Fun Scaffolds Training Game

Scaffolds are hazardous and workers get hurt on them–or worse, get hurt when falling from them.

Given that, it makes sense to train employees to work on, with, and near scaffolds safely. And it makes sense to train them in a variety of ways.

One thing you can do to add a little fun to the training is to let your employees play this scaffolds training game. You may even give it a shot yourself!

It’s basically the same thing as the games on TV’s Wheel of Fortune, except (1) there’s no Vanna White and (2) it’s about scaffolds.

Have a fun time with this!

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7 Ways Online Safety Training Helps New Employees Work More Safely

Getting hired and starting a new gig is exciting. We’ve all been there. New opportunities open. New, exciting challenges present themselves.

But it can also be stressful, intimidating, and even a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot to learn in a hurry, and some new hires are starting at ground zero.

Fortunately, there’s a lot that managers, supervisors, bosses, and coworkers can do to help the new employee. Frankly, just saying “hi” and “welcome,” introducing yourself, and offering any help if needed are good places to start.

In addition, a comprehensive new employee onboarding program is a great start. This can include explaining the company mission statement, values, and culture; explaining general policies, like vacation time and sick days; getting the new employee together with his or her new manager; setting expectations with the employee and learning more about his or her own career goals; and more.

Part of that onboarding can begin the process of teaching the new worker his or her new job, including the tasks and responsibiities he or she will have to perform.

And part of that will be providing new employee safety onboarding to keep the new worker, and everyone else, safe on the job. In an earlier article, we looked at how a learning management system, or LMS, can help with that new employee safety onboarding process. In this article, we’ll look at how online safety training courses can help, too.

 

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How to Use Online Safety Training: 11 Easy Ideas

Curious about online safety training but not sure how you can use it at your workplace?

That’s not unusual.

In this article, we’ve listed eleven easy ways for you to take advantage of online safety training as part of your overall safety training program at work. And it wasn’t hard to make the list! And there are more reasons, too.

Click to read the list, and feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments at the bottom.

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Effective Safety Training: Check Out Our Article In ASSE’s “Professional Safety” Magazine

We’re always excited to work together with a professional safety organization like the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), and so we’re excited and honored to have written an article for their Professional Safety magazine (gated-must be an ASSE member).

Thanks to Tim Fisher, Standards Development and Technical Services, for recommending us to the Professional Safety staff, and to Sue Trebswether, Editor/Manager at Professional Safety, for all the hard work and good cheer.

Go here to read the magazine and our article. Remember, you’ve got to be an ASSE member, but that starts at only $150/year, and that $150 pays for many, many benefits. It’s a safety bargain to be sure.

But don’t rush away too quickly! We’ve got a series of ASSE-related materials that we’ve created for you below, plus a free 60-page Guide to Effective Safety Training you can download and some more cool safety training stuff.

It’s all below the MORE button, just waiting for you.

And stay tuned to Professional Safety, as this is the first in a multi-article series on safety training that we’re writing for the magazine. Our next article will appear in their January, 2017 issue, and we’ll have articles in their March, May, July, September, November, and January (2018) issues as well. So get in here, at the ground floor, and settle in for the long haul with us! 🙂

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Come See Us At The Western Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Safety & Health Conference – Portland, OR – Nov 29-Dec 2, 2016

We’ll be exhibiting at this year’s Western Pulp, Paper and Forest Products Safety & Health conference this year. And as a bonus, we’ll also be leading a presentation on Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Training.

The conference begins on Tuesday, November 29 and runs through Friday, December 2.

Brian Andrewjeski will be at the booth saying hi, demonstrating our products, and answering any questions. You can send Brian emails in advance here.

Jeff Dalto will be giving a presentation Effective Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Training. You can send send Jeff emails in advance here.

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Online Forklift Safety Training: Online Forklift Training Courses & How to Get Started

Have you ever wondered how to add an online training element to your forklift safety training program?

Or have you maybe ever wondered if it’s even allowed? Hint: it is.

In this article, we’re going to give a quick overview of the OSHA training requirements for forklift operators, and then we’ll give you some tips for using online forklift safety training materials.

Let us know if you have any questions–the comments section is at the bottom.

Also, just an FYI–we’ll be focusing on the 1910/General Industry Powered Industrial Trucks training regulations.

And if this blog post isn’t enough for you, check out our Powered Industrial Trucks Training Materials post, which has free word games, an interactive PIT glossary, an extensive PIT FAQ, and more! Wow!

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Planning an Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSMS)

After having written an earlier series of articles about the ANSI Z490.1 standard for Safety, Health, and Environmental Training, we’re now in the middle of writing a series of articles about ANSI Z10, the ANSI/ASSE/AIHA standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (we’ll use OHSMS for short for that).

In this article, we’re going to take an extended look at Section 4 of Z10, which is all about planning an OHSMS. That includes reviews, both initial and ongoing; assessments and prioritization of tasks; objectives; implantation plans; and allocation of resources.

Below, we’ll remind you of the other articles in the series (and give you links) and then we’ll dive right into this one.

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MSHA TRAM Conference, 2016

mshaThe Mine Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as MSHA, just held their annual Training Resources Applied to Mining conference, more commonly known as TRAM. (I am not sure I knew what TRAM stood for before today–how about you?)

We exhibited at TRAM and our intrepid Sales Account Manager Valerie Cantrell gave a presentation on how to use blended learning, including online learning activities, for mining safety training and MSHA compliance.

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Meet Convergence Training at the Southeast Mine Safety & Health Conference, November 2-4, Birmingham, Alabama

We attend the SE Mine Safety & Health Conference every year, and we’ll be there again this year. We’re looking forward to seeing you, too!

The conference is next week. It begins on Wednesday, November 2nd and continues on both Thursday the 3rd and Friday the 4th.

Come on by and say hi to us, we’d love to chat with you and see what’s on your mind. We’ll be in Booth 23.

We’ll be demonstrating our video-based mining safety training courses and our OSHA/general industry-based safety training courses (which can also be used for MSHA compliance).

Here’s a quick sample of one of our online mining safety courses.

Click the following links if you want to learn more about our mining safety courses or our general industry safety courses.

IN ADDITION, we’ll be demonstrating our Convergence Learning Management System (LMS), an online software application you can use to manage all of your mining safety training.

Here’s a quick overview of our Convergence LMS and how it an be used for all aspects of mining safety training and MSHA compliance.

Click the following link to learn more about our training management system for mining safety.

Finally, feel free to download the free guide below to learn more about how to use online safety training tools like these for MSHA compliance. And we look forward to seeing you at the conference in Birmingham!

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Online MSHA Compliance Guide

Download our free guide to learn how online tools can help you create safer work conditions at a mine site, stay compliant with MSHA Part 46 regulations, and manage your training program more efficiently.

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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. 🙂

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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