15 Tips for Effective Safety Training

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We’re all in favor of safety training. But even better, we’re in favor of EFFECTIVE safety training.

But what IS effective safety training? What does that mean?

Effective safety training is training employees understand and remember. It’s training they later apply on the job. And ultimately, it’s safety training that will decrease the number of unsafe actions, increase the number of safe actions. It changes behavior on the job. It leads to decreased incident rates for near-misses, injuries, and illnesses. And it even makes a positive contribution to the company’s overall-bottom line.

And that’s what all safety managers want out of safety training, right?

For a few tips of how to make this happen, read on.

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How to Develop an Effective Paper Manufacturing Training Program

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We work closely with customers in the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated industries.

In fact, that’s where we started–partnering with a local paper mill to create a learning management system (LMS) to deliver training online and track its completion.

From that beginning, we quickly began creating e-learning courses for the same industries, covering training for online training for pulp manufacturing, online training for paper manufacturing, online training for tissue manufacturing, occupational health and safet online trainingonline training for manufacturing principles, and even HR & soft skill online training.

Often, our potential customers and customers aren’t training experts, and so they don’t really know how to pull together an effective workforce training program to help their employees develop the job knowledge and skills required to succeed in their jobs and help the company achieve its business goals. And that’s why we’ve created the free guide to paper manufacturing training for you below.

We think you’ll find this Paper Manufacturing Training Guide helpful. In addition, you might also want to check out our Papermaker’s Guide to Online Training, which gives specific information about how to use eLearning courses and a learning management system (LMS) within your total workforce training program.
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Online MSHA Part 46 Training Compliance: The Ultimate Guide

msha-mining-safety-online-compliance-training-imageA lot of people wonder how they might be able to use online  tools and courses for MSHA Part 46 training. Or, they wonder if they CAN use online learning as one part within their Part 46 training. In short, they wonder about online MSHA part 46 training compliance.

Those are questions we’re going to answer in this article. Even better, we’re going to provide a free downloadable guide at the end of this article that you goes into a ton of detail about how you can use online training as part of your MSHA Part 46 solution.

If you’re not familiar with MSHA Part 46, or if you need a refresher, here’s a helpful What is MSHA Part 46? article.

Otherwise, continue on to learn more about online MSHA Part 46 training. And don’t forget about the free guide to online MSHA training at the bottom of this article.

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Free Manufacturing Training Guide: 5 Tips for Better Manufacturing Training

Free Guide to Manufacturing Training Image In today’s economy, effective manufacturing training is a necessity. If you’re not training your workers to do their jobs properly, you’re pouring money down the drain and losing your competitive advantage.

To help you out, we’ve created a free Manufacturing Training Guide you can download. It’s right at the bottom of this article.

We’ve also got the bird’s-eye view of this in a recorded, on-demand webinar for you.

Or, if you want even more detail, check out our extensive article with tips for better manufacturing training programs.

Of course, you may also want to check out our collection of online manufacturing training courses as well as our learning management system (LMS) for manufacturing training administration.
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What Is a Kaizen Event?


A kaizen event is one arrow in the lean manufacturing “quiver.” Or one tool in the lean toolbox–pick your favorite metaphor.

But just what is a kaizen event? This article will spell it out for you: we’ve got the goods in the sections immediately below.

If you’re just getting into lean, you may be happy to know that this is part of a series of articles we’ve written on basic lean topics. Here are some others:

And we’ll be adding more from time to time in the future. Hope you enjoy our look at lean topics. But now, to business–let’s learn about kaizen events.

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How to Perform a Task Analysis for Job Training

Task Analysis ImageIn an earlier post focusing on identifying job roles and job tasks, we mentioned the importance of creating (1) a list of the job roles at your site and (2) a list of the job tasks that people in each of those job roles have to be able to perform in order to hold their job.

In this post, we’re going to start with the assumption that you’ve created that list of tasks, and we’ll show you how to perform a task analysis for each task on the list. The idea is that you’ll “break down” each task into the smaller steps or sub-tasks that a person would have to perform to finish the task.

The point in doing this is that once you’ve identified the steps or sub-tasks that make up a job task, you’ll know exactly what you need to teach employees who will have to perform the task properly on the job. You would then create learning objectives, assessments, and the actual training materials.

This is an “instructional design” basic. To see how the task analysis fits into the general flow of training development, you may want to check out 8 Steps to Great Training article and/or download the guide to writing learning objectives at the bottom of this article.

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Business Goals, KPIs, and Job Training

Business Goals, KPIs, and Training ImageJob training shouldn’t be designed or delivered in a vacuum. And you probably know that.

We’ve written a LOT about how training should be delivered with the learners in mind (the employees, that is). And that’s definitely true and important.

But in this article, we’re going to look at training from a different angle: the connection between training and the business itself–in particular, the goals of a business. And we’ll do that by looking at business goals, key performance indicators (KPIs), and job training.

Sometimes, trainers forgot to consider this and forget to build it into their training, development, delivery, and evaluation process.

So hopefully this will be a good review and reminder.

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Identifying Job Roles & Job Tasks for Training

Job Roles and Job Tasks ImageBecause we got our start in training workers at paper manufacturing facilities, and because that’s still a core part of our customer base (even if we’ve expanded quite a bit beyond that), we’ve been writing some blog posts recently specifically geared toward training at paper manufacturing facilities.

If you’re not a paper manufacturer, it’s OK–what you’ll read below is true for any job training. So don’t let that introduction scare you away.

What we’re going to cover below are a few things to make sure your training is doing what it’s supposed to do–preparing workers to do what they have to do on the job.

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How to Make Safety Training More Fun and Engaging: Tips from Safety Managers

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Recently, we posted a simple question into a number of LinkedIn groups that deal with safety and/or EHS: “What do you do to make your safety training more fun and engaging for your employees?

A large number of safety professionals chimed in, and we’ve collected their replies in this article. It’s interesting to read the replies and to see how many of them work along similar themes.

We’re particularly interested because we’re always looking for ways to help our customers create a fun and engaging safety training experience for their workers that includes our safety training eLearning courses (quick sample video below) as well as other types of training in a blended learning safety training solution.

So, let’s get to it. Here’s how to make safety training more fun and engaging, with stories and tips from real-life safety managers and trainers.

Also, since you’re interested in fun safety training, check out these 11 free online safety training word games (like Wheel of Fortune) and these 10 free online safety training word games.

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Online Courses for the MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Program

Online Courses for MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training Program ImageMany customers come to us wondering if and how they can use online courses for the MSHA Part 46 training programs. In this article, we’re going to address those questions and then take a closer look at how to do it with one of the Part 46 training programs–New Miner.

The same ideas, though, apply to the other training programs, such as Newly Hired Experienced Miner, New Tasks(s), Annual Refresher, and Site-Specific Hazard.

Before we begin, here are a few related articles that may help set the scene in case you’re new to MSHA or Part 46:

If you want to skip the reading and get right to online training, click to buy, view, and complete Online MSHA Part 46 New Miner Training.

Now let’s take a look at a few key questions that are covered in more detail in those articles above.

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5 Steps of Creating Training–Tips from Cognitive Psychology

5 Steps of Creating Training ImageProbably the most famous “steps of training” guidance is the one created by the instructional theorist Robert Gagne. Gagne’s ideas are justly well-regarded and we’ve already written an article about Gagne’s Nine Events of Instruction. So feel free to click that link you just passed up if you’re curious.

But in their 2003 book Writing Training Materials that Work: How to Train Anyone to Do Anything, Wellesley R. Foshay, Kenneth H. Silber, and Michael B. Stelnicki present their own, more updated steps. What makes these steps especially interesting (and I believe useful) is that they’re grounded in the field of cognitive psychology, the study of how people learn, including things like attention, thinking, memory, and problem-solving.

In this article, we’ll give you an overview of the steps, as you’d guess. And we’ll also present some additional ideas from the book. Of course, we encourage you to buy and read the book on your own, too.

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Training Needs Analysis for Paper Manufacturers

training-needs-analysis-for-paper-manufacturers imageBefore you begin any training program, you should first do a training needs analysis.

If you’re new to training, maybe you don’t know what a training needs analysis is. But not to fear, because we’re about to spell it out for you here.

And even better, because a big chunk of our customer base is made up of paper manufacturers, we’ll put it in those terms. If you’re not a paper manufacturer, but you’re still interested in learning about the training needs analysis, you can still learn from this article. Or you can read this more general training needs analysis article.

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