Use e-Learning for Standard, Consistent Training Messages

elearning blog post Use e Learning for Standard, Consistent Training MessagesWe’re fans of “blended learning” solutions that make use of different types of training activities. This might include written documents, instructor-led training, on-the-job training (OJT), and more.

The idea is to pick the type of training activity that best suits each training need. For example, maybe you really need the real-time, spontaneous feedback that instructor-led training can provide for one training need. Or, maybe the hands-on practice in the real work environment with an experienced co-worker fits the bill for another training need.

When you’re choosing the right activity type, one thing to think about is “Does this allow me to deliver the same, consistent training message every time?” Something we hear again and again from new customers is that they struggle to deliver the same standard, consistent training message on a given topic to each worker, every time they hear the message.

You can see why this is important. For example, you may have a set of policies that you want to make all new employees aware of during their onboarding. Or, maybe you want each employee in the Production department to perform a particular procedure in the exact same way. Or, maybe you want to make sure the message in your yearly refresher training matches the message employees learned the first time they were trained.

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JHA or JSA? Does it Matter?

EHS today JHA or JSA? Does it Matter?We’ve got a new article over at EHS Today magazine. It discusses the job hazard analysis (JHA) and the job safety analysis (JSA). In particular, it asks if they’re the same thing or are different. Here’s the link if you want to read up on JHAs and JSAs.

Hope you find it interesting!  Feel free to comment there or here if you’ve got an opinion on this  barn-burner.

If you’re especially interested, check out our previous What is a JHA? article here at the Convergence Training blog and keep your eyes open for our upcoming JHA Guide Checklist.

Finally, many thanks to EHS Today editor Sandy Smith. Sandy runs a great magazine over there at EHS Today and we encourage you to check it out.

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How Process Training Improves Troubleshooting

risk management2 How Process Training Improves TroubleshootingWe work with lots of companies who are continually trying to improve the efficiency of their workers, machines, and work processes. This is critical to them because they need to create more product and spend less doing it. Overseas competition has made this need even more pressing, especially since labor costs are often significantly less for companies operating in other nations.

As a result, our customers want to help their workers because more knowledgeable, skilled, capable, and efficient. One customer in particular summed up what many different customers have told me when he said “I want to help my machine operators become machine engineers.” (If you’re out there, Steve, hello–hope you’re doing well.)

When he said he wants his employees to become “machine engineers,” one of the things he means is that he wants his employees to be able to recognize and troubleshoot production problems to keep machinery operating at peak efficiency. But how can a company help their employees improve their on-the-job troubleshooting skills? One way is through process training.

Check out our off-the-shelf process training e-learning courses for pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated manufacturing, and look into our learning management systems (LMS) for delivering, assigning, tracking completion, and running reports on those process training e-learning courses.


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Cold Stress: Safety Resources for Working in Cold Weather

cold stress Cold Stress: Safety Resources for Working in Cold WeatherBaby, it’s cold outside. (I like that version, don’t you?)

Cold weather has arrived once again, and it’s a good idea to consider how well prepared you and your workforce are for the lower temperatures.

Dealing with the cold may seem like common knowledge that we’ve all got under our belts, but the fact is that every year people suffer from hypothermia, frostbite, trench foot, and other cold-related problems.

So, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources about cold stress, frostbite, working in the cold, and generally keeping safe in the cold. They’re drawn from various sources, including OSHA, the Department of Labor, AAA, National Public Radio, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and more. Hopefully you’ll find one or more of these helpful.

Stay safe and stay warm!

Need some help with your safety training solutions? Convergence Training has a series of learning management systems (LMSs) to help you import, create, assign, deliver, and track safety training of any type. And, as part of a “blended learning” solution for safety training, you might want to consider our e-learning safety training courses.


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Risk Management and Safety

risk management1 Risk Management and SafetyIf you’re in safety or EHS, you may have heard of risk management.

Maybe you know exactly what that means. If so, great.

But maybe you don’t, and maybe you’ve wondered. If so, this post is for you. We’ll explain what risk management is and how risk management and safety are related.

Let’s start by defining some terms. ISO 31000, the international standard about risk management, includes the following definitions:

  • Risk–the effect of uncertainty on objectives
  • Risk management–coordinated activities to direct and control an organization with respect to risk

Now let’s look at each of those a little more closely in the sections below.

Want to improve the risk management and safety training at your work? Convergence Training has a series of learning management systems (LMSs) to help you import, create, assign, deliver, and track safety training of any type. And, as part of a “blended learning” solution for safety training, you might want to consider our e-learning safety training courses.


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Book Review: Robert Mager’s “Preparing Instructional Objectives”

book reveiw Book Review: Robert Mager’s Preparing Instructional ObjectivesWe just finished reading Robert Mager’s Preparing Instructional Objectives, the classic book on learning objectives that’s also part of the six-book collection, The Mager Six Pack. (Yes, we bought the whole six pack, and you’ll be seeing book reviews about all of them over time).

Mager’s Learning Objectives

The book begins by explaining what a learning objective is (“an objective tells what the learner will be able to perform as a result of some learning experience”) and then lists three things a learning objective should include (a performance, conditions, and criteria).

This three-part learning objective, including something that the learner should be able to perform, the conditions under which the learner should be able to complete the performance, and the criteria by which the performance is judged, is typically known as Mager’s Performance-Based Learning Objective, Mager’s Behavioral Learning Objective, or Mager’s Three-Part Learning Objective.  For more information about this, check our article on Mager’s learning objectives.


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Robert Mager’s Performance-Based Learning Objectives

performance based learning objectives Robert Magers Performance Based Learning ObjectivesYou don’t have to read up on learning objectives for too long before you run into the name of Robert Mager and hear about his performance-based learning objectives. There are also sometimes called three-part learning objectives or behavioral learning objectives.

Mager outlines his theory about the best way to create learning objectives in his classic book Preparing Instructional Objectives. You can read our review of Preparing Instructional Objectives if you’re interested, and we highly recommend reading the book, which is informative, quick, and fun.

Otherwise, here’s the crux of what Mager has to say, below.


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OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting Forms

osha recordkeeping post OSHA Recordkeeping and Reporting FormsThere have been a number of changes that have to do with OSHA’s injury and illness recordkeeping and reporting forms and requirements. And on top of that, there are some deadlines and new “effective dates” coming up.

The injury and illness reporting forms themselves–301, 300, and 300A-were a lot to know about.

And keeping track of the new requirements for recordkeeping, reporting, and online reporting just add to that.

So in this post, we’ll take a look at:

  • What’s reportable and what’s not
  • Who has to report and who doesn’t
  • OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting forms for injuries and illnesses (forms 301, 300, and 300A)
  • OSHA’s new online reporting and injury requirements for some employers
  • Effective dates for the new requirements
  • Deadlines for reporting

Hopefully this will make everything a little easier to understand for you.

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ANSI Z490.1 Sections 1, 2, and 3: A Brief Overview

ASNI Z490.1 post2 ANSI Z490.1 Sections 1, 2, and 3: A Brief OverviewIn a recent post, we introduced ANSI Z490.1 and gave a quick overview of it and its seven sections.

ANSI Z490.1 is important because it’s the national standard that lists criteria for accepted practices in safety, health, and environmental training. So if EHS training is part of your job responsibilities, it is definitely worth your time to get to know ANSI Z490.1.

So we’ve decided to write a series of blog posts that provide more detailed overviews of the various sections of ANSI Z490.1. In this post, we’ll give you an overview of what’s covered in Sections 1, 2, and 3. These are smaller sections so we’re going to handle them in one post. Sections 4-7 will each get their own individual post. And then once we’re done, we’ll create a single blog post that compiles everything we’ve written. And if we get especially productive, we’ll create a downloadable ANSI Z490.1 Compliance Guide for you at that point too.

But for now, let’s turn our attention to Sections 1, 2, and 3.

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What Is a JHA (the Job Hazard Analysis)?

JHA blogpost What Is a JHA (the Job Hazard Analysis)?Not that long ago, I read an extended discussion in a LinkedIn group titled “What is a JHA?”

The discussion included safety experts from all over the world and lots of interesting thoughts. What it didn’t include was a common understanding of what a JHA is. So, leaning on some materials from our friends at OSHA as our primary source, we thought we’d introduce the concept here and provide an explanation that is acceptable and based on OSHA’s definitions and requirements.

Did you know that Convergence Training has a full-length JHA e-learning course? Check it out along with the other titles in our safety training e-learning library and our learning management systems for assigning, tracking, and storing records of completed training. Or contact us for a demo.

What is a JHA (Job Hazard Analysis)?

According to OSHA’s definition, a JHA is “a technique that focuses on job tasks as a way to identify hazards before they occur.” So, the basic idea is that you:

  • break a job down into the various tasks it involves
  • identify hazards associated with each task

According to OSHA again, the JHA “focuses on the relationship between the worker, the task, the tools, and the work environment.”

Note: In the Comments section below, blog reader “Paul” notes that OSHA could have written their description of the JHA a little more smoothly, and we agree. The goal of the JHA isn’t to identify hazards before they occur–it’s to identify (and correct) hazards before they do harm. We’re sure that’s what OSHA meant above.


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