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FOODSAFE Canada, What to Know and How to Get Certified

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FOODSAFE Canada

FOODSAFE is a resource of the Province of British Colombia and is a food safety training program that instructs students on a wide array of food related safety issues.

The training program enables students to learn about food borne illness, food preparation safety, storing food, and serving food safely. The program offers courses for cooks, servers, and other restaurant employees, but also offers courses for management crews, business owners, executive chefs, and others who will handle food and areas where food is stored, prepared, or served.

In Canada, every person who owns a food establishment must obtain a certificate from a health official showing they have completed FOODSAFE or an equivalent program. The food establishment owner must also be able to show proof that in their absence, there is at least one other person in the business who has a certificate. For those in serving positions, it is not required by BC regulation, but many employers do insist that all employees hold a valid certificate to work in their establishment.

Anyone who works with food should take the course and test for certification as it not only teaches about food borne illness and how to prevent it, but it is also a good tool to use when applying for work in the food industry.

FOODSAFE is a great program for people working in the food industry including:

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Compliances for Importing Consumer Chemicals Products to the US

To control the amount of toxic substances that are imported into the country, standards and regulations have been put in place. This helps to reduce the number of chemicals that are banned from entering the country, but also regulating the type of chemicals sold through various companies.

Those wishing to import consumer chemical products to sell on shelves have specific guidelines and regulations that must be followed. Failure to comply with the regulations will be subject not having the ability to import the products.

TSCA Import Certification Requirements

All consumer chemicals being imported must adhere to the stringent rules of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for entry. This requirement states that you must acknowledge whether the chemicals being imported comply with the policy or do not require further certification.

The requirements for complying with the TSCA Import Certification Requirements are listed in section 13 of The Toxic Substance Control Act. In addition to the TSCA regulations, the EPA also has a set of guidelines that must be adhered too. Their policy statement is at 40 CFR 707.20.

Who Must Certify the Import

The importer or legal representative of the importer must certify the chemical substance being imported whether it is a part of a mixture or a bulk shipment.

Certification Statements

A positive certification statement must be written, and signed by the importer. It must state that everything being shipped, whether Continue Reading…

Shipping by Road
A Closer Look at Truck Safety

In the United States, there are close to ten million people in trucking-related jobs. Over 2 million tractor-trailers hit the roadways each year, logging nearly 450 billion annual miles. These trucks account for 70 percent of freight transported in the US, with several trillion dollars of cargo delivered in North America each year.

For a delivery system that’s so critical to our nation, the safety risks associated with the trucking industry are huge.

OSHA reports that an average of 475,000 large trucks are involved in accidents each year, causing over 5,000 deaths and 142,000 injuries. A quarter of those belong to the truck drivers (although the truck operators are only responsible for 30 percent or less of the accidents.) In addition to driving-related accidents, regulators issued numerous citations for improper guards on equipment, lack of personal protective equipment, improper grounding of equipment and lack of proper fall protection.

The sad reality is that employees in the trucking industry have more work-related fatalities than any other occupation, with a full third of these deaths taking place off of the roadway. The industry also accounts for more non-fatal injuries requiring medical attention than any other form of employment, with the most prevalent injuries being sprains and strains. One of the most prevalent types of serious occurrences is back-overs, with many hundreds of employees being struck each year.

So what can be done?

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Safety Supplies Can Save The Lives of Employees In The Workplace

The Best Safety

The best safety at work is something that every employer wants for all of their employees, because health and safety are two of the most precious and important of all things. Therefore each employer out there should make sure that there are certain things in place to ensure workplace safety on all fronts for workers, management, and everyone concerned. Providing total safety and a safe environment is often not easy, but it is doable, if you have all of the right things in place to make it so. Employers do need to make sure that they have proper safety supplies for their employees. The best way that current personal protection equipment can be assured of being the right equipment is by making sure it is what employees do require most for personal protection. Personal protection equipment for employees must always be updated and meet certain regulations overall. If it doesn’t, then it will not ensure the right level of safety, which must be in place on all fronts at all times.

There is nothing more important in the workplace, as in the home front, then making sure that everyone who is a part of the working environment is safe and sound in every way. One of these ways is via personal protection equipment that should be high quality in every way and able to keep Continue Reading…

How Can the OHSAS 18001 Improve Safety in the Workplace?

In an effort to streamline processes and procedures, many organizations rely on some form of a management system to provide a working framework and make sure that all the tasks and objectives are completed quickly, safely, and satisfactorily.

These types of systems normally include elements for accountability, activity scheduling, and auditing a variety of actions and processes. Originally, though, every company had their own standards and systems, which made it extremely difficult to demonstrate compliance and dedication to safety standards.

A Uniform System

Organizations needed a way to demonstrate sound occupational health and safety performance to employees, clients, shareholders and others. They needed to make it clear that they were properly managing hazards and improving and streamlining their systems around various activities, products, and services.

In order to deal with the confusion and problems created by a range of national standards for occupational health and safety management systems (OHSAS 18001), a group was formed to create a single, unified approach to deal with the problems created by so many different standards.

The OHSAS 18001 is now the internationally recognized standard for OHSMS, designed to give organizations the control and insight they need to spot the potential hazards that come from simple, daily activities as well as any abnormal situations that may arise.

Demonstrating Compliance

This standard was developed to help organizations in many different industries demonstrate effective occupational health and safety performance. This Continue Reading…

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6 Ways to Secure your Storage Containers

A Shipping Container is a container having the capability to withstand shipment, storage, and handling. Shipping containers range from huge reusable steel boxes used for intermodal consignments to the universal crimped boxes. It is important to secure the shipping containers from various threats such as vandalism and theft. Here are 6 simple ways by which you can ensure security for your shipping containers and the belongings they carry.

1. Shipping Container Lock Boxes

Unlike padlocks, lock boxes are steel boxes that cannot be tampered with. It is almost impossible to break through these locks. These locks are big enough and cannot be fit into padlock and key. The design of the lock boxes keeps your padlocks out of view and inaccessible to lock cutters. These are an inexpensive, easy-to-install way to secure your storage containers.

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2. Heavy Duty Padlocks

It is the simplest way of securing storage containers for your things being stored. Different styles of padlocks are available in the market. The most suitable style can be said as the “shutter” type padlocks. These provide security at a basic level and can be tampered easily.

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3. Inner Bolts

These are somewhat similar to the dead bolts that are used in the door of houses. They are made of very hard steel that enables them to provide extra security for all types of containers. They are used to lock the container doors Continue Reading…

Maximising Your Car Vehicle Battery Life For Winter

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With Christmas coming fast and millions of people all over the world concentrating their efforts on finding the best presents possible for their children and loved ones, it’s easy to overlook and fail to give enough attention to our vehicles. Don’t get me wrong, at a time like this nobody wants to spend any more time outside than they have to, but then again, that’s just another reason why ensuring the battery in your motor is being looked after properly. The cold weather can have some pretty drastic effects on this type of device, but there are a lot of things you can do to give it the best chance of surviving the winter.

So, I’ve spent a few hours reading through all the different techniques listed by some of the most reputable suppliers, and I now feel confident enough to give you some sound advice. Just remember, if your car really is on its last legs, making constant repairs could be financially unviable, and in most instances it would be cheaper to make arrangements with your local dealer for a replacement.

Charging The Battery

Most manufacturers advise that batteries should be charged around every six months, which means the start of December would be ideal. You’ll probably have to leave the charger plugged in overnight to ensure it receives enough juice, but I guarantee you’ll notice the Continue Reading…

Selecting the Right Winter Tires for Your Transport Truck

Winter Drive in Idaho

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As we’re now firmly within the cold months, and Christmas is coming, those who own transport trucks will have to start thinking about making preparations for when the snow comes. Although we’ve got hundreds of almost priceless weather satellites surrounding the earth and whole teams of experts spending their entire working lives trying to predict any extremities before they reach us, the weather can be extremely unpredictable and dangers cannot always be avoided. Which is why it’s vitally important that you don’t wait until the last minute to get things sorted.

Unlike most road users who drive cars, transport trucks are much heavier and they can be a real hazard to both the driver and any other motorists, especially because it can take so long to stop when traveling at speed. This is why the tires you chose to fit the vehicle with must be suitable and must be able to cope with extra pressure on slippery surfaces. Finding the most effective product is easier than ever thanks to the internet, so with the right advice you should be sorted within a couple of days.

Understanding How Tires Work

Most of you probably know that a tyre is basically a flexible container that holds compressed air, right? Well, did you also realise that most modern editions have around 19 different components? They’re much more complex than we give them Continue Reading…