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  • Have a “Made in NC” Easter

    We have a saying around here that in NC, we make everything from tortilla chips to microchips, and one of my favorite activities is helping people discover all the amazing products that are made in North Carolina. With Easter around the corner, let’s focus on how to have a celebration that is made in North Carolina.

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  • How Values Drive Value

    Food purchases have traditionally had three drivers: price, taste and convenience. Health and wellness, safety, social impact, experience and transparency have all arrived at the table, and are playing into customers’ perceptions and purchase intentions. Simply put, some customers—especially Millennials—are just as likely to buy a bag of chips from a company they perceive to be socially responsible, as they are to consider a competing brand that’s cheaper.

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  • Trainer Toolbox for March 2017

    A collection of everything that’s new for safety trainers! Included in this edition: 2016 Most Frequently Cited Serious Violations have been released   Fall Prevention Stand Down Materials for 2017 now available!   Reminder–Outreach Training Program Changes going into effect next month  Bottomline, safety pays!   Have you heard about the NIOSH app?   FOOTnotes – For Our Outreach Trainers: […]

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  • I’m Singin’ in the Rain!

    But before I kick up my heels and pretend to be Gene Kelly, let me grab my umbrella and slip on my rain boots!  And, since I am a safety professional, you can bet your soggy socks that I’ll be avoiding complicated dance moves. No tap dancing or tangos—I’m playing it safe with a simple […]

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  • Focus on… Safety Success Story—Cascade Tissues

    We are so pleased to share the successful outcomes of the safety and health management system at Cascade Tissues in Rockingham, NC. Hope you are enlightened as much as we are! You can view the full success story here: https://www.ies.ncsu.edu/success-story/making-safety-count/ You can watch the video version here.

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  • Trainer Toolbox for January 2017

    A collection of everything that’s new for safety trainers! Included in this edition: New Year, New OSHA Outreach Training Program Requirements and Procedures   Need more time to order Student Replacement Cards? Now you’ve got it!   Filing a complaint made easy as 1-2-3 Seeking an Authorized OSHA Trainer near you? Let us help you!   FOOTnotes – For […]

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  • Groundhog Day is Here Again

    “I have been stabbed, shot, poisoned, frozen, hung, electrocuted, and burned. And every morning I wake up without a scratch on me, not a dent in the fender…” -Phil the Weatherman How many of us can even hear the words “Groundhog Day” without thinking of Punxsutawney Phil, and poor Phil the Weatherman, doomed to endlessly […]

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  • Building community, and a townhouse, through service

    The harmony of hammering, the screeching of sawing wood, and loud ladder climbing aren’t sounds normally heard at the IES office on NC State’s Centennial Campus.  But those noises became the soundtrack for numerous staff who spent two days outdoors recently, on a construction site. It was the sound of service—community service—at Habitat for Humanity’s […]

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