OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Small Business Handbook

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If you’re in charge of safety at a small business, and you feel a bit overwhelmed by all of the OSHA compliance regulations, you’re going to be excited to know about OSHA’s Small Business Handbook. It’s just what you’re looking for.

In this article, we’ll tell you about OSHA’s Small Business Handbook, tell you how it can help you, and most importantly, tell you where to get it.

If you find this article helpful, you may also want to check the other articles in our OSHA Basics series, which includes a number of articles to help with 101-level OSHA information. We’ve included a series of links to the other OSHA Basics articles at the bottom of this article.

For now, though, let’s take a closer look at the Small Business Handbook.

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3 New Series of Courses Added–Multicraft, Process Operations, and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM)

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We typically only publish one “New Courses” blog article a month so that our blog articles primarily focus on delivering helpful articles for you related to manufacturing, safety, training, and similar workplace topics.

But we’ve been very busy this month getting a HUGE number of new course offerings available for you. How did we do it? These new courses–3 series of related courses, really–are one of the many fruits of our new partnership with RedVector.

We knew you’d want to know about all the exciting new offerings, so we provided a quick explanation below. If you’re curious for more information, just click the links we’ve provided to see course listings, video previews, and more for each of the three new series of online training courses.


3 New Series of Courses From Our Partnership With RedVector

Multicraft Courses

Our new Multicraft series includes more than 300 courses on topics related to electrical maintenance, mechanical maintenance, and process operations. The 300 courses are divided into the following categories:

  • Industrial Fundamentals
  • Process Operations
  • Electrical Maintenance
  • Mechanical Maintenance

Click to learn more about our Multicraft courses.

Process Operations Courses

Our new Process Operations training series includes more than 75 interactive training courses to help workers acquire critical knowledge of theory, systems, equipment, instrumentation, conditions, and safety procedures. The 75 courses are divided into the following categories:

  • Plant Operation Basics
  • Operator Responsibilities
  • Process Operation
  • Process Equipment

Click to read more about our Process Operations courses.

Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Courses

Our new Total Productive Maintenance, or TPM, training series includes 27 courses on maintenance and reliability concepts. The series of courses is divided into the following categories:

  • Maintenance & Reliability
  • Workplace Organization
  • Product Quality
  • Principles of Manufacturing

Click to read more about our Total Productive Maintenance course series.

That’s our list for this month. Stay tuned for next month’s list (we’ve got some exciting courses coming!), feel free to check our entire list of workforce training courses, and please do contact us with any questions you may have.

And please download our free guide to effective manufacturing training (immediately below) before you go.

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OSHA Basics: OSHA’s Top Ten Violations/Citations, Year by Year

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If you’re new to Safety, EHS, or OSHA, you might be a fan of our OSHA Basics series of articles, which explains a number of basic OSHA concepts, ideas, programs, regulations, etc. We’ve got a full list of the articles in this series at the bottom of this article.

And, as you may have guessed, THIS is another article in our OSHA Basics series. In this one, we’re going to give you a little bit of historical information about what’s commonly known as “OSHA’s Top Ten,” which is an annual list of the 10 standard violations that OSHA wrote the most citations for in the previous year (a fiscal year, to be exact, not a calendar year).

Before you read on, there are a few things to know or that we should you remind you of. The first is that you should remember that this list changes every year. And the second is that while the list changes every year, most of the items appear on the list year after year after year.

Read on to get a bit of a historic introduction to OSHA’s Top Ten lists from recent years.

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New Courses/Series: September, 2018

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We’ve been busy recently creating some exciting new 3D-animated online training courses for you. In fact, we’ve been very busy, as you’ll see, because this New Courses announcement includes:

  • Some individual new course titles
  • 2 brand new series of related, individual courses
  • The first big offering of new courses resulting from our partnership with Vector Solutions and RedVector

You can buy these new courses in multiple formats, including:

From Our Partnership With RedVector

Multicraft courses for training on operations, mechanical maintenance, and electrical maintenance

2 New Series of Courses

2 New Courses

That’s our list for this month. Stay tuned for next month’s list (we’ve got some exciting courses coming!), feel free to check our entire list of workforce training courses, and please do contact us with any questions you may have.

Download our free white paper below, too, with 10 real stories from 10 real customers who adopted our online training courses and saw real benefits! 

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Come See Us at the Washington State Governor’s Industrial Safety & Health Advisory Board Conference

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Washingtonians, we are excited to announce that we’ll be facilitating two separate presentations and also exhibiting at the upcoming Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference September 26 & 27, 2018 in lovely Spokane, WA (if you haven’t been to Spokane, trust us that it’s lovely at this time of the year).

First, let’s talk about those presentations: Jeff Dalto, the Senior L&D Specialist at Convergence Training, will be presenting or co-presenting on two different topics:

  1. Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions: learn some criteria for evaluating online safety training courses, learning management systems, and providers, as well as pick up key terms, definitions, jargon, and acronyms. To get an idea of what Jeff will be talking about, check out this recorded, on-demand webinar.
  2. How “Safety” Can Contribute to a Learning Organization: Jeff will co-present with Morgan Bliss, an industrial hygienist and Assistant Professor at Central Washington University’s Safety and Health Management Department (see this recent discussion with Morgan about industrial hygiene). Morgan and Jeff will discuss learning organization theory and the importance of being a learning organization in the economy of today and the future, and will give 22-specific tips for Safety professionals to apply this at work. If you want to get the learning juices flowing in advance of the talk, you might find this interview with Arun Pradhan on learning to learn and lifelong learning, this interview with Ron Gantt on Safety Differently, this overview of some of Todd Conklin’s work on Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), or this interview with Pam Walaski about systems thinking, risk management, and safety management systems in safety of interest.

And next, let’s discuss what we’ll be doing in the exhibit area in booth 208. We’ll be showing off our:

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

So, there are plenty of opportunities to meet up and lots to talk about. Try to catch us when you can and we look forward to meeting you and learning together.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

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ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 Update: Instructional Methods and Learning Technologies

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If you’re in the know, you know that ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 is the US national standard for EHS training. If you want to learn more, check out our intro to Z490.1 and consider buying a copy of it, too (be sure to get the recent, 2016 version!).

If you’re even more in the know, you know that ANSI/ASSP Z490.2 is (1) in the works and (2) a similar standard that’s focused on ONLINE EHS training.

And if really in the know, so much that I suspect this is my mom, you know that Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training is on the sub-committee creating Z490.2 and he occasionally provides Z490.2 progress updates here after committee meetings. Hi, Mom!

This is one of those Z490.2 progress updates. Read on to learn more.

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Confined Space Hazards: Hazards that Turn a Confined Space Into a Permit Space (General Industry)

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OSHA’s 1910.144 Confined Space regulation covers confined spaces and permit-required confined spaces in general industry.

Amongst other things, it explains what a confined space is, what a permit-required confined space is, and what an employer must do in order to allow entry into a confined space.

One of the key issues in understanding all of this is knowing what hazards must be present in order to turn a confined space into a permit-required confined space (alternately known simply as a permit space).

We’ll explain just what those hazards are and point you toward additional helpful information about confined spaces and OSHA regulations regarding confined spaces in this article.

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Come See Us at the Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference

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If you’re an Oregonian and a Safety professional, we want to let you know that we’ll soon be exhibiting and presenting at the upcoming Central Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Conference in Bend, Oregon (September 18 & 19, 2018 at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes).

First, the presentation: Convergence Training’s Jeff Dalto will be giving a three-hour workshop on Effective Safety Training, during which he’ll introduce the ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard on EHS Training, lead active discussions and hands-on exercises on four tips from Z4901. (learning objectives, blended learning, credible information and instructional design, and evaluating and continually improving training) as well as introduce some specific evidence-based training tips.

Note: This on-demand webinar covers some of the materials Jeff will talk about in his presentation.

Next, the exhibiting: When Jeff’s not exhibiting, he’ll be staffing the booth and demonstrating some of Convergence Training’s safety and safety training solutions. We’ll be showing off our:

Here’s a short example of the type of online safety training we’ll be demonstrating:

Come on by and say hi and ask us any questions you’ve got on your mind–we’d be happy to meet you and try to help.

Before you go, feel free to download our free ONLINE SAFETY TRAINING BUYER’S GUIDE CHECKLIST, too.

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Come See Us at the NSC’s Maine Safety and Health Conference, Sept 18-20, 2018

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If you’re planning on attending the 91st Annual National Safety Council Maine Safety and Health Conference at the August Civic Center in Augusta, Maine September 18-20, 2018, we’d love to see you!

Valerie Cantrell of Convergence Training | RedVector will be there waiting to meet you and to demonstrate our award-winning safety training materials, including our online safety training courses, our learning management system (LMS) for safety training administration, our new incident management system (IMS) for workplace incidents, and more.

Shoot us off a question or leave a comment below if  you’ve got special questions for us or if you’d like to set up a special meeting in advance. Otherwise, we’ll see you in Augusta!

And before you go, please feel free to download our free online safety training buyer’s guide below.

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Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist

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5 Easy Steps to Begin Implementing a Risk-Based Approach to Occupational Safety: An Interview with Pam Walaski

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In an earlier interview, Pam Walaski gave us an introduction to Systems Thinking, Risk Management, and Safety Management Systems. If you haven’t seen that one, we recommend you check it out either before or after reading this article.

And in this article, we’re excited because Pam has agreed to come back and continue the conversation, giving us 5 easy tips to follow to begin making the change from a compliance-based OSH strategy to a risk-based OSH strategy.

This should be a very helpful article for occupational safety and health managers and professionals who are looking to take those first steps toward a systems that’s less focus on purely compliance and more focused on risk and risk management.

We’ve got an audio recording of the discussion immediately below. If you’d prefer to read instead of listen, just click the MORE button to see the transcript. Also, feel free to download the free guide to risk-based approaches to occupational safety and health management at the bottom of this article.

 

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OSHA Basics: OSHA Variances

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For those who don’t know, we’re going to explain what getting a “Variance” from OSHA means, what kind of variances OSHA grants, and how to apply for them in this article.

This look at OSHA’s variance program is yet another in our OSHA Basics series of articles, which explains 100-level OSHA topics that may have slipped through the cracks when you were learning about something else related to occupational health and safety. For a full list of the articles in our OSHA Basics series, just scroll down to the bottom.

And all that said, continue reading to look about variances from OSHA.

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4 Characteristics of a Permit-Required Confined Space (General Industry)

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The first step of working safety in and around confined spaces, and of keeping on the right side of OSHA confined space regulations, is to know what a confined space is. We explained that in our 3 Characteristics of a Confined Space article.

Once you’ve identified your confined spaces, the next step is to figure out which ones are permit-required confined spaces. OSHA’s general industry 1910.146 regulation specifies four requirements that make a confined space a permit-required confined space.

Read below to learn what those four requirements are and how to apply this at work as part of your permit-required confined space program.

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