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5 Ways to Accelerate New Employee Onboarding and Increase Retention

Posted by Holly Mockus

Jun 12 2020
Jun 12 2020

Knowing how to successfully onboard a new frontline worker can mean the difference between employees staying with you for the long run versus having a high turnover rate. In fact, Glassdoor reveals that companies that have efficient, robust onboarding processes tend to improve their retention rate by more than 80%. As an added bonus, employee productivity is about 70% higher at manufacturers with an effective onboarding process.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

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

New Considerations in the Time of COVID

May 26 2020
May 26 2020

 

By: Gene Bernard, The Gluten Free Bar; Greg Bigus, Accord Carton; Jodi Haggith, Bonduelle Americas; Annie Piepenhagen, Dairy Farmers of America

 

Social and business norms are changing at the speed of light during this pandemic. It’s not just about adapting to change anymore though – it’s also about making personal connections while staying socially distant, learning and practicing new behaviors, and all while keeping up morale. Here are a few tips and tricks to help your team members weather the change and let them know you care.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

What Auditors Really Want

Posted by Jeff Chilton

May 18 2020
May 18 2020

Let’s start with something most people forget when it comes to audits: Auditors are people. And they’re not out to get you! They don’t want to find anything wrong in your workplace or facility. In fact, they want you to score well during the audit process.

And yet companies and people will focus specifically on whether or not they pass. Driving company sales, as well as individual bonuses or promotions, can hinge upon a good score. But a good score isn’t the point an audit exists — ensuring safety is!

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Topics: Compliance Matters

4 Steps for Setting Up an E-Learning Training Program During COVID-19

Posted by Holly Mockus

May 14 2020
May 14 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the traditional manufacturing environment. As mandates require organizations to practice social distancing in their facilities, many manufacturers are struggling with how they can safely provide critical workplace training to their frontline employees.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

What to Do if an Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

Posted by Jorge Acosta

May 4 2020
May 4 2020

The food processing and manufacturing world is currently in an especially precarious position in this pandemic, as workers often interact in close quarters, and social distancing isn’t always possible. And staying home to flatten the curve (which works!) isn’t always feasible since food, and its production, is essential.

 

At this point in time, we have enough data to support that the coronavirus is not transmitted via food. It’s an upper respiratory infection — in order to become infected, it has to get transmitted from either an infected individual through microdroplets, or from touching a dirty surface, then transferring the virus by touching your mouth, eyes, or nose.

 

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Topics: Training Best Practices

How Manufacturers Are Proactively Keeping Employees Safe

Apr 24 2020
Apr 24 2020

During the second installment of our Covid Communications webinar series, Intertek Alchemy joined forces with Julie Keich and Lynn Costanza of Campbell’s Snacks to highlight how one company in the food manufacturing and processing industry is navigating the “new normal”.  

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Ten Best Practice Tips from Industry Leaders for Mitigating the Risk of Covid-19 in Facilities

Apr 21 2020
Apr 21 2020

Last week during the second of our Covid Communictions webinar series, we asked attendees to share practical procedures and best practices they were carrying out in their facilities to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Not surprisingly, the tips that followed were thoughtful, helpful, and showcased the forward-thinking required of all industry leaders during this unprecedented pandemic crisis:

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

COVID-19: How to Effectively Train Your Employees

Apr 17 2020
Apr 17 2020

Intertek Alchemy’s number one priority is ensuring that employees are engaged and working in a safe environment. With that in mind, we are sharing best practices for manufacturers still operating. You can also view them in their entirety in our recent webinar:



You know your work environment better than we do, so please tailor these recommended best practices and to your specific circumstances.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

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

3 Ways to Improve Truck Driver Safety During COVID-19

Posted by Holly Mockus

Mar 31 2020
Mar 31 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cities and states have shut down their restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Despite all of this, consumer demand for medical supplies and food continues to increase and truck drivers are crucial for maintaining the supply chain and keeping the economy going. 

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Topics: Operational Tactics

Complimentary COVID-19 Workforce Training

Mar 20 2020
Mar 20 2020

To help in efforts to contain the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus, Intertek Alchemy has created a new training course "COVID-19: Overview" to ensure frontline manufacturing, food processing, and service workers know how to:

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Common Challenges for Growing Manufacturing Companies

Mar 18 2020
Mar 18 2020

There are a handful of common struggles manufacturers face, especially those companies still growing including the retiring workforce, recruiting millennials, employee engagement, and providing impactful training. However, within these challenges lie solutions to make things more manageable and productive as they look to the future.



Let’s take a closer look:

1. Managing the Skills Gap

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Topics: Operational Tactics

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