Electrical General Requirements Word Game (1910.303)


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)


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).

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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)


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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Convergence Training to Produce Toolbox Talk Video Series for Caterpillar

We’re excited to announce the availability of a new series of safety-focused “Toolbox Talk” videos, produced with the support of Caterpillar Inc. through Caterpillar Safety Services and Caterpillar University.

The new videos are derived from Caterpillar’s extensive library of Toolbox Talk discussion guides. They are designed to supplement the popular text-based documents.

Developed using Convergence Training’s signature combination of high-quality 3D graphics and animation, the courses deliver the greatest possible training experience in the limited time afforded by the Toolbox Talk format.

“Toolbox Talks are intended to be short,” says Randy Kohltfarber, General Manager of Convergence Training. “If you want to deliver effective training in a short amount of time, it has to be engaging, and it has to be easily recalled when people are actually out there on the job. High-quality audio-visual training content like ours is proven to be more effective at delivering a memorable training experience than your standard lecture or PowerPoint presentation, and I think that’s what makes us a great fit for this project.”

Keeping in spirit with the Toolbox Talk concept, Convergence Training developed each of the Caterpillar Toolbox Talk videos to be from 3-15 minutes long and to focus discussion around a single safety topic. The first seven videos are aligned with Caterpillar’s most popular Toolbox Talk guides:

  • Back Protection
  • Building a Safety Culture
  • Common Safety Mistakes
  • Cost of an Accident
  • Fatigue Avoidance
  • Operator Visibility Around Heavy Equipment
  • Safe Use of Cell Phones

Computer-based versions of the Toolbox Talk courses can be accessed through the Convergence LMS training management platform or at Caterpillar University. The Toolbox Talk DVDs are available for sale online at BuyBetterTraining.com and ShopCatSafety.com.

Convergence Training is a leading producer of occupational health and safety training videos, training management software, and regulatory compliance tools for general industry, manufacturing, pulp and paper, and mining.

For more information on Convergence Training’s safety training videos, compliance software, and online training services, please visit ConvergenceTraining.com or call 360-619-5010 x229.

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What’s Your Training ROI?

whats-your-training-roiIf you Google “LMS and ROI,” you’ll get lots of hits. About 1,100,000 in my case this morning. And there’s a good reason for that: people want to know if the investment in a learning management system (LMS)–and in training programs in general–is worth the cost. And they often have to justify the cost of an LMS to their bosses before they can buy one.

But let’s take a step back. Instead of trying to set a specific dollar figure on the value of an LMS, let’s consider some ways an LMS and training programs delivered through the LMS can affect your bottom line by increasing production and efficiency and/or by cutting waste and costs. All of these examples are drawn directly from discussions with new customers after they purchased an LMS from Convergence Training.


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Make Better Training Materials With Instructional Design Checklists

Like you, the folks at Convergence Training are always trying to learn more and be better at our jobs. We take courses, go to conferences, read books, and prowl the web.

Yadda yadda yadda.

During a recent web prowl, I came across a fascinating and helpful discussion in LinkedIn’s “Instructional Design & E-Learning Professionals’” group (note: that link will probably only work if you’re a LinkedIn member and a member of that group).

Linda (Berberich) Ross, a Senior Principal Learning Architect at Oracle Corporation (and a former coworker of yours truly, by coincidence), began the thread, which was titled “Instructional Design Review Checklist.”

It was a great discussion and many people provided links to helpful instructional design checklists to use for course development.

We’ve summarized those checklists here, including the links so you can check ’em out yourself.

Thanks to all those who participated in the original discussion on LinkedIn, and to my former coworker Linda for starting it all up.


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Powered Industrial Trucks Word Game (1910.178)


Here’s a fun little word Jeopardy-style word game to quiz your knowledge of powered industrial trucks (PITs). It’s drawn from the definitions in OSHA’s 1910.178 Standard (Powered Industrial Trucks).

Hope you enjoy it.

We’ve got this set up so you can use it in one of two ways.

The first is that you can play the word game right here from our blog. Easy!

The second is that you can download a free copy for yourself. If you do that, you’ve got to import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS to play the game.

All the fun awaits you on the other side of the red MORE button. See you there!



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Visit Convergence Training at the National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference & Expo

We’re excited to announce that we’ll be attending the National Safety Council’s Texas Safety Conference & Expo in Galveston, Texas on April 8 and 9.

Convergence Training is a leader in the safety training industry. We offer: Learning management systems to assign and deliver training to workers and keep records of completed training. This includes our:

  • Enterprise LMS for large organizations or organizations with multiple sites
  • Express LMS for smaller organizations
  • Contractor LMS for contractor, vendor, and visitor orientations
  • Convergence Mobile for remote training in the field
  • Custom training solutions to meet you specific needs

We also offer off-the-shelf 3D animated training materials, including libraries that focus on:

  • Health & Safety
  • First Aid
  • Driver Safety
  • Equipment Safety
  • Hazardous Materials

We are looking forward to the conference and are excited to display and demonstrate our award-winning, innovative training materials while we’re there. Look for us at Booth 772.

Click here for more information about the Texas Safety Conference & Expo.

Click here for more information about Convergence Training.

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Machine Guarding Word Game-1910.212


Here’s another of our popular and fun to play safety word games.

This one quizzes you on your knowledge of machine guarding, and is drawn from the definitions in OSHA’s 1926.212 Standard (Machinery and Machine Guarding Definitions).

We’ve got this set up so you can play it in either of two ways.

First, you can play it only from this blog article. Just click the red MORE button to begin.

And second, there’s an option where you can download the game for free, import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS, and play it from your LMS.

Hope you enjoy.


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