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The Five Dimensions of a Highly Successful Food Safety Culture

Apr 13 2021
Apr 13 2021

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of a disastrous year, one challenge refuses to go away. And that’s the continued threat of unsafe and contaminated food supplies. 

Even with the stringent national and global regulations, we continue to see unsafe foods percolate throughout what we put on our tables and serve in restaurants. We’ve all seen the disturbing statistics. According to the World Health Organization, one in 10 people are sickened by eating food processed or prepared by others. And 420,000 people die each year from food-borne illness.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Pandemic Workplace Safety – OSHA vs. States on Masks and More

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Apr 7 2021
Apr 7 2021

 

Recently I joined a group of manufacturing professionals to share tips on building and maintaining infectious disease and response plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, the conversation turned to masks. Are they still a requirement at work or not?

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Ditch the Paper SOPs, Learn How to Go Digital

Apr 5 2021
Apr 5 2021

 

If you’re drowning in a sea of paper-based SOPs and work instructions, you’re not alone.

Today, employees spend an inordinate amount of time searching for information to do their jobs. Even if they find it, chances are good the information is outdated or doesn’t apply to a specific task. Now’s a good time to shred your old paper habits and go completely

digital. Here's how. 

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Topics: Operational Tactics

Four Ways to Kickstart Your Supervisor Leadership Training Program

Posted by Holly Mockus

Mar 18 2021
Mar 18 2021

A few weeks ago, I joined one of our amazing customers, Robert Munoz, leadership and development training manager at JBS, for a webinar to discuss the importance of setting up supervisors for success with the proper training.

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Topics: Courseware, Coach, Training Best Practices

Webinar: New COVID-19 OSHA Guidance and  Planning

Mar 1 2021
Mar 1 2021

On his full first day of public office, President Joe Biden issued a flurry of executive orders affecting a broad range of issues, including how U.S. companies protect workers against exposure to COVID-19. As a result, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued new guidance on Jan. 29, 2021 for workplace safety around the pandemic, which could become part of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) by March 15th.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, OSHA, Training Best Practices

Five Ways to Build a Stronger Workplace Safety Program

Feb 26 2021
Feb 26 2021

In a previous blog, we discussed the most common challenges and roadblocks to developing workplace safety programs, as revealed by Intertek Alchemy’s first annual State of Workplace Safety Training report.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

Tune in Tomorrow for Helpful Tips to Set Your Supervisors Up for Success

Posted by Holly Mockus

Feb 23 2021
Feb 23 2021

By 2025, two thirds of the workforce will consist of millennials who bring a new set of demands for their employers. For them, being valued and working under competent leaders ranks among their top requirements.

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Topics: Coach, Training Best Practices, Webinar

Common Challenges and Roadblocks to Developing Meaningful Workplace Safety Training

Feb 19 2021
Feb 19 2021

Workplace safety training remains a top priority for manufacturing companies that understand the importance of keeping their employees safe and protecting their bottom line.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

New Insights from Intertek Alchemy's Workplace Safety Training Survey

Feb 9 2021
Feb 9 2021

Intertek Alchemy has just released its first State of the Workplace Safety Training report, looking at the most significant challenges companies face when developing and implementing safety training programs, and shedding light on best practices that help make training more effective.

As part of this extensive study, we surveyed more than 1,100 professionals in EH&S, HR, operations, and plant supervisors representing more than 4,400 worksite facilities. We partnered with an outside agency to help conduct the survey and independently validate the findings.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

How to Keep Truck Drivers Safe for the Rest of Winter

Posted by Holly Mockus

Feb 1 2021
Feb 1 2021

As we count down the days to spring, commercial drivers face weeks of dangerous roads and unpredictable winter weather. Wintertime is one of the busiest and most stressful times for medium-duty truck drivers.

Bad weather brings a range of troubles for drivers as they struggle to maintain control of their trucks in parking lots and on slippery roads. They have to navigate around unpredictable and panicky drivers. And they’re forced to take extra precautions to avoid injuries every time they step outside their vehicles.

 

To help prepare drivers for the road, we asked Thom Schoenborn, vice president of marketing for Instructional Technologies Inc. (ITI) for some recommendations. When drivers are mentally prepared to deal with winter hazards, it lowers their stress levels and improves their ability to handle common problems. Here’s what he had to say.

 

Q: As we finish out the winter months ahead, what can drivers do to prepare for unexpected weather hazards?

A: When we think of tips to handle winter road conditions, everyone usually thinks of special driving tips or techniques to avoid dangerous conditions. But the best safety tips start long before drivers hit the road. We think the best way to ensure drivers don’t overlook the most common causes of winter weather breakdowns, DOT violations or accidents is to remember that safety starts with a thorough pre-trip inspection. Taking 10 extra minutes to prepare for bad weather can prevent hours of misery on the road.

 

We suggest checking the basics like making sure your battery will hold a charge, that your brakes are in good condition, that your chains are solid, and that your tire treads are above the required minimum standards.

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Topics: Supply Chain

The Importance and Impact of a Strong Safety Training Program

Nov 30 2020
Nov 30 2020

Setting expectations and standards through a strong safety training program is one of the best ways to create a safe working environment. In this episode, OH&S Editor Sydny Shepard sits down with Earl Johnson, Director of Safety at Tyson Foods, to discuss the impact and importance of implementing a training program that works for leadership and employees.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

4 Tips to Chill the Hottest Challenges in Refrigerated & Frozen Foods

Posted by Holly Mockus

Nov 23 2020
Nov 23 2020

Refrigerated & frozen foods are more readily available than ever. Their popularity has grown as consumers have become busier and look for more quick, convenient meals and snacks. Whether it's pre-chopped vegetables or ready-made meals, your customers are well accustomed to frozen and fresh foods being a staple part of their diets. As food demand continues to rise with population growth, the cold food manufacturing market will increase by $262.3 million according to Cold Planers Market Report. 

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Topics: Operational Tactics

5 Beverage Industry Trends to Watch in 2021

Posted by Holly Mockus

Nov 5 2020
Nov 5 2020

The beverage industry is undergoing significant changes as it strives to keep up with evolving consumer demands. As millennials become the largest generation cohort of the population, they have significantly impacted the trends of the beverage industry. Beverage manufacturers must understand millennials’ values, behaviors, and preferences to get ahead of their competition.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics

Training Engagement Tips for Your Operations Leaders, Part 4: Culture

Oct 5 2020
Oct 5 2020

In this series of blog posts, we are exploring the 4 Cs to Getting Operations Leaders Excited About Training with Bob Rysavy, HR Training Manager at Hearthside Food Solutions, and Kristin Kastrup, Senior Consultant, Training and Human Resource Optimization.

“Training culture” is a term that gets thrown around a lot, but what does a good training culture actually look like? And what can you do to build one, at your company? A few starting points from Rvsavy and Kastrup:

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Topics: Operational Tactics, Training Best Practices

Getting Ready for SQF Edition 9

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Sep 30 2020
Sep 30 2020

It’s time to start getting pumped about this year’s SQF Global Conference! This industry leading event will be virtual this year but will still offer stellar educational programs by talented speakers. Here’s what you can expect:

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

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