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DOL May Revoke Arizona’s OSHA Plan

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a proposal to reconsider or revoke Arizona’s state OSHA plan. If implemented, it would lead to federal OSHA taking over regulation of private employers in the state.  Arizona is among the 22 states that have their own OSHA State Plan agencies that regulate private employers.  State Plans are monitored by OSHA and must be at least as effective as OSHA in protecting workers and in preventing work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths.
 
OSHA monitors and evaluates State Plans annually to determine whether the State Plan is continuing to operate at least as effectively as OSHA, track a State Plan's progress in achieving its strategic and annual performance goals, and ensure that the State Plan is meeting its mandated responsibilities under the Act and other relevant regulations. Where OSHA determines that a state plan is failing to regulate and or adequately enforce occupational health and safety regulations, the agency may initiate proceedings to revoke approval of the State Plan and reinstate federal OSHA authority.
 
According to DOL, “OSHA has grown increasingly concerned that actions by the Arizona State OSHA Plan suggest the state is either unable or unwilling to maintain its commitment to provide a program for worker safety and health protection as the OSH Act requires. OSHA indicate that Arizona has failed to adopt adequate maximum penalty levels, occupational safety and health standards, National Emphasis Programs and – most recently – the COVID-19 Healthcare Emergency Temporary Standard.”
 
The agency contends that Arizona has engaged in a “nearly a decade-long pattern of failures to adopt and enforce standards and enforcement policies at least as effective as federal OSHA’s”.  DOL’s action may have been due to Arizona’s failure to respond to OSHA’s October 19, 2021 courtesy letter concerning the State’s failure to adopt OSHA’s COVID-19 healthcare emergency temporary standard (ETS) within 30 days of its June 21, 2021 publication in the Federal Register. South Carolina and Utah also received such letters, however those States responded by issuing ETSs.
 
OSHA’s proposal on Arizona decertification is available for public inspection in the Federal Register and was published on April 21, 2022; publication starts the revocation process. The public can comment on the proposal until May 26, 2022, and an online hearing may be held on August 16, 2022. After reviewing comments and other evidence, OSHA will announce its reconsideration and revocation decision on the final approval of Arizona’s State plan through another Federal Register notice.
 

Food Safety Training Course Open – Sign Up Today!


In cooperation with Kiley Harper-Larsen, owner of The Ag Safety Lady, and our friends at Frey Farms (Keene, Illinois), the NWA is extending an invitation to you to participate in a PCQI certification course that includes training on HACCP’s 7 principles and 12 implementation steps. 
 
The class, titled “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food for the Watermelon Industry + HACCP Coordinator Review“, will assist an organization in meeting its legal FDA requirements to have a qualified individual (PCQI) if the organization handles, packs or repacks on any given day more than 51% of product that is not grown by the organization or if the organization processes any covered food item regulated by this FSMA rule.
 
Course: Online PCQI Certification - Watermelon Packing  
Dates: May 5 & May 6, 2022
Times: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
Online Platform: Zoom
Cost: $1000.00 each participant
To register: [email protected] or text 561-261-9747
 
Kiley will lead a VIRTUAL but interactive training session (via ZOOM) across two days from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm each day.  The course will NOT include full International HACCP Alliance certification with gold seal, but it will meet the requirements of PrimusGFS v3.2 audit questions 6.01.02 and 7.01.02.  Both questions state that an organization’s HACCP and Preventive Controls Coordinator training is acceptable if it includes the following: “Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) training can also be accepted, as long as it is equivalent to the International HACCP Alliance training (covers the 7 Codex Alimentarius HACCP principles and the 12 HACCP implementation steps).”  
 
This certification also helps fulfill new audit requirements for being the formal on-site, qualified food safety coordinator for a facility. The course agenda showing times and topics covered must always accompany the certification to be acceptable by a PrimusGFS auditor.  Each participant will get an electronic (Adobe PDF) Preventive Controls for Human Food manual and copy of the instructor’s HACCP Coordinator Review presentation emailed to them one day prior to the scheduled course.  SIGN UP TODAY!


FSPCA - PCQI Course.pdf
Your Lead Instructor.pdf
 

Food Safety Training Course Open – Sign Up Today!


In cooperation with Kiley Harper-Larsen, owner of The Ag Safety Lady, and our friends at Frey Farms (Keene, Illinois), the NWA is extending an invitation to you to participate in a PCQI certification course that includes training on HACCP’s 7 principles and 12 implementation steps. 
 
The class, titled “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food for the Watermelon Industry + HACCP Coordinator Review“, will assist an organization in meeting its legal FDA requirements to have a qualified individual (PCQI) if the organization handles, packs or repacks on any given day more than 51% of product that is not grown by the organization or if the organization processes any covered food item regulated by this FSMA rule.
 
Course: Online PCQI Certification - Watermelon Packing  
Dates: May 5 & May 6, 2022
Times: 8:00 am - 6:00 pm EST
Online Platform: Zoom
Cost: $1000.00 each participant
To register: [email protected] or text 561-261-9747
 
Kiley will lead a VIRTUAL but interactive training session (via ZOOM) across two days from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm each day.  The course will NOT include full International HACCP Alliance certification with gold seal, but it will meet the requirements of PrimusGFS v3.2 audit questions 6.01.02 and 7.01.02.  Both questions state that an organization’s HACCP and Preventive Controls Coordinator training is acceptable if it includes the following: “Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) training can also be accepted, as long as it is equivalent to the International HACCP Alliance training (covers the 7 Codex Alimentarius HACCP principles and the 12 HACCP implementation steps).”  
 
This certification also helps fulfill new audit requirements for being the formal on-site, qualified food safety coordinator for a facility. The course agenda showing times and topics covered must always accompany the certification to be acceptable by a PrimusGFS auditor.  Each participant will get an electronic (Adobe PDF) Preventive Controls for Human Food manual and copy of the instructor’s HACCP Coordinator Review presentation emailed to them one day prior to the scheduled course.  SIGN UP TODAY!


FSPCA - PCQI Course.pdf
Your Lead Instructor.pdf

 

NWA Convention Kicks-off 2022 with Sweet Notes


The 107th National Watermelon Association Convention & Annual Meeting was held in late February in Downtown Nashville, TN.  With a very good turnout in attendance, the support and love shown for the Association helped to make up for the missed convention in 2021 due to the coronavirus.  From start to finish, music led the way as we shared fellowship, networked, conducted business, greeted old friends, made new ones and enjoyed being together once again.
 
Bob and his team are so appreciative of everyone’s support and involvement.  Our members truly make this a family get-together, which is what we call (internally) our Annual Watermelon Family Reunion.  Thank you all for coming, for getting involved, for your support, and for being members of this great Association.  You are the reasons why we do what we do each and every day.  Thank you for the opportunity to serve. 
 
The Special Issue (e-blast) that was sent out earlier this week captures many of the pictorial highlights.  You can look at over 2500 pictures from the convention on your website, www.watermelon.ag.  The memories continue to be made every year by our Watermelon Family.
 
As we turn the page and look forward we set our sights on the coming domestic harvest and shipping season, and the unknown challenges that we will face and address ahead.  During that time we will also begin our plans for your next stop in the ever-growing memory books – the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina next February.  Cherish the memories, and plan to make new ones along the way.   God Bless you all!   



 

Here is Your Invitation:  FSPCA – PCQI Training
NWA Partners with Ag Safety Lady & Frey Farms

 
In cooperation with Kiley Harper-Larsen, owner of The Ag Safety Lady, and our friends at Frey Farms (Keene, Illinois), the NWA is extending an invitation to you to participate in a PCQI certification course that includes training on HACCP’s 7 principles and 12 implementation steps for up to 15 people.  The class, titled “FSPCA Preventive Controls for Human Food for the Watermelon Industry + HACCP Coordinator Review“, will assist an organization in meeting its legal FDA requirements to have a qualified individual (PCQI) if the organization handles, packs or repacks on any given day more than 51% of product that is not grown by the organization or if the organization processes any covered food item regulated by this FSMA rule.
 
Kiley will lead a VIRTUAL but interactive training session (via ZOOM) across two days from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm each day. Dates in April and early May are listed below.
 
The course will NOT include full International HACCP Alliance certification with gold seal, but it will meet the requirements of PrimusGFS v3.2 audit questions 6.01.02 and 7.01.02.  Both questions state that an organization’s HACCP and Preventive Controls Coordinator training is acceptable if it includes the following: “Preventive Control Qualified Individual (PCQI) training can also be accepted, as long as it is equivalent to the International HACCP Alliance training (covers the 7 Codex Alimentarius HACCP principles and the 12 HACCP implementation steps).”  This certification also helps fulfill new audit requirements for being the formal on-site, qualified food safety coordinator for a facility. The course agenda showing times and topics covered must always accompany the certification to be acceptable by a PrimusGFS auditor.
 
Each participant will get an electronic (Adobe PDF) Preventive Controls for Human Food manual and copy of the instructor’s HACCP Coordinator Review presentation emailed to them one day prior to the scheduled course.
 
We wish to assemble a large group to make this a cost-effective approach and to base the class solely on watermelons.  Once the class is completed, each student will receive PCQI certification with unique AFDO number as well as access to a folder with PCQI, HACCP, audit and food safety resources.
 
If we can get a class of 15-25 together, Kiley can do it for $900 a participant. The maximum is 25 students per class (FSPCA rule). A class of 10-14 is $1,250 each.   And a class of 5-10 people is $1,400 each.   And, if turnout exceeds capacity, Kiley can schedule more dates.  Please note: courses will be canceled and/or rescheduled three days prior if less than 5 people are registered.
 
The dates that are available are:
April 29 - April 30
May 2 – May 3
May 5 – May 6
 
Sign-ups are now open to all NWA members.  To register, please send the following info in an email to Kiley Harper-Larsen via [email protected] to secure your seat:
1. each participant’s first and last name
2. company name
3.company mailing address including number with street name or PO Box, city, state and zip code
4. email address for each participant,
5. company food safety contact preferred email address,
6. participant cell phone number,
7. company phone number.
The NWA will be pleased to handle the paperwork and invoicing for Kiley.  Time is of the essence, so please reserve your seat today.  Thank you very much.
Click on the tabs below to learn more about Kiley and the Course Work.
 
Your Lead Instructor
FSPCA – PCQI Course

 
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