Hazard Communication Standards: Training Essentials

While the Hazardous Material Program (HazMat) is well known, fewer employers and employees are familiar with the Hazard Communication Program (HazCom). However, both HazMat and HazCom play a vital role in protecting workers against the dangers of hazardous chemicals in the workplace. The primary focus of HazCom is to ensure that all employees have access to information about the chemicals they encounter in the workplace on a regular basis. The program, supported by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) of the US Department of Labor, primarily aims to ensure that chemical manufacturers properly label their Continue reading

The Top Ten Reasons Training Initiatives Fail

While there is no question that workplace training matters, a high percentage of training initiatives also fail. It is essential to know why workplace training often fails and more importantly, to know how to avoid the pitfalls of ineffectual training. After all, training initiatives that go awry not only come at a cost, they can have a negative impact on employee productivity and morale. Today’s post examines the top ten reasons attributed to failed workplace training initiatives and offers strategies for ensuring your training initiatives are effective from the onset. Specific attention is given to the value of adopting a learning management system. Continue reading

Food Safety Training Part Two: Training Restaurant Employees for Food Safety

The CDC reports there are 48 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year, leading to an estimated 3,000 deaths. The CDC goes on to say the majority of these illnesses are the result of poor handling practices, with the biggest issues being time-temperature problems, cross-contamination, and sub-par personal hygiene. Continue reading

Food Safety Training Part One: The Chipotle Crisis and the CDC’s Findings

Chipotle has been America’s favorite of fast-casual restaurants for several years now. Known for its simple menu of burritos and tacos coupled with an effort to use organic and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, Chipotle is favored by diners. However, Chipotle has been hit by negative press due to food safety issues. Might food safety training have helped? Continue reading

How to Make the Leap to an LMS

While many workplaces have already taken the leap, many more businesses—especially those which fall into the small or family-run business category—have yet to adopt a learning management system to meet their training needs. The advantages of moving from traditional forms of training (e.g., face-to-face sessions, retreats and/or print-based training manuals) to a learning management system (LMS) are innumerable. With a flexible and easy to use LMS, training can be Continue reading

How to Implement an LMS, Part 3: Analysis Questions to Ask

In this third installment of the How to Implement an LMS, I’m still lingering on the analysis phase that I introduced in the second article of the series. You may be chomping at the bit to get to vendor selection and the practical steps it takes to get an LMS up and running, but those efforts are all in vain if you make a poor choice at the start of the process by short-changing this analysis phase. Contact eLeaP for a free LMS consult. Continue reading

How to Implement an LMS, Part 2: The Analysis Phase

In the first article of this series on How to Implement an LMS, Part 1: Laying the Groundwork, I went over the basic case for why you should even bother with an LMS in the first place, what signs may be present that indicate it’s time to make a switch in LMS vendors, and some of the must-have features that should be present in any 21st-century LMS. Going over those aspects laid a good introductory foundation to the LMS implementation process. The next phase is to conduct a thorough series of analyses that will help you narrow down what it is you really need an LMS to deliver in your organization. Get a free consultation on how to implement a learning management system. Continue reading