Overhead Industrial Crane Safety, Hot Work Permit, and Emergency Action Plans Videos Now Available

Hot on the heels of our 5 courses released last month, the Convergence Training production team continues to deliver. We’re proud to announce these 3 NEW Environmental Health and Safety courses now available at BuyBetterTraining.com and soon through our authorized network of resellers:

Overhead Industrial Crane Safety
Hot Work Permit
Emergency Action Plans

Check out this sample video from the Overhead Industrial Crane training below.

These new courses represent our continuing goal of improving the quality of each new course and raise the bar for the entire training industry. So check out all of our newest courses, including Safety & Health Basic, Safety & Health Advanced, Hydraulic Fluid Safety, Hot Work Safety, and Lead-Based Paint Safety at BuyBetterTraining.com.

And we’ve got even more courses lined up for release later this summer, so stay tuned to find out what’s coming next.

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New Heat Stress Awareness Course in Production

It’s that time of year, when temperatures skyrocket and heat-related injuries and lost time at work increase with the rising mercury. And this season, the majority of the U.S. is being hit especially hard with record temperatures. So, since our goal is to get you the training tools you need to help reduce injuries and lower costs, we’re feverishly working on one of our latest courses, Heat Stress Awareness.

Our Heat Stress Awareness course will include important information on:

  • The sources of heat stress for workers
  • The factors that affect workers’ ability to tolerate heat
  • The signs and symptoms of heat stress, including heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat syncope, heat rashes, and heat fatigue
  • How to measure the risk of heat stress
  • How to reduce the risk of heat stress

We’ll keep you posted on its official release date.

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Rollout of new Convergence Server Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS) a Success

If you’ve been following our blog, you know that we recently released our new Convergence Server Enterprise Learning Management System (LMS). And we’re happy to report that initial customer reviews from the field have been very positive!

As we’ve delivered the LMS to our customers, we’ve heard from people with many different roles: training managers, IT and HR leads, department and team heads, workers, and more. It’s been exciting for us to meet with everyone and to see their own excitement when they realize what our new LMS can do for them.

Here is a small sample of some of the feedback we’ve gotten:

“Convergence is the missing link of training. This new LMS finally brings everything together for me.”

“The LMS paid for itself in one week by reducing employee overtime related to training.” (Woah – this one caught even us off guard!)

“I can see how this will make my job easier.”

If you still haven’t checked out the Convergence Server Enterprise LMS, we invite you to do it now to see why our customers are raving. Key benefits of the LMS include:

  • All employees receive personalized training plan
  • Reporting data available on organization-wide basis
  • Content stored and “owned” locally
  • Administers multiple training activity types
  • Easy content import and creation
  • Ability to share training content
  • Training content updating and versioning
  • Qualifications geared to verify members of team are qualified for job profile
  • Assignment flexibility to match organization’s needs
  • Employee’s training assignments update automatically when employee changes job role
  • System maintains all historical training records
  • Reports allow for immediate access to focused training data
  • Automated, recurrent reports deliver training data to right people at right time
  • Configurable security roles allow for multiple levels of administrators
  • Notification system alerts employees of important training events

Find out more about our new Learning Management System on our website.

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Two New Safety And Health Videos Now For Sale

We’re excited to announce that two new modules have made it through production and are currently available from our online store:

Safety and Health – Basic
Safety and Health – Advanced

Both courses focus on explaining key safety information to employees, and both help fulfill the Safety and Health Programs elective in the OSHA 10 requirements for General Industry. Check out the following sample from the Safety and Health – Basic video:

Safety and Health – Basic topics include:

  • Importance of safety
  • Safety as a team effort
  • Identifying and anticipating hazards
  • Managing hazards
  • Housekeeping
  • Reporting hazards
  • First aid and emergency care
  • Emergency preparedness

Safety and Health – Advanced topics include:

  • Working with machines, tools, and mobile equipment
  • Chemicals, hazard communication, labels, and MSDSs
  • Special jobs and training
  • Ergonomics
  • Machine guarding
  • E-Stops, motion disconnects, and lockout/tagout
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Clothing and jewelry

These modules will be an essential addition to your workplace safety training program. They’re both available now from BuyBetterTraining.com

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New Hydraulic Fluid Safety Video

Work on our Hydraulic Fluid Safety video is finally complete and we’ve posted a sample clip to YouTube for you to preview. You can check it out below.

Hydraulics are critical in today’s world. Production at many modern workplaces would screech to a halt without them. But hydraulics can also pose hazards, and even cause injuries or deaths, if they’re not understood and used properly.

To get your workforce up to speed on hydraulics, our new module explains:

  • How hydraulic systems work
  • How hydraulic systems use hydraulic fluid
  • Hazards presented by hydraulic fluid
  • Guidelines for installation, normal operation, inspection, repair, and replacement
  • Rescue and first aid guidelines

The new Hydraulic Fluid Safety video can be purchased, along with the rest our fine catalog of environmental and industrial health and safety videos, from BuyBetterTraining.com.

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Five New Environmental Health & Safety Courses Now Available

We’re always hard at work producing new courses for our ever-expanding library of environmental and industrial health & safety videos, and today we’re happy to announce the completion of five brand new additions to our catalog.

The new courses, Safety & Health Basic, Safety & Health Advanced, Hydraulic Fluid Safety, Hot Work Safety, and Lead-Based Paint Safety, were designed to follow OSHA 10-Hour safety training guidelines and are intended to provide workers with the tools necessary to make smart decisions regarding safety in the workplace.

The creation of these courses followed a typical Convergence production timeline. Months of storyboarding & writing, followed by the tireless 3D & compositing work of our talented media artists, led to our extensive standards & review process. After making the necessary tweaks, cuts, and twists, the review process was followed, at long last, by today’s release of the new training materials.

Look for more details and samples of the new videos in coming posts.

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Chicago Coalition for the Homeless – Furniture Donation Follow-up

Convergence Training would simply like to thank the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless once again for the work they do to target the root causes of homelessness – limited access to affordable housing and too few living wage jobs in the Chicago area.

We’d also like to especially thank Michael Nameche, their Development Director, for being such a pleasure to work with and for personally transporting the furniture from our ASSE Safety 2011 Expo booth to the two women transitioning to an apartment from the homeless shelter.

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Convergence Surface Miner Training Products featured on Cat.com

Check it out. Our friends at Caterpillar are promoting our MSHA Part 46 safety training products over on the homepage of their website. Cat has always maintained a strong focus on safety and we’re proud to be teamed up with them to help bring high-quality training materials to a broader market.

Check out the MSHA safety library over at ShopCatSafety.com, if you haven’t already.

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Convergence Training at ASSE Safety 2011 Expo in Chicago – Not Your Boring Trade Show Booth

With a tagline like, “Bad Training SUCKS,” people know immediately that we’re a different kind of company. And at this year’s ASSE Safety 2011 Expo in Chicago, we didn’t disappoint.

We hired an actor/comedian, Matt Kissane, to be in-character impersonating “Matt Foley – Motivational Speaker,” made famous in several Saturday Night Live sketches starring the late Chris Farley.

The ASSE management actually came by our booth the morning of the second day asking if “Matt Foley” was going to be with us that day. We thought we might be in trouble because of the amount of attention he was getting. Just the opposite. They said if there was an award for the most entertaining booth, they’d give it to us, hands-down. We immediately suggested that it wasn’t too late for them to incorporate a “Most Entertaining Booth” award into their program and we’d happily accept.

And here’s Matt Foley, letting everyone know how Convergence Training can help get their training “back on the right track!”

OH&S (Occupational Health & Safety) Magazine also included a nice piece on us in their article, “Live from ASSE: Dirty Pictures and the Ghost of Chris Farley.

Maybe next year, they’ll actually have our award for “Most Entertaining Booth” waiting for us.

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Convergence Training’s NEW Website – The Corporate Jargon Killer

Over the past few years, we’ve gotten lots of compliments on our website. But as much as we like compliments, we’re driven by our own standards of quality and design. So check out our brand-spanking-new website https://www.convergencetraining.com/ for a look at who we are, what we do, and where we’re taking the industry.

We deliberately skipped traditional corporate web design, and took a revolutionary approach to our new site. We actually tell you what we do… and it may sound crazy, but we also show you some samples of our work. So be warned, if it makes you uncomfortable to have a company speak to you in direct terms, with relevant images, this site is not for you.

You won’t find businessy jargon like, “empowers companies to maximize their potential and facilitate ROI, blah, blah…” Convergence sells Training Courses, Training Management Software, and Custom Course Development Services at competitive prices to companies that value quality. Need to know more? Dig a little deeper into the site or just give us a call.

Yes, our phone lines have actual people on this end. We’re not using our site as a shield to protect us from those scary customers. Our phone number’s right at the top of every page.


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Convergence Training Supports the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

This year, at the ASSE Safety 2011 Expo in Chicago, we’re buying a selection of IKEA furniture for our booth (#1063) and working with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to get the items to people who really need it. We think that’s a much more meaningful use of our resources than renting a folding chair and table skirt for a couple of days.

While trade shows provide a great opportunity for potential customers and product producers to meet, they can be costly and often wasteful. Printing marketing material, shipping display cases, renting furniture, and paying huge fees for space and services just for a chance to get face to face with prospective clients… We do all that… but we do it our way.

When we attend shows these days, we don’t rent furniture, we buy it and donate it to a local charity. We started this practice at last year’s Safety 2010 Expo in Baltimore MD. It’s just one way that we try to give something back to the community while we grow our business. It takes a little more coordination to buy the furniture and make arrangements with a charitable organization, but it’s really worth it.

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Always Updating…

One of the many benefits of developing 3D animated training is that there’s always the opportunity to update and improve our models. As computing power increases and our development processes evolve, we get to take advantage of creating more complex and realistic 3D environments, machines, and people.

Here’s an example from our Trenching and Excavation Safety course, currently under development. The first image is what we’ve used in the past. At the time, it did the trick. But then, of course, this is a dynamic and ever-changing industry. And animators and 3D modelers characteristically like to push the envelope.

The second image is our latest model under development. It’ll be a focal point of our new Trenching and Excavating Safety course and it represents a much more sophisticated, detailed, and realistic piece of equipment. It’s the result of our increasingly refined skills, tools, and processes. Ultimately, that’s what defines an animation studio, constantly pushing the limits of what’s possible to create effective, engaging illusions that tell a story.

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