Cal/OSHA prompts all employers to take the necessary steps to protect workers from harmful exposure to unhealthy air quality due to wildfire smoke. As previously reported in Spotlight, the Office of Administrative Law approved the Protection from Wildfire Smoke regulation, which requires California employers to protect their employees from possible harm created by wildfire smoke.

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Jason Resnick

Western Growers' HR Learning and Development Manager Anna Bilderbach has hit the ground running in the Imperial Valley and surrounding areas, delivering both Management 101: Introduction to Supervision training and Harassment Prevention training to WG members. The Imperial Public Session was a success, with 21 participants from companies including Imperial Valley Milling, Stanworth Crop Consultants, Sellers Petroleum, Ashwood Construction, JK Management Inc., and Holaday Seed.

Chardae Heim

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is putting a call out for volunteers to serve as industry relevance reviewers for pre-applications to the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI).

“The SCRI awards grants to support research that addresses the critical needs of the specialty crop industry, and it is crucial to have knowledgeable volunteers engaged in the review process to ensure the projects funded by SCRI are indeed relevant to industry,” said Hank Giclas, senior vice president of science, technology & strategic planning at Western Growers.

Hank Giclas

On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public forum in Maryland to seek perspectives of stakeholders on their upcoming initiative called “A New Era of Smarter Food Safety.” FDA gathered all sectors of the food industry to gain insights on traceability and outbreak responses, smarter tools for prevention, retail modernization and food safety culture.

Jonathan Sarager


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