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Rick Gehrke

Rick serves as a Senior Environmental Safety and Health Consultant at Intertek Alchemy. He is a certified management systems Lead Auditor with experience in ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001, LEED green building certification, business development, and certification program management. Rick earned his Associate of Applied Science in Intelligence Collection from the Community College of the Air Force and his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Environmental Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Recent Posts

10 Suggestions from OSHA on How to Kick Off Your Safety Program

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Jun 18 2020
Jun 18 2020

Why is having or establishing a strong health and safety program of such crucial importance? Well, put simply: human consequences!

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Topics: Compliance Matters

Is COVID-19 a Recordable or Reportable Illness?

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Jun 8 2020
Jun 8 2020

After our last blog post on this topic, we saw an uptick in COVID-19 related questions, understandably. Today I will be addressing one of the more common ones: whether illnesses caused by the virus are recordable or reportable. I’ve included a link below to the latest enforcement guidance memo from OSHA which describes what we need to do to determine work-relatedness.

I will also discuss additional aspects of your safety programs that you might want to review in light of this current pandemic and future ones.  As you read, please keep in mind that the CDC has different COVID-19 reporting requirements for healthcare providers, so if you're in the healthcare industry, please review those.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

Identifying Employee Risk in Regards to COVID-19

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Jun 1 2020
Jun 1 2020

As an EHS consultant, I’m used to fielding questions on OSHA requirements, but since the beginning of the pandemic the amount has increased exponentially. With that in mind, I’m offering guidance on implementing workplace health and safety hazard processes as it relates to COVID-19.  

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Topics: Compliance Matters

Q and A: OSHA Top 5 Violations in General Industry

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Apr 14 2020
Apr 14 2020

Rick Gehrke, Senior Environmental Safety and Health Consultant here at Intertek Alchemy, recently hosted the webinar “Don’t Get Busted! OSHA 2019 Top Five Violations in General Industry”  that covered the specific standards, the hazards and types of associated incidents, penalties, as well as some of things that you can do to protect your people and your organization.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

COVID-19 and N95 Masks: What Does OSHA Say?

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Apr 2 2020
Apr 2 2020

We’ve received many questions regarding OSHA regulations and the use of N95 masks in the workplace for protecting personnel from COVID-19, and whether the respiratory protection standard applies.

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Topics: Training Best Practices, Compliance Matters

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