What Is a Safety and Health Management Program?

how-to-setup-a-safety-and-health-mgmt-programOSHA recommends that every workplace set up a Safety and Health Management program. The fact that OSHA says it’s a good idea is a pretty persuasive reason to do it, we think.

But in addition, creating a safety and health management program also decreases incident rates, including injuries and illnesses. And that’s good.

And health and safety management programs also have a financial benefit, saving companies money. So win/win/win, right?

In this article, we’ll explain more fully some of the reasons for having a safety and health management program that we just introduced above. Then we’ll explain the features of a safety and health management system. And we’ll include information and helpful links to other resources that can help you create, implement, and maintain your safety and health management program.

By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll have enough information to get moving in a positive direction, or maybe add some additional tweaks to your existing health and safety management program.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that makes a library of health and safety e-learning training courses, a variety of learning management systems, and custom health and safety training solutions too. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

Note: Much of the information in this article is drawn from OSHA’s Safety and Health Management Systems e-tool, which is a great resource and which itself includes a lot of links to other great safety and health resources. Check it out!
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What is Online Health & Safety Training Really, and What Can it Do?

Are you thinking about getting your health and safety training program “online?” If so, you’ve come to the right place, because in this article, we’re going to explain what an online health and safety training program is and what it can do. You may find it’s bigger than you’re thinking right now. So with those beginnings, let’s get on topic, huh?

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that creates online training solutions–and more. We’ve got a large library of health and safety e-learning courses, a series of learning management systems (LMSs) to administer all types of training (not just e-learning), apps for mobile devices that can be used for training and performance support, custom training solutions, and more. Contact us for more information.

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What Is an e-Learning Authoring Tool?

what-is-an-elearning-authoring-toolSome people in learning and development are old hands with e-learning authoring tools (also just called authoring tools). In some cases, perhaps, to the point that the authoring tool becomes a bit old hat.

No, I doubt that. I just wanted to make an old hand/old hat joke.

Because what e-learning authoring tools let you do is pretty amazing, pretty powerful, and pretty darned fun.

On the other hand, though, almost every week I meet people in training almost who don’t use e-learning authoring tools and don’t even know what they are. Sure, once you explain what an e-learning authoring tool is, they can tell you that they figured there must be some software application that did something like that. But they’re always pretty interested to know more, too.

So, especially for those who are new to e-learning authoring tools, we’ve put together this quick explanation. If we only whet your appetite and leave you with more questions, please use the comments section below.

On the other hand, if you’re a authoring tool power user, we invite you to add your insights down below too. Let us know what your favorite ones are, and why, in particular.

We’ll follow up this blog post by taking more “deep dive” views at various e-learning authoring tools and by creating an e-learning authoring tool comparison article at some point in the (hopefully near-term) future.

Convergence Training is training solutions provider. We make many libraries of e-learning courses for job training and a series of learning management systems (LMSs) for companies of different sizes and in different industries. We also create custom training solutions for our customers and mobile device apps for performance support and other training-related needs. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

Click to download our free 39-page Effective Manufacturing Training Guide.

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What Is an OSHA Competent Person?

OSHA-competent-personIf you’re new to safety, you may wonder what OSHA means by the phrase competent person.

Or even how one becomes an OSHA competent person.

In this article, we’re going to give you the straight skinny.

We’ll start by giving you the general definition of the phrase that OSHA provides in 1926.32(f). But that’s not the full story, because some standards make additional requirements about competent persons. And so we’ll provide some links to help you find those standards. And finally, we’ll give you some more links for related OSHA Fact Sheets, e-Tools, Quick Cards, and more.

With luck, this will give you any and all information you need about competent persons and the OSHA regulations.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider that makes a library of health and safety e-learning training courses, a variety of learning management systems, and custom health and safety training solutions too. Contact us for more information or to set up a demo.

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What Is an MSHA-Approved Instructor in MSHA Part 48?

MSHA-approved-part-48-personIn a recent post, we looked at the role of a “competent person” for the MSHA Part 46 training regulations.

That was so much fun, we thought we’d expand the net and turn our attention to a similar (but slightly different) role in the MSHA Part 48 training regulations: the MSHA-approved instructor.

It would be handy if the people who provide the mandatory MSHA compliance training for Part 46 had the same name for their role that the people who do it for Part 48 do. But, they don’t. And it would be nice if the rules for becoming a Part 46 trainer were the same as the rules for becoming a Part 48 trainer, but that’s not how it works. Sometimes life just isn’t as easy or fun as we wish it were. In related news, you can’t have your cake and eat it too, and you didn’t get a pony for your birthday.

But, given that unfortunate news, let’s turn our attention to Part 48, see what’s what, and make life that one little bit easier. At least for those of us in the mining safety world.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a number of mining safety e-learning courses that can be used for part of your Part 46 and Part 48 training and a learning management system (LMS) you can use to administer, deliver, assign, track, and report on that training. It even creates all the documentation required by Part 46. Contact us to ask some questions, learn more information, view some courses samples, or set up a demo of the LMS.

Click to download our free 30-page guide to online MSHA training, recordkeeping, and training administration.

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15 Easy Tips for Effective Paper Manufacturing Training (Includes a Free Guide)

15-tips-for-effective-paper-manufacturingWe have a special interest in training for the paper manufacturing industry. Or, more specifically, for paper, pulp, tissue, corrugated, and converting.

That’s where we started–working with a local paper mill to create a learning management system (LMS) and our first 3D-animated training materials. And that’s still the core of our business now.

Given that, we thought we’d give you some tips that help improve your pulp, paper, tissue, and/or corrugated training program. Hope you find these helpful.

Convergence Training is the world’s leading provider of training solutions for pulp, paper, tissue, and corrugated. Maybe  you’ve heard of us. Need more information? Just contact us to ask some questions or set up a demo.

In addition to reading this article, click to download our free 39-page guide to effective paper manufacturing training.

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Using Metaphors, Similes, and Analogies to Create Better Training

this-is-like-thatWhat would you do if someone told you something entirely new and you wanted to make sense of it, remember it, and use it later?

For example, say I started telling you about a game you had never heard of. While you’re trying to figure it out, is it possible you might compare the new game to a game you already know? Have you ever done anything like that when you’re trying to learn something?

Even better, would it also help if, while I told you about the new game, I explained how it’s similar to and different than a game you know? For example, if I know you understand soccer, and I’m trying to explain American football to you, would it help if I explained some similarities (it’s played on a rectangular, grassy field; you score by moving a ball down the field to a goal or zone at the other end) and also explained some differences (a soccer ball is round, a football is ovular; in soccer you kick the ball, in football you run with it or pass it; in soccer you score by kicking the ball into a net, in football you score by passing a line at the end of the field, etc.)?

In this article, we’re going to see how using metaphors, similes, and analogies to create better training materials can help your workers understand, remember, and later use new information on the job more effectively.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with many libraries of e-learning courses, a series of learning management systems (LMSs) for companies of different sizes and industries, custom training solutions, apps for mobile learning and work performance support on mobile devices, and more. Contact us to ask some questions, learn more, and set up a demo. 

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What Does “Competent Person” Mean In MSHA’s Part 46?

MSHA-46-competent-personIf you read through 30 CFR Part 46, the MSHA regulations related to safety training for most surface miners and other employees at those mines, you’ll see references to “competent persons.” But just what does that mean? What is a competent person according to MSHA and Part 46?

In this article, we’re going to look at those questions more closely and dig up the answers. Ha-ha! Mining pun intended!

In addition, we’re going to give you some resources that can help you prepare yourself or someone else to be a competent person for Part 46.

So let’s get started.

Along the way, we’re going to address some similar issues for Part 48, and we’ve written a similar similar article related to Part 48 and MSHA-approved instructors, so check that one out as well.

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with a number of mining safety e-learning courses that can be used for part of your Part 46 training and a learning management system (LMS) you can use to administer, deliver, assign, track, and report on that training. It even creates all the documentation required by Part 46. Contact us to ask some questions, learn more information, view some courses samples, or set up a demo of the LMS.

Click to download our free 30-page guide to online MSHA training, recordkeeping, and training administration.

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New International Translations for Convergence Health & Safety Courses

Today we’re announcing the availability of newly-translated versions of 25 of our most popular health and safety eLearning courses in up to 13 different languages.

The courses cover critical safety topics such as Hearing Conservation, Crane and Hoist Rigging Safety, Lockout/Tagout, and Fall Prevention and Protection. Courses are now publicly available in the following languages (in addition to English):
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8 Training Mistakes to Avoid

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Normally when we write about training here, we write about how to make effective training.

You know-training that works. Meaning, training that’s designed and delivered in a way that helps your employees learn. That helps them understand, remember, and later apply that training on the job. Training that builds real job skills and changes on-the-job behaviors. Training that makes your workers better at their jobs and more successful. Training that helps your business reach its business goals (which is why you’re providing training, right)?

But today we thought we’d have a little fun and turn our normal blog post on its head by listing some ways to create bad training. And so we’re offering you some tips of training mistakes to avoid.

We all have some ideas about this, no doubt. And so we ask you to please use the comments section below to give some “tips for bad training” or “bad training you’ve observed.”

Convergence Training is a training solutions provider with many different libraries of ready to use of e-learning courses and several different learning management systems (LMSs) for administering training of any type (not just e-learning–you can use these for classroom training, field-based training, and more, too). Contact us to find out more, see some previews, and set up a demo.

How to Create Bad Training

Here are a few tried & true methods for creating bad training. They’re really not all that secret. In fact, you see some of these quite a lot.

Again, we encourage you to add your own by using the comments section below.

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