Written by Joel Taylor, Fellow – Global Cold Chain Alliance
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is launching a new digital platform to manage export applications and food export certifications. On February 14, 2017, representatives of the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) participated in the USDA Public Health Information System (PHIS) Export webinar to learn more about the new platform and how it might affect GCCA members.
The problem of snow and ice accumulation is real for all properties and especially so for warehouses. Did you know that 50,000 sq ft (4,645 sq m) of water only one inch (2.5 cm) deep weighs 258,333 pounds (117178 kg)? That’s heavier than the Statue of Liberty. Learn more about how the weight of snow is calculated. Due to the potential loss exposure in areas prone to heavy snow accumulation, warehouse operators should take all necessary steps to prevent roof collapse in winter months so as not to induce stress on warehouse buildings or place lives at risk. Take these steps to prevent roof collapse: Continue reading
Ammonia safety resources abound, but does your company have a plan for training employees in ammonia safety? Recently, members of the IARW Safety Committee had a discussion in the GCCA Community about how their companies manage ammonia safety training and awareness. Ken Hudson, Director Environmental Health & Safety of Lineage Logistics, said that ammonia safety Training and Awareness is communicated in several ways throughout his company, including new hire safety orientation, Bi-Annual Emergency Evacuation and Shelter In-Place Drills, and Process Safety Management Training Program Training. Continue reading
In an article published by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods Magazine, two leaders of IARW member companies were interviewed to recount their stories facing a natural disaster at their facilities. Jerry von Dohlen, president of Port Newark Refrigerated Warehouse, and Bruce Jayne, president of Hall’s Warehouse Corp., shared their stories of facing Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.
Learn how these two IARW members preserved the cold chain during an emergency by reading the full article.
The 2014 IARW Fall Chapter Meetings kick off on Sept. 17 and continue through Oct. 3 in locations across the U.S. Each of the five meetings will have unique programs tailored to trends, challenges and issues facing the specific region. Technology, safety, human resources, managing the multigenerational work force, warehouse law and insurance updates are just some of the programmatic themes of this year’s meetings. Additionally, many chapters are including panel discussions and Q&A sessions in their programs. Find your chapter and register for your IARW Chapter Meeting by visiting the Events page on www.iarw.org. More