Respiratory Protection Training Resources (1910.134)

OSHA top 10 respiratory Respiratory Protection Training Resources (1910.134)OSHA puts out a list of the top 10 most cited violations every year. Many of the same standards appear on the list again and again. So we’re pulling together some things to help you train your workers about each. Below, we’ve got a list of  respiratory protection training resources for you.

Need help with respiratory training or other safety training needs? Contact us and we’ll help out.


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Better Safety Training for New Employees: Using Visuals

better safety training visuals Better Safety Training for New Employees: Using Visuals Need to train a worker with no job experience in your industry about all the safety hazards at your site before they can begin working? Or maybe you have to get a new employee acquainted with the safe work practices of a new position he or she just moved into? If so, read on–this post is for you.

Training a newly hired employee about all the critical safety aspects of a job is  tough work. If you’re a safety manager in charge of safety training, we’re not telling you anything you don’t already know.

But what can you do to make your safety training better? One of the smartest things you can do is to use training methods that are proven to work better with learners who are new to the content area. In your case, that means they’re new to safety issues related to working at your site, and/or safety issues related to working a specific job.

We’ll be writing a series of articles explaining different techniques for getting these “novice learners” up to speed in the coming weeks. In this post, we’ll look at one of the most effective: using visuals in your training.

Contact Convergence Training now for help with your safety training, or check out our learning management systems and safety training e-learning courses.


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How to Design Great Training Materials: 25 Techniques for Better Training Visuals

25 ways visual training How to Design Great Training Materials: 25 Techniques for Better Training VisualsLooking for something you can do to create more effective learning experiences for your workers? Experiences in which the workers really learn and then transfer that learning to the workplace? We all are, right?

One of the easiest things you can do to help your workers learn is to create better training visuals that are well-conceived and designed. In fact, research shows that you can use better training visuals to dramatically increase your learner’s comprehension, retention, and transfer of behaviors to the workplace—and that’s especially true for “novice” learners who are new to a particular content area.

Want to know why this is true?  Want to learn some techniques to help you learn how to design great training materials? Sure you do! Just keep reading (and looking at the example visuals, of course) to learn more.

Contact Convergence Training to get help with your training needs–or check out our learning management systems and e-learning workforce training libraries.


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The Benefits of Optional, Elective-Based Training At the Workplace

elective1 The Benefits of Optional, Elective Based Training At the WorkplaceIf you administer a learning management system (LMS) at your workplace, or even if you’re just thinking about getting one, you may be focused on mandatory training assignments.

And that makes sense. There’s a lot of training that you’ll want to be 100% sure your employees complete: job-based training about their current position at your workplace, mandatory safety and compliance training — You can probably add more items to the list yourself.

Thinking of getting an LMS? Check out our free LMS buyer’s guide or check out the Convergence Training learning management sytsems

But What About Elective Training?

With all that focus on mandatory training assignments, it can be easy to lose track of the value of making elective training available on an optional basis. What are some reasons to make optional elective training available to your workers, you ask? We’ll list a few below.


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Better Papermaking Training for New Paper Makers: Get New Employees Up to Speed Fast With Visuals

better papermaking training1 Better Papermaking Training for New Paper Makers: Get New Employees Up to Speed Fast With VisualsNeed to get a brand new hire with no experience in the papermaking industry trained before he or she can hit the floor on the clean up crew? Or do you want to get someone from converting ready to work on a paper machine? Or maybe you need to train workers to prepare them for a new position on the paper machine, as they move from Winder Operator to 5th Hand? If so, papermaking friend, then this is the post for you.

At Convergence Training, we do a lot of work with companies in the paper industry. And we often hear similar stories from these papermakers: they’ve got a large number of very experienced workers who are nearing retirement, they’re hiring a lot of new workers to fill those positions, and they’re struggling to get  these new hires up to speed quickly enough.

We tell our customers that there are a couple of things they can do. One thing they can do is use our learning management system (LMS) to deliver structured OJT training that pairs experienced workers with less experienced workers. (You can read our previous blog post about using structured OJT to close the skills gap here). And another thing they can do is to use training materials that include visuals directly related to the papermaking process. We’ll discuss that use of training materials with visuals below.

Contact Convergence Training to see how we can help you with your papermaking training needs, and check out out Pulp, Paper, Tissue, and Corrugated Board training libraries.


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Choosing an LMS: How to Get it Right the First Time

choose the right lms1 Choosing an LMS: How to Get it Right the First TimeWondering what  to consider when choosing an LMS?  If so, you’re in good company. Many companies realize that an LMS can help their training program, but they have no solid ideas of what to look for, how to evaluate the LMS itself, or how to evaluate the LMS provider.

Adopting an LMS is a big decision, and not one to rush into. Even with time and caution, it’s a tough process to choose the right one. And choosing a poor one can really set you back, wasting time, money, and momentum.

To make the process easier, we’ve created a guide to lead you through the LMS decision process. Here’s an overview of topics we’ll cover:

  1. Identify and consult with stakeholders
  2. Determine business needs
  3. Where to get your LMS: Open source, build-your-own, or buy?
  4. Evaluate the LMS
  5. General functionality
  6. Important features

Check out the learning management systems from Convergence Training–we have several, each designed for businesses in specific industries or of different sizes.


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Closing the Skills Gap with Structured On-The-Job Training (OJT)

skills gap structured ojt Closing the Skills Gap with Structured On The Job Training (OJT)I spend a lot of time working with new customers in the manufacturing sector who are just beginning to use our Convergence Training learning management system (LMS) at their workplace.

At many of these businesses, a large part of the workforce is older and nearing retirement. These older workers are very experienced and have a lot of knowledge about the processes, procedures, and machines in their workplace. Unfortunately, that information is typically just “in their heads” — it’s rarely written down, documented, or recorded in any way.

As these more experienced workers retire, the manufacturing companies are scrambling to hire newer, younger workers to take their place. These workers are ambitious and work hard, but they know only a fraction of the stuff they need to know to operate as effectively as the more experienced workers they’ll need to replace soon.


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New MSHA Coal Mining Dust Rule Takes Effect August 1, 2014

msha coal dust rule New MSHA Coal Mining Dust Rule Takes Effect August 1, 2014

In the early 1900s, when my grandfather was just a little boy, he left his home in Lithuania to come to America. He settled and grew up in Pennsylvania, where he worked in coal mines for many years when he was young. When he got older, he moved to Detroit, where he worked at Ford’s Willow Run plant. There, he helped to make the B-24 bombers that played a role in helping the United States come out on the right side of WWII. (My grandmother also worked on the line at Willow Run, by the way.)

But those years in the Pennsylvania coal mines caught up my with grandfather, and he passed away of black lung disease when I was just a kid. I have only a few memories of him, and my grandmother lived twenty more years as a widow.

It’s a sad story for me and my family, but it’s newsworthy because it’s common–many American miners died of black lung disease back then. But tragically, that’s not just part of the distant past. According to the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), black lung has played a role in the death of at least 76,000 miners since 1968. In addition, more than $45 billion in federal compensation benefits has been paid to miners disabled by black lung and to their survivors. And even today, miners continue to be diagnosed with black lung–in fact, black lung rates have increased in recent years.

And that’s why MSHA published a new rule in April to lower the rates of respirable coal mine dust–the stuff that causes black lung. And that rule is set to go into effect soon–August 1, 2014.

What all that said, let’s take a closer look at this new MSHA Coal Mining Dust rule.

Need help training your miners? Check out our Learning Management System (LMS) for mine operators and our mining safety courses.


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New Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Rule Published by OSHA

new osha electrical power rule New Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution Rule Published by OSHA

In case you missed it, OSHA just published a new electric power generation, transmission, and distribution rule.

To be exact, the announcement was made April 14, 2014, and the rule goes into effect on July 10, 2014 (that “go live” date is now coming up soon). But, OSHA DID delay compliance and enforcement guidelines for some of the requirements. See below for more on that.

According to OSHA, the changes:

  • Update the Electric Power Transmission and Distribution for Construction standard, issued in 1972
  • Update the Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution for General Industry (Operation and Maintenance) standard, issued in 1994
  • Harmonize the two standards (general industry and construction) so the same rules apply generally to the same kinds of work
  • Update the standards so they’re based on the latest consensus standards and improvements in electrical safety technology

OSHA’s provided lots of information here. In addition, we’ve gathered that information up and presented it below (relying heavily on their handy Fact Sheet and FAQ, parts of which we’ve directly copied and pasted below so you get the words from the horse’s mouth).


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