We're please to announce that we've integrated our Custom Course Building feature with slideshare.net. SlideShare is a content hosting website that allows you to upload a PowerPoint presentation hosted directly on SlideShare. We've leveraged their embed feature which allows an administrator to post the embed code into SafetySync and when a worker reviews a lesson the embedded PowerPoint launches directly in SafetySync. This makes it so you no longer have to upload the PowerPoint file into SafetySync and rely on the worker downloading the file and launching it on their computer when viewing the content.

Administrators can head to the Custom Course Building feature and when creating a new lesson they'll see the new option to add the SlideShare embed code.

To get started on SlideShare head to http://www.slideshare.net/

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The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, or WHMIS is changing soon in Canada. The GHS (Globally Harmonized System) has been approved by the UN and is being implemented worldwide to improve communication and safety in workplaces where hazardous chemicals are present. While it has not yet been passed as international law, it is expected to take effect on June 1, 2015. To align with the transition, SafetySync is offering an updated WHMIS 2015 course to reflect the changes impacting WHMIS compliant workers, employers and suppliers. The updated course will include the changes published in the Canada Gazette Part II on February 11, 2015.

The implementation of GHS will introduce five major changes to the current WHMIS:

  1. Introduction of new hazard classes and sub classes of chemicals
  2. Introduction of new hazard pictograms adding to the existing ones currently referred to as WHMIS symbols
  3. Standardization of hazard signal words, statements and meanings used on Supplier Labels and Safety Data Sheets
  4. Introduction of new supplier labels with new formats and added requirements
  5. Replacement of the 9 section Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) with a new 16 section Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Our WHMIS 2015 course will amend our existing WHMIS course with the changes outlined in the Canada Gazette Part II. The WHMIS course we presently offer is sufficient for compliance until the GHS legislation is in place. When compliance with our WHMIS course expires, WHMIS 2015 will be available for a seamless upgrade in training. The material complies with all WHMIS standards and provides detailed information on the GHS. We'll post an announcement when the course is active and available to all clients.

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A slowdown in the oil and gas sector is a great chance to save money by supplementing your safety profile. Now is the time to take advantage of some of our other great courses and boost the safety culture in your workplaceOver a hundred courses are included in your SafetySync subscription, many of which may not be required for your workers, but can help to build safety awareness in other areas. Safety is a broad and growing concept, with many applications in various fields. For example, the Emergency Preparedness module includes lessons to help workers respond to workplace accidents, injuries, chemical spills and even earthquakes. Our new N.O.R.M. course teaches ways to measure and control radon hazards in the home and workplace; a timely subject of growing concern. And the Health and Wellness course offers learning opportunities in a wide range of topics, from nutrition to the flu. Here's a short list of other courses that will add value to any work force:

  • Safe Driving Practices - Even if not all of your workers are on the road, most are probably drivers, and they need to get to and from work safely.
  • Vehicle Maintenance - This is invaluable knowledge that many workers may not have the time or money to learn on their own.
  • Flood Readiness - Rising water affects more of the population every spring. This course teaches critical lessons in building protection.
  • Fire Safety - Knowing how fire behaves and how to control it can save the lives of workers and their families - priceless training for free.

Market uncertainty will pass. This is a great opportunity for SafetySync customers to expand the safety knowledge of the workforce with free supplemental training online.

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