Use Online Safety Training to Help Make Best Use of Valuable Instructor-Led and Face-to-Face Training Time

hourglassAlmost every safety manager, or EHS manager, that I’ve spoken to is a busy person who’s juggling many balls and wearing many hats.

If you’re a safety or EHS manager, and you’re not swamped, great for you! Consider keeping your job. ūüôā

But if¬†you ARE swamped, it’s reasonable to think about how you can use your time more efficiently. I sound like Captain Obvious, no? And one of the ways you can do that is to make more efficient use of the time that you use to lead instructor-led training in a classroom-like setting or field-based training to workers on the job.

In this article, we’ll look at how you can use online safety training tools to help you use that face-to-face training time more efficiently and effectively.

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OSHA’s Top Ten Violations, 2016

(Hi there! We’ve recently updated this article to include additional data and insights. Please click to read our new article about OSHA’s Top Ten Violations List for 2016.)

Every year, OSHA releases its list of the ten most cited violations from the previous fiscal year.

They do it in two stages, actually. In October, they release a preliminary list, and then they release a second, expanded version of that list with more data later in the year.

As our friend Mr. Calendar makes clear, it’s October, which means it’s time for that initial list. And just like clockwork, OSHA’s done it. They’ve released their “preliminary list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations” for fiscal year 2016. We got the news from the OSHA blog.

And also just like clockwork, we’re getting that information to you as quickly as we can.

We’ve got the list for you below. We’ve also included links to additional webpages related to each of the commonly violated standards–the additional pages include free training materials, fun word games, interactive glossaries, additional helpful information about the regulation and how to avoid violating it, free safety checklists, and more. We’ve also included some samples of relevant health and safety eLearning courses for each standard.

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Post-Event Wrap-Up: Washington Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference–Download the Presentation and Free Guide

The state of Washington recently held their 65th Annual Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Conference.

The conference was great. Congrats and thanks to the organizers and staff for putting together a great event, and of course kudos, props, and high-fives to all the attendees, exhibitors, and presenters (and to anyone else involved that if I’ve mistakenly left anyone out). And a hat-tip to Spokane–a ¬†lovely city with a beautiful waterfront–thanks for dialing up the fantastic weather!

I was there and I gave a short presentation on effective environment, health, and safety (EHS) training. Thanks to the folks who attended my presentation.

I said I’d write a quick blog post where people can download some free, related materials–primarily a free 60-page Guide to Effective EHS Training, based on the newly revised ANSI Z490.1 (2016), the national standard for Accepted Criteria in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training. And that’s what this blog post is all about.

So thanks again to everyone, hope to see you again at a future conference, let me know if you’ve got any questions, and click the MORE button below to get your freebies and additional resources.

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Guide to Effective EHS Training (Updated for 2016): How to Design, Develop, Deliver, and Evaluate EHS Training

effective-ehs-training-guideSome time ago, we wrote a series of articles about ANSI Z490.1, the national standard for accepted criteria in safety, health, and environmental training.

That series was so popular, we used it as a source to create a free, downloadable Guide to Effective EHS Training.

Then, in 2016, the good people at ANSI and the ASSE updated ANSI Z490.1 (and did a good job, I might add).

And so now, we’ve followed suit, updating our own Guide to Effective EHS Training to keep up to date with the times.

If you’re not familiar with the standard or our free guide, we encourage you to buy a copy of the standard and to download the free guide. If¬†you’re one of the thousands of people who¬†have already downloaded¬†the earlier version of our guide, we think you’ll like this new version even more.

Hope you enjoy it. You can download it now, or you can read the short preview article we’ve prepared for you below and download it from the bottom of this page. Such a life-so many options!

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Safety Training for Millennials

milleniallsWe’re in the middle of a big generational change in the United States.

The Baby Boomers are retiring and leaving the workforce. And a new generation, the Millennials, are entering the workforce.

(Quick facts: Millennials were born between “the late 70s” and “early 2000s” and there are somewhere around 75 million of them in the US–more than the number of Baby Boomers. Read more about Millennials here).

It seems you can’t go anywhere without hearing or reading about Millennials, how they’re different than other generations, how they’ll change things, and how to best interact with and communicate with them. Honestly, I think some of this is exaggerated. I’ve got two daughters who are Millennials, their friends are Millennials, and I seem to be able to communicate with them. They’re MILLENNIALS, not MARTIANS, right?

But on the other hand, it’s true they’ve lived different lives, have had different experiences, and have different expectations and desires than some of the rest of us do. At work, that will manifest itself in many ways, and one of those is the kind of safety training they’re going to expect, appreciate, and benefit from.

So without wading too deep into the murky philosophical waters of asking “What defines the Millennial generation?”, let’s take a look at a few simple things you can do to make your safety training better for this new generation.

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10 Amazing Ways Animations and 3D Animations Make Safety Training Better

Safety training can come in many forms or “delivery methods.” For example, there’s field-based training, classroom-style instructor-led training, written materials, video-based training, interactive eLearning courses, and more.

In general, each of these different training delivery methods can be effective for safety training. And that’s why ANSI Z490.1, the US national standard for Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, suggests using a variety of them in a blended learning solution. And it’s not just Z490.1 that feels that way; most learning experts do.¬†For example, you¬†can read more about on the topic in the classic book Evidence-Based Training Methods by Dr. Ruth Colvin Clark or on our blog¬†in our¬†post on blended learning.

But within that blended learning safety training solution, different training delivery methods may have different benefits for different specific safety training needs. In this article, we’re going to look at a few benefits of safety training that includes animations and even 3D animations. These animated training materials would typically be delivered¬†as videos or eLearning courses.

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Protecting Workers from Cold Temperatures: Some Helpful Resources

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It’s October already. And¬†that means that¬†here in the US, cold weather is on its way once again.¬†¬†Brrr.

And that also means it’s a good idea and a good time to consider how well prepared you and your workforce are for the lower temperatures.

Dealing with the cold weather may seem like something we all know about.¬†But the truth¬†is that people suffer from hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and other cold-related problems every year. And it’s almost always avoidable.

So, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources for you about cold stress, frostbite, working in the cold, and generally keeping safe in the cold. They’re drawn from various sources, including OSHA, the Department of Labor, AAA, National Public Radio, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more. Hopefully you’ll find one or more of these helpful.

Stay safe and stay warm, friend!

And hey, here’s a nice tune to listen to when the temps really begin to drop: Baby, it’s cold outside. I like that version, don’t you?

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Training Workers to Use Software Systems with Screen Recording Software Programs

training-workers-to-use-software-systems-w-screen-recording-software-programsComputer software systems are all around us, and we use them a lot.

We use them a lot in our personal lives. For example, Facebook lets us catch up with friends and family. Google lets us find information we need. We watch movies online and we listen to music online. We even go online to do our banking, pay our bills, or shop.

The same is true at work. You’re reading this on a web browser now, obviously. And I wrote it using a blogging platform called WordPress. And if you’re anything like me, today you’ll be using a lot more software, too: Microsoft Office, Excel, and Word, plus maybe PowerPoint depending on how the day goes. I’ll probably be using some image editing software and¬†custom software for logging my time at work, too. Maybe you’ll be doing stuff like that as well.

But it’s not just you and me. It’s all of the people that I work with, and probably all the people you work with, too. And because software is so common at work, it’s important to be able to teach new workers how to use software. Plus you’ve got to train existing employees how to use new software when it’s introduced at work.

And all that software training can burn up a lot of time–yours and theirs–if you do it inefficiently.

But fortunately, there’s a¬†group of products¬†that have the ability to record your computer screen and make little “how-to” videos for software training.¬†¬†These tools can be very helpful, they can save you a lot of time and money on software training, and they¬†can be used to teach employees¬†software applications more quickly and effectively. So what’s not to like about that?

In¬†this article, we’ll tell you more about these screen recording software applications. Please note that Convergence Training makes none of these products, has no business relationship with any of their makers, and doesn’t endorse any one product. We’re just saying that as a group, they’re a handy product type that can make your life easier at work.

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5 OSHA Compliance Considerations for All General Industry Employers

5-key-oshaThis is the third and last article in a three-article series looking at OSHA compliance requirements for general industry employers.

In the first article, we looked at six compliance requirements that apply for most general industry employers.

In the second article, we looked at an additional nine compliance requirements that may also apply to those employers.

And in this third article, we’re going to kind of “mop up” and provide a series of five additional compliance considerations that all general industry employers should keep in mind.

The information in these articles is coming from OSHA’s¬†handy online Compliance Assistance “Quick Start” Guide for General Industry. If you’re not familiar with it, we definitely encourage you to check it out.

And with that, let’s continue and wrap up our series.

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Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems: Best Practices for Management Leadership and Employee Participation

In this article, we’re going to look at some best practices for ensuring management leadership and employee participation in your workplace occupational health and safety¬†management system.

This is the third in a series of articles discussing¬†health and safety¬†management systems. If you’ve missed the two earlier articles, the first was an introduction to various¬†health and safety¬†management system standards and guidelines, and the second was a look at the difference between a¬†H&S management “system” and¬†H&S management “programs” (and more specifically, the difference between the system-approach advocated by ANSI and the ASSE in their ANSI Z10 standard and OSHA’s program approach advocated in their upcoming¬†H&S management guideline).

The entire series of articles is based on information from ANSI Z10, Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems. As¬†we’ve said in the earlier articles, we highly¬†recommend that you buy a copy of the Z10 standard for yourself. There’s a ton of useful information in it, including a large collection of helpful appendices at the end. It never hurts to take some guidance and get some helpful resources from the experts at ANSI and ASSE. The cost is $105.

Also, if you’re a big fan of ANSI standards created by the ASSE, you may want to check out our previous series of articles on ANSI Z490.1, Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, and/or download our free guide which summarizes those articles.

With the scene now set, let’s get on to the focus of this article: management leadership and employee participation in your¬†health and safety¬†management system.

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9 More OSHA Compliance Requirements For General Industry

9more-oshaThis is the second of a three-article series looking at OSHA compliance requirements for general industry employers.

In our first article, we looked at six compliance requirements that OSHA believes apply to most general industry employers. In this article, we’ll look at an additional nine compliance requirements that OSHA believes may apply at general industry employers in addition to the five identified in the earlier article. And in the third (and final article), we’ll draw your attention to five additional compliance considerations that OSHA notes.

If you’re wondering how we know what OSHA things about this, it’s because they were nice enough to lay it all out in¬†their handy online Compliance Assistance “Quick Start” Guide for General Industry. So that’s where we’re getting the information about what OSHA thinks most companies will have to comply with and what OSHA thinks many companies may have to comply with in addition.

If you haven’t, write a note to yourself to check it out soon. We’ve provided a link to it for you to review later.

But for now, enjoy our overview below.

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Writing True/False, Matching, Drag and Drop, and Short-Answer Questions for Workforce Training Tests

Recently we’ve written a series of articles about writing effective test questions for workforce training assessment.

We hope you’ve found the series interesting and helpful. And yep, you guessed it–we mentioned it because this article is another addition to the series.

In this article, we’ll give you a few general tips for writing specific types of questions. We already covered multiple-choice questions, an online workforce assessment workhorse, in a different article, so we won’t address that here. In this article, we’ll consider true/false questions, matching and/or drag and drop questions, and short-answer and/or fill-in-the-blank questions.

If you missed any of the earlier article in the series, we’ve already¬†covered:

Keep your eye on the blog for a future post on creating assessments that evaluate how well employees perform specific job tasks and/or demonstrate job skills. That’s still on the agenda.

And let us know if we’ve missed something you’d like us to write about.
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