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Kestrel Grows Senior Food Safety Resources

February 8, 2017 - Kestrel Management • Kestrel Food Safety

Kestrel is pleased to be growing our resources to the food industry with the addition of Senior Consultant Roberto Bellavia.

Roberto comes to Kestrel following a successful career with US Foods, where he provided leadership for quality and food safety programs; managed and developed HACCP, GMP, SSOP, and SOP programs; and planned and implemented GFSI certification for FSSC 22000 at 13 national locations. 

At Kestrel, Roberto will be serving as project manager for food safety-related projects and supporting clients in developing and implementing GFSI schemes and supplier approval programs. He will focus on meat, dairy, RTE, bakery, and other related food industry segments.

Roberto holds a number of food qualifications that will enhance Kestrel’s ability to serve the food industry, including GFSI, HACCP, GMP, SSOP, SOP, FSPCA, Lead Auditor certifications. He has nearly 20 years of food quality experience and a Master’s Degree in Animal Production Science from the University of Camerino in Italy. 

Read Roberto’s full bio

Submitted by: Bill Bremer

Kestrel Establishes Permanent Presence in Houston

January 27, 2017 - Kestrel Management • Kestrel Food Safety • dynaQ

Kestrel has established a permanent presence in Houston, Texas. The Houston office joins Kestrel’s Texas operations, which are managed out of Austin, Texas. The company’s new Houston office is located at 1010 Travis Street, Suite 916, Houston, TX 77002.

In addition, Kestrel is pleased to announce the addition of Ewan Ross to Kestrel’s Texas operations. As a Senior Consultant, Ewan will be managing Kestrel’s Houston office and leading the company’s Management of Process Safety services. Ewan brings over 23 years of experience working with major oil and gas operators, including 12 years with Chevron, to the Kestrel team. His focus is on delivering sustainable results in process and personal safety, asset integrity, reliability, and risk management.

“Kestrel is committed to serving the petrochemical and energy industries,” said A.W. Armstrong, Kestrel Principal – EHS Services. “Our focus on bringing in new expertise and expanding our geographic reach will enable us to better help our clients manage environmental, process safety, and personal safety risks; improve safety performance; manage quality systems; and achieve regulatory compliance assurance.”

Submitted by: A.W. Armstrong

Now Hiring: Process/Technical Safety Consultant

January 6, 2017 - Kestrel Management

Due to continued expansion, Kestrel  is seeking an experienced Consultant with a strong background in process/technical safety to join our team. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of current PSM regulations and RAGAGEP, with experience in their application to the petrochemical industry. Recent experience and sustained performance in a consulting environment working with multiple clients is preferred.

Read the full job description.

Connect with Kestrel at ASSE Safety 2016 June 26-28

June 1, 2016 - Kestrel Management • dynaQ

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. June 26-28, the ASSE Safety 2016 Professional Development Conference & Exhibition will bring together some of the most knowledgeable safety experts in the industry to talk about the latest topics and trends in safety.

Kestrel Management will be attending again this year, and we would enjoy the opportunity to connect with you in Atlanta to discuss how you can reduce risk and increase safety in your organization.

ASSE Safety 2016 Expo
June 26-28, 2016
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia
Booth #2417

Visit Kestrel at booth #2417 and check out the current projects and services we’re providing in the realm of safety—plus the latest advancements in dynaQ, our flexible assessment software, and other technology solutions we are developing.

Submitted by: Jesse Kunes

Join Kestrel at the NACD Central Region Meeting June 13-15

June 1, 2016 - Kestrel Management

Are you attending NACD’s Central Region Meeting June 13-15 in Indianapolis? Kestrel Management is very much looking forward to catching up with you and introducing Code Coordinator Elite, our new tool for managing Responsible Distribution requirements.

Code Coordinator Elite

CCEKestrel has brought together our experience as a Responsible Distribution Adviser and NACD Preferred Regulatory Service Provider with our expertise developing and managing IT/IS systems to create Code Coordinator Elite. A valuable management tool, Kestrel’s Code Coordinator Elite is designed to ensure that your company has an easy-to-use technology tool to effectively manage verification requirements.

The Responsible Distribution Codes of Management Practice, compliance programs, and related documents are all be housed in Code Coordinator Elite to allow for efficient tracking and documentation. To enable ongoing compliance management, Kestrel also develops and maintains a number of tools tailored to Responsible Distribution in Code Coordinator Elite, including:

  • Document management – storage, access, and control
  • Mobile device access
  • Regulatory compliance management and compliance obligation calendaring
  • Internal audit
  • Corrective and Preventive Action (CPAR/CAPA)
  • Task and action management

Catching Up

For years, Kestrel has partnered with NACD to help chemical distributors manage their difficult operational and EHS issues–by providing services and tools to support your business objectives, developing content for the NACD-U courses, and acting as a Responsible Distribution Adviser and Preferred Regulatory Service Provider. We look forward to catching up with you at the Meeting, discussing your current EHS needs, and introducing you to Code Coordinator Elite.

Connect with Kestrel: AFPM National Occupational & Process Safety Conference

May 6, 2016 - Kestrel Management

Kestrel Management is looking forward to connecting with you!

AFPM National Occupational & Process Safety Conference
May 17-18, 2016
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Human Performance Reliability

You may recall seeing Kestrel’s recent presentation at the AFPM Annual Meeting, Using a Data-Driven Method of Accident Analysis: A Case Study of the Human Performance Reliability (HPR) Process.

The concept of human error and its contribution to occupational accidents and incidents has received considerable research attention in recent years. Kestrel developed our Human Performance Reliability (HPR) process to help companies reduce the risk associated with employee and contractor behavior and, thereby, improve the safety performance of the organization.

Unlike a typical root cause analysis, which addresses factors leading to a specific incident, our HPR process is based on a sophisticated statistical analysis of human factor data obtained from multiple incidents. HPR consists of three complementary elements: 

  • Incident Investigation and Analysis
  • Procedure Improvements
  • Safety Culture Assessment

Connect with Kestrel in San Antonio

Kestrel will be on hand, once again, at the AFPM 2016 National Occupational & Process Safety Conference to talk about the role that human error plays in occupational incidents. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how Kestrel helps our clients manage EHS and quality risks; improve safety performance; and achieve regulatory compliance assurance.

Submitted by: A.W. Armstrong

Join Kestrel at the NACD Winter Responsible Distribution Workshop Feb, 17-18

February 9, 2016 - Kestrel Management

Are you attending NACD’s Winter Responsible Distribution Workshop on February 17-18 in Atlanta, GA? Kestrel Management is very much looking forward to catching up with you and introducing Code Coordinator Elite, our new tool for managing Responsible Distribution requirements.

Code Coordinator Elite

Kestrel has brought together our experience as a Responsible Distribution Adviser and NACD Preferred Regulatory Service Provider with our expertise developing and managing IT/IS systems to create Code Coordinator Elite. A valuable management tool, Kestrel’s Code Coordinator Elite is designed to ensure that your company has an easy-to-use technology tool to effectively manage verification requirements.

The Responsible Distribution Codes of Management Practice, compliance programs, and related documents are all be housed in Code Coordinator Elite to allow for efficient tracking and documentation. To enable ongoing compliance management, Kestrel also develops and maintains a number of tools tailored to Responsible Distribution in Code Coordinator Elite, including:

  • Document management – storage, access, and control
  • Internal audit
  • Corrective and Preventive Action (CPAR/CAPA)
  • Task and action management

Catching Up

For years, Kestrel has partnered with NACD to help chemical distributors manage their difficult operational and EHS issues–by providing services and tools to support your business objectives, developing content for the NACD-U courses, and acting as a Responsible Distribution Adviser and Preferred Regulatory Service Provider. We look forward to catching up with you at the Workshop, discussing your current EHS needs, and introducing you to Code Coordinator Elite.

Submitted by: Jesse Kunes

Kestrel Grows Strategic Partnership with NACD as Responsible Distribution Adviser

October 19, 2015 - Kestrel Management

For years, Kestrel Management has partnered with NACD to help chemical distributors manage their difficult operational and EHS issues:

  • Kestrel is an NACD Preferred Compliance Provider, committed to helping members understand the myriad of complex regulations affecting chemical distributors.
  • We have remained on the front lines with Responsible Distribution, offering members the Responsible Distribution powered by dynaQ™ software as a way to simplify and streamline some of the Responsible Distribution requirements.
  • Kestrel is working with NACD to develop the new NACD-U Responsible Distribution online courses to help members better understand requirements.

New Responsible Distribution Adviser Program

We are pleased to be taking our commitment to NACD and Responsible Distribution a step further by becoming a recognized Responsible Distribution Adviser. Under NACD’s new Responsible Distribution Adviser Program, Advisers from NACD affiliate companies are specifically trained in Responsible Distribution by NACD to provide expert assistance with members’ Responsible Distribution programs and verifications. Members are encouraged to contract directly with the Advisers to seek guidance. 

Kestrel Adviser: Jake Taylor

Kestrel Senior Consultant Jake Taylor will be Kestrel’s primary Responsible Distribution Adviser. Jake is completing NACD’s required training this fall. Jake and the rest of the Kestrel team look forward to this growing relationship with NACD and to getting involved with member companies as they work toward Responsible Distribution verification.

Submitted by: Jake Taylor

Kestrel Formalizes Engineering Services Offering

August 19, 2015 - Kestrel Management • Kestrel Food Safety

Many of the solutions that Kestrel delivers require some level engineering to fully implement. Current and future regulatory drivers are only increasing the demand for engineering services to meet regulatory and risk reduction requirements. Kestrel is pleased to respond to this demand and to our clients’ needs by formalizing and expanding our in-house engineering services offering.

Solving Exceptional Engineering Issues

“Kestrel’s engineering services group is focused on helping clients solve non-core, exceptional problems that require specialized engineering expertise,” explains Kestrel Chief Engineer Jack Anderson, P.E. “We address those engineering issues that have been identified through our traditional EHS and food consulting services. This creates greater project continuity by having one team with a common understanding of our clients’ ultimate business objectives.”

Engineering Case Study

Kestrel’s work for a leading chemical producer demonstrates how this type of engineering expertise has played an important part in effectively managing site operations and compliance with numerous environmental regulatory requirements at the company’s active brownfield site.

The existing source area water pumping system at the site had been patched together using legacy equipment over a period of 30 years. Kestrel’s work included treating and discharging more than 60 MM gallons of surface water per year and optimizing the continuous management of more than 250 MM gallons of water.

The engineering team redesigned the pumping system to provide the company with greater efficiency, safety, and reliability. The redesign also creates lower operating costs by implementing gravity flow piping and centralizing the collection of the source area water, while eliminating the use of unsafe structures and confined spaces. Throughout the project, Kestrel engineering staff focused on key site data collection practices and data analysis methods to identify trends and proactively inform site operations decisions.

Beyond this, Kestrel noted—and appropriately addressed—several non-compliance issues through structuring and improving reporting systems, incident investigation and management, and direct communication with environmental regulators on behalf of the client.

Services to Support Client Needs

Kestrel’s engineering services are intended to support clients in managing their difficult operational challenges, whether related to quality, environment, health and safety, security, or food safety.

Kestrel’s engineering team, led by Anderson, provides specialized engineering expertise in the following areas:

  • Owner’s engineer role
  • Engineering management
  • Corrective action assistance from audit findings
  • Engineering construction oversight
  • Facility process layout/optimization
  • Construction management/contract management
  • Facility demolition/decommissioning planning, specification, management, regulatory assistance
  • Site management
  • Design of limited-scope projects
  • Modeling and design of hydraulic systems (e.g., pumps, piping, instrumentation)
  • Bidding specification and plan review
  • Permitting
  • Asset retirement obligation (ARO) asset inventory and valuation/cost estimation
  • Site environmental management
  • Engineering calculations and studies
  • Engineering drawings, site mapping assistance

For more information on Kestrel’s engineering services, contact Jack Anderson at janderson@kestrelmanagement.com.

Submitted by: Jack Anderson

Reducing Human Error in Process Safety: Continuing Education Short Course – August 6

June 16, 2015 - Kestrel Management

Human error is a significant source of risk within any organization. Management uses a variety of operational controls and barriers, including policies, procedures, work instructions, employee selection and training, auditing, etc. to reduce the likelihood of human error. Accidents occur when there is a failure in one or more of these controls and/or barriers.

Many companies are working to reduce their incident rates by integrating a more detailed analysis of human factors into their incident investigation procedures.

Reducing Human Error in Process Safety

Join Kestrel and Texas A&M’s Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center this summer for a continuing education short course that addresses human error in process safety. This course will outline a process that companies can use to integrate human factor data into incident investigations and identify operational controls that need improvement.

Reducing Human Error in Process Safety
August 6, 2015
Instructors: A.W. Armstrong and Will Brokaw
Location: Phoenix Contact Customer Technology Center, Houston, TX
Credit: 0.7 CEUs/7 PDHs
Register online (early bird rates available until July 6, 2015)

Learn how your company can identify weaknesses in your operational controls at a specific job site, within an operating region, and across the organization, and how making improvements to these controls can help reduce human error and overall incident rates.

Submitted by: A.W. Armstrong

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