How to Pitch Online Safety Training Programs To Your Boss

Pitching online safety training to your bossReady to pitch online safety training to your boss at work, but not quite sure how to frame your argument?

In this article, we’ve got the information you need to make a convincing case.

Once you’ve got the OK from the boss(es), you can then begin searching for and evaluating the online safety and health training solutions that work best for your company. And we’re going to create some materials shortly to help you with that process.

But that’s the next step. For now, let’s get started on arguments for pitching online safety training to the boss. You have to get the OK first, right?

Use the comments section at the bottom if you’ve got any questions or if you’ve got some ideas of your own about this. And notice that we’ve included a free download at the bottom of this article that explains in detail 10 real benefits that 10 real customers of ours experienced after adding online training to their existing safety training solutions. You’ll be surprised at some of the things they reported.
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OHSMS: Monitoring, Evaluation, & Correcting

Evaluating and Correcting an OHSMSIt’s time for another article in our ongoing series about occupational health and safety management systems (OHSMS).

In this article, we’re going to explain what to do once you’re implemented your OHSMS, it’s in operation, and you want to monitor it, evaluate the performance, and make any corrections necessary to improve results.

In doing so, we’ll look at monitoring, measuring, and assessing your OHSMS; performing incident investigations; performing audits of the various phases of your OHSMS; taking any corrective actions necessary; and including any corrective actions in your OHSMS’s planning process and in its management review.

If you’re new to the series, or if you’d like to review, here’s what we’ve covered so far:

As a reminder, this entire series is based on ANSI Z10 (2012), the ANSI/ASSE standard on occupational health and safety management systems. We encourage you to buy a copy, which you can do here.

And with that, let’s get started.

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Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training

Pros and Cons of Types of Online Safety Training ImageIn a recent article, we explained two primary types of online safety training solutions. They were on-demand online safety training and online safety training administered with a learning management system (LMS). In this article, we’re going to give you a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of types of online safety training solutions.

Keep in mind that we are by necessity generalizing about different individual online safety training solutions that belong to either of the two types. Within each type, you’ll find different solutions that offer entirely different features or the same features that perform in different manners. We discussed that in more detail in the article mentioned and linked above.

Also keep in mind that although we’re presenting this information in a pros and cons format, that doesn’t mean there’s any one system that’s automatically best. The purpose of knowing the two different basic types and knowing some of the pros and cons of each is simply to help you begin to find the type of online safety training that works best for you company today and in the future as well.

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Evaluating Online Safety Training: 6 Steps in Your Search

Evaluating Online Safety Training Solutions ImageWe’re currently writing a series of blog posts covering topics such as Types of Online Safety Training, Pros and Cons of Different Types of Online Safety Training, Benefits of Online Safety Training, and Pitching Your Boss on Online Safety Training.

We even threw in an article that Debunks Myths about Online Safety Training to boot.

Along those lines, in this article we’re going to give a comprehensive set of tips for evaluating online safety training solutions to find the one that works best for your company.

You can use this as a roadmap for moving through the purchasing process. Kind of like an online safety training buyer’s guide.

So if you know you want to make the investment in online safety training at work, and you just need some help figuring out which system to go with, here’s your one-stop-shopping guide.

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Trenching and Excavation Training: OSHA Announces Rise in Trenching & Excavation Deaths

Trenching and Excavation Training Materials Example2016 was a horrible, injurious, and deathly year for trenching and excavation accidents, and as a result we’re drawing together some sobering statistics, trenching and excavation training materials, and additional trenching & excavation informational resources for you.

Let’s hope that things turn around in 2017 and we see NO injuries and fatalities related to trenching and excavation. But if that’s going to happen, we’ve all got some serious work to do to reverse trends not just from 2016 but from the past five years, as the data below will show you.

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Convergence Training Puts Down New Roots

In June 2016, we announced the creation of Convergence Training LLC as a privately-held spin-off of Capstone Technology Corp. Since then, we’ve gone through quite a few changes, including a complete logo redesign and a move to our new location. In fact just yesterday, our whole team stepped outside to witness the installation of our new company sign with our new logo at the top of our new building, a scene that punctuated a monumental shift in our evolution as a company.

As Convergence Training LLC, we continue to define a brand that represents the intersection of people, technology, and quality content. And everything about our new location supports the form, function, and clarity of that message. ​We’ve retained a world-class team, developing cutting edge software, while designing meaningful and effective training material. Now, we get to do all that great work in a space that expresses everything we’re about.

So come visit us at 4600 NW Camas Meadows Dr, Suite 200, Camas WA 98607. Walk through our new workspace and experience where we create the best training you can buy. And don’t forget to glance up at that beautiful sign, all lit up. It really means a whole lot to us.

 
 

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Learning Objectives for Safety Training: Read Our Article in ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’ve published a new article in a series of articles related to safety training in the January issue of Professional Safety, the official magazine of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE).

Each of the articles provides tips for better safety training, and they all take as a starting point different key parts of the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard on Effective Safety Training. In this particular article, we focused on using learning objectives for safety training.

To stay up to date with this series and a lot of great safety information, check out Professional Safety magazine and of course the ASSE/ANSI Z490.1 standard for Effective Safety Training.

Also, you might be interested to learn that ASSE and ANSI are putting together ANSI Z490.2, which will deal with online or “virtual” safety training. We’re on the committee to help create that–here’s our latest article about the development of ANSI Z490.2 for Online Safety Training.

Finally, we’ve got some safety-training-related freebies for you. To learn more about blended safety training, download our free Beginner’s Guide to Blended Learning by clicking the link you just past or download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training, which is based on Z490.1, by clicking the large download button at the bottom of this article.

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18 Online Safety Training Myths Debunked

Online Safety Training Myths

What are your thoughts about online safety training? Do you think you believe any online safety training myths?

If you’re like a lot of folks, you’ve got some specific ideas about online safety training. Some of those may be spot-on. But others may be a bit off-target. Maybe even myths.

We’re going to take a closer look at some myths about online safety training and do a little mythbustin’. Put on your PPE and follow along.

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Improve Your Workplace Safety Record with Online Safety Training

You probably try to improve your workplace safety record every day you’re at work.

But it’s natural to give that a little more thought around the end of the year, when you’re creating some plans and goals for the next 12 months.

If you ARE thinking about improving your safety record next year, there are a number of things you could do. Maybe you’ll implement a safety and health management system, for example. That would be a good idea.

And maybe you’re thinking of improving your safety training. That would be a good idea, too. After all, safety training is a leading indicator for workplace safety.

In this article, we’re going to show you a few ways that adding online safety training at your workplace can help you create a safer, healthier workplace.

Beyond that, we encourage you to download our free Guide to Effective Safety Training, which you can get by clicking the link you just read past. We’ve also got a second free guide that explains some real-life benefits that customers of ours have experienced after adding online safety training programs at work–that’s at the bottom of this article.

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12 Ways to Deliver Online Employee Safety Training

If you’re thinking of adding an online training element to your current safety training program, you may be wondering how you can use your new online training capabilities. Exactly how might you use your online employee safety training?

And by that, we mean different what are the different options about when and how your employees would view and complete the online training within the entire safety training program?

Let’s take a look, shall we?

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OSHA Top Ten Violations, 2016: Extended Data Released

Back in October, at the National Safety Council’s annual Safety Congress, we got our first look at OSHA’s Top Ten Violations list for 2016. We covered that for you in an earlier blog post.

But every year, OSHA follows up that initial announcement with a second announcement that includes a lot more data.

That information is out now, and we’ve got it for you below.

Remember that in a lot of cases, these violations can be avoided with proper safety and health training at your workplace.

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Conference Wrap-Up: Western Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference

We just completed attending, presenting at, and exhibiting at the recent Western, Pulp, Paper, and Forest Products Safety and Health Conference in Portland, Oregon (December 2016). A triple threat–how about that!

First off, a thousand thanks to Oregon OSHA and everyone involved in planning, organizing, and putting on the conference. Here’s a list of other conferences that Oregon OSHA’s putting on, including of course the upcoming Governor’s Occupational Health and Safety Conference (GOSH), which happens in Portland, OR on March 6-9, 2017.

And of course, thanks to everyone else, too. This includes the conference attendees (the whole reason for the conference), the conference presenters (lots of very smart and experienced people were sharing valuable information at the conference this year), and the conference exhibitors explaining their health and safety offerings (a special shout-out here from me to folks from the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center and Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, both of whom had some good stuff and were mighty knowledgeable and friendly). And let’s not forget the hotel staff who took care of everything so we could focus on learning–rooms, food, and more.

I’d also like to say thanks in particular to everyone who I had a chance to meet with and talk to at the show. It’s always a pleasure to get out of the office and meet others in the field, and invariably a learn a lot from it.

Below is an overview of the conference presentations that we attended through the three-day meeting and the conference presentation we delivered at the end of the third day. Obviously, if you attended you may have seen some different presentations than we did, so hopefully you’ll (1) find our brief overviews below interesting and (2) you’ll use the comments section at the bottom of this article to tell us about the presentations you attended or led yourself.

For those of you who attended the Effective Safety Training presentation that we led, we’ll include some links below where you can download some additional information on effective safety training, and we’ll let you know about a second follow-up blog post specifically for you (which we haven’t yet completed but will soon).

If you stopped by  at the Convergence Training exhibit desk, liked what you saw in our solutions for health and safety training, pulp and paper training, and general training management software, feel free to drop an email to our representative Brian Andrewjeski.

 

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