Safety and Other Work Place Training Suggestions for March Madness

bball Safety and Other Work Place Training Suggestions for March MadnessMarch Madness. It’s all you hear about these days, it seems.

Given that excitement in the spring air, Convergence Training is once again jumping into an otherwise-unfilled chasm to fulfill a desperate societal need: safety and other workplace training suggestions for March Madness.

That’s right, it’s another highly relevant, desperately needed set of suggestions from the provider of learning management systems (LMSs) and e-learning training materials that brought you these “just-in-time” classics from the vault:

Let’s get on with it, shall we? Let’s tip the ball so we can run the floor and slam the dunk, no? (Hope we got the lingo right–it seems quite specialized).
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What Is Kaizen?

what is kaizen What Is Kaizen? If you know the vocabulary and methods of lean manufacturing, you know the terms “kaizen” and “kazien event.” You may even have participated in a kaizen culture or a kaizen event.

On the other hand, you may have never heard these terms, or maybe you’ve heard them but don’t yet know what they mean. If so, this article is for you, because we’re going to tell you what “kaizen” is. In a future article, we’ll clue you in on what a “kaizen event” is as well, and we’ll explain the differences.

Convergence Training makes tools to help companies be more efficient. We offer learning management systems (LMSs), training materials, and applications for performance support on mobile devices at the workplace. Check out our website to learn more or just contact us if you’ve got a question.

What Is Kaizen?

Kaizen is a Japanese word that translates to something like “change for better.” The concept of kaizen is one of the cornerstones of lean manufacturing theories, and in that context, kaizen can be defined more specifically as “a philosophy and approach for the continuous incremental improvement of performance.” (See note 1.)

We can learn more about kaizen by looking at some of the terms in the definition above in more detail. (See note 2.)

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Book Review: Robert Mager’s Analyzing Performance Problems (or, You Really Oughta Wanna)

book reveiw Book Review: Robert Magers Analyzing Performance Problems (or, You Really Oughta Wanna)

We just read Robert Mager’s Analyzing Performance Problems, or, You Really Oughta Wanna, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his performance problem analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

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Convergence Pulp & Paper Training Course Catalog Continues to Grow

We’re happy to announce the completion of a year-long initiative to grow the company’s library of pulp and paper industry training content

We recently added 60 more eLearning courses added to our mill employee technical training curriculum. Previous courses, also covering fundamental pulping and papermaking processes, were released in four phases during 2014. This final run of 58 courses includes titles such as “Paper Machine Refining”, “Papermaking Process Testing”, and “Bleaching Basics”, and brings the total number courses in the Convergence pulp & paper training catalog to 185. The courses aim to provide foundational knowledge to new hires or to existing employees transitioning to new jobs within a facility.

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Free Hierarchy of Controls Training Course

hic module e1426525397566 300x300 Free Hierarchy of Controls Training CourseWe recently published an article titled What is the Hierarchy of Controls? It turns out the article was quite popular–we had a lot of folks visiting that page to read it.

As a result, we decided to create this e-learning course about the hierarchy of controls and offer it to you for free. What’s not to like about a free hierarchy of controls training course?

That it, below (scroll down). You can enjoy this in one of two ways (or, both).

First, you can watch it right here. Watch it right here, right now, or bookmark this page and come back whenever you want to.

Or second, you can download it and import it into your learning management system (LMS). Notice that we just said “and import it into your LMS.” What you’ll get when you download this course is a zipped folder in a standard e-learning format called SCORM (read more about SCORM here). If you just try to open the zipped folder and watch something, it won’t work. But if you import the zipped folder into your learning management system (read more about LMSs here), then you can view the course through your LMS and even assign it to your workers.
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Evaluating EHS Training Effectiveness: ANSI Z490.1, Section 6

ansi 6 Evaluating EHS Training Effectiveness: ANSI Z490.1, Section 6Here’s another installment in our look at ANSI Z490.1, the standard that lists “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.”

This post focuses on best practices for evaluating how well your employees learned from their EHS training and, of course, evaluating your training itself. That’s what the standard covers in section 6.

Before we begin, just a quick reminder of the posts we’ve written about already in this series:

  1. Introduction to ANSI Z490.1
  2. Section 1 (Scope, Purpose, and Application); Section 2 (Definitions); and Section 3 (EHS Training Program Administration and Management)
  3. Section 4 (Designing Effective EHS Training)
  4. Section 5 (EHS Trainers and EHS Training Environments)

It’s not necessary to read those earlier articles before you read this one. On the other hand, if you’re the kind of person who likes to get the full story in the right order all at once, it may not be a bad idea to back up and read those earlier ones first.

Need help with your EHS training program? Check out the EHS e-learning courses from Convergence Training, or our LMSs, or just contact us.

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Book Review: Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis

book reveiw Book Review: Robert Magers Goals Analysis

We just read Robert Mager’s Goals Analysis, one of six books in the classic “Mager’s Six Pack” series. In this article, we’ll give you a short book review. We have another article if you’d like to study his goals analysis method in more detail.

Before we begin, know that this is part of a series of articles looking at the books and ideas in Mager’s Six Pack. So far, we’ve also got articles on the following:

With that out of way, let’s get to this book review.

Need any help with your training program at work? Check out the e-learning courses from Convergence Training, our family of learning management systems, or just contact us.

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Using an LMS to Onboard Your New Hires More Effectively, Efficiently

better training through visuals Using an LMS to Onboard Your New Hires More Effectively, EfficientlyOnboarding new employees can be time consuming, difficult, and inefficient. And, for a number of reasons–it’s often ineffective. If you’ve done it before, you already know this.

You can onboard new employees more quickly, efficiently, and effectively by using a learning management system (LMS). An LMS is a software application that companies can use to import, create, assign, deliver, and track training. You can use an LMS to deliver all sorts of training. This can include training specific to various job roles, HR training, and safety training. And–yes–you can also use an LMS when onboarding new employees.

Looking for an LMS to help you with new employee onboarding and other training needs? Download the free LMS Buyer’s Guide Checklist at the bottom of this post or check out the family of LMSs that Convergence Training offers for companies of different sizes, industries, and training needs.

How an LMS Helps You Improve Your Experience Onboarding New Employees

There are many ways using an LMS can improve your onboarding program. Let’s look at a few of them.

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Chunking Mining Safety Training Materials: Improve Your Mine Safety Training

chunking graphic blog1 Chunking Mining Safety Training Materials: Improve Your Mine Safety Training
We just wrote an extended blog post that explains the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gives tips for how to do it.

Click here to read the extended article on chunking.

Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to see how you can use chunking to make your mining safety training program more effective, read on.

The Bird’s Eye View on Chunking Training Materials

  1. Chunking refers to taking training material (during the design phase), breaking them up into little “bite-sized” parts, and then organizing them in a way that makes the material easier for your employees to learn.
  2. Chunking is helpful because of how our brains work-in particular, the limits on our working memory to hold only about four bits of information at a time.
  3. Although learners who are novices or experts in a given topic can each only remember about four chunks at a time, experts can remember bigger chunks.
  4. You should arrange chunks within training materials in a way that makes it easier for your employees to understand and remember them. Some organizational methods include job sequence, dependent learning, cause and effect, and whole to parts, but there are more.
  5. Chunking training materials begins at a high level–the entire curriculum, for example–and then works its way down through modules, lessons, courses, and screens (or similar sub-divisions of your training materials).

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Effective EHS Trainers and Training Environments: ANSI Z490.1, Section 5

EFFECTIVE EHS TRAINING Effective EHS Trainers and Training Environments: ANSI Z490.1, Section 5Hello. We’re back and we’re continuing our look at ANSI Z490.1, the standard that lists “Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training.”

In this post, we’re going to take an in-depth look at Section 5, which is all about delivering EHS training. The strong focus is on the EHS trainer in this one, plus there’s some stuff about the training environment.

Before we begin, just a quick reminder of the posts we’ve written about already in this series:

  1. Introduction to ANSI Z490.1
  2. Section 1 (Scope, Purpose, and Application); Section 2 (Definitions); and Section 3 (EHS Training Program Administration and Management)
  3. Section 4 (Designing Effective EHS Training)

If you haven’t checked out those previous articles, it’s not necessary to do it before you read this one. But, it might help.

OK, let’s get started.

Need help with your EHS training program? Check out the EHS e-learning courses from Convergence Training, or our LMSs, or just contact us.

 

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