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How to Comply with FSMA’s Intentional Adulteration Rule

Jun 29 2020
Jun 29 2020

In May 2016, the FDA finalized Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration. The Intentional Adulteration Rule, or IA Rule, establishes new requirements focused on significantly minimizing acts of intentional adulteration intended to cause wide scale public health harm. Implementation of the IA Rule helps lower the overall risk of intentional adulteration and prevent those acts that may cause wide scale public health harm.

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Topics: Compliance Matters

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

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

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

How to Define a SMART Leading Indicator: A 5-Step Plan

Mar 2 2020
Mar 2 2020

Leading indicators are one way to provide line of sight into future performance, as well as indicate how you have performed so far. By balancing the use of leading indicators with lagging indicators, you will get an overall comprehensive understanding of exactly where you are and what you need to do, to get to where you want to be.

Joy Inouye, a research associate at Campbell Institute at the National Safety, recently shared key insights and information gleaned from her long history in this field. 

So how to get started?

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Topics: Training Best Practices, Compliance Matters

Alchemy Engage Conference 2019: You May Get FOMO Reading This

Posted by Robyn Goddard

Oct 1 2019
Oct 1 2019

For the manufacturing, packaging, and distribution industries, the 11th Annual Engage Conference was the place to be this September! Hundreds of safety, quality, operations, and human resource professionals all met in the live music capital of the world to learn the newest trends and best practices for driving employee engagement.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters, Alchemy Engage Conference

Foreign Material Prevention using FMEA and Food Safety Culture

Posted by Bill Potter

Aug 26 2019
Aug 26 2019

Foreign material prevention is among the most talked-about topics these days in the food safety world. After years of industry focus on this topic, prevention and mitigation of foreign material seems to be emphasized more now than ever.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Operational Tactics, Compliance Matters

World Food Safety Day 2019

Jun 7 2019
Jun 7 2019

On behalf of my fellow Alchemists and consumers in every corner of the world, we extend a big thank you to the hard-working food safety professionals around the world in celebration of today – the world’s first ever annual Food Safety Day.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Environmental Monitoring – A Critical Component of Food Safety

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Apr 15 2019
Apr 15 2019

Environmental monitoring has become the center of attention for good reason lately. New requirements by FDA and GFSI standards have raised the importance of environmental monitoring programs (EMP’s).

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration

Posted by Jorge Acosta

Mar 27 2019
Mar 27 2019

Growing up, my grandfather used to tell us that we had to learn from the mistakes of others because we will not live long enough to make all the mistakes on our own. That said, US-based companies need to stay informed on what is going on around the world related to intentional adulteration.

 

 

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

6 Methods of Preventing Food Safety Risks

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Feb 13 2019
Feb 13 2019

Food safety is more important than ever — and not following proper protocol can lead to lives lost, not to mention hurt profits, tarnished brands, and low consumer trust. The new SQF Fundamentals Code outlines 6 common causes of food safety hazards to watch out for and account for in your food safety plan. Learn how to spot if they apply to you, and how to implement a solution before you risk failing an audit, or worse, compromising consumers’ safety. For more on the new SQF Fundamentals Code, watch the full webinar with SQFI.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

2018 in Review: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Jeff Chilton

Dec 11 2018
Dec 11 2018

2018 has been the year of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly in the food industry. The Ugly is still going on right now with the two major foodborne illness outbreaks and product recalls plaguing the industry. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) advises not to serve or sell any Romaine Lettuce contaminated with E. Coli O157:H7 from the Central Coastal growing regions of North and Central California. This outbreak has resulted in 52 cases in 15 states with 19 hospitalized and two of the 19 experiencing kidney failure. The CDC expects these numbers to rise as more cases are brought to light.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Compliance Matters

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