Free Recorded Webinar: Tips for Effective Safety Training

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Our friends at RedVector hosted Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training for a webinar giving some tips on Effective Safety Training.

The webinar introduces the following:

  • The ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard for EHS training and Z490.2 standard for online EHS training
  • Learning objectives
  • The ADDIE instructional design model
  • Training delivery methods v instructional or training methods
  • Evidence-based training practices
  • Learning myths
  • Training evaluation

You can listen to the recording below…it will take you just over an hour. Enjoy and let us know if you’ve got any questions.

Also, feel free to check out our previous webinar, which provided an Introduction to New Safety.

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: IDLH Limits

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In recent IH Basics articles, we discussed permissible exposure limits (PELsaction levels (ALs), and STELS and Ceiling Limits.

In this article, we’re going to continue looking at exposure limits in the fascinating worlds of IH and occupational safety and health with an investigation into IDLH (immediately dangerous to life or health) limits.

So read on to learn about IDLH atmosphere and don’t be shy about downloading the free Guide to Performing a Job Hazard Analysis from the bottom of this article.

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“Thinking, Fast and Slow” at Work

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Not all workplace performance issues have to do with human motivation, behavior, thinking, and decision making, but plenty of them do.

As a result, if you’re in any way interested in workplace performance, it’s helpful to know more about what motivates people (see this article on workers and motivation), how people behave, how they think, and how they make the decisions they do. This is true if you’re in HR, it’s true if you’re in learning and development, it’s true if you’re in operations, it’s true if you’re in health and safety–it’s true no matter what you do at work.

And that’s why it’s helpful to study fields concerned with human thought, behavior, and decisions in addition to what you may think of as your core field. Psychology, sure, but even something like anthropology can be very helpful.

And that’s also why we’re interested in behavioral economics. What is behavioral economics, you ask? It’s a blending of economics and psychology that considers why people make the decisions they make (which are often not in their best interests). You may have caught our earlier article discussing Dan Ariely’s book The Upside of Irrationality, or perhaps you caught our more recent article based on a book by the folks at Freakonomics. These are both works of behavioral economics.

But even as popular as something like Freakonomics is, it’s perhaps the case that the true big kahuna, the real grand poobah of behavioral economics, is Daniel Kahneman. He won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, after all.

And in this article, we’re going to take a quick look at Kahneman’s classic book Thinking, Fast and Slow to give you some insights from that book into why people think what they do and why they make the decisions they make so you can apply those insights to help you create a more productive, efficient workplace.

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5 Principles of Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) with Dr. Todd Conklin

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One of the most influential, most innovative, and most controversial thinkers in occupational safety and health these days is Dr. Todd Conklin, who’s famous for his human and organizational performance (HOP) approach to safety matters.

It’s likely you’re familiar with Dr. Conklin and don’t need me to explain to you who he is. However, if the name IS new to you, you might want to check out his Pre-Accident Investigation podcast series, or his HOP Hub website, or his books on pre-accident investigations, learning more by asking better questions, preventing workplace fatalities, or the 5 principles of human performance, which is what our discussion below will focus on.

Todd was nice enough to stop by for a chat with us and explain the 5 principles of HOP and some other HOPpy stuff, and we can’t thank him enough. We’ve included an audio recording of the discussion below and hope you enjoy it.

(Note: If you’re the type who’d rather read than listen to an audio, the transcript is below).

Also, feel free to check out some of the articles we’ve written about Dr. Conklin’s books, below:

We haven’t yet written a quick intro to Todd’s most recent book (5 Principles of HOP) but stay tuned for that–plus, of course, this interview basically fills that need and you can’t do better than to get the goods from Todd himself.

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Vector Solutions Monthly Blog Round Up: July, 2019

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Our parent company Vector Solutions has been publishing a monthly blog article that compiles one interesting blog article from different Vector Solutions  brands, including your friends here at Convergence Training.

Here’s a quick overview of the articles:

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the July, 2019 Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up.

And here’s the back-library of Vector Solutions Blog Round-Up articles:

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The Ultimate Guide to MSHA Training Requirements & Online Training for MSHA Parts 46 and 48

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Need a better understanding of the mining safety training requirements imposed in the US by MSHA’s Part 46 and Part 48 training regulations? If so, the MSHA Training Requirements guide that you can download from the bottom of this article is the right thing for you.

Or maybe you’re looking for information about how you can use different online training tools to provide some of the training that MSHA Part 46 and Part 48 requires in an online format. Again, if that’s the case, the guide at the bottom of this article is for you.

Or maybe you want help managing and administering all that training, including stuff related to all training (assignments, delivery, tracking)  but also stuff that’s specific to MSHA Part 46 and Part 48 (such as the creation of a training plan and multiple training programs, the specific training deadlines and expirations, other documentation needs such as specifying a competent person and a person responsible for safety and health at the mine, etc.). Again, you guessed it–our free guide to MSHA Training at the bottom of this article is for you.

And of course, if you’re (1) curious about MSHA Part 46 & 48 training requirements, (2) looking for online training courses for MSHA mining safety training, and (3) also looking for help with MSHA training documentation, recordkeeping, and more, then you’re the perfect reader for the guide at the bottom of this article.

So let’s continue to learn more about MSHA training requirements and using online training for MSHA Parts 46 and 48. And don’t forget about the free guide to MSHA training at the bottom of this article.

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What Is an MSHA Part 46 Training Plan?

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To help people become better aware of their responsibilities under the MSHA Part 46 safety training requirements for surface mines in the US, we’ve been writing some articles on some of the key ideas and requirements.

Recently, for example, we wrote an explanation of MSHA Part 46 training programs. And this article is an explanation of MSHA Part 46 training plans.

As you’ll see, it makes good sense to talk about MSHA Part 46 training programs and training plans in quick succession, because you create a training plan for Part 46 by pulling together your different training programs and adding some additional details. Once you’ve got the training program together, you’re well-more than half-way to creating your MSHA Part 46 training plan.

We’ll explain the training plan below. But also know that we’ve got a free guide to MSHA training requirements and online tools for meeting those that you can download from the bottom of this article.

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What Is an MSHA Part 46 Training Program?

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If you’re just becoming aware of the MSHA Part 46 training requirements for surface mines (and people who work at surface mines) in the US, there are a number of new terms to become familiar with. One of those is training program or, more specifically, the MSHA Part 46 training program.

In this article, we’ll tell you what a training program is, explain the different training programs that MSHA’s Part 46 requires, and tell you how they fit together into a MSHA Part 46 training plan.

So now, let’s begin learning what a training plan is.

And don’t forget to download the free guide to MSHA training requirements for Parts 46 and 48 and online training tools from the bottom of this article before you go. 

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Upcoming Free Webinar: Effective Safety Training Tips

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A quick head’s up that we’ll be presenting the second in a series of webinars at the website of our partners RedVector.

You may know that the previous webinar in the series was on New Safety, including Safety Differently, Safety II, and HOP. You can listen to a recording of that New Safety webinar here.

And since this second webinar on Effective Safety Training has already been conducted, know you can listen to a recording of it here.

And since the webinar is on effective safety training, feel free to prime the pump by downloading our free guide to effective safety training, below. 

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ASSP/ANSI Z490.2 Standard for Online EHS Training Passes Vote by Z490 Committee

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As some of you may know, Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training|Vector Solutions has been one of the people helping to create the upcoming ANSI/ASSP standard Z490.2, Accepted Practices for E-Learning in Safety, Health and Environmental Training.

From time-to-time, we update you on the progress of the standard and they recently hit a significant milestone: the members of the Z490 committee voted to approve the draft standard.

What’s next, you ask?

There’s a public review comment period that closes on August 12, 2019. And then after that, the necessary paperwork will be sent to our friends at ANSI for their approval.

So it looks like we’ll have a new national standard for online EHS training soon. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you’re not familiar with Z490.1, the standard for ALL environmental, health, and safety training, now’s a good time to learn more about that.

We’ll return with another update of the upcoming national standard soon; until then, feel free to download the free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist, below.

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Vector Solutions Acquires IndustrySafe

TAMPA, FL and PHILADELPHIA, PA – July 22, 2019 – Vector Solutions, the leader in industry-focused eLearning and performance support solutions, has acquired IndustrySafe, a leading safety management software provider that helps organizations efficiently record, track and trend safety data to improve workplace safety, ensure regulatory compliance, reduce risks, and save time and costs.

The addition of IndustrySafe represents Vector’s third acquisition of the year, following the earlier integrations of CrewSense and Halligan, and furthers Vector’s strategy to expand its leading eLearning and training platform into a complete workforce and organization performance optimization solution.

Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Philadelphia, IndustrySafe serves over 450 global customers with heavy regulations and strict codes for workplace safety across manufacturing, pulp & paper, food & beverage, construction & engineering, transportation, energy, and public sector end-markets.

The company’s highly configurable environmental, health and safety (EHS) management software suite will be offered under Vector’s Commercial business unit, and includes modules such as Incident Management, Safety Metrics Dashboards, Hazard Management, Mobile EHS Inspections, and more.

“This exciting acquisition adds highly sought-after EHS capabilities into the Vector Solutions product portfolio, combining with Vector’s leading learning and workforce management solutions to provide clients with even more tools to ensure regulatory compliance and improve safety,” said Vector Solutions COO Marc Scheipe. “And with IndustrySafe’s continued commitment to user-friendly and cost effective EHS software, this acquisition serves to expand access to advanced technology and maintain a singular focus on optimizing performance, reducing risk and driving smart decisions.”

“We are thrilled to join forces with Vector Solutions and provide our clients with access to even more dynamic solutions, technology capabilities and innovation,” said Clare Epstein, General Manager of IndustrySafe. “These opportunities, combined with additional world-class customer service support from Vector, will allow us to more rapidly execute on our product development, providing an overall greater user experience for our customers.”

Clients of both Vector Solutions and IndustrySafe can expect to receive the same level of outstanding products, innovation and customer service to which they have been accustomed.

The company is working to determine integration plans and more information will be available in the future.

About Vector Solutions

Vector Solutions, a leader in eLearning and performance support, provides award-winning SaaS solutions for the architecture, engineering, construction (AEC), industrial, facilities management, public safety, IT and education industries. Its brands, RedVector-Convergence Training, TargetSolutions, and SafeSchools, deliver continuing education (CE), training, technology and performance management solutions using the latest innovations in learning and technology to create safer, more capable, more compliant organizations. Its extensive online and mobile learning library offers over 9,000 courses written by over 280 subject matter experts and reaches more than 10 million professionals worldwide. The company was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

About IndustrySafe

IndustrySafe is a leading safety management software provider with over twenty years of experience in delivering safety solutions to our clients. Our product, IndustrySafe, is a web-based safety software that allows you to efficiently record, track and trend safety data. Launched in 2004, IndustrySafe has since helped numerous organizations to maintain regulatory compliance and develop safety management strategies that positively impact the bottom line. Our clients are global leaders in manufacturing, construction and engineering, transportation, energy, and government.

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: STELs and Ceilings

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In recent IH Basics articles, we discussed permissible exposure limits (PELs) and action levels (ALs).

In this article, we’re going to continue our discussion of exposure limits within the industrial hygiene world by explaining short-term exposure limits (STELs) and ceiling (C) limits.

For more articles like this one on IH topics, check the links at the bottom of this article.

And read on to learn more about STELs and ceilings.

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