Corrugated Board Manufacturing Word Game

Are you in the corrugated board industry?

We think the chances are high that you are. First, because you’re reading a blog article about a corrugated board word game. And second, because a lot of people have been coming to the Convergence Training website all excited about the multimedia training courses for corrugated board manufacturing that we have available.

So if we’re right, and you ARE in corrugated board, we’re confident you’re going to like this article.

And that’s because we got a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game here for you. And–wait for it–it’s all about corrugated board and terms from the corrugated board industry. What more could you want!

The game is fun to play just to quiz yourself, or you can use it to quiz employees. It might be especially helpful for new hires with no previous experience in the corrugated board industry. They might thank you for the opportunity to review some key terms. Hey, they might even enjoy themselves a touch.

And don’t forget you can project this game on a screen or wall and play together as a team, maybe during one of your regularly scheduled weekly meetings.

Have fun and let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games.

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Lean Manufacturing Word Game


On the way to work today, I heard a story on NPR about manufacturing in America. During the story, a manager at a textiles plant mentioned that manufacturers are always trying to get “more lean.”

He may have meant “lean” generically, to mean more efficient. Or maybe he was specifically referring to lean manufacturing, the philosophy with roots based in Training Within Industry (TWI), Japanese manufacturing, and the Toyota Production System (TPS).

A lot of our customers have an interest in lean manufacturing (with this more specific meaning). In fact, not that long ago we ran a popular post about how to introduce your workers to lean manufacturing. And so we decided we’d use this story on NPR as an excuse to create a fun, interactive word game with some of the most common terms used in lean manufacturing.

This is meant as a quick (and fun) introduction to some terms in lean. Please use the comments section at the bottom if there are other terms you think we should add. We may at some point recreate this word game, including more terms, or possibly make additional lean-related word games.

Oh, and hey–please note you can play this word game for free from our blog anytime you want, or you can download your own free copy and put it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS). Read the additional notes below if you’re interested in that second option.

 

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Revised OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Glossary


OSHA doesn’t have a full standard about combustible dusts. Maybe you knew that.

Instead, and as you may also know, there are a number of OSHA standards that address combustible dust hazards, controls, and safety.

One of those standards that includes information about combustible dusts is the Hazard Communication standard. And as you probably recall, OSHA updated the HazCom standard back in 2012 as part of the big GHS alignment.

But did you know that while OSHA has no specific standard about combustible dusts, they have had a “Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program” since 2008? And did you know that when the HazCom standard was updated in 2012, there was also a need to update the combustible dusts national emphasis program accordingly? And did you know that OSHA made that change on October 1, 2015?  (You can see the revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program here). It’s all true.

We’re not going to review the entire Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program in this blog post. However, we had earlier created an interactive glossary of terms defined in the National Emphasis Program, and so we decided to recreate that glossary using the terms that OSHA defines in their new, revised Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (2015).

And that’s what we’ve got for you here. You can view and read the glossary any time you want from right here on our blog, or you can download you own free copy and import it into your SCORM-compliant learning management system (LMS). If you want to go with that second option and download a free copy, plus read the additional explanation below to learn how that works and what you will get.

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Safety and Health Management Standards and Guidelines: ANSI Z10, OSHA’s New Guideline, ISO 45001, and More

 

Safety-n-health-mgmt-standards-n-guidelinesRecently, I was giving a presentation to the ASSE’s Puget Sound Chapter as part of their Professional Development Conference. Thanks again to the ASSE folks for having me as a presenter, and thanks to everyone who attended my session.

The session I led was about how to develop and deliver effective EHS training. It was in large part based on ANSI Z490.1, which is the (U.S.) national standard covering Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health, and Environmental Training. (If you’re interested in more about ANSI Z490.1, which was revised in 2016, please see the series of articles beginning here, or view the on-demand 30-minute webinar here, or download our Z490.1 Companion/Effective EHS Training Guide.)

At the very beginning of the presentation, after I explained I’d be discussing EHS training and that a lot of what I’d say was drawn from the newly revised version ANSI Z490.1, one of the ASSE members in the audience asked me if there was a similar ISO standard that had been revised recently also.

I explained that I thought he was thinking of ISO 45001, which is NOT about EHS training but is instead about Safety and Health Management, and which is available only in draft form (the comments section has been extended for the time being).

And I also noted that OSHA had its own Safety and Health Management Guidelines document which was available in draft form and for which OSHA recently had (and has since closed) a comments period.

In short, we quickly learned there was a lot of confusion given:

  • The different topics such as “Effective EHS Training,” “Safety and Health Management,” and so on
  • The differences between an OSHA standard/regulation, an OSHA guideline, and national/international standards created by organizations such as ANSI or ISO
  • The large number of national and/or international standards
  • The large number of standards and guidelines that are currently being created/updated
  • The number of final publication and implementation deadlines that are being pushed back for a variety of reasons

So I decided I’d write a series of articles focusing on ANSI Z10. It’s a standard about Safety and Health Management, like ISO 45001, but it’s in final form. And it’s created by The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which is relevant to Convergence and to many of our customers, since we’re located in the U.S.

This is the first article in that series about ANSI Z10, then.

In this article, I’ll try to clear up some of the confusion mentioned above about the different topics and the different organizations.

And in future articles in this series, I’m pretty sure what we’ll do is try to see how the upcoming OSHA Safety and Health Program Management Guideline may differ from the ANSI Z10 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems Standard and then take a closer look at the different sections within ANSI Z10. But don’t hold me to that word-for-word, because I’m still in “flying-by-the-seat-of-his-pants” mode on the future articles.

It should be an interesting ride that takes us through eight articles or so by the time we’re done. Fasten your seatbelt and prepare for a fun trip ahead.

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43.5 Signs You’ll Outgrow Your Learning Management System: LMSs and the Story of the Three Bears

outgrown-LMS--three-bearsMost of your are probably familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

In the story, Goldilocks enters the cabins of three bears–Papa Bear, Momma Bear, and Baby Bear. She eats the porridge from their bowls, finding one that’s too hot, one that’s too cold, and one that’s just right. She sits in their chairs, finding one that’s too big, one that’s too small, and one that’s just right. And she sleeps in their beds, finding one that’s too hard, one that’s too soft, and one that’s just right.

Many training administrators have a similar experience when they’re trying to find the learning management system (LMS) that’s “just right” for their company. Some LMSs are too big and overwhelming. Some LMSs are too small and limiting. And some LMSs are just right for their company.

At Convergence, we’ve worked closely with our customers for more than 15 years to develop a “Momma Bear” LMS–an LMS that has all the features they need but not so many features that it becomes confusing, overwhelming, or too costly.

In this article, we’re going to look at some signs that an LMS is probably too small for your company. Or, if it’s not too small now, it’s likely to become too small soon once you get into the swing of things.

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Tissue Manufacturing Word Game

Are you in the tissue manufacturing industry?

If you are, you’re going to like what we’ve got for you here.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game that just so happens to be all about terms used in tissue manufacturing. How often do you run into that, right?

Use the game to test your own knowledge, or use it to quiz employees. You might find it especially useful if you’ve got some new hires with little previous tissue manufacturing experience. They may even thank you or tell you it was fun.

And don’t forget that you can project this on a screen and play it together as a group.

Have fun, let us know how you did, and check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games.

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Pulp Manufacturing Word Game

Are you in the pulp (or pulp and paper) manufacturing industry?

If so, you’re gonna like what we’ve got for you here.

It’s a fun-to-play, Wheel-of-Fortune-style word game. But it’s not about the kind of boring, unimportant stuff that TV game shows tend to fixate on. That’s right–it’s about pulp! A truly fascinating subject worthy of many fine games.

If you wish, you can use this game to quiz yourself. Or, you might want to use it as a quiz while you’re training employees. It might be especially helpful if you’re onboarding new hires with little or no experience in pulp manufacturing. They may even admit to having a little fun this with.

And remember that you can project this on a screen during a weekly team meeting as a fun way for the entire team to work and learn together.

Have fun and let us know what you think. And check the Convergence Training blog for helpful articles and other free word games, too.

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Chunking Safety Training Materials

chunking-safetyNot so long ago, we wrote an extended blog post that explained the benefits of “chunking” your training materials and gave tips about how to do it.

In short, the need for chunking begins with the realization that human brains can “take in” only a limited amount of information at one time. As a result, trainers and instructional designers have learned it’s best to present information in a limited number of small, “bite-sized” pieces referred to as chunks.

You can click here to read the extended article on chunking and training.

Otherwise, if you’d like a high-level overview of chunking and then would like to how chunking safety training can make the safety training at your workplace more effective, read on. We’ll give you all the basics and show you how we applied that information when creating our Arc Flash Safety course. You can then use those same tips when creating your own safety training.

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Effective Workforce Safety Training: Getting Through to Adults

adult-learning-principiles-for-safety-trainingBefore you read any further, let’s do a quick check.

Are you in safety/EHS and do your responsibilities include safety/EHS training?

If so, that’s a good sign that you’ll find this article relevant.

Next, take a moment to think about the people you provide safety/EHS training to. Are they adults?

If so, things are looking very promising for you and this article.

Because in this article, we’re going to take a look at something called adult learning principles and see how keeping them in mind when you design, develop, and deliver safety/EHS training can make your training more effective. Which of course means your training will create a healthier, safer work environment.

We’ll even give you some tips and examples of how to apply adult learning principles, and try to clear up some confusion about the multiple different lists of adult learning principles you’ll find if you do a Google search for the term.

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Onboarding New Manufacturing Workers

Manufacturing-onboardingIf you’re a manager, you know it’s important to deliver onboarding training to new hires. And that’s also true if an experienced worker is moving to a new site, work area, or into a new role as well.

But you also probably know that delivering onboarding comes with a number of challenges. It’s hard to have time available every time a new worker is hired, and that doesn’t even account for having time every time someone moves from Site A to Site B, or from Production to Warehouse, or from Forklift Operator to Machine Tender.

Plus you’ve got to create, buy, or otherwise collect all the training materials.

And of course you’ve got to actually KNOW that a new employee has been hired, or that someone has been transferred from the Tulsa site to your site in Wichita, or from Line One to Line Two. And let’s faced it–we may all like to say that communications where we work are perfect, and that we’re all informed of events like these, but I’m pretty sure you’d quickly agree that’s not always the case.

So, in a nutshell, there are lots of reasons why it’s difficult to provide onboarding training in a manufacturing environment.

That’s where an online system that includes a learning management system (LMS) can pay dividends. You can think of an LMS as an automated assistant that can coordinate all this stuff for you. Kind of a manufacturing onboarding auto-pilot system.

So if you’re in the market for an LMS, and want to be able to use it for onboarding new employees (plus your other training needs), we’ll give you an idea of some of the features you should be looking for.

NOTE: This article will focus on providing training as part of an onboarding process at a manufacturing company. For a fuller discussion of onboarding as a whole, please see our companion article Onboarding New Employees: Why and How to Do It.
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