Are you aware of the numerous types of industries that are at risk for a combustible dust explosion? Types of dust that have the potential to explode include not only organic materials like flour, sugar, and wood, but also inorganic materials such as certain metals, paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, and some types of textiles.
In order to lower the risk of having an explosion you need to avoid having the five ingredients involved in a dust explosion; these are classified as the “dust explosion pentagon.” These five ingredients are oxygen, heat, fuel, dispersion and confinement. An explosion emerges when dust fuel is dispersed into oxygen reaching a sufficient level of concentration in an area of confinement and comes into contact with an ignition source, heat. Often the initial dust explosion is small, but once the explosion expands it travels through vents and duct work, increasing strength as it feeds off the dust fuel accumulated in those areas.
Mastery’s new course, “Combustible Dust,” supplies comprehensive training for workplaces with the threat of a dust explosion. Covering explosion basics and how to prevent hazards, the course gives learners real-life depictions of where the threat of an explosion hides in the workplace. The course is offered in both Mastery Advantage and Video on Demand (VOD) formats.
Remember, the best way to maintain a safe workplace is to be aware of risks, and follow safe work practices; comprehensive training is the best way to obey these notions.
Don’t slip and slide down the sidewalk this winter season, instead learn to walk safely with “Winter Walking: Staying on your Feet.“
This HD Video On Demand (VOD) training course helps prepare those who have to walk around in winter weather to get around safely. Ice, snow and slush can pose major slip and fall hazards, but with safe walking techniques you can prevent slip and fall accidents.
“Winter Walking: Staying on your Feet” covers winter walking basics, winter walking techniques, the effects of weather and environment, and finally, what to do in case of a fall. This VOD can be played on all PCs, Macs, and on any mobile device.
For more information on our Video On Demand courses click here.
Don’t forget by December 1st all employees must be trained on the GHS updates to OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard. OSHA provides an easy-to-understand table outlining the effective dates for phasing in the new requirements of the Globally Harmonized System.
Mastery has a selection of Hazard Communication courses updated for GHS available to help you meet your training requirements.
If your employees have already been trained in Hazard Communication and only need to learn about the GHS updates, Understanding GHS HazCom – Version 1A, provides the supplemental training.
New employees will need a general Hazard Communication course, and whether or not your facility has completely transitioned over to GHS labels and SDSs will determine which course you need. For example, Understanding GHS HazCom Version 1B, covers Hazard Communication with information on both old and new labels and SDSs. Understanding GHS HazCom Version 2 covers Hazard Communication and GHS, for facilities who have fully transitioned to GHS-compliant materials.
Browse through Mastery’s course catalog to find the GHS HazCom training best for your workplace!
This year we have been making strides in coming up with ways to bring a little fun into the workplace. With all the time we spend in the office, it is nice to take a little break once in a while, get to know your co-workers and have some fun. We have come up with ways to take fun breaks and create fun ways to keep each other motivated.
One of our fun “breaks” was an apple bake-off held in early November. All of the contestants brought in an apple treat, and the rest of the office got to sample them and vote on their favorite. This made for a fun little activity and treat to start off an afternoon meeting.
A few of our efforts to help motivate each other around the office include our new sales gong and our Mastery Brickyard.
Our sales reps get to celebrate closing a sale by hitting a small gong in the middle of the office. It seems to spark some friendly competition, while providing a little recognition for the sales team.
Our Mastery Brickyard is a wall where we post “Employee Recognition bricks”. Each brick represents an employee recognizing a peer for something great or helpful they’ve done. Together these bricks represent how we are helping build our own amazing organization by supporting each other.
This article from Inc.com describes some more ways you can make work fun. Having “silly dress up days” and host a “decorating your cubicle/area” contests are just two of their ideas that are easy to implement and create a fun thing for co-workers to do.
Mastery offers a course on creating a fun workplace, Have Fun: Create a Positive Culture at Work, shows you how the St. Paul Saints minor league baseball team has created a fun atmosphere for both their patrons and their employees.
What do you do at your workplace to make things a little more fun?
Employers have a great responsibility when hiring at their workplace; welcoming and integrating the millions of Americans that live with disabilities. More than 50 million Americans have disabilities and want to work. Mastery recently released a training course produced by content partner, Quality Media Resources, covering this topic; “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Revisited.”
Though the majority of Americans with disabilities want to work, most do not have jobs. Unfortunately, many of them do not have jobs because of the fears and concerns based on stereotypes employers hold; keeping qualified individuals out of the workplace when being considered for the job. These notions are where the ADA comes into play. The ADA protects people:
- with a disability
- with a history of a disability
- regarded as having a disability
- related to a person with a disability
Under the ADA, it is illegal to discriminate against a qualified employee applicant because of a disability. This training course offers advice and guidance in order to comply with the ADA and maintain a respectful work environment.
For other titles related to discrimination, harassment or HR compliance topics check out our course listing at BusinessTrainingPower.com .
Becoming a leader is an exciting honor to obtain at work. The honor of being recognized, valued, and trusted is a major motivation in productivity at work. Though, with honor come great challenges, and these challenges correlate directly with your team and the abilities you own to successfully motivate and mentor your team members.
Mastery recently released a course just for this topic, “Leadership: Would I Inspire Me?” This course gives suggestions and advice in making your team feel appreciated by you, and determined to do their best. In this course we are taught important tips on topics such as:
- Motivating by communication
- Acknowledging contributions
- Supporting your team
- Creating growth opportunities
Inspired people are more motivated and productive; and this inspiration stems from you, as their leader. In order to inspire others you must first find what is meaningful about your job and inspire yourself. Use this course to create a better environment for your team.
This month we welcomed another new content partner, Quality Media Resources, to our Training Content Network.
We also released several new Video On Demand courses, and updated another 17 to our mobile-enabled platform. If you want to know if you can play a course on your device, you can now search through our course catalog based on device.
Here are this month’s new Video On Demand courses:
These are this month’s updated Video On Demand courses:
These are this month’s new Partner courses:
Be sure to keep coming back to learn about our newest releases!
Contrary to what some believe, a leader’s job is not just to tell people what to do. As a leader it is less important to act as a dictator and more it more important to play the role of a facilitator. As a facilitator you are able to ensure the team has the information, resources, and support they need to successfully perform their job.
There are several misconceptions that may arise as you step into a supervisor or leadership role. Our two new courses, “Supervision: Would I Work for Me?” and “Leadership: Would I Follow Me?” help decipher misconceptions and deliver best practices for leading your team to success. These courses cover topics like;
- Listen before you lead
- Share information
- Don’t hide bad news
- Use mistakes as learning opportunities
You will be far more successful if you fully listen and learn about the people you work with. Don’t become a leader who is unapproachable and untrustworthy.
Find out more information, along with our full list of leadership courses at BusinessTrainingPower.com.
Cranes are used daily to make jobs easier and more efficient in a multitude of industries such as industrial, construction, and manufacturing operations. A crane’s purpose is to help get the job done, but if not used properly according to its procedures and polices, it becomes a major threat for the entire work environment.
Two new courses released this month offer crane safety training. These courses, “Overhead: Industrial Crane Safety,” and “Overhead: High-Impact Crane Safety,” depict real-life events, some of which are based off of accidents investigated by OSHA or from company records. Accidents involving cranes are extremely dangerous and can be life threatening. Each course explains steps and precautions to promote crane safety. Steps include:
- Pre-operational check-out
- Load weight and load capacity
- Sling inspection
- Sling angles
- Lifting and moving loads
- Cab-controlled cranes
These courses help workers learn safe work practices and precautions necessary to keep themselves and others around them safe. It is important to remember that viewing these programs are only a portion of crane safety training; there are other hands-on training requirements needed to qualify a learner to operate any crane or hoist.
Commit to crane safety and help maintain a safe workplace.