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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: Workplace Safety Tips

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, Workplace Safety Tips

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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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Intertek Alchemy News

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: Workplace Safety Tips

How to “See Safety” Using Visual Literacy

Posted by Doug Pontsler

Oct 30 2018
Oct 30 2018
  • Have you ever heard these comments during an incident review?
  • “We have walked by that hazard hundreds of time and never saw it!”

  • “We can’t see the forest through the trees! We need fresh eyes on our facility to see the hazards we no longer see.”

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

National Safety Council's Campbell Award Recognizes Safety

Posted by John Dony

Jun 22 2018
Jun 22 2018

The National Safety Council's Campbell Award recognizes leading companies in safety that share the NSC’s mission and vision of eliminating all preventable death in our lifetime. We believe safety starts with every individual, every work team, and every organization — and cascades from there into homes, communities, the road, and the workplace.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Promote Work Safety with Continuous Learning

Posted by Siobhan Welch

May 11 2018
May 11 2018

Creating a strong culture of safety requires continual effort beyond onboarding. Several leading companies still rely on a “one and done” method of training, where the new hire receives a barrage of information during orientation, yet is expected to retain and correctly apply that information on the floor. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t always work. Just as college students are advised not to cram the night before tests, studies show people are more likely to retain information when they’re fed knowledge in short spurts over a longer period of time. Instead of showering new hires with information, training should be delivered in a slow drip. A continuous learning environment consistently leads to the best results.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Why You Need an Enterprise Risk Assessment

Feb 9 2018
Feb 9 2018
The call came from the Florida State Department of Health. They had gone into a Publix supermarket and pulled some of my products from store shelves for analysis. The product was a Brie cheese and they had tested it for Listeria … and they said it was positive. 
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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Training Best Practices

Emergency Action Plans: Preparation is Your Best Defense

Posted by Mark Lies

Jan 31 2018
Jan 31 2018

With significant environmental impacts in the last year made from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and problematic weather ahead, it’s imperative to have an emergency action plan in place. In fact, OSHA requires all workplaces with more than 10 employees to develop a written Emergency Action Plan (EAP) that identifies and coordinates necessary employer and employee actions during an emergency.

Emergencies have been happening for centuries. Here’s a brief look at a few incidents from history, reasons why companies need emergency action plans, and how to train your frontline workforce to take smart action in the face of danger.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Don't Let Milling Challenges Grind You Down

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Dec 13 2017
Dec 13 2017

Food manufacturing can be a grind… especially in milling. Yet recent wins in the industry make it all worth it. Consumers are snack-happy, so demand for savory treats, sweets, and baked goods is on the rise. Alternative flours are also ubiquitous. Thanks to the gluten-free craze, nut flours and non-traditional flours like sorghum and spelt are working their way into foods worldwide. And we can finally kiss the low-carb craze goodbye. These days, whole grains are considered essential to a healthy diet, including rice and corn, with more emphasis on nutrition rather than elimination. With the new nutritional focus comes the opportunity to add fortifications to flours and grains, which proves successful in differentiation, as well as in marketing.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Ergonomics: What Works When it Comes to Workplace Safety

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Nov 29 2017
Nov 29 2017

Workplace injuries are common in manufacturing jobs that depend on manual labor, and they cost the food industry billions of dollars each year. Risk factors of workplace injury include exerting excessive force, performing the same tasks repetitively, and working in awkward postures — all conditions present on the floor in food manufacturing. Damage can range in scope, from minor sprains and strains, to more serious musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs) like tendinitis or sciatica. 

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Safety is Always in Season for Crop Production

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Nov 10 2017
Nov 10 2017

With foreign markets expanding, unpredictable weather patterns, and rising regulations, finding innovative ways to succeed in agriculture is more important than ever. With science of crop production becoming more sophisticated, farmers have more access to data, where they used to rely more heavily on history and intuition.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Unpacking Potential Problems: Are Packaging Employees Prepared?

Posted by Siobhan Welch

Nov 3 2017
Nov 3 2017

The packaging industry faces unique safety and operational challenges. Between the threat of physical injury, safety hazards, sanitation issues, and expanding regulations, your frontline employees have a lot to manage. Addressing these concerns while maintaining high production levels will continue to test package manufacturing companies.

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Topics: Food Safety Insights, Workplace Safety Tips

Prevent Workplace Injuries: A Guide to Incident Investigations & Corrective Action

Posted by Tara Guthrie

Dec 15 2016
Dec 15 2016

What went wrong? That’s the first question that comes to mind when any incident occurs. If an incident happens in your facility, learning what went wrong is just the first step in preventing future accidents. Using best practices for incident investigation paired with root-cause analysis can provide a solid foundation for fine tuning your serious-injury prevention strategy.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips

Keep Cool or OSHA Will Bring the Heat: Summertime Tips for Food Workers

Jul 26 2016
Jul 26 2016

Summer is here, and for some it’s a time of rest and relaxation, but for food workers it can be the most physically taxing time of the year. The thousands of workers who make their living while exposed to the heat—indoors or out—are at an increased risk during the dog days of summer. In the food industry, heat illness is an often overlooked occupational injury, but the good news is that heat-related hazards can be prevented or minimized.

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Topics: Workplace Safety Tips, Compliance Matters

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