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06 Aug
ChemEdge 2020
Join KTL Virtually at ChemEdge 2020

NACD’s 2020 ChemEdge is making the shift to full virtual this year. The conference may look a little different, but it is still filled with all the critical knowledge and networking opportunities chemical distributors expect from ChemEdge.

ChemEdge 2020
Tuesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 3
Register Now!

As always, KTL will be an active participant in ChemEdge 2020. Be sure to join KTL Senior Consultant and Responsible Distribution Adviser Jake Taylor for the following presentations:

+ Digging Up the Roots! Root Cause Analysis Review and Exercise
Tuesday, September 1, 11:00 am-12:15 pm

+ OSHA Top 10 List
Wednesday, September 2, 9:00 am-10:00 am

We look forward to making the most of this virtual event and hope many of our clients and friends will be joining us at ChemEdge 2020 this September.

 

18 Jun
EHS Audit
KTL Renews Agreement to Provide Access to EHS Regulatory Question Modules

KTL is pleased to announce that we have renewed our agreement with the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which provides access to the following regulatory question modules:

  • The Environmental Assessment and Management (TEAM) Guide and the related state supplements address environmental compliance in the areas of air quality, cultural and natural resources, hazardous materials and waste, pesticide management, pollution prevention, energy conservation, petroleum, oils and lubricants, storage tanks, solid waste management, toxic substances, water quality, and more.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Guide is used in assessing compliance with the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It may also be used in combination with an agency-specific safety and occupational health manual. The OSH Guide is based on OSHA regulations from Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

KTL originally entered into this agreement with CERL in 2015. CERL’s experts are dedicated to conducting ongoing research, updating federal and state environmental and federal safety regulatory requirements, and developing and maintaining standardized audit checklists for those regulations. These checklists are very comprehensive; are used by auditors for DOD, DOE, DOI, and other federal agencies; are updated regularly to reflect any regulatory changes; and cover virtually all of the functions that would be present in a broad mix of industrial companies.

Our agreement allows KTL to make the TEAM Guide and OSH Guide available through an electronic format (i.e. dynaQ™). KTL staff can use these modules to stay current on changing federal regulations. The question modules bring a basis of significant credibility related to the reliability and completeness of audit content via a software tool that manages audit data and makes finding information more efficient. With this agreement, KTL remains one of the only professional service firms in the country to offer access to the following regulatory question modules.

16 Jun
Staff Spotlight on Roberto Bellavia

Get to know our KTL team! This month, we are catching up with Principal and Senior Consultant Roberto Bellavia. Roberto has been with KTL for three and a half years and is based in the Chicagoland area.

Tell us a little bit about your background—what are your areas of expertise?

I was born and raised in Rome, Italy. I have a master’s degree in animal production science and started my career in Italy working on the farming side of the food supply chain. I was working with farmers that had small manufacturing operations for cheese, salami, meat, and I was doing food safety (HACCP) plans for them. I also worked in a couple of dairy farms.

I first came to the U.S. in 1999 for a genetic research project at the University of Minnesota on mapping of chromosome 29 in bovine. I moved to the U.S. permanently in 2001, when I got married. I worked at the Italian Chamber of Commerce, made connections, and started working for Turano Pastry Shop as Production Manager. I learned Spanish before I learned English! I wanted to move back into the meat industry, so I began working at Chiappetti Lamb and Veal in the Stockyards District in Chicago, the last federal-inspected plant in the city. When they closed, I moved to U.S. Foods as the Director of Food Safety for the Stockyards brand.

I joined the consulting world at KTL in January 2017. My areas of expertise revolve around food safety, quality, and regulatory compliance. I am well-versed on all the GFSI schemes (i.e., FSSC22000, SQF, BRC, IFS) and the USDA – FSIS and FDA requirements. In this role, I really enjoy working with different people. There is no reporting structure in my team; rather, it is about people working together to achieve the same objectives. I am in the business of food safety. I believe that people always want to do the right thing, but sometimes they need someone to tell them what the right thing is or to show them how to get there.

What types of clients do you work with? What are the biggest issues you see them facing right now?

All my clients are in the food supply chain—from food manufacturing, to food additives and food packaging, to distributors and importers. I also work with a company in the dietary supplement arena, which is an area with growing food safety requirements.

 Data management is one of the biggest challenges facing my clients right now. How do you collect and use data, while also protecting information? Every company needs to fulfill someone else’s requirements (e.g., regulatory, standards, customers, supply chain) by submitting information, auditing, reviewing, and assessing and allocating levels of risk. Our clients look to KTL to help them meet those needs.

Training and culture change are two other large areas where food companies rely on KTL’s expertise. When a company decides to pursue a major change in their food safety program, they also need help in culture change and much of that starts with training.

Lastly, the new rules of the FDA – FSMA have been a challenge, including implementing allergen control, environmental, and food defense/intentional adulteration programs.

What would you say is a highlight of your job?

I get to be 100% involved in what I do. I always seek the highest results and take pride in everything I do. It is important to me to show my clients the value they get from working with KTL, and what we have accomplished once our project is done. We are currently focusing a lot of our expertise on data management and predictive analytics, developing dashboards that allow our clients to see in real time the performance of the food safety programs we are developing. It is very satisfying to see those results.

What do you like to do in your free time?

My free time is about my wife, my three kids, and my dog. When I don’t work, I enjoy spending time home. I like to coach soccer and have been a coach for over eight years. I enjoy a home-cooked meal (because I travel and eat out a lot), spending time at the beach (but that never seems to happen), and playing cornhole (a/k/a bean bags). I also like motorsports, so when I can (and when COVID is not cancelling half of the season), I enjoy watching Formula 1 racing (there is something about technology, courage, and teamwork that is fascinating) and European football (a/k/a soccer).

Finally, I enjoy road tripping with the family—or just driving alone—and discovering and seeing something new. I have been in three different Portlands in the U.S.! I feel that every place I go, no matter how remote or rural it is, has something interesting for me to see.

Read Roberto’s full bio.

28 May
Staff Spotlight: Maram Salaheldin
Staff Spotlight on Maram Salaheldin

Get to know our KTL team! This month, we are catching up with Senior Consultant Maram Salaheldin. Maram has been with KTL for almost five years and is based in the Washington, DC metro area.

Tell us a little bit about your background—what are your areas of expertise?

Unlike most of my colleagues, I am an attorney, so I bring a legal background to KTL’s work. My overall expertise lies in international regulatory affairs, with a focus on environmental, health, and safety (EHS) issues. I provide compliance support services to multinational and multilingual clients in government and various industries—that ranges from developing and implementing information management tools, to conducting audits, to providing EHS regulatory analysis.

Given the nature of our work, I often help manage cross-functional teams and “translate” between different backgrounds and perspectives. That could mean assisting an IT department in communicating with and understanding the needs of an organization’s environmental staff or helping environmental specialists to work more effectively with their legal teams—and many other scenarios. In a more literal sense of “translating”, that could also mean using my language skills to work on projects in English, Arabic, French, and even some Spanish.

What industries or types of clients do you work with, and what are the kinds of compliance issues they face?

A significant portion of my project portfolio is providing environmental compliance contractor support to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help ensure the environmentally sound design and management of international development projects, particularly within the realm of global health. This often poses a unique set of challenges due to varying regulatory frameworks and capacity and resource limitations.

Besides USAID, I have gotten to work with clients in both the private and public sectors (e.g., oil and gas, maritime, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and most recently, foods). Virtually every client or industry that I have worked with has had at least one common issue: how to safely and properly manage the waste they generate. From jurisdiction to jurisdiction, the requirements can vary greatly, especially for our international clients. Our team researches and analyzes these different requirements and suggests tailored solutions for our clients—including any transboundary issues, such as waste exportation under the Basel Convention. This is important because implementing the right waste management procedure for an organization can improve both compliance and operational efficiency.

Think about this: Did you know that most of the waste generated by a health facility is actually nonhazardous? The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 75% to 90% of waste produced by health facilities is comparable to municipal solid waste—things like packaging, food, or paper waste. The remaining 10% to 25% is considered hazardous waste (or “regulated medical waste”), requiring special management to avoid harming people or the environment. Proper classification and segregation of different types of waste can help ensure the appropriate and efficient allocation of resources. It also gives an organization the chance to consider more environmentally preferable alternatives to landfilling, like recycling or composting.

What would you say is a highlight of your job?

I really enjoy working with clients to navigate through complex regulations, permits, and other requirements and understand what those requirements mean for them from a practical standpoint. That “practical standpoint” can look very different for each client, depending on the nature and scope of their work, as well as the location of their operations. This has meant significant travel for me in order to conduct evaluations, provide training, and deliver onsite technical assistance and support to clients all over the world, including in Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Kazakhstan, as well as several U.S. states and Indian reservations. Those trips have definitely been a highlight of my work with KTL!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I really enjoy traveling and exploring new places, both locally and abroad. Living in the DC area, we are very fortunate to have easy access to so many historic sites, parks, and other landmarks, including one of my personal favorites, Old Town Alexandria. With the recent restrictions due to COVID-19, I’ve also taken up a couple of new hobbies, like many people have—in my case, jogging and cross-stitch. I am also active in a few different Bar Associations, including the DC Bar and the American Bar Association.

Read Maram’s full bio.

26 Feb
Martin Mantz KTL Partnership
KTL Announces Partnership with German Company Martin Mantz

KTL is pleased to announce our partnership with Martin Mantz Compliance Solutions (Martin Mantz), developer of the GEORG Compliance Management System® software. KTL is providing regulatory compliance expertise to the German-based company as it expands its offerings to clients with operations in the United States.

“Martin Mantz has created something unique with the GEORG software in that it simplifies and provides an interpretation of legal and technical requirements in a customer-specific database,” KTL Principal Lisa Langdon states. “KTL’s understanding of industrial operations, as well as U.S. legal and technical requirements (e.g., EPA, OSHA, FDA, ISO), allows us to translate these requirements into simple tasks in the GEORG system that employees can follow to help fulfill regulatory requirements.”

How GEORG Works

GEORG is used to make the requirements of standards and regulations comprehensible and transparent. KTL specializes in the practical mapping of legal requirements and audits. These audits allow KTL to create technical content for the GEORG system based on facility-specific applicability. We then work directly with the company to delegate the identified tasks. If there are revisions in the standards/regulations, KTL works in the system to ensure tasks are updated to meet regulatory requirements.

The benefits of this approach include:

  • Effectiveness – All tasks are assigned, easily formulated, and regularly updated.
  • Efficiency – The effort and expertise required to understand complicated regulations is reduced.
  • Transparency – Responsibilities are clear and easily visible to all employees.
  • Conformity – Compliance status within the system reflects the degree of fulfilment of the related requirements.

Faber-Castell Expands GEORG Implementation to U.S. Subsidiary

Faber-Castell Cosmetics, an internationally renowned Martin Mantz customer with worldwide operations, is already benefitting from the Martin Mantz-KTL partnership. After successful implementation of the GEORG software in their German facilities, Martin Mantz has worked with KTL to expand usage to Faber-Castell’s subsidiary in the U.S.


About Martin Mantz Compliance Solutions
Martin Mantz Compliance Solutions, based in Grosswallstadt and Leipzig, Germany, offers its contractual partners services in the area of ​​legal organization (GEORG) of companies to avoid organizational negligence and compliance violations. This includes consulting and provision of the compliance software GEORG Compliance Management System®, implementation of the technical and legal modules, as well as construction and maintenance of the customer-specific database. https://www.martin-mantz.de/

About Kestrel Tellevate LLC
KTL is a multidisciplinary consulting firm that specializes in providing environmental, health, and safety (EHS) and food safety management and compliance consulting services to private and government clients. Our primary focus is to build strong, long-term client partnerships and provide tailored solutions to address regulatory requirements. KTL’s services include management system development and implementation, auditing and assessments, regulatory compliance assistance, information management solutions, and training. KTL is a Small Business Administration-registered company with headquarters in Madison, WI and Atlanta, GA and offices across the Midwest and Washington, D.C. www.kestreltellevate.com

20 Feb
nacd southern region meeting spring RD workshop
Join KTL at NACD’s Events this February & March

Southern Region Meeting: February 24-26, 2020

KTL is looking forward to seeing many NACD member companies at the NACD Southern Region Meeting in Savannah, GA February 24-26. It’s always such a great time to gain great insights from the NACD speakers, touch base with you on the latest happenings in your organization, and continue our conversations about your business and compliance needs.

Jake Taylor, KTL’s Responsible Distribution Adviser, will be available throughout the meeting to talk more about how KTL can help chemical distributors more effectively manage management system requirements (e.g., Responsible Distribution, ISO 9001) and ongoing EHS&S and food safety compliance obligations.

MEETING DETAILS

Spring Regulatory & Responsible Distribution Workshop: March 10-12, 2020

Plus, save the date for the NACD Spring Regulatory & Responsible Distribution Workshop this March in Long Beach, CA. The 2020 Regulatory Workshop focuses on International Trade for Chemical Distributors on March 10.

Attention turns to Responsible Distribution March 11-12. There are many great sessions planned for new and experienced NACD members, including KTL’s interactive session on Thursday, March 12 from 9:15-10:15: Digging Up the Roots! Root Cause Analysis Review and Exercise. Jake Taylor will be guiding participants through properly identifying root causes using real-world examples from 6th cycle non-conformance findings.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

12 Feb
New EHS Expertise
KTL Adds New EHS Expertise

Julie MarksKestrel Tellevate is growing our EHS resources with addition of Senior Consultant Julie Marks.

Julie is a chemical engineer with over 20 years of experience solving regulatory challenges at industrial and commercial facilities. She has a deep understanding of environmental, health and safety (EHS) and quality management systems; environmental regulatory compliance requirements, particularly related to water, air, solid waste, hazardous waste, and remediation; and safety standards and programs.

Julie brings to KTL a well-rounded background. She has worked in industry, provided consulting engineer services to industrial and commercial facilities, and held various positions on the regulatory side. As a Senior Consultant, Julie excels at translating regulations into clear actions and helping organizations implement the regulations in a practical way. She is skilled at assessing regulatory applicability, working with regulatory agencies to negotiate requirements, and collaborating with clients to ensure and document proof of compliance with regulations.

Read Julie’s complete bio for more information.

30 Jan
Now hiring - food safety consultant
Now Hiring: Food Safety Consultant

Kestrel Tellevate is seeking a junior-level Consultant with 5-7 years of professional food safety consulting or relevant food industry experience to join our food safety team. This individual will be responsible for executing projects tasks and objectives for KTL’s food safety projects, according to Project Manager, Senior Consultant, and client expectations. The Food Safety Consultant must have working knowledge of FDA, USDA, and GFSI requirements as they apply to food manufacturing, processing, and distribution, and experience implementing/maintaining food safety documents and plans.

Responsibilities and tasks include the following:

  • Providing HACCP, SOP, SSOP development and implementation support
  • Conducting gap assessments to FDA, USDA, GFSI (i.e., IFS, BRC, FSSC22000, SQF) requirements
  • Conducting relevant food safety training for clients
  • Researching FDA, USDA and GFSI regulatory requirements and maintaining standards updates
  • Researching labeling regulatory review
  • Interpreting third-party regulatory audits
  • Reviewing, recommending, and coordinating efforts for environmental pathogen testing program
  • Working with clients and KTL senior staff to identify gaps and implement solid solutions for continuous improvement
  • Maintaining and updating documents to ensure consistency
  • Participating in the development of KTL’s SharePoint tools
  • Participating in the implementation of KTL’s Quality Management System (QMS)
  • Assisting in growing clients and other business development efforts, as requested

Requirements

  • B.S. degree in Food Technology / Microbiology or other related life science
  • 5-7 years of related food industry experience in Quality Assurance/Control; experience in cooking, processing, dairy, low-acid canned food, meat or seafood preferred
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Strong computer knowledge
  • Ability to travel up to 50%

Preferred

  • Multilingual
  • High-risk food experience
  • Understanding of food safety in food packaging

How to Apply

Forward a resume to recruiting@kestreltellevate.com.

21 Jan
International Resources Expansion
KTL Expands International Resources

Emily WattKestrel Tellevate is expanding our international resources with the addition of Consultant Emily Watt. Emily has in-depth knowledge of and experience as a Project Manager, working with federal contracting regulations and requirements. As a Consultant with international experience across multiple sectors, Emily will be working with KTL’s multinational clients and government agencies to provide EHS compliance and sustainability support.

Emily has worked on implementing projects for the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Chemical Security Program, and U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). Her primary countries of experience include Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Iraq, Turkey, Brazil, Malawi, South Korea, and India.

Read Emily’s complete bio for more information.

19 Dec
Holiday wishes
Holiday Wishes from KTL

One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity
for all of us at Kestrel Tellevate LLC to say thank you
and to wish you the very best for the new year.


This year has been one of change for KTL, as we celebrated the merger of two businesses—Kestrel Management and Tellevate—to bring more value to our clients and to elevate your operations and business processes.
Our merger has brought with it a tremendous sense of energy and excitement for what 2020 holds for both KTL and all our clients. We are proud of how our teams are coming together to offer fresh perspective on your projects, assure ongoing compliance, and reduce your overall business risks.
KTL has much to offer as we start this new chapter in our business—more solutions and tools to address your difficult operational challenges and deliver reliable, achievable, and sustainable results.
All of us at KTL extend our gratitude to you for your friendship and business and our warmest wishes for a happy and prosperous 2020.
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