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  • eLearning Safety

    How can I know what I think or feel until I see what I say and do? – Prof. Karl E. Weick.

    I recently supported a friend in attaining their Building and Construction White Card on the Internet. I found the experience quite troubling. As an educator with more than 35 years experience, there were some things which bothered me about the process.

    In our quest to get tickets and acquire knowledge in safety we ought not lose sight of some essentials in learning and, some issues with elearning, these are:

    1. Learning is about much more than just acquiring knowledge. Head knowledge has value but until it is demonstrated in practice, it remains espoused theory.

    2. Learning is a social, contextual and ethical activity. One can learn all about safety but we don’t know if our theory is compatible with reality until it is tested in situ.

    3. Learning is a subjective experience. The way we learn, why we learn and what we believe are individual to us. Sense-making is not held in common, neither can it be assumed.

    4. You can’t know what someone has learned just by asking them. You can say that safety is the first priority but this is meaningless until tested by the context of a trade off for risk. Most often production receives priority over safety.

    5. Correct comprehension knowledge at best targets parrot learning. Paulo Freire called this kind of knowledge “banking”. Many elearning courses are little more than a Powerpoint electronic book, with a quiz at the end. The Building and Construction White Card was like this. In this case one could obtain the White Card by trial and error guesses at the end. This is how my friend obtained his White Card.

    6. Humans cannot retain extensive amounts of information in one sitting. It doesn’t take much to flood human consciousness. Bombarding the senses with data over a number of hours cannot be absorbed. Real learning is both longitudinal and relational.

    7. Learning is inseparable from belief and change. Reciting answers to questions doesn’t establish belief or ownership. A computer cannot assess belief and ownership.

    8. Assessment for authenticity requires relationship and human engagement. A computer cannot interpret evidence.

    9. Apprenticeship learning, through mentoring and coaching where reflective practice applies, is effective learning. Demonstrated learning requires observation, interpretation and understanding.

    10. Elearning requires self motivation and self guidance. It assumes a high level of learning maturity including the ability to know, transfer and apply knowledge in context once leaving the classroom/computer.

    free first aid video adThese are just a few of the considerations we should be mindful of when chose elearning strategies to transmit and develop knowledge. I tend to think that elearning strategies are only good as supplements to other forms of relational learning.

    I was researcher for a driver simulator program for young beginner drivers with the NRMA for 2 years. The aim of the program was to develop driver readiness and reduce poor driving habits, I was to research and evaluate program effectiveness. Every student passed the course with flying colors and in less than two weeks several had accidents for speeding. Even success on a simulator doesn’t assure very much or help manage testosterone.

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    During the Beaconsfield Crisis I observed the behaviors of some well trained people. Some of these people demonstrated that they neither believed nor had leaned anything about; fatigue, team work, heroics, safety, communication, altruism, stress, collaboration and risk management. Those who had learned about these things helped the rescue, those who had not learned about these things hindered the rescue. All the talk and theory in heads mattered very little when the right actions were required under intense pressure. Theory-in-use in a crisis is real demonstration of learning.

    Whilst elearning programs trend and grow in popularity we need to be more than ever careful about what we can assume about the value of elearning for safety. Safety is more than just an idea or a collation of knowledge. Safety is essentially the outworking of what one believes.

    By David Collins from http://www.safetyrisk.net

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  • Hazard Prevention and Control in the Work Environment

    hazardIn most companies, an effective management is in place that establishes a protocol to actively control hazards through timely identification and by adopting useful correction methods. The best part is that on recognizing hazards and potential hazards properly, the correct hazard prevention, decontamination and control programs can be designed. One such way is to implement a hierarchy of controls for a systematic determination of the most effective and practicable methods for reducing the risks coupled with a hazard. Here is a list of such hierarchy of controls that can be applied for a high degree of risk reduction.

    Hierarchy of Controls:

    1) Eradication of hazard related materials that include decontamination processes.
    2) Replacement of less hazardous materials or processes. Changing the operations or equipment in place that are accountable for a disaster.
    3) Engineering proper control strategies.
    4) Proper communication through words of warning.
    5) Administrative controls through training, job planning, rotation and forecasting.
    6) Making changes to working procedures for the implementation of work area protection methodologies like barricades and other similar measures.
    7) Keeping personal protective equipment ready for on time usage.

    "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:     The regulation itself.     Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.     Hazard communication.     Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.     Where hazardous materials may be encountered.     Packaging and storage.     Shipping.     Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).     Security risks and terrorism.     and more. Get a Quote for a Class: DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focus on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:
    The regulation itself.
    Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.
    Hazard communication.
    Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.
    Where hazardous materials may be encountered.
    Packaging and storage.
    Shipping.
    Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).
    Security risks and terrorism.
    and more.
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    Engineering controls have a very significant role to play as far as the reduction or elimination of exposure to risk factors are concerned. The underlying principle is that engineering controls put into practice single time changes that basically protect all employees. These include physical changes to workstations, introduction of handy equipment and installing them at the right places, changes in the production facility and many other relevant aspects of the work environment. So these engineering controls are permanent controls and the opportunity for their implementation exists primarily in the design stage. Such a modified design enables requisite change making possible during an on-going job or process stage.

    Besides engineering controls, administrative controls also have an important role to play for preventing and controlling hazards in a work place. The procedures involved in it notably limit daily contact to hazardous substances by controlling or manipulating the work schedule. Sometimes the manner in which work is performed is also modified or effective outcomes. The opportunities through which these controls are exercised are by introducing rest pauses, job rotations, more number of employees so that there are sufficient number of standby or relief personnel, proper supervision and restricted duty jobs.

    Work practice controls basically involve procedures that enable the safe and proper working so that specific tasks are assigned to certain workplace employees or personnel. These are highly focused work practices that include ergonomic programs for a proper work technique, employee training, habitual monitoring, feedback collection, maintenance, adjustments, modifications and finally enforcement. Besides, personal protective equipment and decontamination equipment also needs to be chosen with ergonomic points in mind.

    So one can say that there are four basic methods to prevent, reduce or eliminate exposure to risks or hazards in a workplace. These are engineering controls that include work station changes, administrative controls like work pattern changes, work practice controls like new training methodologies and finally protective equipment usage at a personal level by the employees. By following these four

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    methodologies properly, hazards can be effectively prevented in a workplace and if the need arises, they can be controlled in cases of outbreaks as well.

    "DOT HAZMAT General Awareness" focuses on employees who handle hazardous materials. The products review a number of topics aimed at making these employees more aware of situations in which they may encounter hazardous chemicals, the nature of the hazards and the issue of taking appropriate security measures when dealing with hazardous materials that the DOT has added to the regulation. Topics covered in these products include:

    • The regulation itself.
    • Hazardous materials, definitions and classes.
    • Hazard communication.
    • Hazard "indicators", such as labels, shipping papers and placards.
    • Where hazardous materials may be encountered.
    • Packaging and storage.
    • Shipping.
    • Transport (trucks, ships, rail, etc.).
    • Security risks and terrorism.
    • and more.

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    DOT HAZMAT General Awareness Live Instruction Training Courses at YOUR Location

  • Assessing electrical fire risks in the workplace

    Making sure that your workplace is suitable for you and your employees to spend a large majority of their time is vital. In fact, if you do not pay enough attention to this particular area of your business, you could be fined, even be taken to court. There have been many cases in the past where employers simply do not assign priority when it comes to fire risk assessments, and in the event of a fire, employees may indeed sue the employer for their lack of attention and care.

    When conducting a risk assessment, there will be various aspects that you will be looking at. Some people prefer to hire a professional fire risk assessment company to enter the building and conduct an unbiased and comprehensive view of the premises to identify any risks. This gives peace of mind that the assessment has been carried out in a completely thorough, sufficient manner.

    This may be beneficial to you if you do not have enough time to conduct a thorough risk assessment yourself, or if you would like the view of a professional who may pick up on hazards which you may not have identified as a risk.

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    Electricity is all around us. It lights up our homes... powers much of the machinery and equipment that we use... and runs many of our tools. We are so used to it, most employees "take it for granted." Yet electricity can also be dangerous. Employees need to know how electricity works, and what they should do to protect themselves from its hazards.

    Our training products on "Electrical Safety" remind employees about electrical hazards they may face in their jobs, and provides the information they need to work safely around electricity. This program will also assist in satisfying the OSHA training requirements under 29 CFR Part 1910.331 (Electrical Safety Standard) for "non-qualified" employees. Topics covered in these products include:

    • How electricity works.
    • Fuses and circuit breakers.
    • Grounding and GFIs.
    • Safe work practices.
    • Outlets, plugs and extension cords.
    • Working with electrical equipment.
    • Using ladders around electricity.
    • Electrical emergencies.
    • and more.

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    Among all the safety problems an employee can encounter, fire can be the most frightening. Every year office fires cause millions of dollars in damage and result in hundreds of employee injuries. Yet many employees do not realize how their own actions can contribute to the risk of fire.

    Our training products on "Fire Prevention in the Office" look at fires in office environments, review steps that can be taken to help prevent fires and discuss what employees should do in case of a fire emergency. Topics covered in these products include:

    • Common causes of office fires.
    • The concept of "flashpoint".
    • "Classes" of fires.
    • Importance of good housekeeping.
    • Preventing office fires.
    • Fire extinguishers.
    • Evacuation and other employee responsibilities.
    • First aid.
    • and more.

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