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24 Jul
ChemEdge 2019
Catch Kestrel at ChemEdge: August 13-19 in Louisville

Are you challenged with…

  • Staying on top of EHS&S regulatory compliance?
  • Managing your Responsible Distribution verification requirements?
  • Handling increased demands from food safety requirements?
  • Having the appropriate tools and resources to efficiently manage it all?

Kestrel Management can help.

Kestrel’s Jake Taylor and Liz Hillgren will be available throughout ChemEdge and would enjoy the opportunity to talk further about your company’s challenges—and how we can help. Here’s where you can find us in Louisville:

  • August 12, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm – Pre-Con Responsible Distribution Workshop
  • August 15, 11:30-12:30 pm – Session: Environmental Auditing for Value-Added Peace of Mind
  • August 13 -16 – Exhibition Booth #302

Kestrel Session: Environmental Auditing for Value-Added Piece of Mind

Environmental auditing is a management tool that can be used to evaluate and monitor the internal performance and compliance of your company with environmental regulations and standards. An audit can also be used to determine the overall effectiveness of an existing system within your company. This interactive session will incorporate NACD member feedback on compliance auditing practices to help you maximize best practices for compliance, efficiency, and value within the industry.

Partnering with NACD

Kestrel has been a long-standing NACD Preferred Compliance Provider and Responsible Distribution Adviser, providing leading EHS and food safety compliance expertise and Responsible Distribution assistance. Whether helping members address compliance needs, managing Responsible Distribution verification requirements, or creating adaptable technology solutions tailored to your business needs, Kestrel will help address your challenges.

We look forward to seeing our clients and friends—both old and new—at ChemEdge in Louisville!

06 Jun
regulatory training
OSHA, EPA & DOT Training in Iowa this Summer

OSHA, EPA, and DOT each have requirements for personnel that are working with chemicals, hazardous waste, or onsite emergency management activities.  Join Kestrel Management in Ankeny, Iowa this summer for the following training sessions – designed to help you meet your regulatory training requirements.

8-hr OSHA HAZWOPER Technician Refresher

Learn to recognize basic hazard classes, how to read labels and use SDS to understand risk, how to use engineering controls or PPE to prevent exposure, basic information addressing field analytical equipment, and how to correctly respond to spills and implement emergency response site plans.Cost: $165/participant

8-hr EPA RCRA Advanced Training

This course will address a variety of complex EPA hazardous waste topics, including completion of Hazardous Waste Determinations, hazardous waste documentation, generator status, evaluation of waste reduction strategies, RCRA hazardous waste coding, and preparation strategies for EPA inspections. Cost: $495/participant

8-hr DOT Hazardous Materials Training

This course is applicable for all companies that ship or prepare shipments of hazardous materials/waste for transport. It covers all topics required for DOT general awareness and security training and will meet the requirements for triennial training certification. Cost: $195/participant

24-hr OSHA HAZWOPER Training

This course is offered at the Technician level and covers broad issues pertaining to hazard recognition at work sites. Participants will learn strategies and protective measures to reduce or eliminate hazards in the work place. Cost: $495/participant

Training Details

  • All training sessions will be held at Fairfield Inn & Suites, 215 NE Delaware Avenue, Ankeny, Iowa.
  • Training is scheduled to begin at 8:00 am and end at 4:30 pm (or until material is complete).
  • Snack and lunch will be provided.
  • Participants will receive a training manual, pre-/post-competency test, exercises, and a certificate of completion, provided they receive an 80% or above on the test.
  • Registration closes 72 hours prior to the scheduled training. Kestrel has the authority to cancel training with 72-hours notice if class size is not large enough.


04 Jun
NACD Central Region Meeting
NACD Central Region Meeting & FSMA Workshop

Kestrel is looking forward to seeing many of our chemical distribution friends and customers at the NACD Central Region Meeting in Chicago June 10-12! It’s always such a great time to gain important insights from the NACD speakers.

Jake Taylor, Kestrel’s Responsible Distribution Adviser, will be available throughout the workshop to talk more about how Kestrel can help chemical distributors more effectively manage management system requirements (e.g., Responsible Distribution, ISO 9001) and ongoing EHS&S and Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance obligations. 

FSMA Regulatory Workshop

Plus, don’t forget the featured NACD Regulatory Workshop: Overview of FSMA for Chemical Distributors following the Central Region Meeting on June 12-13. Kestrel Food Safety Principal Roberto Bellavia will be discussing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and how chemical distributors can build a food safety plan to meet FSMA requirements.


09 May
Process Expo 2019
Special Food Training at PROCESS EXPO

Produced by the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), PROCESS EXPO is the nation’s largest trade show dedicated to bringing the latest technology and integrated solutions to all segments of the food and beverage processing and packaging industry.
Are you registered to attend?

October 8-11, 2019
McCormick Place
Chicago, Illinois

Special Food Safety Training Courses

Kestrel will once again be joining FPSA at the PROCESS EXPO to offer supplemental food safety training courses from Monday, October 7 – Wednesday, October 9. The FDA training helps the industry, particularly small- and medium-sized companies, to comply with the new preventive controls rules.

HACCP Training HACCP is a systematic preventive approach to food safety from biological, chemical and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs measures to reduce these risks to a safe level. This is a certified 2-day course based on Global Codex and GFSI requirements.

FSVP Training This 2-day course will provide participants with the knowledge to implement the requirements of the FSVP for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals regulation of FDA’s FSMA. The FSVP course meets FSMA compliance, and FPSA certificates will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Preventive Controls for Animal Food This 2.5-day course is being made available in response to FDA’s final rule requiring covered animal food facilities to establish and implement an animal food safety system that includes an analysis of hazards and implementation of risk-based preventive controls. Completing this course meets FSMA requirements for a PSQI.

Read the full course descriptions online.
Complete your PROCESS EXPO registration to book your food safety training courses today!

29 Apr
May 17 Webinar: FSMA, FSVP & VQIP

Learn about best practices and downfalls since the introduction of FSMA FSVP and updates regarding VQIP from Kestrel’s food safety experts and DNV GL, a leading certification body.

Complimentary Webinar
FSMA, FSVP & VQIP: What Have We Learned So Far?
Friday, May 17, 2019
9:00 am – 10:30 am CT
Register now!

Importing food & beverages into the United States can be complex and costly. The Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) Rule requires importers to verify that their foreign suppliers of food for human and animal consumption meet applicable FDA safety standards. FDA’s Voluntary Qualified Importer Program (VQIP) (TPP) established by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) provides expedited review and importation of human and animal foods into the United States for approved applicants who achieve and maintain a high level of control over the safety and security of their supply chains.

This complimentary webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Validating your FSVP 
  • Major issues found by FDA
  • VQIP importers’ role
  • Eligibility and benefits
  • VQIP legalities and consequences
  • DNV GL FSMA third-party certification

register now

19 Apr
ASSP President Elect Jake Taylor
Jake Taylor Elected President of ASSP Badgerland

Kestrel Senior Consultant Jake Taylor was recently elected President of the Badgerland Chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). ASSP is a global association for occupational safety and health professionals. For more than 100 years, the Society has provided education, standards development, advocacy, and a professional community to support the advancement of members and the safety profession.

“I’m looking forward to working with the ASSP Badgerland Board of Directors to continue providing an excellent safety resource for member companies,” said Taylor. “We have some new ideas and plans that we are excited to roll out over the coming year.” 

Taylor will assume his role as President in July 2019. He brings over 20 years of management experience, particularly in the areas of EHS and risk management, to this position. He has vast experience developing and implementing comprehensive, corporate-wide safety programs. Taylor also serves as a Responsible Distribution Adviser for the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), where he provides in-depth support and assistance with the design and implementation of members’ Responsible Distribution programs and verifications.

The Badgerland Chapter of ASSP was chartered in 1995 and has over 100 members. Its geographical boundaries are southern Wisconsin—from LaCrosse to Watertown. The Badgerland Chapter strives to give members an opportunity to learn from a technical presentation or a tour of a local business and their safety, environmental and health programs.

28 Mar
Partnership Measure UAS
Kestrel Teams with Measure UAS, Inc.

Kestrel  is pleased to announce our partnership with Measure UAS, Inc. (Measure) to provide drone program management and advisory services to companies with commercial drone operations. The expanded services created through this relationship will offer a more comprehensive array of solutions to companies who currently are or may be interested in using drones to enhance their core business operations.

Meeting Growing Needs

Drone (UAS) technology is evolving rapidly, but the industry is in its early stages. That creates many questions regarding regulations, equipment, applicability, and how drones can best help meet an organization’s specific goals. Companies are faced with the challenge of scaling a safe, compliant, and effective drone program. Lack of planning will (at best) add up to a short-lived drone program or (at worst) cause the organization undue risk or injury.

“Kestrel and Measure are working together to help companies better select and implement enterprise technology to reduce operational risk and to meet both industry and aviation-specific mandates,” explains Kestrel Principal Jack Anderson “We help effectively integrate UAS programs into core business processes and systems to bring the most value to the organization.”

Expanded Services

This strategic alliance will allow organizations with existing or planned drone programs to leverage the collective resources and expertise of the Measure and Kestrel teams, and to access a more comprehensive set of solutions to help ensure the drone program’s success. Together, Kestrel and Measure offer the following products and services:

  • Operational Risk Management and Safety Management Systems
  • Process Improvement and Compliance Assurance
  • Turnkey Aerial Inspections
  • UAS Training (Basic, Platform-Specific and Application-Specific)
  • Drone Program Management Software
  • Drone Data Analysis

“Kestrel’s approach to drone program management and overall operational risk management complements Measure’s portfolio of drone-related services and software,” explains Jesse Stepler, Chief Strategy Officer of Measure. “Together, we have the ability to bring enterprise drone programs to scale in a way that will help organizations reduce risk, improve worker safety, and remain compliant.”

About Measure UAS, Inc.
Measure is an aerial intelligence company that enables enterprises to realize the transformative benefits of drone technology. Through our comprehensive software solution, specialized data engineering team, and highly skilled flight operations, we help corporations deploy drones at scale, saving thousands of hazardous man-hours and providing millions of dollars in operational benefits. More information on the company can be found at

About Kestrel’s UAS Program Services
Since 1998, Kestrel has been delivering solutions to help companies reduce operational risks, assure regulatory compliance, and implement reliable management systems for continual improvement. Some of the highest value consulting we provide is in project planning and strategy development, particularly in the sequencing of compliance tasks and management systems development. We combine our EHS expertise with our experience developing and managing one of the largest industrial UAS programs in the U.S. to help organizations apply drones to meet company objectives, develop the systems required to ensure compliance, and minimize operational risk. More information can be found at

26 Mar
Overview of FSMA for Chemical Distributors

Join NACD and Kestrel on Thursday, April 4 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) for a webinar on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). During this webinar, Kestrel’s Roberto Bellavia, Principal in Food Safety Compliance, will provide an overview of FSMA rules applicable to the chemical ingredients industry, focusing on the receiving, storage, production, blending, and transportation of these products. Register here.

This webinar is a precursor to an upcoming in-person NACD regulatory workshop during which Kestrel will cover the FSMA regulations in-depth. This workshop will take place on June 12-13 in Oak Brook, Illinois, immediately following the Central Region Meeting. Registration for the workshop is forthcoming.

19 Mar
IFS Focus Day April 2019
IFS Focus Day: April 2019

IFS Focus Day Returns this Spring!
April 24, 2019 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Delta Hotels Burnaby | 4331 Dominion St. | Firenze Room
Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7

Make plans to join IFS North America representatives Pius Gasser and Cheryl Sullivan; Bulldog Bag’s Alan Kenney; and AIB’s Siarl Dixon for our complimentary IFS Focus Day.


9:30 am: Registration
10:00 am: Welcome
10:30 am: Why IFS
11:00 am: The Certification Experience
11:15 am: FSMA Compliance Update
Noon: Lunch
12:45 pm: Risk Assessment
1:45 pm: IFS in the Eyes of a Certification Body (CB)
2:15 pm: IFS in North America
2:30 pm: Discussion
3:00 pm: Adjourn

To register, email 

Note: Space is limited for this FREE event!

Sponsored by Kestrel Management | GCP Consulting | AIB International

14 Mar
NACD Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop - Atlanta
NACD Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop

Kestrel is getting ready for NACD’s Spring Responsible Distribution Workshop in Atlanta March 27-28! Will you be there?

The agenda is filled with two great days of informative presentations, including Kestrel’s session to kick off the morning on Thursday, March 28. Kestrel Responsible Distribution Adviser Jake Taylor will be joining NACD’s Caroline Kramer and Responsible Distribution Adviser Pete Downing for a Regional Internal Audit Workshop Recap & Lessons Learned session. Great stuff to share!

As always, we look forward to connecting with many of you throughout the workshop. Be sure to stop by and say hello while enjoying Atlanta!