On-Demand Webinar: Developing Effective EHS Training

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Want to know the hidden secret to developing effective EHS training materials?

Actually, there’s no hidden secret. But there ARE some well-known, tried-and-true methods, and they’re documented in ANSI Z490.1, the national standard of Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.

In this 30-minute, recorded, on-demand webinar, we introduce you to ANSI Z490.1, and focus in on four aspects of developing effective EHS training:

  • Writing learning objectives that pass the ABCD and SMART tests
  • Using a blended learning solution for EHS training and selecting training delivery methods based on the need for “adequate feedback”
  • Tips for developing effective EHS training, including using credible information sources and following some best practices of instructional design
  • Evaluating EHS training using Kirkpatrick’s four-level evaluation method

If you want to get started listening, go right ahead, just click the “READ MORE” button and listen and watch away.

Also, know that we’ve got a series of related helpful links for you below the webinar video, and we’ve also included our helpful Guide to Effective EHS Training as a free download below that, too (that’s the guide that we talk about during the webinar).

Enjoy!
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What Is Lean? Introducing Employees to Lean Manufacturing

leanSo you’re thinking of adopting lean manufacturing at your workplace, huh?

But what will you tell employees and managers? How will you explain lean to them?

In this article, we’ve got some ideas, suggestions, and tools for you to use. We think these can help you introduce lean to rank and file employees and managers. Then you can go on to get into these ideas in more detail and to introduce more ideas over time.

But that doesn’t mean we’ve got the perfect list. So if you’ve been through this before, feel free to share your own ideas and thoughts. That’s what the comments section is for at the bottom of this article.

You’ll also notice we included the names and links to a few classic lean books. Again, feel free to recommend some of your own faves in the comments section.

We hope this helps you with your manufacturing training program.

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Helping Workers Acquire Basic Job Skills and Perform Standard Procedures

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In every job, there’s a set of basic skills and simple procedures that a worker filling that job has to learn to perform.

For an organization to perform at peak efficiency, it’s important that the workers in each job role know how to perform each of these skills and procedures.

But how does a company go about teaching those basic skills and procedures? And how does the company know if the workers can perform those procedures? That’s what we’re going to look at in this article.
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Free Surface Mine Physical Environment Interactive Glossary

smt-glossaryWe’ve been revamping our mining safety training e-learning library, in case you didn’t know.

What does that mean? Well, we’ve added a BUNCH of new courses, for one thing. We’ve spruced up older titles, adding new information when relevant and improving our graphics (our 3D animation capabilities become more and more impressive every year). And we’ve broken some of the courses up into shorter, more “bite-sized” learning activities to make them easier to watch and more effective learning experiences.

One of the courses we’ve updated is our General Physical Characteristics of Surface Mines (great for Part 46 New Miner and Annual Refresher, by the way). To show that off a bit and give you a free training resource, we’ve taken some of the terms, definitions, and images from that course and made the free interactive glossary below.

There are two ways you can enjoy this free resource. The first is to just play it here from our blog. You can do that any time you wish. The second is to download your own free copy and then import it into your SCORM-compliant LMS. We’ve included more information about that second option below.
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Training that Helps Employees Learn Basic Job Knowledge

pyramidAs a producer of learning management systems (LMSs) that are designed to let you to use a variety of different training delivery methods in a blended learning solution, we give a lot of thought to how employers can create the “best” blend.

Actually, we don’t think there’s any one simple answer to that question that you can apply every time. There are various ways to look at it, and each make sense in different circumstances.

However, one idea that we’re big fans of when creating a blended learning solution is to select the training delivery method (example–e-learning, written, video, field-based OJT, instructor-led classroom training, etc.) by considering the type of training material (the information) that you’re trying to convey, and/or the employee’s need for practice and feedback during training.

We’ve introduced that method of creating a blended learning solution in an earlier article. In this article, we’re going to take a deeper look at one aspect of the blend–training that’s designed to help employees acquire base-level, foundational knowledge that doesn’t require a lot of practice or feedback.

In an earlier article, we looked at using scenario-based training during training to help workers develop advanced job skills that may require a lot of practice of feedback.
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How to Write Multiple-Choice Questions for Workforce Training

writing-test-questions-for-online-training-activitiesA lot of you write test questions for online training (or even for paper-based training).

Maybe you’re doing it with an e-learning authoring tool, such as the ones from Articulate, Adobe, or Lectora, or maybe you’re doing it with quizmaking tool built into your learning management system (LMS). Or maybe with pencil and paper.

However you’re doing it, you may sometimes find yourself wondering about the best practices for writing standard question types. (By the way, instructional designers often use the wonky phrases “assessment” for a test and “assessment item” for a question within a test.)

We’ve got a few of those best practices for you below. Hope this helps you with your question writin’. 🙂
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Free Paper Manufacturing Interactive Glossary

paper-manufacturing-glossary-postHere’s a cool interactive glossary of terms commonly used in the papermaking industry. Watch it here as many times as you want whenever you want. Or you can even download a free copy for yourself.

We’ve focused on some basics, and drew the images, terms, and definitions from two of our paper manufacturing e-learning courses: Pulping and Papermaking Overview and Introduction to Paper and Board Machines.

Of course, these are just two of MANY paper manufacturing titles we offer, but it’s a nice place to begin.

Hope you enjoy this glossary. Don’t forget to check out our paper manufacturing e-learning library while you’re here, too.

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10 Reasons to Consider Online EHS Training: Case Studies + Examples

Many work places use quite a bit of online training for EHS training, while others still haven’t made the online plunge.

But there are plenty of reasons to use online EHS training for a safer workplace. Online training has proven itself, showing it can make training itself more effective in many instances; that it can reduce the cost of training (especially for large workforces or workforces that are spread over a great distance); that it can greatly reduce the time, effort, and cost necessary to administer training; and that it can provide a welcome element of variety to training for employees.

Read on for more reasons to consider adding an online aspect to your current EHS training program.

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New EHS Training Courses Available: DOT HAZMAT Safety; Respirator Basics; Blocking and Cribbing for Heavy Equipment; Metal-on-Metal Safety;

Here are the new courses we added to our EHS Training Library last month.

You can also just check all of the titles in our EHS training library and our Mining Safety training library.

We’ll keep announcing new courses each month as they roll out, so stay tuned for more.

You can view samples of each course below, but contact us for a demo for full-course previews.

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Tracking Training-Related EHS Leading Indicators

tracking-training-related-EHS-leading-indicatorsIn a recent article on EHS leading indicators, we touched on the topic of training-related EHS leading indicators. Meaning, stuff directly related to EHS training that can be used as a leading indicator for measuring general EHS performance at a company.

Since we’re a training company and offer a lot of EHS training solutions, we thought we’d double-back to that issue and show you how you can track some of those EHS leading indicators that are related to EHS training.

By tracking these, along with other EHS leading indicators, you can really begin to gather meaningful and actionable data about the performance of your EHS management system as a whole.
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New Manufacturing Training Courses Available: Operator Basic Care; Lubrication Basics

Here are the new courses we added to our Manufacturing Training Library last month.

You can also just check all of the titles in our following libraries:

We’ll keep announcing new courses each month as they roll out, so stay tuned for more.

You can watch samples of the new courses below, or contact us to set up a demo and view full-length previews.

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How to Create Your Own Safety Training e-Learning Course-Recorded Webinar

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Ever wish you could create your own EHS e-learning course that fits your particular training needs and is based on your own site-specific information?

You can, and this recorded webinar (below) shows you how. The webinar runs almost exactly an hour, and you can listen any time.

Once you know how to do this, you can make your own eLearning course anytime you want. Maybe even combine it with some off-the-shelf EHS eLearning courses for a nice blend of generic and custom, site-specific safety training eLearning at your workplace.

If you’d prefer the same information in a different format, we’ve got the same information in a written blog post including lots of helpful screen grabs. Or hey, you can check ’em both out! Why not?

Also, there’s a free Guide to Effective EHS Training below the webinar that you’re free to download if you’d like.
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