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A Georgia food processor linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak shipped thousands of pounds of peanut products after learning its products were contaminated and cheated on testing, a former plant manager testified Monday.Peanut Corporation of America owner Stewart Parnell, and two others. shipped peanuts to companies in Missouri, Illinois and other points after receiving laboratory warnings that product samples had tested positive for salmonella. In other instances, the company cheated on safety testing by switching samples, Lightsey said. In one instance, company records show the firm requested testing on a sample of peanut paste made for Kellogg’s before plant workers actually made the paste. examined photographs showing evidence of water leaks and sanitation problems inside the plant. Salmonella can be spread when outside water carrying contaminants seeps into a food processing facility. The photographs showed mold and mildew, water stains under a vent in a packaging room and condensation around plant fans. workers kept a pellet gun inside the facility so they could shoot birds that got inside. multiple areas in the plant were leaking,” workers would cover food products with plastic to keep them dry. Prosecutors accuse Parnell and his brother and food broker, Michael Parnell, of shipping contaminated peanut products used in foods including peanut butter crackers, ice cream and candied apples. They also say the brothers covered up tests that confirmed the presence of salmonella in their shipments. Stewart Parnell and the Georgia plant’s quality assurance manager, Mary Wilkerson, are also charged with obstructing justice. Lightsey, who pleaded guilty to seven criminal counts.
A challenging scenario you might face in the workplace: A safety manager just completed OSHA Safety Training for all his staff and now is trying to motivate workers to think about safety improvements, but he doesn’t have the budget to offer incentives. What would you do in this situation?
Offering gift cards to people that came up with the most ideas works for company with budget for safety incentives.
If you were the safety manager, what would you do in this situation, and why?
OSHA Safety Training – Workplace Safety
No safety manager wants a near-miss to happen. But a close call can serve as a wake-up call for workers – and managers.
No one gets hurt, but employees and bosses still get the message that safety needs to be a top priority.
But near-misses are only an effective safety tool if you follow up on them and make sure workers and managers are aware of them.
Here are a few ideas to ensure you make the most of near-misses that may occur at your facility:
Treat it like a recordable. You don’t have to report a near-miss to OSHA, but going through an incident investigation, employee interviews and root-cause analysis will help you prevent similar cases in the future.
Share the story. If a worker has a near-miss, get him or her to share details at your next safety meeting.
Look for trends. One near-miss is a wake-up call. A series of near-misses is an indication you may have a serious hazard in your operations.
Consider severity. Near-misses are often a good way to spot process safety issues that could lead to a catastrophic incident.
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Many standards promulgated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) explicitly require the employer to train (or instruct, or communicate, or inform . . .) employees in the safety and health aspects of their jobs. Other OSHA standards make it the employer’s responsibility to limit certain job assignments to employees who are “certified,” “competent,” or “qualified” – meaning that they have had special previous training, in or out of the workplace. Yet over 90% of companies claims to have never heard of the requirement to have Occupational Safety and Health Safety Training for their employees. Safety training such as Bloodborne Pathogens, Ergonomic, Emergency Response and Prepareness, Fall Prevention, etc. are mandatory requirements in the workplace. Promoting safety culture in the workplace cost money and time and many employers are not willing and/or able to pay for these necessary training.
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