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The Five Dimensions of a Highly Successful Food Safety Culture

Apr 13 2021
Apr 13 2021

As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel of a disastrous year, one challenge refuses to go away. And that’s the continued threat of unsafe and contaminated food supplies. 

Even with the stringent national and global regulations, we continue to see unsafe foods percolate throughout what we put on our tables and serve in restaurants. We’ve all seen the disturbing statistics. According to the World Health Organization, one in 10 people are sickened by eating food processed or prepared by others. And 420,000 people die each year from food-borne illness.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Pandemic Workplace Safety – OSHA vs. States on Masks and More

Posted by Rick Gehrke

Apr 7 2021
Apr 7 2021

 

Recently I joined a group of manufacturing professionals to share tips on building and maintaining infectious disease and response plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. As usual, the conversation turned to masks. Are they still a requirement at work or not?

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

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

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

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: Workplace Safety Tips, 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: Workplace Safety Tips, 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: Operational Tactics, Workplace Safety Tips, 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: Workplace Safety Tips, 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: Operational Tactics, Workplace Safety Tips

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: Operational Tactics, Workplace Safety Tips

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: Operational Tactics, Workplace Safety Tips

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: Workplace Safety Tips, Compliance Matters

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