New OSHA Reporting Requirements for Fatalities, Severe Injuries, and Illnesses

osha may29 New OSHA Reporting Requirements for Fatalities, Severe Injuries, and IllnessesOn September 11, 2014, we got news of some new OSHA reporting requirements that will go into effect on January 1, 2015.

Those changes will require employers to notify OSHA when:

  • A worker is killed on the job (notification must occur within eight hours)
  • A worker suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye (notification must occur within 24 hours)

All employers covered by the Occupational Safety and Health Act, even those who are exempt from maintaining injury and illness records, are required to comply with these new fatlity and severe injury and illness reporting requirements.

The rule also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements. According to OSHA:

“The previous list of exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification system and the new rule uses the North American Industry Classification System to classify establishments by industry.” (Source)

The exemption that allows employers with 10 or fewer employees, regardless of their industry classification, to not keep routine records of their workers’ injuries and illnesses continues.

For more information, check this page from OSHA.

Finally, rememer that this is all IN ADDITION to the online reporting requirements coming soon. Check out our earlier blog post about that, and keep checking our blog for some future updates on that as well.

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Create Your Own Safety Training With Articulate Studio

articulate Create Your Own Safety Training With Articulate StudioFor many companies with safety training needs, off-the-shelf e-learning courses like the ones we make here at Convergence Training are a great option. They provide affordable access to quality training on common safety topics. However, every work environment is different, with unique health and safety hazards, and one-size-fits-all training can’t meet 100% of your EHS needs 100% of the time.

If you rely on a learning management system to help you deliver your training, it can help to have some experience creating your own e-learning courses. There are some really simple tools out there that let you create your own, complete with interactivity and quizzes, to help you fill in any gaps in your EHS training library.

In this post, we’ll show you how you can create safety training with an e-learning authoring tool called Articulate Studio. When we’re done, you will have made an e-learning course that teaches crane operators to identify crane hand signals. The course will include a simple interactive slide show and a quiz. And then you can apply the process to create safety training materials of your own on any topic you wish.

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Better Mining Safety Training for New Miners: Using Visuals to Increase Learning

better mining safety training1 Better Mining Safety Training for New Miners: Using Visuals to Increase LearningWant your newly hired miners to really remember their training? Need to train a worker to perform a new task, such as operating a dozer, and later know how to perform that task in the field? If so, this post is for you, my friend.

Getting a newly hired miner up to speed on all of the critical safety aspects of mining is a tough job. If you’re a safety manager in charge of safety training at a mine site, you already know this.

But what should you do about it? 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 this case, that means new to safety issues related to working at your mine, and/or related to working a specific task at your mine site.

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 mining training. (more…)

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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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