Surface Miner Training products presented at CalCIMA 2010


Tired of the cold? Then you just might see us at CalCIMA’s Spring Thaw Safety Conference in Sacramento, California on Wednesday, March 17th 2010. The California Construction and Industrial Materials Association is co-hosting its annual safety conference in collaboration with MSHA, CalOSHA, the Holmes Safety Association, and Safety Center Incorporated.


Convergence Training will be presenting our Surface Miner Training line of MSHA Part 46 training and compliance products as well as our Environmental Health and Safety courses to California mine operators and mining contractors such as Vulcan Materials, Knife River Construction, Syar Industries and more.
The all-day event held at Capitol Hall Plaza, 1025 9th Street in downtown Sacramento will cover MSHA policies, site specific hazard training, managing access to surface mining equipment, ergonomics, improving annual refresher training and much more. We’ll look forward to seeing there!

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Convergence Training will Relocate to Larger Facility

Convergence Training has officially outgrown our current location in Camas, WA.

Over the last 12 years, we’ve slowly expanded our office space by knocking down walls as other suites have been vacated. A few years ago, we finally inherited the entire upstairs of our rental space. With the amount of new staff we hired in 2009, and the goals and opportunities we have for this year and beyond, we’ve finally outgrown our current location.

To give us room for future expansion, Convergence has found a new office space in nearby Vancouver, WA. This building has two floors and will nearly double our square footage.

Now that the paperwork has been signed and the move is official, we are excited for construction to begin. For the next few months, we will be waiting patiently as the building gets some improvements, including an elevator for ADA compliancy, new bathrooms, a renovated upstairs, and new office partitions. We are planning to complete the remodel and move into the new building mid-summer.

While we are excited to be moving to a larger and nicer facility, we want to assure you that this is not some fancy, over-priced high-rise building in Manhattan. We looked long and hard to find a building that could accommodate our current and future workforce without increasing the costs to the customers. We will continue to provide affordable training services, with the same quality 3D graphics and animation, that our customers have come to expect.

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Combustible Dust Explosion Video on YouTube

I’ve uploaded several samples from our newest environmental, health, and safety training module – Combustible Dusts – to YouTube. The full module includes almost 20 minutes of training about subjects such as combustible dust hazards, the Dust Fire and Explosion Pentagon, explosion risk controls, explosion damage controls, and the effects of combustible dust explosions. This training course will soon be included in our Online Catalog featured in Convergence Training Viewer.

To view the latest samples, you can view my channel here:

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Arizona Public Service Displays Convergence Training Safety Video

Palo Verde nuclear power plant near Phoenix, Arizona recently held its annual “Safe Day”. One of the more than 40 booths at the event, which are created by the employees themselves, incorporated video from part of our Compressed Gas Safety training. Convergence donated the use of the compressed gas video for the single-day event.

Almost 50 departments, vendors and others hosted booths, each with its own individual message or theme. From Business Continuity to Work Management, from Air Gas Inc. to Westinghouse along with Palo Verde Young Generation Nuclear and the Safety Singing Man, Safety and Human Performance Day offered a wealth of information, interaction, games playing and more.

Check out more details about the event in an Article on

Here is a really nice aerial shot of their 3 unit station:

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New 3D Driver Safety Courses Released

Our Driver Safety training courses are now available for purchase via our online safety training store. We’re really excited to add these courses to our library because it represents a new set of topics for us and a chance to really show off our 3D graphics and animation skills. To check out some video samples, visit our Driver Safety YouTube playlist.

Industries and Uses
These modules would be great for companies that employ delivery drivers, mobile technicians, on-site service reps, or any other mobile employees. The courses show a variety of vehicles including cars, SUV’s, and vans, and provide very concise information without all the fluff, bad acting, and 1980s clothes of some of the other videos.

The courses in our 3-DVD set include:

Driving Preparation
This module focuses on preparing to drive safely and includes the basics of vehicle maintenance and inspection, suggestions for planning your route, emergency supplies, securing cargo, seat belts, and cell phones.

Alert Driving
This module focuses on the importance of alert driving and discusses driving while impaired, avoiding distractions, scanning the road, things to look for, increasing reaction time, and the two-second rule.

Driving Hazard Recognition
This module discusses recognizing and avoiding driving hazards related to intersections, blind spots, limited visibility, losing traction, erratic drivers, and pedestrians, animals, and parked vehicles.

Delivery Formats
As always, these courses will be available on DVD, as computer-based training through Convergence Training Viewer, as Pay-Per-View, and even licensable SCORM courses in our LMS or yours.

More Info
Fill out the form below if you have questions or would like more information about purchasing any of our driver safety training.

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Freebie: Ergonomics Image

We recently took a few renders from our Ergonomics course and put them together into a single clipart style image. The safety graphics show proper lifting techniques, and also shows the difference between good and bad seated positions. We are offering the image for you to use on your website, on your blog, in your safety meetings, or anything else, royalty free. The only thing we ask is that we ask that our logo remains apparent on the image.

Click on the image below to see it full size, and then you can right-click and save the image.

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Hexavalent Chromium and Combustible Dust – New Courses from Convergence Training

The Convergence Training production team is hard at work on several new courses for Environmental, Health, and Safety training.

Hexavalent Chromium

First to hit the shelves will be our new Hexavalent Chromium course. The module is based on OSHA’s 1910.1026 standard for General Industry and 1926.1126 standard for the Construction Industry, and presents information on:

• What hexavalent chromium is
• How it’s formed
• Health hazards of hexavalent chromium
• Risks and controls during welding operations
• OSHA exposure levels (AL and PEL)
• Exposure monitoring and record keeping
• Employee notification
• Engineering and work practice controls
• Respirators and PPE
• Medical surveillance


Combustible Dusts

Next in the pipeline will be our new course on Combustible Dusts. The course is based on OSHA’s “Status Report on Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program” and “Hazard Communication Guidance for Combustible Dusts” and presents information on:

• The hazards of combustible dusts
• The Dust Fire and Explosion Pentagon
• Controls to reduce the risk of combustible dust explosions
• Facility dust analyses to prevent dust explosions
• Primary and secondary combustible dust explosions

Both training courses are being produced in the style you’ve come to expert from Convergence, with state-of-the-art 3-D animations, narrated scripts that viewers can listen to and read along with, and a test bank of interactive, randomized questions.

Visit the Health and Safety section of our site from time to time or fill out the form below to see when each of these new training courses are available.

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Promo Video for MSHA Training on YouTube

Do you need MSHA training?
Do you need a Part 46 DVD?
Do you need MSHA taining on your computer?
Do you need miner training for your organization for many sites?

If the answer to any of those questions is, YES, then we can help!

Check out our new video to get an idea of the features that our line of surface miner training has to offer. And remember, we can deliver it HOWEVER you need it!

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Get MSHA Training at World of Concrete 2010

Come visit Convergence Training at the 2010 world of concrete show in Las Vegas, Nevada from February 2nd through the 5th. We’ll be exhibiting in the North Hall at booth #N664 with our friends from TruckTrax. Stop by to learn more about the benefits of our Surface Miner Training products and to take advantage of discount pricing for World of Concrete!

While Convergence also produces a broad range of Environmental Health and Safety training courses, the focus of the team at the World of Concrete will be to showcase Convergence’s innovative and award-winning line of MSHA Training.

The Surface Miner Training line of products includes the Basic DVD set, the Standard desktop software, the Advanced desktop software with compliance tools, and the newly released Enterprise Internet-based system for larger organizations with multiple locations.

The World of Concrete is a massive annual international event that brings together companies involved in the concrete and masonry construction industries. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Defensive Driving Course Samples Now On YouTube

While our safe and defensive driving course is going through an internal review before being ready for the public, I’ve published some sneak previews to a special YouTube playlist.

The playlist has samples for Blind Spots, the 2 Second Rule, and Emergency Supplies.

Check it out here:

These defensive driving courses will soon be available on our website at

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Convergence Training Content Development Experts Looking to Complete US Tour

In the final half of 2009, Convergence Training’s team of computer-based training content development experts have visited locations and created site-specific, custom training content for customers in the:

  • Northwest (Washington and Oregon)
  • Midwest (Wisconsin)
  • Northeast (Pennsylvania)
  • Southeast (Florida, Alabama, and Arkansas)

Our content development team, including engineers, writers, instructional designers, and photographers, would love to “hit for the cycle” and finish their tour of the U.S. this year by creating our 3-D, animated training content for a customer based in the Southwest. Any takers?

It’s been a busy year for the content development team. We’ve created custom, computer-based training content on the following topics:

  • Converting equipment
  • Finishing
  • Boilers
  • Paper machines
  • Wrappers
  • Log saws
  • Board machines
  • Tissue QA devices
  • Contractor and site-visitor orientation training
  • Environmental, health and safety
  • Chemical process safety

Convergence Training is excited that demand for our custom training materials has been so high, and we look forward to some already-scheduled trips to begin making new materials for more customers. For those readers in the Southwest, now’s your chance to join in the fun!

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