use an LMS to deliver all sorts of training. This can include training specific to various job roles, HR training, and safety training. And–yes–you can also use an LMS when onboarding new employees.


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Chunking Mining Safety Training Materials: Improve Your Mine Safety Training

We just wrote an extended blog post that explains the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gives tips for how to do it.

Click here to read the extended article on chunking.

Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to see how you can use chunking to make your mining safety training program more effective, read on.

The Bird’s Eye View on Chunking Training Materials

  1. Chunking refers to taking training material (during the design phase), breaking them up into little “bite-sized” parts, and then organizing them in a way that makes the material easier for your employees to learn.
  2. Chunking is helpful because of how our brains work-in particular, the limits on our working memory to hold only about four bits of information at a time.
  3. Although learners who are novices or experts in a given topic can each only remember about four chunks at a time, experts can remember bigger chunks.
  4. You should arrange chunks within training materials in a way that makes it easier for your employees to understand and remember them. Some organizational methods include job sequence, dependent learning, cause and effect, and whole to parts, but there are more.
  5. Chunking training materials begins at a high level–the entire curriculum, for example–and then works its way down through modules, lessons, courses, and screens (or similar sub-divisions of your training materials).


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Effective Safety Training Delivery: ANSI Z490.1, Section 5

EFFECTIVE-EHS-TRAINING(Note: This article is based on the newly revised, 2016 version of ANSI Z490.1.)

Hello. We’re back and we’re continuing our look at ANSI Z490.1, the standard that lists “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.”

In this post, we’re going to take an in-depth look at Section 5, which is all about delivering EHS training.

The strong focus is on the EHS trainer in this one, plus there’s some stuff about training delivery and training materials.

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

Otherwise, let’s learn more about effective EHS training delivery, including trainers, training delivery, and training materials, right?

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. We offer off-the-shelf EHS e-learning courses, custom training solutions, learning management systems (LMSs), and more. Contact us for previews, demos, or questions.


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5S + Safety = Lean 6S Safety

You’ve probably heard of 5S. If so, you know it’s a method for organizing a work area to increase efficiency and productivity while reducing waste. And it’s one of the first steps that many companies make while trying to become “lean.”

If you didn’t know that before, now you do.

5S can help make a company lean, but it also can improve safety and health at the company. It makes sense, because a more organized, tidier workplace is going to have fewer hazards. For example, if your housekeeping is better, you’ll have fewer tripping hazards. And if you’ve organized the workplace so tools and machines are placed more appropriately, your workers will have fewer ergonomic risks.

Even though 5S comes with “built-in” safety benefits, that’s not the end of the story. Over time, people have modified 5S by adding a new “S” to create 6S systems. One of the most common of the 6S systems results from adding Safety to 5S. This is sometimes called 5S+, 6S, lean 6S, 6S safety, or lean 6S safety.

In this article, we’ll learn more about 5S and/or 6S and how you can use it to create a more organized, efficient, productive, and safe workplace.


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How to Identify and Close Skill Gaps at Work

identifying-and-closing-the-skill-gap-blogConsider this scenario, if you will.

You’re a training manager. Or maybe you’re someone else who is involved in training–the head of operations, or in HR, or the safety manager.

You or someone else at work determines there’s a performance problem. More specifically, you think your employees may have a skill gap.

What’s the answer? Create and lead some training? Well, maybe. But maybe not.

It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that training’s the answer for everything. But there’s nothing worse than creating a training program for a problem that the training can’t solve. You’ve now spent a bunch of money and time creating and delivering the training, and you’ve still got the problem to boot.

The best way to avoid this scenario is to take a step back and analyze the performance problem first. If you learn more about the problem, you can then figure out what the best solution for it is. Maybe it WILL be training, but maybe it will be something else.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider. We make a series of learning management systems (LMSs), off-the-shelf e-learning courses for workforce training, custom training solutions for our customers, apps for mobile learning and mobile performance support, and more.

Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

And why not download our free Guide to Effective Manufacturing Training and Guide to Effective EHS Training since you’re here?


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What Is the Hierarchy of Controls?

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(A tip from the “thought you’d like to know department:” There’s a free course about the Hierarchy of Controls near the end of this post that you can view PLUS a free guide to to performing a Job Hazard Analysis/JHA at the bottom that you can download.)

What’s the best way to protect your workers from hazards at the workplace?

One common and effective method is to use the hierarchy of controls. To which you may ask-but what is the hierarchy of controls? That’s the focus on this article, and we’ll explain it in full detail.

First, though, we’ll set the scene, by explaining what a hazard is, how to identify hazards, how to assess and prioritize hazards for controls–using the hierarchy of controls, of course.

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Free Job Hazard Analysis Guide

JHA-post-2Recently we published an extensive article titled What Is a Job Hazard Analysis?  And we followed that up with a companion piece that explains How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis. If you haven’t read those yet, but are interested, go right ahead. We’ll wait for you here.

You’re back? OK, let’s continue then.

We wanted to follow those popular articles up with with a free job hazard analysis guide and forms that you can use to lead you through your own JHAs at work. And now we’ve done that.

There’s a free download at the bottom of the article. Hope you find it helpful.

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How to Do a Job Hazard Analysis: 4 Essential Steps

job hazard analysis (JHA) imageNot that long ago, we wrote a blog post titled What Is a JHA? That post was such a big hit we’ve created this second post. It walks you though the steps of performing a JHA, and  even includes a free downloadable guide to performing JHAs at the bottom.

This guide for performing a JHA incorporates suggestions made in OSHA’s Job Hazard Analysis booklet (OSHA 3071, revised in 2002). We think you’ll find it useful when you perform JHAs at your worksite.

Performing JHAs at work will improve your safety record and general EHS compliance. So let’s get started with our tips on how to do a job hazard analysis.


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