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#1 Lize

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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

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I’ve just been appointed, the food safety specialist at a new organization. I am a chemical/process engineering graduate with previous experience in water quality management in the beverage industry. I developed a monitoring an evaluation system for all water processes site wide but not based on any specific management system, I designed it myself based on the appropriate ISO standards. Now not knowing anything of the food/agricultural industry I have to implement the BRC storage and distribution standard at 8 different sites for grain elevators ( from intake to dispatch). Ive got a lot of experience regarding HAZOP implementations around processes, I can also design process control programs and procedures…. But I don’t know, I feel a bit lost – would you say that I am the right person to orchestrate different HACCP teams and develop the programs to be followed. We are getting in some help (consultant) that gives in house training – meaning they will help us set up the system and certify me for BRC training – will this be enough?

Please give some advice!




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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:35 AM

Hallo

I’ve just been appointed, the food safety specialist at a new organization. I am a chemical/process engineering graduate with previous experience in water quality management in the beverage industry. I developed a monitoring an evaluation system for all water processes site wide but not based on any specific management system, I designed it myself based on the appropriate ISO standards. Now not knowing anything of the food/agricultural industry I have to implement the BRC storage and distribution standard at 8 different sites for grain elevators ( from intake to dispatch). Ive got a lot of experience regarding HAZOP implementations around processes, I can also design process control programs and procedures…. But I don’t know, I feel a bit lost – would you say that I am the right person to orchestrate different HACCP teams and develop the programs to be followed. We are getting in some help (consultant) that gives in house training – meaning they will help us set up the system and certify me for BRC training – will this be enough?

Please give some advice!




Hi Lize, welcome to the forums

First thing is DON'T PANIC!!

Get hold of a copy of the BRC standard, and taking one section at the time, work your way logically through it. This doesn't mean start at page 1 , but start at the section that you find easiest to cope with. I always find that personnel is the easiest win section, as your probably complying anyway.

What I would do, and I follow the BRC Food standard, is to take each clause, and write a procedure around the clauses. But it has to fit what your doing on site.

With regards to HACCP, you'll only know if your the right person when you start to do the plans. Learn to delegate. Once you've sorted out your team, agree your flow diagram. Then i would break down the flow diagram into manageable sections and allocate them to team members and get them to do the risk justifications. You'll probably need to design a template, but that is something i'm sure we can help you with here.

Hope this helps. We've all been there so just ask away.

Caz x
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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:51 AM

Hi Lize, welcome to the forums

First thing is DON'T PANIC!!

Get hold of a copy of the BRC standard, and taking one section at the time, work your way logically through it. This doesn't mean start at page 1 , but start at the section that you find easiest to cope with. I always find that personnel is the easiest win section, as your probably complying anyway.

What I would do, and I follow the BRC Food standard, is to take each clause, and write a procedure around the clauses. But it has to fit what your doing on site.

With regards to HACCP, you'll only know if your the right person when you start to do the plans. Learn to delegate. Once you've sorted out your team, agree your flow diagram. Then i would break down the flow diagram into manageable sections and allocate them to team members and get them to do the risk justifications. You'll probably need to design a template, but that is something i'm sure we can help you with here.

Hope this helps. We've all been there so just ask away.

Caz x


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Posted 26 April 2013 - 09:52 AM

Thank You!
A bit of hope then!?! - back to basics I guess, "DONT PANIC" and just let it sink in slowly, its not a 3month project!


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