The Flu: Free “Avoid the Flu” Training Course

flu season The Flu: Free Avoid the Flu Training CourseIf it’s fall and/or winter, it’s flu season.

Knowing what the flu is, how to avoid it, and what to do when you have it can help you and the people around you stay healthy and limit sick time at work. So, we’ve created this free e-learning course that covers the basics about the flu.

The course is based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hope this helps.

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Ebola at the Workplace: Some Helpful Guidances and Resources from OSHA and Others

ebola Ebola at the Workplace: Some Helpful Guidances and Resources from OSHA and OthersBy now, you’re no doubt aware that the Ebola epidemic has spread past Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and a small number of other west-African nations and has reached nations in other continents, including the United States.

Given that, it’s a good idea to learn more about the Ebola virus and have a plan at your workplace in case the virus continues to spread.

OSHA Resources about Ebola

In response to recent events, OSHA’s created a Safety and Health Topic website that provides a lot of helpful information about Ebola, including some aspects specifically related to the workplace. We recommend checking it out.

There are a large number of helpful resources on that OSHA site, but a few we found especially interesting are:

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OSHA’s New Injury and Illness Online Reporting Requirement: A Sneak Peek

OSHA OSHAs New Injury and Illness Online Reporting Requirement: A Sneak PeekOSHA’s been busy making changes to the requirements for injury and illness record keeping and reporting.

In this post, we’re going to give you a screen-by-screen overview of a mock-up that OSHA created for their new injury and illness online reporting website.

If you’re in a hurry, scroll down until you see the first screen grabs. Otherwise, let’s take a short moment to review the recordkeeping and reporting changes first.

Recordkeeping Changes

On the recordkeeping front, there are changes that affect:

  • Who is required to keep records
  • Who is exempt from recordkeeping requirements

These changes are covered in this recent Convergence Training blog post and at this webpage from OSHA.

Reporting Changes

On the reporting front, there have been changes that affect:

  • What must be reported
  • How reporting will occur (specifically, there’s now an online component)

Again, you can read more about these changes in this recent Convergence Training blog post and at this webpage from OSHA.

Need an LMSEHS training courses, or other help with your safety training program? Contact Convergence Training to learn more.

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Effective EHS Training: ANSI’s Z490.1 Standard Spells It Out For You

effective ehs training post Effective EHS Training: ANSIs Z490.1 Standard Spells It Out For YouMany companies spend a lot of time, effort, and money trying to maintain high standards for the environment, health, and safety (EHS).

And this often involves-and should involve-an EHS training component.

For example, OSHA, MSHA, and similar regulatory agencies require EHS training at the workplace in many different circumstances. The regulations make it clear enough when training is required.

Beyond that, OSHA tells you that EHS training should be effective. They tell that you need to ensure it’s effective (through some form of assessment). And they tell you to provide it in a language the employee understands.

And MSHA is pretty explicit about how long the training on various subjects should last.

But it’s not always so clear exactly how to create effective EHS training. That’s not spelled out in the regulations. But fortunately, we’ve got ANSI Z490.1 for that.

Z 490.1, titled “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training,” provides a national standard for creating, maintaining, and evaluating an EHS training program. Handy, huh?

So let’s dig into ANSI Z 490.1 and see what’s it’s all about.

Need an LMS, EHS training courses, or other help with your safety training program? Contact Convergence Training to learn more.

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Better Safety Training with an LMS and e-Learning Courses

better safety training lms eLearning Better Safety Training with an LMS and e Learning CoursesI work with lots of busy safety managers who are trying to improve their safety training programs. They’re typically looking for ways to use their time more efficiently while creating better training programs that have a real effect on their employees’ behaviors.

They hope they can reach these goals by using one of our learning management systems (LMSs) , or some of our 3D-animated safety training courses, or both. And it’s true, they can.

Using an LMS and e-learning courses can save you time and also let you provide better safety training. But how? Well, some of the way are probably pretty obvious to you, and others may be things you haven’t thought of. Let’s break it down and consider some reasons. (more…)

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Fall Prevention and Protection Training Resources (1926.501)

fall prevention and protection Fall Prevention and Protection Training Resources (1926.501)OSHA puts out a list of the ten most commonly cited standard 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 fall protection training resources for you.

Need help with fall protection training or other safety training needs? Contact us and we’ll help out.
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Hazard Communication Training Resources (1910.1200)

hazard communication Hazard Communication Training Resources (1910.1200)OSHA puts out a list of the ten 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 hazard communication training resources for you.

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

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Scaffolding Training Resources (1926.451)

scaffolding Scaffolding Training Resources (1926.451)OSHA puts out a list of the top ten 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 scaffolding training resources for you.

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

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OSHA Top Ten Violations for 2014

OSHA top ten 2014 OSHA Top Ten Violations for 2014OSHA just released its list of the top ten most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.

The 2014 list includes all the same all the same standards as last year’s list, and the four standards at the top of the list appear in the same order that they did last year, too.

The biggest “riser” was lockout/tagout (1910.147), which checked in at #8 last year but jumped up to #5 this year.

We’ve got the full list for you below. For each common violation, we’ve given a link to the regulation, a link to our related e-learning course(s), and a link to a special page of informational resources and training freebies for you. Check ‘em all out.

Need help with your safety training? Check out our library of e-learning courses on safety and other topics, and don’t forget to check out our learning management systems (LMSs) for delivering and tracking those courses. Or, contact us now for a demo.

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Book Review: “Developing Technical Training” by Dr. Ruth Colvin Clark

book review blogpost Book Review: Developing Technical Training by Dr. Ruth Colvin ClarkWe help a lot of our customers develop technical training for their workers–primarily for jobs in manufacturing and industry.

And in addition, we also lead a lot of technical training to teach customers to use one or more of our learning management systems.

And so we wanted to check out this book by the very well-known and highly credible Dr. Ruth Colvin Clark: Developing Technical Training: A Structured Approach for Developing Classroom and Computer-Based Instructional Materials.”

We like her books for many reasons, but two of the most important are that they tend to be comprehensive and they are backed with research to determine if training techniques are effective or not.

We recommend you read this book if you’re interested in developing some technical training materials. But, if you’d like to get an idea of what the book’s about, we’ve written an overview below.

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