Fatigue at Work: Symptoms, Hazards, Avoidance & Risk Management

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Fatigue at work is a significant contributor to occupational injuries and illnesses. It’s also the point of special emphasis in the third week of the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month 2019 (#NSM).

As a result, we’re going to take a special look at issues related to fatigue on the job in this article in the hopes of providing some information that may help avoid some injuries and illnesses (and maybe even a fatality).

If you’ve been keeping track, you also know we’ve already written about hazard recognition and slips, trips, and falls for national safety month. You might also want to check out what our friends at RedVector have been writing on for National Safety Month. Next week we’ll both be addressing impairment issues.


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Convergence Training and RedVector to Launch New Virtual Reality Ladder Safety Training at ASSP’s Safety 2019

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Convergence Training and RedVector will be launching their newly created Virtual Reality (VR) Ladder Safety Training app at next week’s ASSP Safety 2019 conference in New Orleans. Stop by booth 1047 to put the goggles on and check out the app, and while you’re there check out all of our award-winning solutions for safety and safety training.

Want to see or learn more?

And before you leave, why not download our free OSHA GENERAL INDUSTRY PORTABLE LADDER COMPLIANCE CHECKLIST? 

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Free OSHA 1910/General Industry Portable Ladder Compliance Checklist Download

Download this free checklist to help your compliance efforts with portable ladders for OSHA’s general industry regulations.

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Reduce Slips, Trips, and Falls: Free Fall Prevention & Protection Toolbox Talk Guide

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Slips, trips, and falls remain a major cause of workplace injuries and even deaths. There are many ways to safeguard against these, and one of those is training. We thought we’d provide you a free guide for leading more effective fall prevention & protection toolbox talks to help with that. The guide provides materials for leading toolbox talks on ladder safety, scaffolding safety, and roofing work safety, all with the aim of preventing falls at work.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its second-week emphasis on slips, trips, and falls. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here. You might want to also go here to check out the article we wrote for the week emphasis on hazard recognition.

And of course, just scroll down to the bottom of this article for the free fall prevention & protection toolbox talk guide.  


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5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing Infographic

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Lean manufacturing is dedicated to reducing waste in order to increase value. In the book The Machine that Changed the World, James Womack, Daniel Jones, and Daniel Roos identified five principles that underlie lean manufacturing efforts.

Download our free 5 Principles of Lean Manufacturing infographic below to learn the five principles. You might also want to check out our online courses for lean manufacturing training.

In addition, you might want to check out some of our other articles related to lean manufacturing:

We hope the infographic below helps you get started on your own lean journey.

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Free Five Principles of Lean Download

Download this free infographic explaining the five principles of lean manufacturing as listed in the book The Machine that Changed the World.

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Hazard Identification Training: How to Do It Right

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Hazard recognition is one of the most critical aspects of occupational safety. In fact, OSHA says that “One of the ‘root causes’ of workplace injuries, illnesses, and incidents is the failure to identify or recognize hazards that are present, or that could have been anticipated.”

The idea that hazard identification/recognition is important to safety is a common one. And following from this, you’ll often see people within the safety industry saying it’s important to train workers on how to identify hazards at work. But what you don’t see quite as often as those first two is any guidance on how to effectively train workers to identify hazards at their workplace. That’s what we’re hoping to help you with a little bit in this article.

By the way, this article was written to parallel the National Safety Council’s National Safety Month (June, 2019) and its first-week emphasis on hazard recognition training. You can learn more about National Safety Month and even download some materials related to hazard recognition from the NSC here.


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Create a Culture for Maintainability, Reliability & Continuous Improvement

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Would you like to create a culture that supports maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement? Sure you would!

So how should you do that? Well, one of the ways it is look at (and perhaps improve) your organizational culture. In fact, our friend Dr. Klaus Blache from the University of Tennessee Reliability & Maintainability Center (UT-RMC….read below to learn more about our partnership) says this on the topic: “For as long as I can remember, culture has been, simultaneously, the top roadblock and leading opportunity for large implementations and ongoing improvement.”

Source: Efficient Plant Magazine, “Cultural Improvement Takes Work,” February 2018, page 36

In this article, we’ll talk a little more about the importance of organizational culture for increasing maintainability, reliability, and continuous improvement and give you some tips for improving culture to see some of these benefits.

This is another in our series of collaborations with UT-RMC. If you’ve missed our previous articles in this series, you might want to check out our What Is Reliability & Maintainability? article.

Also, feel free to download the free PDCA infographic at the bottom of this article.


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The “Safety Mythologist” Discusses 10 Common Safety Myths: A Discussion with Carsten Busch

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Every field has its sets of established truths. But if you consider some of these so-called “truths” a little critically, you sometime find out they’re not true at all. It’s like the professional version of an urban myth. They’re in the air around us; we read about them and we heard smart people saying they’re true; we never stop to question if they really ARE true; and ultimately, we end up believing in them ourselves.

In the learning and development field, a classic myth is that you can get better training results by designing training to match your learner’s so-called learning styles. But I digress–we’ll get back to that in another article.

In occupational safety, there may be some myths out there too. And that’s why we had the conversation below with “safety mythologist” Carsten Busch. Put on your critical-thinking cap and your skeptical socks and give it a listen (or a read). And many thanks to Carsten for his sharing his time and knowledge with us.


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Using Risk-Based Safety Approaches to Reduce Serious Injuries & Fatalities: An Interview with Pam Walaski

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Risk management can be a powerful tool in occupational safety and health. And when applied strategically, it can help safety managers avoid serious injuries and most importantly fatalities at work.

That’s good to know, because as our risk management/safety management expert Pam Walaski explains in the interview below, the rates of occupational fatalities haven’t been going down as of late and we can do better.

In the interview below, Pam (who’s also done interviews with us on Risk Management and Safety Management Systems as well as Five Steps to Implementing Risk-Based Safety Approaches) explains the current and sad reality of occupational fatalities, explains why risk management is a tool we can use to combat these fatalities, and shows us how to get started.

As always, thanks to Pam.

Also, know we’ve included a free starter’s guide to using risk-based occupational safety management at the very bottom of this article. 

You can watch/listen to the discussion in the video below or click MORE to read a transcript (the guide’s down there, too).


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Upcoming Webinar: An Introduction to “New Safety” (HOP, Safety Differently, Safety II)

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A quick head’s up that we’ll be holding a free webinar over at the website of our business partners RedVector in which we’ll provide an introduction to “new safety” schools of thought including Safety II, Safety Differently, and Human and Organizational Performance (HOP).

If you’d like to learn a little more about these and get pointed in the right direction for additional learning through a series of recommended thinkers, books, websites, and links, this might be something you’ll want to check out. Plus, you can’t beat the price. 🙂

You can register for the “New Safety” webinar here.


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Vector Solutions Business Unit Monthly Blog Round-Up: April, 2019

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Recently, customers of Convergence Training as well as employees of Convergence Training attended the Vector Solutions Client Summit in Tampa, Florida (Vector Solutions is the parent company that owns Convergence Training).

One of the interesting aspects of the Vector Solutions Client Summit is that it brought people from many different industries served by Vector Solutions together into one room to discuss how they deal with the same issues from different perspectives. A lot of people felt this was really helpful, including yours truly (see our overview video of the Vector Solutions Client Summit).

In fact, it was such a great experience to learn, brainstorm, problem-solve, and innovate together that we’ve decided it’s not something we want to leave in Tampa until next year’s client summit. And so one thing we’re doing is publishing a monthly “Best of the Vector Solutions Business Units Blogs” at the Vector Solutions website.

This month’s round-up includes:

If we’ve sparked your interest, check out the April, 2019 Best of the Vector Blogs article.



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OSHA Basics: OSHA-Approved State Plans

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OSHA’s regulations cover employers in the 50 states plus a number of territories and jurisdictions (this includes but is not limited to the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico).

Many of those states or territories are covered by what’s known as federal OSHA. However, 22-27 states and/or territories have OSHA-approved state plans instead of being covered by federal OSHA. We’ve given a range because it depends on how you count them, something we’ll explain more for you below.

We’ll explain the state OSHA plans a little more in this article, which is a continuation of our OSHA Basics series of articles.

Also, a quick head’s up–we’ve included a free downloadable guide to OSHA inspections for you at the bottom of this article.


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Guide to Risk Management for Occupational Safety and Health

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As we explained in our Compliance or Risk-Based Approaches to Occupational Safety Management article, there are different ways to manage or focus your occupational safety and health management programs.

One way is to use a risk-based approach to safety in the same way other fields use risk management tools, and that’s typically considered an improvement over a more managing safety with a primary focus on compliance or in a more reactive manner.

If you’re new to risk management and the use of risk-based safety management, you may find this free GUIDE TO RISK-BASED SAFETY MANAGEMENT helpful–just go to the bottom of this article.


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