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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

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

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

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

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

Six Benefits of eLearning to Train Frontline Manufacturing Workers

Aug 6 2020
Aug 6 2020

Many benefits of eLearning aren’t entirely new. But the inherent challenges of a manufacturing facility and workforce have made widespread eLearning programs harder to implement than in an office setting. But times are changing. Even in WiFi-scarce facilities, eLearning is being used more frequently, and mobile capabilities are being embraced where they were once impractical.

So how does eLearning specifically benefit frontline workers in manufacturing? Let’s take a look:

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Topics: Training Best Practices

Most Training is Designed for Office Workers. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.

Posted by Holly Mockus

Aug 4 2020
Aug 4 2020

Are you a manufacturing company? If so, the likelihood that you are using a training platform designed for the average, college-educated office worker is pretty high. Almost every employee training program is built using the same techniques, methods, and philosophies of training developed for a corporate, sit-down-at-your-desk-and-work-on-your-computer type environment.

But for workers on the production floor, this is not only impractical, but dangerous. Those suit-and-tie DVDs (and even VHS tapes!) don’t resonate with production team members.

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Topics: Training Best Practices

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