EHS Course Development Survey

Here at Convergence Training, we work on a pretty tight schedule. With loads of custom training projects in production, our writers are busy scripting and storyboarding and our artists are hard at work modeling and designing the dynamic 3D courses we’re so proud to produce.

At the same time, we’re continuing to build our retail safety and compliance library. At a recent planning meeting, we developed a diverse list of candidates for production in the coming months.

But now we need your help. Since we can’t make all these courses at once, we’d love to hear what you think. What’s on our list that you need the most? Anything not on the list that you’d like to see us put our spin on?

Take the poll or leave a comment and let us know what you’d like to see next.

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Convergence Server Enterprise – Sneak Peek

Today we’re happy to announce that our talented development team has been working diligently on a brand new version of our Convergence Server Learning Management System. We expect to have it ready for release by June of this year, and are planning for the first implementations in the 3rd quarter. Rebuilt from the ground up, Convergence Server Enterprise will launch with buckets of great new features. Here’s an idea of what you can expect:

Bigger, Better, Faster.

While Convergence Server Enterprise has provided training administrators with powerful training delivery, tracking, and reporting tools, we think we can offer our clients more. In Convergence Server Enterprise, we’ve retained the core functionality of the original system while reworking the entire platform to be more flexible, more intuitive, and much more powerful. We’ve also added multi-site capability, increased the customization options for training plans and training groups, and generally made the whole application bigger, better and faster.

What’s new?

Here’s a peek at some of the new features we’re building into Convergence Server Enterprise:

• New organizational structure and user interface.
• Revised user permissions system
• Complete ASP.Net web application core
• Microsoft Silverlight integration for content creation (Tasks, Quizzes, Classes, etc.)
• Configurable required fields, field names, column names, languages
• Job scheduling engine for emails, reports, and backups
• System audit records
• Versioning for training records
• Extended design for increased flexibility and multi-site capability
• Separation of content repositories (local/remote servers)
• Looking at rugged tablet PC hardware for new portable Scout version

More to come.

So that’s our brief introduction to Convergence Server Enterprise. We’ll be releasing more details as we approach our launch date, so check back here or subscribe to our RSS feed to receive future updates.

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Convergence Launches DriverSafetyVideos.com

We recently launched a new website to compliment our BuyBetterTraining.com online storefront.

DriverSafetyVideos.com is focused exclusively on our line of Driver Safety Videos, and will allow us us a little more freedom to expand upon the themes of driver risk management, driver preparation, awareness, and accident prevention.

 

So, check out DriverSafetyVideos.com for your driver training needs, and keep an eye out for new product launches, articles, and information about how to reduce risk and injury to yourself or your employees.

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Convergence donating a portion of retail proceeds in support of familes affected by mine tragedy.

Convergence Training joins the nation in mourning the loss of life at West Virginia’s Upper Big Branch mine. We extend our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends of all affected by this tragedy.

As an organization dedicated to safety, we pledge to donate a portion of all retail proceeds from BuyBetterTraining.com through the end of May 2010 toward the support of affected miners and their families. Recipients and details will be announced at a later date and we’ll appreciate all suggestions for appropriate methods of effectively showing our support of our American mine workers.

In the meantime, here are some organizations accepting donations for support and recovery efforts related to the West Virginia mine disaster:

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Hexavalent Chromium Video Sample

We’ve recently completed work on our new Hexavelent Chromium video and it’s now available for sale from BuyBetterTraining.com.

Learn to how to comply with OSHA’s standards concerning monitoring and controlling exposure to cr6+, and understand how to keep yourself and your team safe when working with this known human carcinogen.

Check out a sample clip from the video:

Hexavalent Chromium, or Cr(VI), is used in many industrial processes and can often be found in steel production and metal working. Welders in particular are at risk for CR(VI) exposure; especially when arc welding or stick welding with stainless steel or chromium metal.

The Hexavalent Chromium dust or gasses produced from heated metal attacks the airways, leading to nasal and skin ulcerations, lesions, respiratory ailments, and lung and nasal cancers.

Our Hexavelent Chromium video covers OSHA requirements regarding exposure to these dangers, including instruction on the following topics:

  • Exposure levels and assesment
  • Observation and Recording of Monitoring
  • Employee Notification
  • Engineering and work Practice Controls
  • Sample controls for painting and welding
  • Respiratory protection
  • Additional PPE
  • Medical surveillance and examination

Stay safe.  Check out the video at BuyBetterTraining.com

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Spring Sale – 20% Off Entire Inventory

In Celebration of the changing of the seasons, we’re offering 20% off of our entire inventory of MSHA and safety training videos during the month of April.

This bonus comes with a twist, however. To get the 20% discount, you must find the three eggs we’ve hidden throughout BuyBetterTraining.com. Find them all and put their words in order to form the right coupon code and save 20%. It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Visit BuyBetterTraining.com and Start Hunting.

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Forklift Safety Video Preview

**Update**Our Forklift Safety Training video is now complete and available for sale.
View a sample or buy the video from our website.

We’ve been hard at work on a Forklift Safety Training video to add to our library of safety training DVDs. We’re still adding some finishing touches, but we’re really excited about this one. It’s looking great!

We should have some sample video clips up soon, but in the meantime, here are some screenshots to give you a sense of how it’s coming together:

 

The video is designed to coach employees on how they can avoid accidents and injury while operating a forklift at work. It’s great for new employees, or as a refresher course for veteran workers. Teach speed, stability and safe operation of forklifts in any workplace.

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Convergence Training at the 2010 Mining Association of South Carolina Workshop

TRAVEL TIME AGAIN!

This time we’re in Columbia, South Carolina attending the Mining Association of South Carolina (MASC) 2010 Mining Workshop. Come visit us at booth #42, or during our breakout session were we will be demoing our award-winning MSHA training materials and compliance tools. As always we will also have our Environmental Health and Safety training courses available.

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 30 – Wednesday, March 31, 2010. The event will be held at The Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Columbia, S.C.

About MASC…

The Mining Association of South Carolina consists of individuals, firms and corporations whose common interest is development of mineral resources, in an environmentally sound manner, in the state of South Carolina. We advise and safeguard the business interests of our members through regulatory, legislative, public relations and educational programs. We promote harmony within our industry and with the general public consistent with high standards of responsibility, skill, and integrity.

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Convergence Newsletter Gets an Upgrade


We recently took some time to retool the Convergence Training newsletter. In addition to the new coat of paint, we added some features and functionality that should help us to better spread the word about sales, events, and other goings-on at Convergence.

Some of the new features:

  • Forward to a friend links
  • View in Browser link
  • Links to course catalog and sales
  • Links to past blog posts

Check out an archived version of the new design here.

You can always view our archived newsletters here, or better yet, subscribe to the newsletter to be alerted to new Convergence products and discounts.

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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: http://www.youtube.com/kdellavalle

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