Sessions & Certifications

Information on the fourth session and a full schedule will be posted shortly.

What It’s All About, and FDA’s Latest Activities

Jon Kimble
Safe Food Alliance

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: free

The FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than 70 years. It was originally signed into law in 2011, and in subsequent years FDA issued the seven FSMA rules in their final form. The focus of the act is more effective prevention of food safety issues in the U.S. food supply.  The rules include preventive measures implemented in growing and harvesting of crops; processing, transportation, and storage of food; importing of food items; and even prevention of tampering in the food supply.  

In this session we will explain FDA’s approach and what they expect from the food industry.  We’ll also review some of the latest changes FDA is making to enforcement of these regulations.

Jon Kimble is the Senior Food Safety Manager for Safe Food Alliance. In this role, he helps companies achieve their strategic goals through training and consultation, and leads voluntary facility audits in the SQF, HACCP, and Costco food safety standards as well as the Safe Food Alliance FSMA compliance audits. As an organization, Safe Food Alliance hosts both public and on-site training for food processors and growers, providing assistance to companies that are working to build a more robust food safety system.

As a member of the Training and Consulting team, Jon is a FSMA Preventive Controls Lead Trainer, FSMA Produce Safety Lead Trainer, FSMA Foreign Supplier Verification Programs Lead Trainer, an SQF lead auditor, and has 18 years of experience related to quality assurance and food safety. During his career he has played a key role in maintaining certifications to the following internationally recognized certification standards: IFS, BRC, FSSC 22000, ISO 9001, and ISO 17025.

Jon’s strengths include food safety training, food safety system development and implementation, root cause analysis, management of internal audits, and conducting third-party audits.

Valley Fever Certification Training

Ralph Morales
Pro-Tec Safety Consultants, Inc.

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $50

California Assembly Bill 203 – Valley Fever will require construction employers engaging in specified work activities or vehicle operation in counties where Valley Fever is endemic to provide effective awareness training by May 1st, 2020. This requirement goes beyond the supervisor training and will be required for all employees and annually thereafter. AB 203 also requires safety training be provided before an employee begins work that is reasonably anticipated to cause substantial dust disturbance.

If you perform dirt moving activities where Valley Fever is endemic you will be required to provide effective safety training. The areas are, including, but not limited to, the Counties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Tulare targeted activities are any activity that disturbs the soil, including, but not limited to, digging, grading, or other earth moving operations, or vehicle operation on dirt roads, where the activity or operation can expose employees to spores of the Valley Fever fungus that become airborne.

By taking our course you will receive awareness training on:

• What Valley Fever is and how it is contracted.
• High risk areas and types of work during which the risk of contracting Valley Fever is highest.
• Personal risk factors that may create a higher risk for some individuals.
• Personal and environmental exposure prevention.
• The importance of early detection, diagnosis, and treatment to help prevent the disease from progressing.
• Recognizing common signs and symptoms of Valley Fever.
• The importance of seeking medical attention and reporting symptoms to a physician and surgeon for
appropriate diagnosis and treatment.
• Common treatment and prognosis for Valley Fever.
•Instruction to contact a personal physician and surgeon for more information and for suspected infection.

You’re in luck! PRO-TEC Safety Consultants has been providing valued instruction on Valley Fever for the past four years meeting the requirements of AB 203.

After completion of this course, you will receive Valley Fever certification. Sign up now to reserve your seats. This course will fill up soon, so do not hesitate.

Ralph Morales is a licensed safety instructor, with experience as a Safety Manager, Insurance Loss Control Consultant, Project Owners Representative and hands-on Craftsman. His expertise provides a unique understanding of client safety needs with cost-effective resolutions.

PRO-TEC Safety Consultants, Inc. leadership has provided safety support services in many capacities from small to large business operations ranging from $200K to $5 Billion.

Areas of expertise include Owner Controlled Insurance Programs (OCIP), Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs (CCIP), mega Design-Build projects and Heavy Civil Transportation Projects.

Workplace Violence Prevention and Response

Hector Alvarez
Alvarez Associates, LLC: Workplace Threat Management

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: free

Alvarez & Associates

The threat of violence in our workplaces and communities is ever present.  An estimated two million U.S. workers experienced violence on the job every year, including an average of 16,400 threats and 723 workers being attacked or harassed.  Fortunately, there are almost always clear warning signs to indicate when violence may be imminent. Unfortunately, these warning signs are often overlooked

Every employee in an organization has a role in providing a safe and secure workplace. The goal of this course is to increase employees’ awareness of the potential for violence and more importantly how to recognize the warning signs and understanding of what actions can be taken to prevent or minimize violence.​

Our programs are Evidence Informed and Experienced Applied. In other words, we incorporate current studies and research balanced with decades of field experience and “lessons learned” from real cases. ​

Target Audience: This class is suitable for the entire employee population.​
Key Content: The core theme of this course is to provide staff with the awareness, tools and resources to help protect themselves and the workplace from the threat of violence.

  • The dynamics of workplace violence
  • Personal safety strategies
  • Strategies and resources for keeping the workplace safe
  • Recognizing and responding to the warning signs
  • Response protocol for Active Violence

Hector Alvarez, MSPSy is a security expert who specializes in workplace violence prevention, and a Certified Threat Manager™ by the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals. He has built over 25 years of experience from serving as Security Director protecting one of our nation’s most sensitive critical infrastructures, to working as a city police officer and as a professional consultant. He understands the challenges organizations face when addressing the threats of violence because he has responded to them. He has personally assessed and/or responded to thousands of potentially violent situations, developed numerous violence prevention programs and trained tens of thousands of employees and managers in the areas of crisis intervention, violence prevention, domestic terrorism and emergency management.