MSHA Guidance Explains that OSHA’s New HazCom 2012/GHS Standard Meets Requirements of MSHA’s HazCom Standard

In case you missed it, MSHA recently issued a guidance stating that “mine operators compliant with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) are also in compliance with MSHA’s Hazard Communication (HazCom) standards.”

Want to see it for yourself? You can read the MSHA HazCom Guidance here.

But MSHA’s gone one step further, providing several additional helpful documents. If you’re still reading and aren’t “HazCommed” out, check out this MSHA/OSHA HazCom PowerPoint created by MSHA and this press release on the same topic.

 

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Book Review: Design for How People Learn by Julie Dirksen

If you’ve poked around in the field of instructional design and/or learning and development for even a short while, the chances are pretty good that you’ve heard of Julie Dirksen’s book Design for How People Learn. And, the chances that you’ve heard nice things about Dirksen’s book are equally good. Design for How People Learn is very well regarded and seems to be becoming a bit of a modern classic in the field. I was a little behind the times in reading it, but I’m happy to say I’ve now finished it and am ready to join the people saying nice things about it.

First, a little about Julie Dirksen. She’s an instructional designer with a really nice blog called Usable Learning (www.usablelearning.com). The blog has lots of helpful information, and Dirksen frequently responds to reader comments there. She’s been kind enough to respond to mine in the past, for example.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that makes many libraries of off-the-shelf e-learning courses, several different learning management systems (LMSs) for companies of different sizes, industries, and training needs, and more. Contact us to learn more and set up a demo.

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When a Job Aid Is Better than Job Training

Have you ever read an article that discusses job aids, workforce training, mobile training, parenting, and pumping gas into a car? If not, grab a seat, because you’re about to.

Companies sometimes create training that their employees don’t need, that won’t fix the problem, or that isn’t worth the cost. For example, you can spend a lot of time and money trying to train me to memorize 50 codes—which your employees probably won’t successfully memorize despite your best efforts—or you can create a document that lists all the codes, put it where they need it at work, and give them a very short training session about how to use that list.

That document with the codes on it is an example of a job aid. Have you got a Post-It note by your computer telling you how to do something? That’s a job aid too. Sometimes, a job aid is all a person needs. And they can be much more effective than training.

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New Papermaking Courses Available: Black Liquor Evaporators-Principles; Box Plant Basics-Corrugators; and Carrier Ropes-Safety

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department in July. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Black Liquor Evaporators – Principles

Learn the basic function and objectives of black liquor evaporators installed at kraft pulp mills. This course introduces steam theory, including the relationship between steam pressure and temperature, flashing, and boiling point rise. Examine the impact of steam theory on evaporator size and the number of effects in a multiple effect evaporator set.

Learn more about our Black Liquor Evaporators – Principles Course

Box Plant Basics – The Corrugator

A corrugator is a large machine, made of a series of smaller machines, that combines two different kinds of paper to create cut sheets of corrugated fiberboard. The corrugator takes large rolls of paper produced on paper machines, flutes the medium and glues it to the liners, one at a time, and delivers stacked, cut, and scored sheets of corrugated board.

Learn more about our Corrugators Course

Carrier Ropes – Safety

This module details the principle dangers and hazards associated with paper machine carrier rope systems. Specifically, it discusses the importance of safe behaviors related to housekeeping, nip points, unguarded rope runs, rope breakage, and crossing rope runs. It also stresses the importance of maintaining the proper amount of respect for the ropes.

Learn more about our Carrier Rope Safety Course

Take a second to download our free guide to online training for people in the pulp, paper, tissue, and/corrugated industries since you’re here.

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Free Combustible Dust Training Module

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OSHA says they’re creating a new combustible dusts standard soon. You can read more details about that in our earlier blog post on the upcoming combustible dust standard.

So we thought we’d create a free and interactive combustible dusts training module for you. It includes images from our own 3D-animated Combustible Dusts training module, the Chemical Safety Board’s “Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar” video, and some interactive wizardry we’ve programmed specially for this occasion.

And don’t forget that we’ve got a full-length, 3D-animated combustible dust training course in our health and safety training library. Need more information from Convergence Training about combustible dusts training or any other training need? Drop us a line.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a strong EHS offering. We make several learning management systems (LMSs), a library of off-the-shelf EHS e-learning courses, custom training courses, and more. 

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OJT and the Training Needs Analysis

Before you begin any OJT program, you should perform a training needs analysis. Actually, that’s true no matter what kind of training you’re considering. But what is a training needs analysis, and why should you do one? Glad you asked, because that’s what we’re about to explain.

Before we begin, let’s cover some basics. First, you’ll sometimes hear this called a training needs analysis, and other times you’ll hear this called a training needs assessment. They’re basically the same thing, or at least have similar steps intended to lead to the same result.

Second, know that this “analysis” or “assessment” comes before you begin creating training materials (perhaps by using the traditional ADDIE instructional design model or a similar method for creating training materials).

And finally, note that there are entire books written about performing a training needs analysis. We’ve given only a quick-and-dirty, brief overview below. This should get you headed in the right direction and in many cases may be all you need. But watch our blog for further posts with more details, and check the links at the bottom of this post for even more helpful information.

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New Spanish-Language Safety Training Courses Available (Nuevos Cursos Adicionales en Nuestra Libreria de Entrenamiento de Seguridad y Salud en Español)

Need help providing safety training to a Spanish-speaking workforce? If so, we’ve got just what you need. We’ve been creating Spanish-language versions of our popular, 3D-animated safety training courses, and we’ve got a new collection of courses that are available now.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Crane and Hoist Rigging Safety

This training module gives an overview of the primary rigging issues that affect crane and hoist safety. Workers will learn about the materials used for rigging and slings, the various sling hitches used, and basic safety precautions. It is based on OSHA General Industry and Construction regulations, as well as recognized best rigging practices.

Hazard Communication

Covers the 1994 version of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard, which is designed to inform workers of the hazards of the chemicals they work with and associated protective measures. The HazCom 1994 Standard is in the process of being phased out by OSHA in favor of the HazCom 2012 standard, with transition periods that end in 2015 and 2016.

Hydraulic Fluid Safety

From bottle jacks to forklifts and shop equipment, this course provides important information on the principles of hydraulics and the hazards that hydraulic systems can present. Based on OSHA documents and industry experience, this course is designed to help workers understand how to recognize common hydraulic hazards and avoid serious injuries.

Machine Guarding

This course covers the importance of protecting workers from industrial hazards with proper machine guarding. This course is aligned with OSHA General Industry standards and industry best practices. It is meant to be used as an introductory or refresher course for general industry workers who will be operating or working near industrial machinery.

Electrical Safety General Awareness

Spark discussion with your team on effective ways to recognize, evaluate, and avoid electrical hazards. Topics covered include personal protective equipment related to electrical safety, OSHA requirements for working on equipment, and electrical injuries such as shocks, burns, electrocutions, and falls.

Hand and Power Tools

The power to recognize and avoid injury is right at your fingertips. This module includes information on hand tools and power tools, including electrical, pneumatic, hydraulic, liquid fuel, and powder-actuated power tools. Topics covered include general tool safety, maintenance, guards, best practices, and operating guidelines.

Ladder Safety

With this course, you get the step-by-step basics of ladder safety. Topics discussed on this computer-based training module include information on the types of ladders you may find in your workplace as well as ladder construction, ladder selection, height requirements, weight capacity, hazardous conditions, inspections, ladder setup, use, storage, and maintenance.

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New Safety and Operations Courses Created in June: Wire Rope Safety and Operations; Ergonomics for Industrial Environments

Here’s another update on the new training courses created by our busy Production department in June. These courses are additions to our Safety/EHS library and our Operations and Maintenance library.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Wire Rope Safety and Operation

Wire ropes are used on machines that lift and move heavy loads. Because of the potentially high loading on wire ropes, they can be one of the most dangerous pieces of equipment at a worksite. In this course, you will learn which personal protective equipment to wear while using wire ropes, safety guidelines for working with wire ropes, and how to recognize potential wire rope hazards. Because of the potential for accidents, knowing how to properly use and safely work around wire ropes is crucial to your safety and the safety of your co-workers.

Ergonomics for Industrial Environments

Understand how to recognize and reduce the stress on your body from your daily work environment. This computer-based training module discusses musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) and prevention techniques, including engineering and administrative controls. Motion-based, physical, environmental, and psychological risk factors are also covered.

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New Courses Added to our Papermaking Training Library: Lime Kiln Fundamentals, Wet End Chemistry, Black Liquor Evaporators, Box Plant Equipment Basics, Corrugating Adhesives, and Box Plant Raw Materials

Here’s another update on the new training courses created by our busy Production department in June. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

Lime Kiln Fundamentals

This course covers the purpose of the lime kiln and the role of lime (CaO) in the chemical recovery process at a kraft pulp mill. Then it describes the components and sections of a rotary lime kiln, and the chemical reaction that takes place inside the kiln. Finally, it lists some common problems experienced in lime kilns.

Black Liquor Evaporators—Introduction

The Black Liquor Evaporators – Introduction course begins with an overview of the kraft chemical pulping process and the role evaporators play in the chemical recovery process. It then details the flows of steam, vapor, and black liquor in a typical multiple effect evaporator setup, and concludes with a discussion on “steam economy.”

Wet End Chemistry Basics

This course discusses the fundamentals of colloidal chemistry for paper machine stock and water systems. It describes the surface charge interactions that take place and the role of pH. It also discusses how some commonly used chemicals affect wet end chemistry, machine operations, and characteristics of the sheet produced on the paper machine.

Box Plant Basics—Box Plant Equipment Basics

This course introduces some common box plant equipment and processes, and discusses equipment layout, material flows, and storage considerations in box plants.

Box Plant Basics—Raw Materials

This course describes wood fiber sources, chemical pulping and papermaking processes, and various glues, inks, and coatings used in the production of corrugated board and corrugated boxes.

Box Plant Basics—Corrugating Adhesives

This module begins with the history of corrugating adhesives, and then it describes the purpose or function of the ingredients in modern, starch-based corrugating adhesives, including cooked and uncooked starch, caustic, borax, and water. It details the importance of adhesive viscosity.

Take a second to download our free guide to online training for people in the pulp, paper, tissue, and/corrugated industries since you’re here.

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Sharknado Safety Training

Here’s another important post from Convergence Training, the people who brought you Zombie Safety Training,  Safety Training for the Mayan Apocalypse, and more humor-based safety training articles for a fun break from the average work day.

If, after reading this important information, you decide you need help from Convergence Training with this or any other safety training need at your workplace, download the free guide or click the links provided below the “MORE” button.

Or, if you’re just in the mood for some more safety laughs, check out any of the following articles:

 

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Improving Employee Productivity With More Informed Management: Dan Ariely’s “The Upside of Irrationality”

Dan Ariely has one PhD in cognitive psychology and another in business administration. He’s the James. B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University. He’s also got appointments at the Fuqua School for Business, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Department of Economics, and the School of Medicine. In short, if you’re interested in improving the performance at your work place, he’s a good guy to listen to.

And that’s why we’re interested in Ariely and other writers like him. We’re a training company, but we’re the first to admit that training isn’t the solution for every issue at the workforce, and that you can get workers to improve their performance in ways other than providing training. Ariely’s insights into how people think and how those thoughts affect their choices and behaviors can be applied directly to workforce performance improvement.

If that sounds intriguing to you, we’ve got a little summary for you below, and then we encourage you to buy the book.

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Free MSHA/Surface Miner Training Manager’s Course & Self-Quiz

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We originally created this self-quiz for safety managers at surface mines for MSHA’s 35th birthday.

That happened a while ago, but you can still use this self-quiz to help review the training requirements of MSHA’s Part 46 for surface mines.

Even better, you can “play” and complete this quiz right here from our blog, or  you can download a free copy for yourself. Be sure to read the fuller explanation below if you choose to download a copy.

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