New Safety Training Courses Available: Tanker Rollover; Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department last month. They’re all additions to our EHS 3D animated training library. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, here’s how to contact us.

Tanker Rollover

Among commercial transportation vehicles, tanker trucks are some of the most susceptible to rollover-type accidents. Learn the factors that most commonly contribute to tanker rollover accidents and how to avoid them.

Learn more about our Tanker Rollover Course.

Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures

Having a spill prevention plan in place is among the most effective and efficient tools in preventing environmental contamination. This course will discuss spill-related pollution, spill prevention techniques, appropriate procedures for controlling a spill, and countermeasure techniques that can be taken to help comply with federal regulations.

Learn more about our Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures Course.

Need to know more? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to hear from you.

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New HR Training Courses Available Now: Diversity in Workplace; Substance Abuse; and Discrimination in the Workplace

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department last month. They’re all additions to our Human Resources 3D animated training library. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, here’s how to contact us.

Diversity in the Workplace

Companies can increase their creativity and openness to different ideas by fostering a diverse work force. This course covers the definition and benefits of diversity, the challenges in a diverse workplace, and how employees can be proactive and positive on a daily basis to promote the differences between workers.

Learn more about our Diversity in the Workplace Course.

Substance Abuse Awareness

Drug addiction is when an individual is involved in compulsive drug seeking and use, regardless of any negative health or social consequences. This compulsive drug use can cause employees to be more likely to miss work, be less productive, or even be involved in on-the-job accidents. This course raises awareness by discussing the effects of different types of drugs and alcohol as well as how to recognize and deal with symptoms of abuse.

Learn more about our Substance Abuse Awareness Course.

Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination amongst employees can contribute to a hostile work environment and negative company culture, leading to lower efficiency and high employee turnover. This course raises awareness by discussing the civil rights laws protecting people from discrimination, the types of discrimination, and how discrimination can affect the workplace.

Learn more about our Discrimination in the Workplace Course.

Need to know more? Drop us a line; we’d be happy to hear from you.

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New Papermaking Courses Available: Black Liquor Evaporators-Equipment; Carrier Ropes-Design and Operation; Box Plant Basics-Flexo Folder Gluers; and Pulping and Papermaking Overview

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department last month. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, here’s how to contact us.

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Breaking Bad: Workforce Training Suggestions

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Tonight, the final episode of the TV series Breaking Bad airs.

As we like to do from time to time, we take a break from writing about serious safety issues such as preventing fatalities, learning teams, incident investigations, leading indicators, safety training, and online safety training and use a seasonal event or something in pop culture to enjoy a safety yuk or two.

In this article, the laughs are on, or compliments of, Walt and his crew from Breaking Bad. Hope you enjoy this one, and if you do, feel free to check out some of our other humor-based safety articles, such as those listed below:

Note: this post includes video clips from the AMC television series Breaking Bad. If you’re not familiar with Breaking Bad, please know that it includes some colorful language and behavior. The clips below contain some of the more light-hearted moments from the show.

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What Is SCORM?

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If you’re interested in e-learning, you’ve probably heard of or seen the acronym SCORM.

To my eyes, it looks like it should be the name of a Star Trek enemy—kind of like the Borg Collective. But nope, it’s a set of rules, standards, and specifications for making e-learning modules and learning management systems (LMSs) work together.

Read on if you’re curious for more information.

What Does SCORM Do?

SCORM ensures that e-learning courses can be imported into, assigned, played, completed, and tracked from a learning management system (LMS). That’s assuming that both the e-learning course and the LMS are SCORM-compliant.

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Study Shows Link between Workforce Health and Safety and Company’s Financial Performance

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Money. Although some don’t care much for it, others say it’s what they want. They work hard for it, and they love it.

But why are we talking about this on a blog typically related to training, safety, and production efficiency, you ask? Well, partly to indulge my desire to listen to some classic R&B and rock tunes while at work, of course. But also because a new study has shown a link between the operational safety and health of companies and their financial bottom-line.

That’s right. Even though there’s no need to justify safety—it’s the right goal in and of itself—this study shows a link between good safety and health records and stronger stock market performance.

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Employee Silica Exposure Monitoring Checklist

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As you probably know, OSHA’s got a new rule on respirable crystalline silica that goes into effect September 23, 2017, with different compliance requirement dates based on industry (read more about that here).

With that, safety issues related to silica have been on lots of people’s minds. And rightly so, as the health risks are real. According to OSHA, the rule can save about 700 lives and prevent 1,600 new cases of silicosis every year. If you missed it, we’ve already published a blog post full of resources about respirable crystalline silica.

In addition, Convergence Training is offering an Employee Silica Exposure Monitoring Checklist to help you monitor your employees’ silica exposure. You can download it below. The checklist is drawn from a Silica eTool from OSHA.

This is the first of several silica-related posts and free resources we have planned for you, so keep checking back here at the blog for more.

Also we’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here.

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OSHA Proposes New Respirable Crystalline Silica Rule: Here Are Some Helpful Resources

OSHA recently announced a proposed rule to protect workers exposed to crystalline silica. You may have already heard about this-it was even mentioned in the New York Times recently. But we figured we’d run through all the information you need to know right here in this one post.

First, Does the Convergence Training Blog Have Any Free Silica-Related Training Materials?

Yeah, here’s an employee silica exposure checklist for you–in four different formats, no less.

Is This a Rule or Just a Proposed Rule?

It’s just a proposed rule. That means it’s a suggestion that OSHA has put forth. There’s a lengthy process to complete before this becomes a rule, if it ever does. And that includes periods for public comments and public hearings.

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New Papermaking Courses: Continuous Cooking Introduction and Wet End Chemistry – Functional Papermaking Additives

Here are the new training courses created by our busy Production department in August. They’re all additions to our Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Box 3D animated training libraries. Scroll down to see short samples of each.

If you’d like to learn more about these courses or view them in a demo, click here.

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What Is a Learning Management System (LMS)?

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Many people in learning and development are quite familiar with learning management systems (LMSs). Maybe you use one now, or maybe you’ve used one for years.

On the other hand, there are plenty of people who aren’t familiar with an LMS, haven’t used one, or don’t know what an LMS is. Maybe you’re new to training. Maybe your role in training has never involved using an LMS. Or maybe your company still hasn’t adopted an LMS, and you’re still administering your training through an excruciating series of databases, network folders, SharePoint, Excel spreadsheets, and paper-based training records in manila envelopes stored in metal filing cabinets in various rooms though out the office. 🙁

If the paragraph above describes your situation, here’s a 100-level primer explaining what an LMS is. We’ve also included some additional links to other LMS-related articles. Hope this helps get you up to speed quickly.

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Meet Us at National Safety Council Congress in Chicago, September 30-October 2: Win Free Contractor Orientation and/or Kindle Fire HD

We’ll be at the National Safety Council’s 2013 Congress in Chicago, IL, this September 30-October 2. Come by and meet us at Booth 1502.

While you’re there, you can see in-person demos of our learning management systems (LMSs) and our animated, narrated, SCORM-compliant safety training modules.

If that’s not enough, we’ve also got some good swag for you. How about a free, animated and narrated contractor orientation module that includes your own site-specific policies and procedures? We’re giving one away, and even better, it comes with our Contractor LMS free for one year. Or how about something a little more tangible–like a Kindle Fire HD tablet. Yep, we’ve giving one of those away too.

Lookin’ forward to seeing you there!

Need some help keeping up with the NSC Congress news? Here’s a link to the NSC 2013 Congress website and here’s a link with their various social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.).

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Free Hot Work Training Module

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Until recently, we offered a free Hot Work training course on this blog.
However, we now offer a new product line that allows you to view our full Production-level online safety and health training courses in several different formats, including pay-per-view at a very inexpensive price.
Check out our online Hot Work Training Safety course and our Hot Work Permit course.

And since you’re here, feel free to download our free guide to effective EHS Training, as well.

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Effective EHS Training: A Step-by-Step Guide

Learn how to design, create, deliver, and evaluate effective EHS training by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.

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