Mandatory Safety Training and a Bit of Humor

In this article, we’ll take a look at safety training and humor. And we’ll do it by talking about flying to Hawaii. Not bad, huh?

In an earlier part of my life, I flew to Hawaii a lot.

I had a friend who was the Artistic Director for the Honolulu Theater for Youth in Honolulu, and because he had to travel to stage plays, I often was “saddled” with dog- and house-sitting responsibilities. Rough life, huh? Living in Hawaii was great, and I even got to surf the famous Pipeline surf break on the legendary North Shore. Never got to surf Waimea Bay on a big day, though.

On one flight from Oahu to San Francisco, several hours after the plane took off, the captain announced that there was a mechanical problem and we were returning to Honolulu. When I heard that, I was a little alarmed, and so I did four things:

  • First, I looked at the map to figure out how far from land we were. We were basically in the middle of the ocean.
  • Next, I grabbed the safety information card in my seat pocket and read it: where are the emergency exits, how do the doors open, and just exactly how does that seat cushion double as a flotation device?
  • Then, I tucked my little bag of peanuts into my shirt pocket. I figured if the plane crashed, I’d eat them on the way down before we went into the drink, giving me a little energy to use while I was wading thousands of miles from land.
  • And finally, I took a nap, on the assumption that if I was going to be paddling in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for hours, I might as well rest up first.

My point is that before I pulled the safety information card out, I didn’t know the critical safety information I would need if the plane went down. Why’s that? Because I didn’t listen to the safety information talk or watch the safety video before the flight took off. I blew it off, maybe reading a book or staring vacantly out the window. Odds are you’ve done it too; we all have. Right?

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Nuevos Cursos de Entrenamiento Estan Disponibles (New Training Courses Available–in Spanish)

We’re excited to announce the completion of the first titles in our new Spanish-language training library.

The nine new courses cover standard safety topics required in many industrial, manufacturing, and construction workplaces (and required by OSHA and other regulatory agencies).

All courses are 3D animated and include spoken audio narration and a test to confirm your workers have understood the material (in Spanish, of course).

Check out the new titles and view samples below, and keep checking back as we release more titles.

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

Contact us about obtaining computer-based versions of these courses. Or, purchase DVD copies from BuyBetterTraining.com

Overhead Crane Basics

Description: This course covers the basic components and functions of floor-operated overhead cranes used in industrial facilities. It also covers the inspections of cranes and rigging components that many facilities require to be performed before a crane can be operated.

Overhead Crane Operational Safety

Description: This course covers the dangers associated with lifting and moving a load with an overhead crane, as well as safe procedures that will avoid those dangers. Based on relevant standards for overhead crane safety from OSHA, ANSI, and ASME, as well as recognized general industry best practices. Using clear, concise 2D and 3D diagrams and animations.

Hot Work Safety

Description: Based on FPA 51B and 29 CFR Subpart Q regarding welding, cutting, brazing, and other hot work, this course is intended to help workers recognize the potential hazards of hot work and avoid injuries and property damage by properly planning, preparing for, and performing hot work.

Confined Space Awareness

Description: Don’t get stuck in a tight spot. This computer-based training module provides information on confined space identification, hazardous atmospheres, physical hazards, entrance and exit hazards, hazard prevention and permits. Other topics discussed include, atmospheric testing, energy isolation, engulfment, moving or rotating equipment, and rescue procedures.

Pedestrian Safety

Description: Don’t set foot on the plant floor or walk into the warehouse without this basic training on safely walking in an active work zone. Learn about blind spots, the importance of establishing eye contact, and staying within designated walkways. This computer-based training module covers pedestrian safety guidelines, mobile equipment guidelines, and forklift driver guidelines.

Personal Protective Equipment

Description: Properly using personal protective equipment (PPE) can seem inconvenient at times, but is better than many unfortunate alternatives that can occur. This computer-based training module will educate you and your team on head protection, eye and face protection, hand protection, foot protection, respiratory protection, and hearing protection.

Forklift Safety

Description: This forklift training video provides knowledge of basic operating procedures that protect against most forklift accidents. This course includes important information required by OSHA as well as recognized best practices on powered industrial truck operation. This course can be used as an introduction to forklift safety or as a refresher on forklift basics.

Lockout/Tagout

Description: Protect yourself and your team from unintentional exposure to all types of hidden energy. This computer-based training module describes hazardous energy types, as well as, energy control procedures, including preparation, shutdown, isolation, lockout, stored energy check, verification, and release of lockout.

Fall Prevention and Protection

Description: Working at elevated heights presents a serious danger of falling. Falls can be caused by inattentiveness, slippery surfaces, working in awkward or out-of-balance positions, or insufficient training. This course highlights numerous methods of prevention and protection, including fall arrest systems, which can help keep workers safe from fall-related injuries.

Contact us about obtaining computer-based versions of these courses. Or, purchase DVD copies from BuyBetterTraining.com

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OSHA Publishes New ‘Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms’ Brief

OSHA’s been busy releasing new documents about Hazard Communication 2012, the newly revised Hazard Communication Standard that has been “aligned” with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

In a previous post, we discussed a recently published Fact Sheet that focuses on an employer’s requirements to train workers about certain elements of the new regulation before December 1, 2013. In this post, we’ll discuss highlights of the new OSHA Brief titled Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms.

Our analysis? There’s one significant change that everyone should know about and then some interesting stuff that we’ve called out. We’ll address them in order. First, the change, which we’ll cover in detail. And second, we’ll point out some of the interesting stuff (which you may already know about) and let you know where to find it in the Brief if you want to read more.

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New Courses Added to Our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box Training Libraries

Here’s a quick announcement to let you know about two new courses we just added to our ever-growing libraries of 3-D animated, SCORM-compliant training courses for the pulp, paper, tissue, and box industries.

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

Forming Fabric Design

Course Description: Forming fabrics allow water to quickly drain from papermaking stock while retaining the fibers and furnishing components that create the paper sheet. The design of the forming fabric influences these processes. This module discusses how different design characteristics affect the final quality of the sheet.

Recaustisizing Basics

Course Description: This course provides an overview of the kraft pulping process and the recausticizing system and explains how they work together. You’ll learn the major equipment used within the recaust system, the steps or processes involved, and the liquid and solid flows into and out of the system. In addition, the course details the important chemical reactions that take place during recaust– slaking, causticizing, and calcining.

And, because the libraries we’re creating for our pulp, paper, tissue, and box customers also include supplementary titles that are relevant to these industries, we’re also announcing the new completion of a related safety module.

Safety Showers and Eye Washes

Course Description: When spills or exposures happen, you can use safety showers and eye washes to rinse hazardous materials off and reduce the potential or severity of an injury. This course will describe types of safety showers and eye washes, explain how to operate them and how to help an accident victim use one, and provide best practices for maintaining and testing them.

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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New Courses Available: Table Saws and Safety Showers

Here’s a quick announcement to let you know about three new courses we just added to our ever-growing libraries of 3-D animated industrial and manufacturing training courses. You can read descriptions and view samples of the new courses below, or you can see all the titles and view samples of the courses in our e-learning libraries here.

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

Table Saw Basics

Course Description: This course explains the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw and provides safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw. It includes explanations of how to adjust the blade height and blade tilt, how to square the blade, and how to set the cut width.

Table Saw Operations

Course Description: This course explains the location and function of the major components of a typical table saw, provides safety guidelines to follow while working on and around a table saw, explains different cut types that can be performed with a table saw, and demonstrates the techniques used make those cuts. Understanding how table saws operate will allow you to use them properly and effectively, and will help you prevent injuries.

Safety Showers and Eye Washes

Course Description: When accidents happen, safety showers and eye washes can be used to rinse the targeted area and reduce the severity of an injury. This course describes different types of safety showers and eye washes, explains how to operate them, demonstrates how to help an accident victim use a safety shower or eye wash, and provides best practices for maintaining and testing them.

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OSHA Publishes New HazCom 2012/GHS Alignment Training Requirements Fact Sheet

As you probably know, OSHA is revising its old Hazard Communication 1994 Standard and has created a new Hazard Communication 2012 Standard. The new HazCom 2012 Standard is “aligned” with the Globally Harmonized System, also known as GHS.

You may also know that employers have an obligation to train their employees about certain aspects of the new GHS-aligned HazCom 2012 Standard before December 1, 2013 (this year). This deadline is mentioned on OSHA’s website on a page titled Effective Dates. And it has also been the subject of one of our earlier blog posts explaining What to Know and Do for HazCom 2012/GHS During 2013.

But, you’d be forgiven if you didn’t know that OSHA recently published a Fact Sheet titled December 1st, 2013 Training Requirements for the Revised Hazard Communication Standard. That’s because it’s brand new. We just recently learned of it ourselves.

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Electrical General Requirements Word Game (1910.303)

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As a kid, one of my favorite villains on the Amazing Spiderman was Electro, a walking, talking electrical hazard. Creating Electro as an arch-villain seems appropriate, because electricity can present many hazards at home and at work. And apparently, some people are either not aware of these hazards or are not taking them seriously enough, because the Electrical, General Requirements standard often appears on OSHA’s list of most commonly cited violations.

In this post, we’ve got a fun word game that lets you test your knowledge of electrical terms related to 1910.303 (the words and definitions themselves come from 1910.399, where all definitions for the subpart are listed). Hope you enjoy this one!

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Six Tips for Better On-the-Job Training (OJT)

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On-the-job training programs, also known as OJT, have a long history in manufacturing. And many times, they’re quite effective. However, if they’re not well-designed, the results can be less impressive.

What’s the story at your workplace? Are you struggling to get better results from your on-the-job training (OJT) programs?

If so, here are some quick tips to keep in mind. Use the Comments section below to add your own or ask some questions, too.

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Lockout Tagout Word Game (Control of Hazardous Energy 1910.147)

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What do you do when there’s a hazard?

As any horror movie aficionado will tell you, you lock the hazard out (although discriminating horror-movie watchers may remember that strategy didn’t work so well in The Shining).

But I digress. When it comes to hazardous energy, you definitely want to lock it out and tag it out before working on a machine or equipment. As we all know from OSHA’s Control of Hazardous Energy-Lockout/Tagout regulation (1910.147).

In this article, we’ve got a fun lockout/tagout word game to help you remember all that. You can play it online from this blog post as often as you want. We’ve even set up an option so you can download a free copy for yourself.

Good luck with the game. Or, as the French would say, bon chance!

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Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Corrugated Board Training Libraries in Development: Many Courses Available Now

Convergence Training is creating a series of ready-made, off-the-shelf training materials for the pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated board industries.

When complete, the series will include 180 titles specifically focused on pulp, paper, tissue, and/or corrugated board production. In addition, another 30 courses will address related cultural issues (such as 5S Methodology), general skills (such as Process and Instrumentation Diagrams), hazardous materials (such as Hydrogen Sulfide Awareness), environmental issues (such as Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasures), and workforce training and mentoring (such as Adult Learning).

Paper Machine Winding Basics

Paper and Tissue Training Library

All courses include audio narration synced with animated visuals, practice questions, and tests to ensure comprehension. The visuals incorporate still graphics; onscreen texts; labels and pointers; highlights; and the 3D animation style that is Convergence’s hallmark and that has already been put to great use in many workplaces throughout the industry.

Recausticizing Basics

Pulp Training Library

The courses are the result of Convergence’s 15 years of experience creating highly effective training materials for leaders in the pulp, paper, tissue, and box industries. They were constructed with input from industry leaders and industry organizations, and were built by Convergence’s staff of paper engineering subject matter experts, instructional designers, graphic designers, writers, and editors.

Corrugated Box Basics

Box Plant Training Library

Even better, the courses can be paired with one of Convergence Training’s powerful and flexible learning management systems (LMS) that are specially designed for, and include tools that are helpful in, training industrial and manufacturing work forces. You can use a Convergence LMS to assign these courses (and other materials) to your workers, to ensure and keep record of their completion, to create training materials of your own, to manage instructor-led training, and to incorporate task-based training or performance evaluation in which a worker is required to demonstrate his or her job-related skills to a supervisor. There’s even a mobile device that lets you take the powers of the LMS—and the training—into the field (yes, even if there’s no wireless!).

Back Injury Prevention

Health and Safety Training Library

For more information, see the Convergence Training website, where you can find information about our training materials, our pulp/paper/tissue/box courses, and our learning management systems. Or just click to contact Convergence Training directly.

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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Four Ways to Prepare for Heat Stress at Work (Before it’s Too Late)

In some parts of the country, the mercury is already skyrocketing up the thermometer. A quick look at today’s weather map shows about half the country with temps in the 80s or 90s.

It’s important to be aware of hot weather because workers can suffer serious problems and even die when working in high temperatures. So what can you do as an employer or supervisor to protect your workers? Well, one thing you can do is be aware of the hazard and know how to lessen the risk.

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Free Electrical-Wiring Methods Word Game (1910.305)

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It was the Star Trek character Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy who once said “Damn it, Jim, I’m a doctor, not an electrician!”

Actually, I don’t think he ever said that. But YOU might say something like that after trying your hand at this Convergence Word Game based on OSHA’s Electrical-Wiring Methods (1910.305) regulation.

We’ve got it set up for you so you can play the game right here from our blog as many times as you wish, or you can download a free copy and import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS and play it from the LMS. It’s all right below the red MORE button. 🙂

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