Employee Silica Exposure Monitoring Checklist


As you probably know, OSHA’s got a new rule on respirable crystalline silica that goes into effect September 23, 2017, with different compliance requirement dates based on industry (read more about that here).

With that, safety issues related to silica have been on lots of people’s minds. And rightly so, as the health risks are real. According to OSHA, the rule can save about 700 lives and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis every year. If you missed it, we’ve already published a blog post full of resources about respirable crystalline silica.

In addition, Convergence Training is offering an Employee Silica Exposure Monitoring Checklist to help you monitor your employees’ silica exposure. You can download it below. The checklist is drawn from a Silica eTool from OSHA.

This is the first of several silica-related posts and free resources we have planned for you, so keep checking back here at the blog for more.

Also we’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here.

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OSHA Proposes New Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule: Here Are Some Helpful Resources

OSHA recently announced a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to crystalline silica. You may have already heard about this-it was even mentioned in the New York Times recently. But we figured we’d run through all the information you need to know right here in this one post.

First, Does the Convergence Training Blog Have Any Free Silica-Related Training Materials?

Yeah, here’s an employee silica exposure checklist for you–in four different formats, no less.

Is This a Rule or Just a Proposed Rule?

It’s just a proposed rule. That means it’s a suggestion that OSHA has put forth. There’s a lengthy process to complete before this becomes a rule, if it ever does. And that includes periods for public comments and public hearings.

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New Papermaking Courses: Continuous Cooking Introduction and Wet End Chemistry – Functional Papermaking Additives

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department in August. 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.

Continuous Cooking Introduction

In a continuous digester, wood chips are surrounded by alkaline liquor and “cooked” at high temperature for a couple of hours. This cooking process digests, or breaks down, the lignin, or glue, which holds the cellulose fibers together. This course provides an overview of a continuous digester cooking system.

Learn more about our Continuous Cooking Introduction Course.

Wet End Chemistry – Functional Papermaking Additives

Functional additives are added to papermaking furnishes to affect properties of the sheet. This module describes some of the more common chemicals that are used as functional additives, including dry strength additives, wet strength additives, mineral fillers, internal sizing agents, dyes, and pigments.

Learn more about our Wet End Chemistry – Functional Papermaking Additives Course.

Need to know more? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to hear from you.

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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What Is a Learning Management System (LMS)?

Many people in learning and development are quite familiar with learning management systems (LMSs). Maybe you use one now, or maybe you’ve used one for years.

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who aren’t familiar with an LMS, haven’t used one, or don’t know what an LMS is. Maybe you’re new to training. Maybe your role in training has never involved using an LMS. Or maybe your company still hasn’t adopted an LMS, and you’re still administering your training through an excruciating series of databases, network folders, SharePoint, Excel spreadsheets, and paper-based training records in manila envelopes stored in metal filing cabinets in various rooms though out the office. 🙁

If the paragraph above describes your situation, here’s a 100-level primer explaining what an LMS is. We’ve also included some additional links to other LMS-related articles. Hope this helps get you up to speed quickly.

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Meet Us at National Safety Council Congress in Chicago, September 30-October 2: Win Free Contractor Orientation and/or Kindle Fire HD

We’ll be at the National Safety Council’s 2013 Congress in Chicago, IL, this September 30-October 2. Come by and meet us at Booth 1502.

While you’re there, you can see in-person demos of our learning management systems (LMSs) and our animated, narrated, SCORM-compliant safety training modules.

If that’s not enough, we’ve also got some good swag for you. How about a free, animated and narrated contractor orientation module that includes your own site-specific policies and procedures? We’re giving one away, and even better, it comes with our Contractor LMS free for one year. Or how about something a little more tangible–like a Kindle Fire HD tablet. Yep, we’ve giving one of those away too.

Lookin’ forward to seeing you there!

Need some help keeping up with the NSC Congress news? Here’s a link to the NSC 2013 Congress website and here’s a link with their various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).

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Free Hot Work Training Module

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Until recently, we offered a free Hot Work training course on this blog.
However, we now offer a new product line that allows you to view our full Production-level online safety and health training courses in several different formats, including pay-per-view at a very inexpensive price.
Check out our online Hot Work Training Safety course and our Hot Work Permit course.

And since you’re here, feel free to download our free guide to effective EHS Training, as well.

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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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The Papermaker’s Guide to Online Training

Looking for a way to improve your employee training and make it more efficient? Then check out our free guide on implementing online training at work.

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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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