Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point for Food Safety Management

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If you’re involved in food/beverage production and have food safety responsibilities, you’re required to fulfill Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point, or HACCP, compliance requirements (see 21 CFR parts 120 and 123).

HACCP is a systematic and preventive food safety approach intended to avoid the introduction or and/or contamination of food by biological, chemical, and physical hazards rather than simply inspecting food products after their production to determine if they have been contaminated (this is somewhat similar to the “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound full of cure” adage).

Enjoy learning more about HACCP and it’s important role in food safety, and don’t forget to download the free 7 Tools of Quality download we’ve provided for you at the bottom of this article as well.

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What Is the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System Standard?

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If you’ve worked in the food chain for a period of time, you may well be familiar with the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Standard. However, if you’re new to the industry, you may be unfamiliar with the standard. Plus, it was updated in 2018, so even if you’re familiar, you may need to renew your acquaintance.

In this article, we give a brief introduction to ISO 22000 and give you some resources where you can learn more.

Also, know that we’ve got a free 7 Basics Tools of Quality guide for you at the bottom of this article.

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Free PSM Checklist for Process Safety Management Compliance

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Here’s a free Process Safety Management (PSM) compliance checklist you can download–nice!

The PSM checklist is based on a PSM Compliance Checklist available on OSHA’s website. We took the information in their checklist and made some minor changes to make it more user friendly.

It’s in the always-handy .PDF format, just scroll to the bottom of this article and click the  button.

Hope you like the checklist. We’ve got more free downloadable checklists on other topics here.

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Common Food Safety Problems

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Are you new (or newish?) to food safety? Would you benefit from an introduction to terms commonly used to discuss food safety? Or maybe you’re a more experienced food safety expert and would just like a quick review & reminder?

If so, you’ll enjoy reviewing this article, as we’ve prepared a quick review of some basic and common food safety problems. We’ve drawn the material from a helpful resource created by the US FDA to help introduce good manufacturing practices (GMP and/or cGMP) titled “Definitions of Food Safety Problems.”

And before you go, be sure to download our free 7 Basic Tools of Quality Guide from the bottom of this article.

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Features to Look for in a Compliance-Based LMS

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Organizations get a learning management system, or LMS, for a number of different reasons. Often, for some combination of reasons.

One very common reason that organizations get a learning management system is to stay on top of and document compliance training requirements.

In this article, we’ll give you a few key features to look for if you need an LMS to comply with mandatory training requirements.

And be sure to download the free LMS Buyer’s Guide from the bottom of this article, which has even more helpful information for you. And if you’re interested in compliance for safety training, check out our free Online Safety Training Buyer’s Guide Checklist and/or our Guide to MSHA Training Compliance Requirements.

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Safety Moments in Oil & Gas Extraction: Hazards, Controls & Resources

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According to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, in 2016 there are currently between 150,000 and 160,000 people employed in oil & gas extraction in the United States. The most common careers in the energy & oil industry include geoscientists; petroleum engineers; petroleum pump system operators, refinery operators, and gaugers; roustabouts (oil and gas); and wellhead pumpers.

According to OSHA, 489 oil and gas extraction workers were killed on the job between 2013 and 2017, making this a pretty dangerous industry.

In this article, we’ll review a few of the primary job hazards involved in oil and gas extraction and give you some tips and resources for training in the oil and gas industry.

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Contractor Orientation Challenges & Solutions: Free Downloadable Guide

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Many organizations need to provide orientation materials to contractors, visitors, and vendors before those people can arrive on site. These orientations may cover safety but also things like HR compliance issues (sex harassment, inclusive workplace, etc.), privacy/trade secrets, and other legitimate concerns of the company as part of its enterprise risk management efforts.

In response, many companies try to create, deliver, and keep records of those orientations for contractors, visitors, and vendors. And that’s where the problems often begin.

Because your organization has expertise in making super-widgets (or cars, or airplanes, or machines, or paper, or…you get it), not contractor orientation materials and systems.

In this free downloadable guide (you can get it at the bottom of this article), we explain three common challenges organizations face related to contractor orientations and three simple solutions.

Download the free guide at the bottom of this article and also feel free to download our online contractor orientation buyer’s guide as well.

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Online Contractor Orientation Buyers Guide: Tips & Free Download

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Does your company employ contractors? Probably.

Do you also have visitors and vendors on site? Again, probably.

Do you need to create safety orientation materials for those contractors, visitors, and vendors before they come on site? Probably.

And do you need an online delivery tool to that lets those contractors, vendors, and visitors complete their orientations and lets you run reports to see who’s done and who’s not? Probably.

At the bottom of this article, we’ve included a free Online Contractor Orientation Buyer’s Guide that you can download. It’s got some solid recommendations of the kind of stuff you should be looking for if you want to get your site-specific orientation materials online and get an online tool for self-registration, assignments, online delivery, crediting, tracking, reporting, notifications, and more.

So enjoy the buyer’s guide and feel free to check out our extensive article on best practices for contractor management as well.

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Free Recorded Webinar: Tips for Effective Safety Training

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Our friends at RedVector hosted Jeff Dalto of Convergence Training for a webinar giving some tips on Effective Safety Training.

The webinar introduces the following:

  • The ANSI/ASSP Z490.1 standard for EHS training and Z490.2 standard for online EHS training
  • Learning objectives
  • The ADDIE instructional design model
  • Training delivery methods v instructional or training methods
  • Evidence-based training practices
  • Learning myths
  • Training evaluation

Watch our recorded Effective Safety Training Webinar at our Webinars page.

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Learn how to design, create, deliver, and evaluate effective EHS training by following these best practices with our free step-by-step guide.

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Industrial Hygiene (IH) Basics: IDLH Limits

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In recent IH Basics articles, we discussed permissible exposure limits (PELsaction levels (ALs), and STELS and Ceiling Limits.

In this article, we’re going to continue looking at exposure limits in the fascinating worlds of IH and occupational safety and health with an investigation into IDLH (immediately dangerous to life or health) limits.

So read on to learn about IDLH atmosphere and don’t be shy about downloading the free Guide to Performing a Job Hazard Analysis from the bottom of this article.

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5 Principles of Human and Organizational Performance (HOP) with Dr. Todd Conklin

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One of the most influential, most innovative, and most controversial thinkers in occupational safety and health these days is Dr. Todd Conklin, who’s famous for his human and organizational performance (HOP) approach to safety matters.

It’s likely you’re familiar with Dr. Conklin and don’t need me to explain to you who he is. However, if the name IS new to you, you might want to check out his Pre-Accident Investigation podcast series, or his HOP Hub website, or his books on pre-accident investigations, learning more by asking better questions, preventing workplace fatalities, or the 5 principles of human performance, which is what our discussion below will focus on.

Todd was nice enough to stop by for a chat with us and explain the 5 principles of HOP and some other HOPpy stuff, and we can’t thank him enough. We’ve included an audio recording of the discussion below and hope you enjoy it.

(Note: If you’re the type who’d rather read than listen to an audio, the transcript is below).

Also, feel free to check out some of the articles we’ve written about Dr. Conklin’s books, below:

We haven’t yet written a quick intro to Todd’s most recent book (5 Principles of HOP) but stay tuned for that–plus, of course, this interview basically fills that need and you can’t do better than to get the goods from Todd himself.

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Upcoming Free Webinar: Effective Safety Training Tips

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A quick head’s up that we’ll be presenting the second in a series of webinars at the website of our partners RedVector.

You may know that the previous webinar in the series was on New Safety, including Safety Differently, Safety II, and HOP. You can listen to a recording of that New Safety webinar here.

And since this second webinar on Effective Safety Training has already been conducted, know you can listen to a recording of it here.

And since the webinar is on effective safety training, feel free to prime the pump by downloading our free guide to effective safety training, below. 

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