Wire Rope Training Modules In Production Now

We’ve begun production on three new training modules that we think many of our customers are going to be excited about:

Proper operational and safety training is essential for companies working with wire ropes, and we’re excited that we’ll soon be providing a computer-based training solution to you. As always, the completed modules will incorporate 3-D and 2-D animations, sharp and clear writing, audio narration, interactive practice screens, and tests to assess learner retention and comprehension.

Wire Rope Basics will cover: the parts of a wire rope; the different core and strand materials; different finishes; lay length, lay direction, and regular and lang lays; rotation-resistant ropes; rope classifications and rope constructions; nominal diameter; nominal strength; design factor; and maximum working load.

Wire Rope Preparation will cover: selection, transporting, storing, the importance of avoiding kinking, uncoiling, unreeling, drum winding, drum capacity, and drum spooling.

Wire Rope Use, Maintenance, and Inspection will cover: the importance of breaking in a rope, best work practices for wire ropes, lubrication, inspections, valley and crown breaks, common breaking patterns and what they signify, cutting and seizing wire ropes, and tips for extending the service life of wire ropes.

Check back soon to see samples of the Wire Rope training courses and find when they’re ready for purchase.

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Visit Convergence at ASSE Safety 2012 in Denver

We’re doing the ASSE Safety Expo again this year, so if you’ve missed us in the past, come visit us at this year’s show in Denver from June 3rd-5th.

We’ll be at booth 960, doing live demos of our Convergence Server Enterprise training management system and showing off some new samples from our Environmental Health and Safety training library. Contact us to set up an appointment for a demo or a consultation at the show. Hope to see you there!

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Convergence Training Viewer Gets “100% Clean Award” From Software Informer

Convergence Training Viewer, our free small business LMS, is now available for download from Software.Informer.com, where it received their “100% Clean” award, indicating it has been tested and proven to be virus free and safe to install. This has always been the case, of course, but it’s nice to have another trusted source out there where people can get their hands on our software.

 

Note: We’ve discontinued this product. Check out our line of new learning management systems (LMSs).

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Choosing Warehouse Forklift Training That WORKS!

Convergence continues to produce the most modern training available for the industrial market, including warehouse forklift introductory and refresher training:

Forklift Safety
Forklifts: Reducing Product Damage

Our Forklift Safety course includes critical information on OSHA safety regulations and industry best practices communicated via stunning visuals and common-sense language that your workers can easily understand and put immediately into practice.

In addition to worker safety training, warehouse managers know the importance of avoiding costly product damage. Our course Forklift: Reducing Product Damage provides valuable information on the most common ways products, like boxes and crates, are damaged in the warehouse environment and offers cost-saving recommendations to avoid damage.

What makes our Reducing Product Damage course unique is that it’s based on interviews with six warehouse managers from different industries. From those intensive interviews, we produced training focused on the most common causes of forklift-related damage to product. The result is a course that is getting a great response from warehouse managers.

These two courses are designed to work together as necessary training tools for warehouse managers and safety trainers to provide introductory and refresher forklift training. Here’s a quote from Dave Mina, a warehouse manager who uses our courses to more effectively train his staff:

“We are using three Convergence Training DVDs for our initial training and refreshers. The DVDs are well put-together and the visuals are great. All of the information, to my knowledge, appears correct.”

– Dave Mina, Warehouse Manager; Dunmore Corporation

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Online Contractor Orientation Software and Orientation Content: Free Downloadable Buyer’s Guide Included

Does your company employ contractors? Probably.

Do you need to create orientation materials on safety and other issues for contractors before they can work for you? Probably.

And do you need an online delivery tool to that lets contractors complete their training and lets you run reports to see who’s trained and who’s not? Probably.

If so, you’ll be very happy to know that Convergence Training has a family of products to help you orient contractors at your workplace, including:

  • A hosted, web-based delivery software tool to deliver orientations online, track completions, and generate reports
  • Custom animated content to orient contractors

Nice, you say, but what exactly does this mean? Let’s look at each contractor orientation component more closely.

Convergence Training is a training solution provider with a strong EHS offering. We make off-the-shelf EHS e-learning courses, several learning management systems (LMSs), custom training materials, and more. Contact us to set up a demo or as some questions.

And why not download our free Guide to Effective EHS Training, too?

Convergence Contractor LMS

Convergence Contractor LMS is a “mini-LMS” that lets you deliver orientations to contractors and visitors. Some of its features include:

  • Available on internet — contractors can complete orientations any day, any time, at any place
  • Hosted included – Hosted on our servers, not yours—this reduces potential liability issues for you
  • Flexible assignments — can bet set up to assign different orientations to different contractors
  • Multiple facilities — can be used to provide site-specific orientations for more than one facility
  • Easy self-registration — allows contractors to self-register for orientation, reducing your support time
  • Simple administration — streamlined system makes it easy for you to administer
  • Easy-to-assign security roles — assign administrators full administrative powers or simply the ability to generate and run reports
  • Electronic completion records — tracks all contractors who have completed orientations
  • Simple-but-powerful reports — know which contractors have completed which orientations immediately
  • Programmable expiration periods — if desired, require contractors to complete orientations on regular basis (yearly, for example)

So, you see we’ve got the online contractor orientation software system ready for you.

Contractor Orientation Materials

But what about the contractor orientation material itself, you ask?

Well, we can help you with that, too. We can work with you to take your existing contractor orientation materials (which may be in PowerPoint format or require time-consuming instructor-led training) and create computer-based materials that include:

  • Spoken audio
  • Animated images, including 3D animation, 2D graphics, text on screen, photos from your site, and your documents and permits
  • Unscored practice questions to aid in retention (optional)
  • A scored test at the end to ensure comprehension

Want to learn more? If so, download our Contractor Orientation Buyer’s Guide below. It’s got some good information for you to consider before you plunk down some money on a contractor and visitor orientation solution. Forewarned is forearmed, as they say.

Or if you’re really ready to learn more, check out our Contractor LMS (which comes complete with your contractor and/or visitor orientation) or contact us for a demo.

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Convergence Server Enterprise LMS: Updated Version Makes Training Your Employees Easier

We’re just about to release an updated version of our highly successful learning management system (LMS), Convergence Server Enterprise, and figured you’d like to know more about it.

Overall, here’s what we’ve done:

  • Added tons of new features
  • Streamlined procedures to save administrative time
  • Made our user interface even more intuitive

Here are some of the biggest changes and new features in the system:

Activity Update and Completion Status Reversion – When updating any type of Activity, Administrators can choose to change the completion status of all Learners who have already completed that Activity to Incomplete.

Task Sign-Off Options in Tasklists: – Administrators creating Tasklists can specify who can give credit for completing the Tasks within the Tasklist (the assigned Learner; only an Admin; dual sign-off by the Learner and an Admin; Learner or Admin; anyone but the Learner).

Bulk Completion Record Wizard – When manually creating a Completion Record for Documents, CBTs, Quizzes, or Training Events, Administrators can now select more than one Activity at a time.

Updated Reports – Reports have been modified to make it easier to select parameters; to allow for reporting on Groups; to create new, easier-to-search Report List menus; and to create a new Frequently Used Reports link.

Ability to Make Activities “Inactive” – Administrators can inactivate Activities. This will remove the Activity from any Learner’s Training Plan, from all Reports (unless they are specifically requested), and from all screens on the Administration tab except the Manage Activities screen.

Clickable “Drill-Downs” for Qualifications and Requirements – Administrators can now click on links within the Manage Qualifications and Manage Requirements screen to see the Requirements within a Qualification and the Activities within a Requirement.

Redesigned “Assign Training” Screen with New Assignment Detail Options – New four-step process for assigning training, including creation of “Renew Due Date” for training that expires after an assigned Learner first completes it and additional options for specifying Expiration Date.

File Attachments on Regions, Sites, Departments, Teams, and Users – Administrators can add attachments to a Region, Site, Department, Team, or User.

File Attachments on Completion Records – Administrators can add attachments to a Learner’s Completion Record.

If you’re already using the Convergence Server Enterprise LMS, you’re going to love this new version. And if you’re not yet using this LMS, now’s a great time to start. For more information about Convergence Server Express, or our other Learning Management System offerings, visit our website.

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New Overhead Crane Operational Safety Course Now Available

We’re happy to announce the release of a new crane safety video as a counterpart to our Overhead Crane Basics course. Overhead Crane Operational Safety provides an overview of the safe operating procedures for moving loads with floor-operated overhead industrial cranes and covers the dangers associated with lifting and moving a load with an overhead crane. Check out a sample from the video below.

You can save some money on your overhead crane training by purchasing our Cranes Combo Pack, which includes both videos at a discounted price.

Keep an eye on this blog if you’re interested in more crane training videos. We’re working on developing our library to include a number of new videos covering the safe operation of all manner of cranes and slings.

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Material Handling Courses in Research Phase

We’re excited to announce that we have several courses related to material handling safety being researched.

Convergence Training recognizes the need for computer-based training to teach the importance of safe material handling, proper lifting techniques, and back injury prevention awareness.

Back injuries are one of the most common, disabling, and costly of all workplace injuries. Proper lifting and material handling training can lead to a reduced risk of injury as well as a decrease in revenue lost to product damage.

Our new courses will include the following titles and topics:

Material Handling

  • Manual material handling
  • Material storage
  • Material disposal
  • Demolition
  • Material handling with slings
  • Material handling with mobile equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, powered industrial trucks (PITs), and earth-moving equipment

Safe Lifting Training

  • Lifting things that are too heavy
  • Lifting improperly
  • Lifting objects that are too big or awkward to carry safely
  • Lifting and then dropping objects

Back Injury Prevention

  • The anatomy of the spine, and specifics about the vertebrae, discs, spinal cord, and nerves
  • Causes of back injuries, including lifting, twisting, repetitive motions, and ergonomic issues
  • Ways to avoid back injuries
  • Back injury symptoms
  • Safe lifting techniques
  • and more…

While we’re in the research phase, we’d really appreciate any comments from our customers. Are there any special topics related to material handling you’d like to see addressed? If so, we’d really appreciate your comments. Just leave a note here and we’ll check it out here. We really value customer input and make every effort to include your thoughts in our safety training materials.

Over time, we’ll post updates here to let you know how we’re progressing during the production of these courses, and again when they’re ready for sale.

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5 Reasons Why More US Manufacturers are Using Online Training

While many U.S. industrial facilities still use time-consuming classroom training for repetitive site-specific orientations, more progressive manufacturers are turning to custom online training to reduce injuries, lower costs, and make better use of valuable classroom training time. Here are five important reasons why.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that specializes in training for manufacturing and industry. We make a series of learning management systems (LMSs), many library of e-learning courses, custom training solutions, and more. Contact us for more information.

While you’re here, feel free to download this free Guide to Effective Manufacturing Training, too.

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Convergence Training Now Offers Hosted “Mini-LMS” for Contractor Orientations and Other Training Needs

Our customers trust Convergence to help train their employees. They recognize the effectiveness of our custom and retail training materials, which incorporate audio, 3D animations, 2D graphics, photos, video, text on screen, and interactive assessments to create training that makes a difference. And they appreciate the power and flexibility that our Convergence Server Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) provides for training their employees: content import and creation, training delivery, tracking, reporting, and more.

But in addition to all this, many of our customers need a separate solution for providing online orientations to contractors or for other training needs. And that’s why we’ve developed Convergence Server Express, a simple, easy-to-use, flexible LMS that still packs all the power you’ll need for delivering, tracking, and reporting.

Some features of Convergence Server Express include:

  • Hosted on our servers (this reduces your liability issues)
  • Simple, self-guided registration process for contractors
  • Automatic training assignments after registration
  • Simple administrative security role for basic administration needs
  • Streamlined “report viewer” security role to run reports and see who’s completed training
  • Low costs that don’t get billed back to your company by contractors/outside workers

If you provide orientations to contractors before they can work at your site, the Convergence Server Express LMS may be just what you need to make your job easier.

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OSHA Postpones Creation of Combustible Dust Regulation

The Associated Press published an article yesterday indicating that federal regulation regarding combustible dusts may still be a long way off.

While OSHA is in the process of developing safety requirements covering combustible dust hazards, according to the article, the rules were moved to a “long-term” agenda. This, despite the insistence of the Chemical Safety Board to move swiftly in completing the regulation.

In the absence of an official OSHA specification, it’s up to organizations and employers to determine how best to protect their workers from combustible dust hazards. Our own Combustible Dust Safety video was created according to industry best practices and OSHA’s official combustible dust reports, and is a great way to educate your employees about the dangers of combustible dusts.

Get the video from BuyBetterTraining.com

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