Catch Our Webinar on MSHA Part 46 and Online Training Options: Thursday, September 28, 10:00 am (Pacific)


We’ll be hosting a webinar on the MSHA Part 46 compliance training requirements and some online training options Thursday, September 28 at 10:00 am (Pacific).

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • MSHA Part 46–The Important Stuff
  • Key Players
  • Main Types of Training
  • Compliant Methods of Training
  • Types of Compliant Documents

Take a moment to pre-register for the webinar today, and we’ll be sure to send you some reminders as the webinar approaches as well.

If you’ve got a question you’d like us to address, feel free to leave it in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to try to answer it or point you in the right direction during the webinar. Of course, we’ll take questions then as well.

Also, know that we’ll be delivering a presentation at this year’s MSHA TRAM Conference that looks at some current and future technologies for mining safety training. We’ll keep you posted about that, and if you’re at TRAM, keep an eye out for us.

Finally, feel free to download our free Guide to Online MSHA Compliance below. See you at the webinar!

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

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OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and Program

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When the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) was published by OSHA in 1983, it represented a decade of painstaking, but vital, rulemaking activity.

More than thirty years have elapsed since the rule was published. And yet, HCS remains one of the most important and relevant US occupational safety and health standards. The Hazard Communication Standard (29 CFR 1910.1200), last updated in 2012 for GHS alignment, applies to a wide spectrum of workplaces and industries, and is considered one of the crown jewels in OSHA’s mission to protect workers on the job.

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Come See Us at the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Expo September 25-27 in Indianapolis, IN


We’re looking forward to attending the National Safety Council (NSC) Expo in Indianapolis, Indiana this coming September 25-27 and hope to see you there.

We’ll be in booth 1723, so stop by and say hi.

As always, we’ll be demonstrating our Convergence LMS for managing your safety training needs (plus MSHA safety training/compliance needs) and our online courses for health and safety and mining safety.

But we’re also excited to have available two new products you may not yet know about.

We’ll have all the information there for you at our booth. Come by and ask some questions, view a demo, and pick up some brochures to learn more.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training


Hello, readers.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for a presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions I recently gave at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

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Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Presentation on Effective EHS Training


Hello, readers.

This blog is a supplement or related resources center for the presentation on Effective EHS Training I recently gave at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference. We have a second blog that functions as a related resources center for the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

If you’re reading this after the conference and you did attend, here are the materials I promised. I hope you find them helpful.

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Come See Us at the Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference, September 19-20, 2017


We’ll be exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Conference in Tacoma, WA on September 19-20, 2017 and we hope to see you there.

In addition, Jeff Dalto of Convergence will be leading two presentations–one on each day. On September 19, Jeff will lead a presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions. On September 20, Jeff will lead a presentation on Effective Safety & Health Training.

You’ll be able to find us at Booth 108 (which is very close to the entrance), except when Jeff is leading presentations. Come see us to learn more about our safety and health training solutions, including:

Go here for more information about the presentation on Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions.

Go here for more information about the presentation on Effective Safety Training.

And don’t forget to download our free guide to effective safety training, below!

See you at the conference!

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Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

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2017/18 Flu Season Is Approaching: Here’s a Free Avoid the Flu Course

flu-seasonWith the passing of Labor Day, we can begin to plan for fall and even winter here in the United States and Canada. Even if it is almost 100 degrees outside as I type.

Among other things, that means thinking ahead to the 2017-2018 flu season. And early indicators suggest this coming flu season may be a rough one. Read this article on the seriousness of the flu season in Australia to see why that may mean we’re in for a bad flu season as well.

There’s a good chance you already know what to do to reduce your chances of getting the flu: get a flu shot, wash your hands a lot, and similar prevention tips. But we’ve used some information from our friends at the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to pull together a free “Avoid the Flu” online course that you can watch as many times as you wish from this blog article as well.

Hope this helps!

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Who Has Hazard Communication Duties on the Job?

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OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is a broad, horizontal regulation, meaning it impacts almost every workplace and numerous employees within those companies. According to OSHA, that boils down to roughly five million US workplaces and approximately forty-three million employees who are affected by the standard. (1)

Most employers are aware HazCom is an essential element in their safety management systems. They’ve made Hazard Communication part of required onboarding training through safety orientations. And when the standard updated to align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) in 2012, employers followed through on mandatory training, to inform workers about the changes in labeling, Safety Data Sheets (SDSs), and terminology.

But the next questions are:

  • What do you do beyond that?
  • Are your employees following through on various aspects of HazCom or is it a somewhat dormant and overlooked safety program in your workplace?

We’ll consider those questions and more in this article.

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GHS Label Requirements, Symbols, and Classifications

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When OSHA aligned the Hazard Communication Standard 1910.1200 with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in 2012, it was with good reason. Prior to these modifications, numerous internal and external chemical labeling systems existed, which often meant confusion for workers, delays in shipping and loss of business revenue. This was especially true when products had to be shipped or received across national borders.

Moving to a harmonized system allowed a uniform structure for labeling, as well as hazard information, to be disseminated. Today, over 65 countries share the GHS system. And while each have country-specific versions, the increasing use of the GHS worldwide has brought greater ease and transparency to chemical safety use and shipping.

The merging of GHS with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) did not replace the regulation. Instead, it augmented the main HCS purpose, which was to convey hazard information to workers in an effective and meaningful way.

That included changes to chemical labeling. Understanding the GHS-aligned chemical labeling that’s now part of OSHA’s HazCom Standard is quite simple, but there are key terminologies and components you’ll need to learn to use the system in your workplace. 

We’ll explain those in this article.

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Convergence Training Wins ISHN’s “Best Safety Training” Attendee’s Choice Award at ASSE Safety 2017

We’re excited to announce that we won the 2017 ISHN “Best Safety Training” Attendee’s Choice Award, a result of voting held during the ASSE’s Safety 2017 conference, for our MSHA Safety Training.

This award is in addition to the earlier 2017 ISHN “Best Safety Training” Reader’s Choice Award, which our MSHA Safety Training won before the ASSE conference.

So as they say, two out of two ain’t bad!

We’d like to thank all the folks at ISHN for putting on the vote, the ASSE for hosting the attendee’s choice voting at their recent Safety 2017 event, and of course all the voters who took part. Especially those voters who felt strongly about our safety training materials. We appreciate the tip of the hat–we work hard on making safety training that makes a difference.

For those of you who don’t know, our MSHA Safety Training includes three different components:

Check out the links above for more detailed course and LMS sample and overview videos, or check the two videos below.

Here’s a short overview of some of our online safety and health training courses:

And here’s a short overview of our Convergence LMS with the MSHA Compliance Package.

Finally, feel free to download the free guide to Online MSHA Safety Training, below.

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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How to Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely

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As you’ve probably heard, there’s a total solar eclipse coming this way soon.

By “this way,” I mean it will be visible in the US from coast to coast. It will first be visible around the Oregon Pacific coast, then it will cross the country until exiting the national stage off the South Carolina Atlantic coast.

And by “soon,” I mean on August 21, 2017. The “totality” of the moon’s shadow will strike around Lincoln City, Oregon at 10:16 am Pacific time and will exit the continent at Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 pm Eastern time. The entire journey of the totality will take about an hour and a half to cross the nation, and the final glimpses of the moon’s shadow will be visible from the eastern seaboard as late as 4:09 pm eastern time.

An eclipse is an amazing thing to see, and most or all Americans will be able to see this eclipse. Even better, some Americans within a band that’s about 70-miles wide along the path of the eclipse will see its totality–a complete eclipse of the sun. Some say that viewing a full eclipse from within the path of the totality is even more amazing–even spiritual or mystical. Just ask this guy.

The video below explains what an eclipse is. Below the video, we’ve got some tips for watching an eclipse safely. Because remember, you should never look directly at the sun without special protection, even during a solar eclipse, and doing so can severely damage your eyes. 

How to Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely Without Harming Your Eyes

We said this earlier, but it bears repeating: NEVER LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN WITHOUT SPECIAL PROTECTION AT ANY TIME–DURING “NORMAL’ CIRCUMSTANCES OR DURING AN ECLIPSE. Why? Because it can harm your eyes and even cause blindness. You wouldn’t poke your eye with a sharp stick, would you? No-because it can hurt your eye. The same goes with trying to look at an eclipse of the sun without special protection. And NO, sunglasses aren’t good enough.

Are we good with that?

If so, here are some more tips:

  1. Spend a few bucks and buy some specially designed, protective solar viewers. This model is made of paper, costs $10-14 for two (because it’s always best to watch a solar eclipse with a friend!), and is ISO certified: Celestron Eclipse Smart Viewers.
  2. Spend even less and buy some solar eclipse viewing glasses. This article in the USA Today lists 5 reputable, safe pairs, and here’s a larger list from the American Astronomical Society.
  3. Make your own pinhole projector out of two pieces of cardboard. Here are instructions from the Jet Propulsion Lab on making a pinhole projector to view a solar eclipse.
  4. Be extra-safe and watch it on TV. Our friends at NASA will be broadcasting the eclipse live.

Here is more information about this from the American Association of Ophthalmology and the American Astronomical Society.

Hope the eclipse is cool, amazing, awesome, and even spiritual or mystical to you–or whatever you want it to be. But most importantly, we hope you watch it safely.

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Distracted Driving: Don’t Do It in Washington Or Anywhere Else!

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Distracted driving, including of course texting or holding a phone to talk while driving, is always a bad idea.

We here at Convergence Training wanted to call out the issue in particular for our customers who come out to visit us at our headquarters in Camas, WA. And that’s because the state of Washington recently passed a tough new distracted driving law that can lead to a hefty $136 penalty if you violate it.

According to the article from the Seattle Times linked above, here’s what’s illegal:

The law forbids handheld uses. Not just phone calls, but composing or reading any kind of message, social media post, photograph or data.

Drivers may not use handheld devices while at a stop sign or red-light signal.

All video watching is illegal, even in a dashboard or dash-mounted device.

But this hazard is a serious problem all over the nation, not just in Washington. For example, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is suggesting a national “no call, no text, no update behind the wheel” ban on this kind of stuff.

Here’s what the NTSB has to say about handheld devices and distracted driving:

New connectivity has enabled new safety technologies. But it has also enabled new forms of distraction, leading to accidents and deaths, even in the most strictly regulated transportation enterprises. Since 2003, the NTSB has found PED distraction as a cause or contributing factor in 11 accident investigations. Those crashes resulted in 259 people injured and 50 people killed. And the NTSB does not investigate the majority of highway crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports hundreds of such deaths on our highways in 2012 alone. According to NHTSA, drivers engaging in visual-manual tasks, such as dialing or texting, triple their risk of a crash.

So put the phone down and pay attention to the road and the cars and people around you. You’ll be happy you did, and we promise–there’s nothing all that important going on in your phone.

Our Alert Driving Online Training course covers the dangers associated with using hand-held devices while driving plus a lot more. For example, check out the video sample below, which covers the 2-second rule for keeping enough space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you.

And hey, if you’re having trouble putting down your phone while driving, you might want to review this article on cell phone addiction.

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