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Meet Paul Reynish - President of Intertek Alchemy

Jul 29 2021
Jul 29 2021

Intertek Alchemy is proud to welcome Paul Reynish as the new company president. Reynish is no stranger to the food industry nor the demands and challenges global companies face today.

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Topics: Intertek Alchemy News

Dept. Homeland Security Tips for Building an Active Shooter Program

Jul 27 2021
Jul 27 2021

What can you do to protect your workers from an active shooter event? In addition to partnering with local law enforcement, employers have a duty to care for and protect their employees. Processes and procedures are needed to help identify and prevent acts of violence in the workplace and to save lives when one does occur.

Intertek Alchemy sat down with Susan Schneider, Branch Chief of Active Assailant Security DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), to learn how to create an active shooter preparedness program that protects and saves lives.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Taking Training Beyond Traditional PowerPoint

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jul 6 2021
Jul 6 2021

I have been surprised to discover that many manufacturers are still managing their training programs with a combination of PowerPoint and Excel spreadsheets.


Maybe I shouldn't say I was surprised since trainers, managers, and directors have long relied on these tools for their training. And I should know because I was once one of them.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Discovery of New Listeria Species and Its Effect on EMPs

Jun 24 2021
Jun 24 2021

Researchers at Cornell University have identified five new species of listeria in agricultural soil in the United States. The discovery is expected to help food manufacturers improve food safety by identifying potential new growth niches that previously may have been overlooked. And it could further help them understand the differences between pathogenic listeria and the non-pathogenic species.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

Combating Labor Shortages by Digitizing Institutional Knowledge

Jun 21 2021
Jun 21 2021

 

As America continues the shift to more of a service economy, manufacturing companies have dealt with numerous challenges, and among the most consistent is labor shortages. This problem will only worsen as a key generation of workers retires. In response, many manufacturers are capturing and digitizing knowledge of experienced workers before they walk out the door.

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Topics: Operational Tactics

OSHA’s 7 Elements to Creating a Safe and Healthy Workplace

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Jun 14 2021
Jun 14 2021

 

When working to meet OSHA's health and safety requirements, you might find yourself motivated by both the carrot and the stick. Being responsible for employee safety can be a rewarding experience, providing you the opportunity to learn, and to improve your co-workers’ health, safety, and quality of life. At the same time, this position carries great responsibility and the risk of personal liability.

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Topics: OSHA

5 Ways to Train Employees to Prevent Cyberattacks

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jun 9 2021
Jun 9 2021

While a long an ever-present threat to businesses, city government, schools, and hospitals, cybercriminals are now aggressively targeting manufacturers with increasing frequency.

Here’s how you can enlist your employees to help defend against these attackers.

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Topics: Courseware

Remembering Our Frontline Workers on World Food Safety Day

Jun 7 2021
Jun 7 2021

Intertek Alchemy is joining the food industry to celebrate the third annual World Food Safety Day. The event, established by a United Nations resolution, offers an opportunity to honor everyone involved in growing, processing, transporting, selling, preparing, and serving the food that many of us take for granted.

 

The U.N. resolution states: “There is no food security without food safety, especially in a world where the food supply chain has become more complex.”

 

I could not agree more.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

SQF Edition 9 is Live - 6 New Requirements for Management

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 27 2021
May 27 2021

This week, the 9th edition of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) code went into effect, changing the way many of our customers pursue and maintain a Food Safety Culture. This code is one of many that ultimately helps companies meet the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standards through the SQF certification program.

 

During my last blog on this topic, I provided a simple overview of the new SQF edition and covered the basics of what you need to know to prepare for the new requirements. Many of these new additions to the code will require food producers to alter the way they implement, measure, and report food safety processes. In this blog, I’ll cover six new requirements under Edition 9, Section 2.1.1, that address senior management’s role in leading and supporting a proper food safety culture, and implementation processes.

 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

SQF Edition 9 is Live, What You Should Know Now

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Apr 21 2021
Apr 21 2021

As you may know, the 9th edition of the Safe Quality Food (SQF) codes goes into effect on May 24. Many of our clients seek accreditation with the SQF code for its ability to verify food producers are meeting industry, customer, and regulatory requirement for all sectors of the food supply chain. Here's a simple overview of what you need to know to prepare.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights

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: 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

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