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Check Out this Up and Coming Technology: Virtual Reality

How Immersed is your Training?
Check Out this Up and Coming Technology: Virtual Reality

Over the years, emerging technologies and needs have molded safety training into the front-runners you know today as streaming video, interactive online, and instructor-led training. And now there’s a new format gaining momentum… have you heard about virtual reality? Get ready, folks, because it’s not just for gamers anymore. Virtual reality safety training could be hitting mainstream safety shelves soon.

Since 2016 or so, we’ve been spotting articles pop up here and there about virtual reality safety training in the workplace. Companies that involve high-risk activities, such as those in construction, mining, oil and gas, and forestry, have been early adopters of this kind of training. With movement of virtual reality in more and more industries, we think it’s a good time to give you (and us!) a quick understanding of the topic.

Next Level Training

As safety professionals, we know that a key component of training is to help employees feel confident that they can perform their tasks safely. The idea behind virtual reality is to take training a step further to really immerse trainees in a variety of scenarios that they are likely to encounter on the job. This way, they can practice how their skills, responses, and actions affect outcomes – all in a safe environment.

Picture the Benefits

So, how does virtual reality do that exactly? Just like in some video games, the technology provides a virtual environment that causes the user to immerse themselves in a 360 degree virtual world by using sight, sound, and sometimes motion to provide a realistic experience, according to the American Society of Safety Professionals. Depending on your industry and training needs, virtual reality can bring some real benefits to your overall safety strategy:

  • Higher content relevance – Training can be customized to your facility requirements for higher comprehension and retention of training material.
  • Takes hands-on to a new level – With 360 immersion, trainees can be exposed to high-risk and hazardous situations in a 100% safe environment.
  • Better snapshot of skills – Make the distinction for trainees between knowing what to do and performing that skill in real time.
  • Less damage to real equipment – Help eliminate the toll training takes on equipment, downtime, etc. at your facility.

Cost Considerations

Be aware that virtual reality isn’t for everyone. Some potential drawbacks have included reports of people feeling nauseous after using virtual reality headsets, as well as hesitations of learning new technologies with older workers. The cost for setting up facility-specific training can also be high. If you are currently using or interested in using virtual reality safety training at your workplace, make sure you have alternate training methods available for those who need it – and we can help with that.

Questions, comments, or interested in getting a jump on virtual reality safety training at your workplace? Let us know – we’ve love to start a conversation on how we can provide the best solution for your needs. Call us today.

See you at NSC – Booth #2657!

Our Bags are Packed and We’re Ready to Go…
See you at NSC – Booth #2657!

Alright let’s see some hands… Anyone else as excited as we are for National Safety Council Congress & Expo? We’re heading out to Houston, TX this coming 20th through the 24th and can’t wait – it’s the perfect opportunity for us to keep a tight pulse on anything EH&S… and not to mention meet new people and greet customers, acquaintances, and friends!

A quick recap of what this event is all about: Put on by the National Safety Council, this is the world’s largest annual “must attend” event for safety, health, and environmental professionals. As long-time attendees and exhibitors, we love experiencing the industry-leading technology, education, and products and services that are at the forefront of the EH&S industry.

Stop by booth #2657 if you’re in town for the show. There might even be a few prizes and surprises… and there’s only one way to find out!

Welcome to October – And Fire Prevention Week

Welcome to October – And Fire Prevention Week
Know What to do At Home and at Work

We love the changing colors of Fall just as much as we love Summer’s sunny days, but safety doesn’t cool off with the weather. October’s safety calendar includes Fire Prevention Week that’s put on by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), with this year’s dates falling on the 7th-13th.

The theme for 2018 is “Look. Listen. Learn. Be aware. Fire can happen anywhere,” and works to educate people about three basic – and essential – steps that can be taken to reduce the likelihood of having a fire and how to escape safely in the event of one at your home. Let’s break it down:

  1. LOOK – Look for places fire could start. Take a good look around your home. Identify potential fire hazards and take care of them.
  2. LISTEN – Listen for the sound of the smoke alarm. You could have only minutes to escape safely once the smoke alarm sounds. Go to your outside meeting place, which should be a safe distance from the home and where everyone should know to meet.
  3. LEARN – Learn two ways out of every room and make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily and are free of clutter.

What’s at your Workplace?
So now you know what do do at home… do you know your company’s fire safety strategy? Do your employees? Take a moment to look at your workplace fire prevention and emergency plan and make sure you’ve got standards in place… because if not, you should.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that employers should train workers about fire hazards in the workplace and about what to do in a fire emergency. For example, if workers need to evacuate, they should be trained on how to escape, or if workers must know how to fight small fires, they should be given the appropriate equipment and trained to use the equipment safely. As stated by OSHA, all fire prevention plans must:

  • Include housekeeping procedures for storage and cleanup of flammable materials and flammable waste.
  • Address handling and packaging of flammable waste. Additionally, recycling of flammable waste, i.e. paper, is encouraged.
  • Cover procedures for controlling workplace ignition sources, such as smoking, welding, and burning.
  • Provide for proper cleaning and maintenance of heat producing equipment, such as burners, heat exchangers, boilers, ovens, stoves, and fryers, and require storage of flammables away from this equipment.
  • Inform workers of the potential fire hazards of their jobs and plan procedures.
  • Require plan review with all new employees and with all employees whenever the plan is changed.

Remember, ALWAYS call 911 immediately when you notice a fire and don’t hang up with the emergency responder until told to do so – both at home and at work.

Need Fire Prevention safety training? Give us a call today – we’ve got the resources and know-how to get you exactly what you need for your workplace.

What’s the 411 on ISO 45001? Get the Scoop on Our Webinar!

We know new safety standards can be challenging to keep track of, especially with a name like ISO 45001. But don’t worry, it’s easier to understand than you think! One of the most eagerly awaited standards in the world, the new international standard was published in March 2018 and was developed to drastically improve levels of workplace safety… so what does this mean to you?

Long story, short – ISO 45001 wants to bring consistency to your workplace EH&S standards and help develop sustainable safety cultures in organizations all over the world. But like any new standard, you’ll need the correct tools and processes for proper implementation at your workplace should you choose to adopt it… which is why we are here to help!

Join us for an informative 30-minute webinar – plus a Q&A portion – on ISO 45001 and how it fits into a holistic approach to safety, on Tuesday, September 25 at 12pm (CT). Our team will discuss:

  1. Key principles of ISO 45001
  2. How can organizations truly engage employees?
  3. Improving safety performance in line with ISO 45001

Plus you won’t want to miss a demonstration of how health and safety software can help your organization implement a culture where everybody takes responsibility… also included in the webinar!

Spots are limited and are filling up fast! Interested? Let us know today.

Safety is in Your Hands – Even with an Active Shooter

Check out SafetySkills’ NEW Program and Get your Downloadable Cheat Sheet

It can be an uncomfortable, disturbing, and unsettling topic… but for us in the safety world, it needs to be talked about. In 2018 alone, there have been 154 cases of active shooters in the United States… and though the statistical odds of being caught in an active-shooter situation are very low, your facility should have clear emergency plans and protocols for such a scenario. And the latest program from our trusted partner, SafetySkills, will help you do just that.

Think of is this way – you have fire drills, severe weather actions, and health emergency needs, so why not prepare your employees for another, more dangerous workplace danger?

Here’s a quick summary on SafetySkills’ NEW program, Active Shooter: Run, Hide, Fight – Endorsed by the United States Department of Homeland Security, the “run, hide, fight” strategy was developed by the city government of Houston, TX and is as simple as it sounds:

  1. RUN – If at all possible, run away from the shooter.
  2. HIDE – If you cannot run, find a safe place to hide and barricade yourself inside.
  3. FIGHT – If you can neither run nor hide, be prepared to fight.

We know it’s tough to talk about, but an emergency plan can be the key to survival in an active shooter situation. Your employees should know the location of all emergency exits and consider where they could shelter in the event of an emergency.

Make sure your employees know what to do – click here to get your downloadable print-out to post in your workplace.

Need this training in your workplace? Give us a call today. 844-528-4486

Back Safety Got You Bent Outta Shape? We Can Help.

Back pain isn’t shy – depending on your age, your occupation, or your activity, back pain can strike at just about any time, arising from the most mundane movements to a one-time jarring maneuver. We know – we’ve been there. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, back pain is one of the most common health complaints in the United States and around the world, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives.

In the safety professional world, you know that much of such complaints happen at work. Regardless of industry, back injuries can and do happen quite frequently, with risks being higher for workers at physically demanding jobs, such as manufacturing, warehouses, and hospitality.  We don’t need to tell you how important it is to cover Back Safety with your employees, but in case you need a reminder, here’s a crash course on how to mitigate back injury at your workplace.

Understanding the Risks

Each workplace is different and should therefore have specific risks and opportunities evaluated to ensure all bases are covered for a low injury work environment. If you currently do not have standards in place, a good first step is to observe and analyze employees as they work. OSHA suggests having employees fill out a survey regarding physical difficulties on the job and their experience with low back pain, as well as measuring the weight lifting requirements, the frequency of motion, and distance travelled in each activity. Ask questions like:

  • How are workers lifting loads?
  • Does the floor have enough traction?
  • Are workstations positioned efficiently in relation to worker tasks?
  • Are handles grip-friendly?

Once these variables are addressed, you can start to develop plans to prevent injury.

Prevention is Key

Make this your back safety mantra: Proactive prevention is always better than reactive treatment. In the prevention scenario, everybody wins, but the aftermath of an injury can cause painful surgery, medication, lost work days, a ruined safety culture, and countless dollars spent on potential workers comp, insurance claims, and more.

The good news is that prevention is easier than you think. We’ve pulled together 5 easy tips to help you and your employees maintain a healthy back while at work:

  1. Use Proper Lifting Technique– The most important of all the prevention back injury tips is to learn the proper lifting technique. According to OSHA, manual materials handling is the main source of compensable workforce injuries in the US, and four out of five of these injuries affect the lower back. When your job requires you to carry or lift a heavy object, proper form includes lifting with your knees and tightening your core muscles. While lifting, maintain the natural curve of your back and keep the object close to your body.
  2. Maintain Your Health– Food plays a huge role in how the body functions both on the inside and on the outside. Overweight persons are at greater risk for back pain, joint pain, and muscle strain than those who are not. This is especially true for people with extra weight in their stomachs, because this excess weight pulls the pelvis forward and strains the lower back. A healthy, well-balanced diet accompanied by a safe exercise program will help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Get More Rest – Low levels of rest and sleep can increase the release of stress hormones, raising the level of inflammation in the body and tension in all of your muscles, including your back muscles, making you more prone to injury and chronic diseases. If possible, try to get between 6-9 hours of sleep each day, take periodic breaks at work, and use stress-reduction techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or exercise.
  4. Increase Physical Fitness– The lower the level of fitness and flexibility, the higher the risk of injury. The vast majority of lower back problems are muscular in origin and if the muscles are not moved and stretched regularly, they become tight, short, and stiff, eventually resulting in back pain and injury or making existing back pain worse. Some forms of exercise to consider are aerobic or cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and stretching.
  5. Warm-up Before Work – If your job requires some serious movement, it’s best to properly warm-up your body before performing any strenuous work to improve performance and to reduce risk of injury. Stretch and move to loosen and warm-up muscles before you begin work.

Workplace Training has your Back – Literally

If you need something more robust, that’s where we come in. Workplace safety training can help protect employees from multiple job-related hazards, including the need-to-know back safety basics of ergonomic movements, avoiding injury, and reporting potential hazards. Plus, depending on your work environment, it’s important to make sure that all employees know how to operate job-specific machinery and equipment, and workplace training has got you covered on that, too.

Is it time to add or alter your back safety training? If the answer is a yes, no, or maybe so, we’re here to help with a no obligation phone call – we love talking safety. We’re here to help you find programs that will not only reduce back strain and risk of injury, but will also boost efficiency. Take a peek at your current safety program and shoot us a call anytime to discuss what’s on your plate.

 

New from Evolved Safety – Micro-Learning Safety Training

Need help updating your training or looking for something new? Well, we have a new offering that could help you shake up your safety training! Called Micro-Learning, this approach has the potential to transform your safety and regulatory compliance training by offering much shorter courses than the norm.

Here’s a little background: Safety training is typically an “event-oriented” activity that takes place during work hours, such as going to a class, taking an online course, or watching a video. The micro-learning approach brings to the table the option of shorter training sessions that can easily be fit into your employees’ work days, keeping productivity high. Micro-learning works to challenge and improve upon three goals brought on by traditional training methods:

  1. Training employees when and where they need it
  2. Keeping high engagement levels in the training process
  3. Getting the information to be retained by employee

Can micro-learning do this better? Take a peek at what Micro-Learning aims to do for employees:

  • Save time – Courses are 3-5 minutes long, the optimal length for information retention
  • Take anywhere, anytime – Micro-courses are designed with device-responsiveness in mind, so training can be delivered to an employee’s cell phone and taken anywhere, anytime
  • Increase productivity – The short session of 3-5 minutes of training can easily fit into a workday without affecting productivity
  • Revamp old training – Incorporate training as an ongoing part of your employees’ daily routine, taking one micro-course a day, every day, for a fresh training experience for employees

Need more training time? Topics that require more than 3-5 minutes of information, such as regulatory compliance training, micro-courses can be organized into curricula. By completing the entire curricula, an employee can fulfill the entire training requirement.

Micro-learning is an exciting new option in the safety training world, and you need to learn more about it! Give us a shout and let’s talk about your options!

Three, Two, One…. Webinar!

Something new is hitting the airwaves this month from Evolved Safety… for the first time ever, we will be hosting a webinar to bring attention to a very important and constant safety issue regardless of the season, time of year, or your job.

The topic? Driver Safety. Recent studies by NHTSA show that 94% of all crashes are caused by human error… What’s more is that road accidents take a social, financial, and operational toll on both the persons affected and organizations alike. This makes the need for developing a safety culture and implementing preventative, driver-focused, risk management solutions more important than ever. But how to choose what’s right for you and your company?

That’s where the webinar comes in. Evolved Safety and AlertDriving invite you to our “Onboarding Safe Drivers” webinar on July 26th 2018 at 2 PM EST. We understand there’s all kinds of solutions out there to help mitigate road risks, and we want to help you find the most effective and efficient one for you. During this brief presentation we will cover:

  • The business case for investing in driver safety
  • An overview of available options
  • A driver-focused demonstration of the onboarding process
  • Setting the foundation for a preventative approach to reducing collisions

PLUS, companies who attend will be given special access to select safety programs!

Ready to learn how you can help protect both new and old fleet drivers? Don’t wait – sign up now!

New Partnership Between Aon Risk Solutions and Evolved Safety to Provide Online EH&S Training for Clients

Grand Rapids, MI and Chicago, IL – June 21, 2018 – Aon Global Risk Consulting has selected Evolved Safety as their strategic partner to provide online Environmental Health &Safety (EH&S) training services for Aon clients. Aon’s Casualty Risk Consulting practice provides comprehensive prevention and loss mitigation solutions  for clients  through expertise in safety and prevention programs, ergonomics, transportation, product risk, compliance, claim mitigation and risk control, all supporting the reduction of the organizations’ total cost of risk. Effective EH&S training is a key component of the Aon Client Promise Methodology for risk control.

Aon values Evolved Safety’s unique approach to EH&S services. Evolved Safety provides a single point of contact for dedicated and knowledgeable customer service for Aon eLearning clients throughout the duration of the engagement.

“Many of Aon’s clients have expressed a desire to incorporate online learning into their safety program to complement the services provided by our firm.  After careful consideration, we are very excited to be partnering with Evolved Safety.  This alliance allows our Casualty practice to bring efficient online training to meet this need at a highly attractive price point.” Notes Deborah Weigand, Managing Director of Aon’s US Casualty Risk Control practice.

“It is a great day for Aon’s clients and our consulting practices. Our clients had asked us to bring an online training solution to them that provides a wide range of topics that would help them train and educate their employees, and comply with state and federal regulations at a price point that is reasonable.  My colleague, Stephen Bennett, and I feel we found the best partner in Evolved Safety to meet all of those requirements,” said Scott Lassila, Managing Consultant and Construction Thought Leader for Aon’s Casualty Consulting Practice.  “Aon clients will now have access to SafetySkills online training programs and learning management system through Evolved Safety.”

“Aon is an industry leader and they recognize the importance of EH&S training as part of a successful risk management program. We look forward to working with Aon customers to help them reduce their risk and keep their people safe on the job,” comments Greg Adams, Evolved Safety’s Principal.

Aon customers can learn more about this eLearning solution by contacting their Aon Casualty Risk Control or Claim Consultant

Aon Global Risk Consulting (Aon) offers a fully integrated range of services from risk identification and control to assessment and alternative risk financing. These capabilities include industry leading captive management services as well as property and casualty risk control and claims management solutions. We provide our clients with comprehensive and tailored solutions, through a consistent global approach.

Evolved Safety helps organizations experience a new and refreshing way to source occupational health and safety training materials. With access to multiple training resources from today’s top vendors, they focus on finding the right products and services for the client.

Contact:

Greg Adams
(616) 295-1058
gadams@evolvedsafety.com

or

Deborah Weigand
(248) 936 5217
deborah.weigand@aon.com

Dreaming in Streaming Video?

Before you say, “I only dream about warmer weather at this point”, let me let you in on a little secret… Maybe you should be dreaming about streaming video. After all, it’s like the Netflix of safety training. And who doesn’t like Netflix?

More seriously, we wanted to remind you that streaming video is another great option for your safety training needs, especially when we think about employee learning styles and the different training environments available, respectively. Depending on your needs, streaming video is an efficient and easy way to manage full-length videos for your employees. Check out these benefits:

  • Stream anywhere, any time with an internet connection
  • Get full length videos on-demand
  • Use with a customized learning management system
  • Get downloadable quizzes, tests, and other written materials

We can help – Evolved Safety works with a variety of vendors who offer top-notch streaming video options that are perfect for any budget. Choose from over 400 titles that can be broken down into industry-specific content. Plus, we have pay-per-click AND unlimited annual options…

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