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


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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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 ABC15.com

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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