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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: Training Best Practices

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

Training Engagement Tips for Your Operations Leaders, Part 3: Communication

Sep 28 2020
Sep 28 2020

In this series of blog posts, we are exploring the subject matter from the webinar "The Four Cs to Get Your 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. Read Part 1 and Part 2.

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Topics: Operational Tactics, Training Best Practices

New Study Identifies Areas for Improvement in Food Safety Training

Sep 23 2020
Sep 23 2020

Intertek Alchemy released a new report analyzing the results from the 6th annual Global Food Safety Training Survey. Why is this big news? The survey contains valuable data on food safety training programs and identifies areas for improvement in food safety training — insight that can help all companies improve their own training programs.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Training Best Practices

Save Space for Training: Make this Afterthought of Plant Design a Focal Point

Sep 9 2020
Sep 9 2020

Many manufacturing and food processing facilities are housed in buildings constructed before the acceleration of technology; many were designed before the idea of WiFi even existed. As a result, many companies in this industry have some design challenges to deal with daily that may impact productivity and training. Challenges like low visibility on the production floor or lack of convenient training space can make training space feel like an afterthought.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Training Engagement Tips for Your Operations Leaders, Part 2: Commitment

Aug 24 2020
Aug 24 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  

It can be challenging to get your operations leaders to commit to staying on track with an ongoing training course. In this part of our conversation, Kastrup and Rysavy expanded upon the second “C” of the four core elements — commitment — and shared the best approach for dividing up responsibilities and ownership in a healthy training process:

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Topics: Operational Tactics, Training Best Practices

Training Engagement Tips for Your Operations Leaders, Part 1: Collaboration

Aug 7 2020
Aug 7 2020

Operations leaders are constantly juggling a demanding number of production goals, from reaching daily quotas to maximizing the utilization of equipment. With all of their critical responsibilities, it’s easy to see how staying on track with an ongoing training plan can fall by the wayside!

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Topics: Operational Tactics, Training Best Practices

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