5 Steps to Ensuring Accurate Proficiency Testing (PT) Results

Does your company perform internal testing on your products? Do you know if they are accurate – meaning, are you confident that they are correct?  Are all of your technician’s performing testing the same way?  Are they following written documented procedures or performing the techniques because “that is how they were trained?”  If you have answered yes (or no) to any of these questions, you should consider participating in a proficiency testing (PT) program.  Whether the program itself is new or old to you, these 5 steps can help ensure you achieve accurate testing results.

Are You FOCUSED Enough to Making 2017 Your Best Year Yet?

FOCUS. A simple word and concept, right? Although an easy idea, I find staying in a state of focus to be quite difficult. With demands of the modern workplace like multi-tasking, wearing many hats and shifting priorities, focus is vital to making progress and ultimately meeting objectives. One of Cherney’s strategic objectives for 2017 is to provide more technical training opportunities to our team, which supports the bigger goal of increasing employee engagement.  Yesterday, in between preparing for our 2017 public training courses, we mapped out topics and a schedule to make that happen. Of course this is just a start, but the plan sets the stage for all the steps to follow.

5 Key Traits that make YOU a Great Fit for a Career in Food Safety

One of the many KEY responsibilities when working in Food Safety is to provide an accurate result.  This ensures that our customers’ products going out to the public are safe from bacteria and pathogens; organisms that could cause contamination, launch a recall and ultimately be detrimental to the customer and consumer.  

The Portal is Coming!  Our 2016 Year in Review

As 2016 comes to a close, we want to take a moment to thank our Customers for their business and thank our team for their efforts supporting our Strategic Initiatives.  We expect to continue to strengthen performance with our most important initiative, Service to Our Customers.  Our goal is to be second to none in this area.  We strive every day to provide quality, reliability and timely results. 

Getting to "Win-Win" - Creating a Food Safety Plan that Works for YOUR organization!

In my travels as Sales Manager for Cherney Microbiological Services, it is my pleasure to speak with food safety professionals from companies of varying sizes and industries.  In the last few years, FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) has taken a prominent role in our discussions of what is coming down the pipeline.  Many large companies have established food safety plans and follow SQF, HACCP (or HARPC) or other programs of which regular product and environmental testing is already an integral component.  This blog is not for those companies.  This blog is for companies whose food safety programs haven’t caught up to the regulatory environment we find ourselves in. 

If you are a Quality Manager who feels that your department is viewed by top management at your company as little more than an expense or if you are new to your position and looking for help, then I’m talking to you, too! 

It's here... Announcing our 2017 Cherney College Course Schedule!

With the holidays just around the corner, it signifies that another year is quickly approaching and with 2017 less than 60 days away, like you we are busy planning for the New Year.  Therefore, we are popping the champagne and rolling out the 2017 training schedule earlier than previous years for a simple reason - because you asked for it!  Check out our 2017 Cherney College course catalog and make your training budget request before the end of the year.  This helps make training a priority for you and your company in 2017. Whether your focus is related to FSMA or improving your laboratory and food safety programs, we’ve got you covered!

The Power of Giving Back - Building Community Involvement for Any Company

Does your workplace encourage employee engagement? If not, it should! Engaged employees are more productive, customer-focused, and profit-generating.  Outside of the workplace, engaged employees become part of a bigger community – one that gives back to those around them.   

Community involvement from the business’s perspective is beneficial and, in many cases, an essential practice in today’s society for companies of all types and sizes. Many businesses include community involvement, or corporate social responsibility, in their marketing plans.  With this in mind, community initiatives (or community giving) should be chosen strategically, both to help strengthen your business, as well as reflect what is important to you and your team.

Environmental Sampling Sponges – Are the Right Tools in YOUR Toolbox?

Being in the industry for more than 35 years – I’ve experienced significant changes in technology and testing; we are getting as close to instantaneous analysis as the bacteria will allow it.  But I have always felt very strongly that a test can only be as good as the quality and integrity of the sample being analyzed.   The devices we use to collect environmental samples have also evolved and changed. 

Keeping & Encouraging Employee Engagement

"Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success." Those are words by Henry Ford; they still have meaning today for all of us.

Engagement and Empowerment are part of today’s culture.  Giving employee’s the opportunity to provide input on decisions and work processes within the company not only engages and empowers the employee, but also gives them a sense of worth and contribution. It instills confidence to think outside of the box and offer up their ideas.
There are so many things that can be said about keeping employees and engaging them. Involvement by everyone in Lean efforts helps support our foundational vision of a High Performance Team Based Culture.  It creates the environment where everyone has input in what we do and we takes great pride in celebrating successes together as a team.

Staying Ahead of the Game through Continuous Improvement

Change. 

One of the few constants in the world. 

It has never been more evident than now in Food Safety.  With the implementation of FSMA requirements comes new challenges; and the need to manage change becomes even more critical.  How are you managing this demand?