Food safety worker injuries,Transporation Safety Board’s Lac Megantic report, Workplace safety in schools and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

    • Occupational injuries involving insects
    • US ranks among top 10 international food safety violators
    • The worst causes of injuries for food safety workers
    • Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases Lac Megantic report
    • Students organize workplace safety training

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

    • Bureau of Labor Statistics report on occupational injuries involving insects. Read it here.
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Hazards & Exposures. Read about preventing insect-related injuries here.
    • Analysis of International Food Safety Violations – 2013. Read it here.
    • “What Causes the Worst Injuries to Food Industry Workers?” Read the article here.
    • NIOSH’s workplace solutions for proper lockout and tagout procedures. Find them here.

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Intelex Bakes in Support of “Raising the Village”

This week Intelex’s Charity Bake Sale Team held another successful bake sale for a fantastic charitable organization, Raising the Village.

The team of bakers outdid themselves this time, with a mouthwatering spread that included cinnamon buns, M&M cookies, mini crème brûlées, banana bread, homemade pop tarts, mango bars, cookie dough donuts, oatmeal cookies, coconut macaroons and more!

Everyone who made a purchase received some great literature about the cause at hand, and when the money was counted up at the end of the day, the amount raised was $600! Intelex is generously matching the bake sale team’s efforts, meaning we’re able to donate $1,200 total! That’s a lot of awareness, and a lot of impact for one bake sale!

To put it into perspective, Raising the Village estimates that $100 will provide 12 children with a desk in their classroom, allowing them the opportunity to sit and learn. $1,000 allows a community women’s group the opportunity to manage 20 goats, increasing their potential household income a thousand times over.

Raising the Village is a Toronto-based, registered not-for-profit organization that partners with remote villages in Sub-Saharan Africa to turn the tide against extreme poverty. The organization empowers communities to determine their own futures and foster self-sufficiency to eliminate the need for future aid and funding. Visit their website and learn more about organizing a fundraising event of your own!

Thank you to everyone at Intelex who donated so generously – we’ll see you at our next bake sale!

 

Intelex Bakes in Support of “Raising the Village”

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Intelex Employees Help Feed Our Future

You may have heard that Intelex makes great software, but did you know that we also make a mean sandwich?

Last week, a few members of Intelex’s Global Support Services team took some time out of their busy work schedules to volunteer for a great cause: Second Harvest’s “Feeding Our Future” program.

The Feeding Our Future program provides lunches for hungry kids in city camps, ensuring that children who receive subsidized lunches during the school year also receive at least one nutritious meal a day while attending summer camp.

To meet the demand, volunteers make hundreds of delicious and nutritious lunches every single weekday in July and August. Our Intelexians had a great time making sandwiches and learning a little bit about food safety at the same time (check out Joonha’s  stylish hair net/baseball cap!)

Intelex truly believes in giving back to the community and supporting its employees in pursuing their passions. It’s why every Intelexian is encouraged to take two special Volunteer Days each year, independent of vacation and personal days.


Sound like the kind of place that you’d like to work? Well you’re in luck, because we’re hiring! Check out a complete list of our open opportunities here, and maybe we’ll get a chance to meet you at our next Intelex team event!

Intelex Employees Help Feed Our Future

Canada’s National Exhibition (CNE) Food Safety: Post-Cronut Burger

It’s that time of year again – summer is rolling to an end, the office is deserted, and the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is open for business. Established more than 135 years ago, the CNE annual fair is known for its agricultural innovations, classic (and perhaps a bit rusty) rides and more recently, its unique and unlikely hybrid food.

With this food craze, the CNE has offered up novelty food items such as deep fried Mars bars and Nutella fries. Last year’s most notorious offerings were the bacon and peanut butter milkshake and of course, the infamous cronut burger. Now while you might think the cronut burger, a half-croissant half-donut bun with a beef patty smeared with maple bacon jam, is well-known for its interesting ingredients, think again.

The cronut burger gained its infamy after sending hundreds to the hospital with food poisoning in August 2013. While thankfully there were no fatalities, there were over 250 reported cases of food poisoning, one of the biggest food-borne illness outbreaks in Canada.

The Toronto Public Health (TPH) investigation into the incident identified the culprit as the maple bacon jam, which had been contaminated by Staphylococcus aureus toxin, a main cause of food- borne illness. The TPH said the topping had been stored at the wrong temperature, allowing for the bacteria to develop in the jam. While the burger was then voluntarily removed from the vendor’s menu, the damage had already been done to both the restaurant and CNE’s reputation for food safety.

This year though, the CNE has implemented stricter rules for food safety. Vendors were required to provide a full list of all the foods they planned to prepare and sell. Twenty food inspectors were on site at the CNE’s food building on opening day to conduct a full inspection and carefully reviewed the temperature items were stored at. Off-site inspections for food to be brought into the CNE were also conducted and the CNE also has a small group of food inspectors working daily while the fair is open. All of these steps are geared toward the prevention of any food safety issues, such as cross-contamination.

Food safety and quality assurance continues to be a major area of concern for organizations in the food and beverage industry. The number of recalls, outbreaks and illnesses seems to be continuously increasing, as organizations outsource products and have multiple tiers of suppliers and vendors. Many organizations in the food and beverage sector are turning to food safety management systems to streamline their safety processes and ensure quality across their supply chains. A management system ensures the highest level of food safety and food quality while providing 100% traceability across their entire supply chain.

Food Safety in China, Germs in the Office, the Results of EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey, and more on EHS This Week!

On this week’s edition of EHS This Week we’ve got the week’s top stories in environment, health and safety news:

    • China’s supply chain food safety concerns
    • Infographic highlights germs and illness in office environments
    • The CDC’s bird flu investigation, reporting failure
    • Results are in for EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey

Remember to write us with your suggestions, questions and comments. Also, if you are an industry expert and ever want to take part in the program, we’d love to have you.

Until next week, enjoy the program!

EHS This Week Resources

For more information on the stories and resources mentioned in this week’s podcast, check out the links below.

    • How Clean Is Your Workspace? Infographic. View it here.
    • EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey. Read about the results here and here.
    • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) August 15th Bird Flu Investigation. Read it here.

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Food Safety in China, Germs in the Office, the Results of EHS Today’s 2014 National Safety Survey, and more on EHS This Week!

Webinar: Deriving Value from Your Supply Chain

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Webinar: Deriving Value from Your Supply Chain