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

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Have you ever wondered how to add an online training element to your forklift safety training program? Been curious about online forklift safety training and how to use it?

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!

Or maybe some of these articles will interest you:

But let’s get on with how to create a forklift operator training program that includes online forklift safety training.

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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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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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