March 2016

There are a number of Learning Management Systems (LMS) to choose from on the market. Most training providers want to tie you into their LMS, but you do have a choice.  Evolved Safety makes it simple to pair your choice of training content with an LMS that works best for you.  Don't get stuck with an LMS that doesn't fit your needs - when assessing LMS' in the market, keep the following in mind:

Ease of Use - Functionality is important too, and we'll get to that in a minute, but ease-of-use might be the most important benefit to assess when looking at LMS'.  You will probably have a variety of users, with various levels of computer skills, accessing your LMS.  In order for your LMS to provide you with the information you need, it needs to be easy to implement, understand and use for all.   Some LMS' have all the functionality in the world, but if they are difficult to use then they won't work well for your team.  Simplicity, without sacrificing functionality, is the best way to go when selecting an LMS for your organization.

Functionality - You can go from a basic system that tracks only your training to systems that track incidents, injury and illness reports, conduct risk assessments, and more.  How extensive of a system you select will depend on your business needs and your budget, however, there are a few key function to assess when reviewing a system:
  • Reporting - Reporting is a critical component of your safety program. You need a system that allows you to easily report on your employee training. In a study conducted by Training Industry, Inc., and Expertus, 84 percent of respondents were dissatisfied with their LMS reporting...the biggest reporting issue cited was limited or difficult access to information needed to support their business planning and strategy.   (1)  Review how the system displays reports, ability to export reports, and information you can select for your reports.  You should be able to quickly and easily drill down to the information you need, from a single student or course, to an entire population.  Additional features such as having the report auto-generate and email to you or a group of individuals and a dashboard that shows quick information about training completion is also nice to have.  
  • Training Management - Bottom line, this should be quick and easy.  Make sure you can easily assign a single course to a single student all the way to assigning groups of courses to groups of students.  Training management is the core piece of your system, and it should not be a burden to create assignments and edit them on the fly.
Customization - Being able to add your own branding is nice, but what you really need is a system that is flexible to fit your business needs.  The ability to create your own employee structure, create your own reports, and upload your own courses are all capabilities that you should assess.  You may not need it today, but down the road these options could come in handy.  
Navigating the world of learning management systems can be daunting.  Evolved Safety works with you to find an LMS and training content that fits your needs, no matter the training vendor.  We help you assess the various systems without pressure, and when you are looking for a change we make it easy to transition from one system to another.  We offer multiple LMS' and over 1,000 online training courses to help you meet your compliance and safety initiatives.  
Let's talk about making your online training as powerful as possible with the right systems to support your needs.  Contact us today!


Evolved Safety is hitting the road this year and our first stop is the Michigan Safety Conference right here in our home town of Grand Rapids, Michigan April 17 & 18 th .  We'd love to talk to you about your safety needs and how we can work together to find you a safety training program that fits.

Learn more about Evolved Safety's unique approach to safety training at booth #415 .

ASSE Safety 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia - June 26 -28 - Booth #2057.

National Safety Council Congress & Expo 2016 - Anaheim, California - October 17 -19 -
Booth #1453.


Each day about 2000 U.S. workers have a job-related eye injury that requires medical treatment. About one third of the injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments and more than 100 of these injuries result in one or more days of lost work. (NIOSH)  Eye injuries are preventable when the right PPE is worn and safety precautions are made.  Eye protection should be worn by all employees exposed to the hazards, whether they are working in the area or just passing through.  
  • Chemicals - When working with chemicals use a face shield or goggles to protect against splashing.
  • Particles and Dust - Safety glasses should include side shields to protect from flying objects. 
  • Hot Work and Other Hazards - When exposed to welding, lasers or fiber optics, be sure to use special-purpose safety goggles and helmets designed specifically for the task.
For more information, including first-aid procedures, check out our blog post for Eye Safety Month.


We turn the clocks ahead one hour on Sunday March 13. Daylight savings time is a good reminder it's time to conduct spring safety check-ups on and off-the-job.
  • Fire prevention - Check your fire prevention systems.  Make sure fire detectors have batteries and are in good working order.  Check fire extinguishers to make sure they haven't expired.  
  • Safe Lifting Techniques - Spring cleaning on and off the job can lead to muscle sprains and strains and back injuries. Everyone should practice safety lifting techniques to prevent costly and agonizing injuries.
  • Heat and Cold Stress - It's that time of year that weather conditions can change from one minute to the next.  Make sure workers are properly equipped for the temperatures in their working environment at all times.  
  • General Hazard Awareness - No matter if you work indoors or outdoors, conditions are changing.  Not to mention a quarterly refresher on general hazards and best safety practices is never a bad thing for your workforce.  With old man winter leaving town, take an assessment of what hazards have changed and address those in your next training session. 
Need to add or refresh your training content on these important topics?  We're sure to have what you need in our library of over 1,000 training courses.  Let's talk about getting your library up to snuff for spring today!


Time to test your knowledge with this month's crossword puzzle. All of the clues and answers can be found in this enewsletter.  Answers are published on our  LinkedIn Page .
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