Yeah. My company has tried to make me the EHS manager as well as if QA doesn't have enough to do. For some reason they thought anything with the word audit in it automatically made it my responsibility. So when they heard Ethics audit, oh it's QA's responsibility.
I got into food safety through occupational safety. I came here because they wanted a safety officer, and they felt that I should be able to handle food safety at the same time. Thankfully, we have an outstanding QA Manager, so I have him to back me up. But it has required a paradigm shift.
What I have found is that there is a difference in how the standards for food safety are imposed from how OSHA standards are imposed. OSHA regulations are mostly performance based, as long as what you do protects the workers from the hazards, exactly how you do things is not top priority. When the regulations are standard based, which means that you must protect in a specified manner, OSHA spells it out EXACTLY what it needs to say and what item you need to use. It's obvious, they hit you over the head with a verbal brick. Laws are required to be plain on their face, you have to understand what is needed without lots of interpretation.
For the food safety standards from a private scheme, I had to realize that when they want you to have a policy that says what to do under a particular circumstance, having a more broad policy that says what to do for a broader category of circumstances does not suffice. You've got to specify that circumstance that they mention, even though the more broad policy would protect the product in the same way. I'm getting the hang of it, but that will only get more stringent as we move towards a GFSI certification.
So now I will need to read rules differently depending on whether they are from a private scheme or a government regulation.
I do love the Due Process doctrine. It makes government inspectors more consistent.
Or maybe having a paralegal degree makes laws easier for me to work with.
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