OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses

A quick head’s-up for everyone: OSHA’s homepage currently includes a reminder to post a summary of work-related injuries and illnesses from the 2012 calendar year.

Who Is Required to Post This Summary?
Employers with more than 10 employees whose establishments are not classified as a partially exempt industry. Click here for a list of partially exempt industries.

Which OSHA Form Should You Post?
Form 300A, Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

When Must Employers Post Form 300A?
By at least February 1 (it should be posted already) and until April 30.

Where Should Form 300A Be Posted?
In a spot that’s visible to all employees.

What Information Should Form 300A Include?
Form 300A is a summary of the illnesses and injuries that occurred in the workplace during the previous year. The information in Form 300A is taken from Form 300, Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses.

What’s the Point of Posting Form 300A?
So that employees can be aware of the occupational illnesses and injuries experienced in the establishment where they work.

What If There Were No Injuries Last Year?
You still have to post the form.

How Long Do You Have to Keep Form 300A (and Other Similar Records) on File?
At least five years after the year for which they contain data.

Where Can You Download Form 300A?
Click here to download Form 300A, other OSHA record-keeping forms, and instructions on how to complete them.

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Scaffolds Word Game (1926.451)


OK, it’s time for another of our word games. This time, the topic is scaffolds, specifically the definitions listed in OSHA’s 1926.450 (Scaffolds).

This is a fun, simple way to test your own knowledge of some scaffolding terms, or to test the knowledge of coworkers and employees.

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

The first is to play it right here from our blog article.

The second is to download a free copy of it, import it into a SCORM-compliant LMS, and download it from there.

All the fun and freebies await you on the other side of the MORE button.


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MSHA Part 46 Glossary of Terms


Are you involved in MSHA Part 46 training at work?

If so, how well do you know the terms defined in Part 46?

Here’s a quick chance to review your knowledge. It might even be a little fun. Hope you enjoy this.

And if you REALLY enjoy this, we’ve even provided a way for you to download your own free copy and import it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS). If you’re interested in that second option, read more about how that works below the glossary.



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Confined Space in Construction Glossary


Did you read our post about OSHA’s upcoming Confined Spaces in Construction regulation? If, not you may want to check it out. If you did read it, advance straight to “go” and collect $200!

Since OSHA’s creating a new standard, we dug around a little and found the terms that they will define in the standard. The terms were listed in OSHA’s Confined Spaces in Construction (Proposed Rule) document, which is a very handy summary of the proposed new regulation–if also a long (95 pages) and dry read.

You can use the glossary right here on our blog or you can click the download button to download a SCORM version of the glossary and then import it into your learning management system.


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Hazard Communication Word Game (1910.1200-GHS Aligned)


Here’s a free and fun word game that includes words defined in OSHA’s Hazard Communication (1910.1200) Standard. It’s even nicely GHS-aligned for you, just as you’d expect.

We’ve got this wired up below so that you can enjoy it in two different ways.

First, you can play it right here from this blog post as much as you want.

And second, you can download a free copy, import it into your own SCORM-compliant LMS, and play it from there.

So, try your hand at the game and have fun.


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New Confined Spaces in Construction Standard from OSHA: 1926 Subpart AA, 1926.1200

[Note: This is an old article written in 2013. It has some useful information about confined spaces, but if you’re looking for current information about the brand-new (2015) confined spaces in construction rule, click here].

OSHA’s most recent Unified Agenda announced that they’ll be creating a new Confined Spaces in Construction Standard. So, we’ve pulled together a bunch of information on confined spaces in construction to help you prepare.

According to OSHA, nearly 6.5 people die, and 967 people are injured, in confined spaces at construction sites every year. So the hazards and risks are real.

OSHA believes that the new standard can prevent six of those deaths and 880 of those injuries every year.


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Why Don’t People Remember Their Training? Five Steps of Learning and Applying Information

You tell them, and you tell them, and you tell them again, and they still don’t learn.

Sound familiar? Have you ever uttered these words to yourself after a training session?

If so, you may need to remind yourself that “telling ain’t training.” (That’s the name of a good book on the topic, by the way—you can check it out here).

So if you hold training sessions, and your employees seem to forget the training immediately, it may be time to quit blaming them and turn your thoughts inward: what can you do to create more memorable training experiences? How can you help workers remember and apply what they learned during training when they’re back on the job?

To that end, we’re going to give you a quick overview of how people process, store, and later retrieve information. This is the first step to making training that’s more memorable.


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Fall Prevention and Protection Word Game (1926.501)


Every year, fall protection is on OSHA’s list of the Top Ten Most Cited Violations.

And falls are also always a significant contributor to workplace injuries and fatalities as well.

Playing a fall prevention and protection word game won’t solve all those problems. We need better training, more onsite observations, more detail to incident report, and more.

But that said, this word game can help remind you of some important issues related to fall prevention and protection. And it’s fun, too, so you might want to use this in your next safety meeting.


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New Hazard Communication 2012 (GHS Aligned) Course Added to Health & Safety Training Library

GHS! Hazard Communication 2012! Everyone’s talking about it. Everyone’s googling it. Even my 16-year old daughters are asking me about it (OK, that last part isn’t true).

With all the interest, you may wonder what 3D animated training materials Convergence Training has ready for you.

Well, we’re happy to report that we’ve got you covered. So let the communicating about hazard communication begin. Here’s what we’ve got for you. (more…)

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Fall Protection in Residential Construction: Extension of Temporary Enforcement Measures to End March 15, 2013

In December of 2010, OSHA issued its Compliance Guidance for Residential Construction (STD 03-11-002). This stated that OSHA would be enforcing 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) for all residential construction work.

OSHA memos announced a “transition period” that was originally intended to end on March 15, 2012 and was then extended to March 15, 2013 (right around the corner). During the extension, OSHA made fall protection requests the “highest priority” for their Compliance Assistance Specialists, reduced penalties by 10% in some instances, and offered 30 days for employers to correct fall protection violations.

So what does all this mean? It means that very soon–on March 15, 2013–those extensions expire and you’ll need to begin complying with 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(13) for all residential construction work. So let’s look into that more.


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Tips for Writing Instructional and Training Material

Writing well is not easy. Or, as Ernest Hemingway put it, “Easy writing makes hard reading.”

As a writer, you want to do the difficult work so your reader doesn’t have to. And if it’s true that all types of writing are difficult, it’s also true that each type of writing presents its own challenges. That’s definitely the case when it comes to writing instructional or training materials. So, we’ve created a list of tips and resources for you.

We hope you find these helpful; feel free to contribute your own ideas in the comments section below.

Please note this article REALLY is about WRITING, so it covers just a small amount of designing, developing, and delivering training materials. If you want a bigger, bird’s-eye view of designing, developing, and delivering, you may find these articles helpful:


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