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Environmental Monitoring Training

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$97.00 (EU/UK Customers Charged 20% VAT)  

Next Live Training: May 28, 2024

Join our engaging 4-hour IFSQN webinar designed to empower your food safety team with essential skills! Learn how to implement and manage a risk-based microbiological environmental monitoring program effectively. This interactive session is packed with practical insights, enabling your team to enhance food safety protocols and ensure compliance. Don't miss out on this opportunity to boost your expertise and safeguard your processes!

Instructor: Vladimir Surčinski, Auditor and Trainer
Facilitator: Simon Timperley, Administrator, IFSQN

Cost per attendee: $97.00 USD

Training Course Outline:

Despite rigorous food safety systems, the prevalence of foodborne illnesses due to inadequate hygiene practices and a lack of understanding of hygiene controls, monitoring, and verification remains a critical concern.

Recognizing this, GFSI has mandated Environmental Monitoring as an essential component in all its certification schemes. As a result, major standards such as FSSC 22000 v6, IFS Food v8, BRC Food issue 9, and SQF 9 now include stringent requirements for environmental monitoring to be implemented and enhanced within your food production processes by your Food Safety team.

However, integrating these requirements with existing monitoring programs can be challenging, especially with limited resources and minimal support from top management.

This training is designed to address these challenges. We will guide you through a comprehensive analysis of your facility, teach you how to adopt a risk-based approach, and show you effective implementation strategies for the complete Environmental Monitoring Program.

Our curriculum is grounded in the GFSI Certification scheme guidelines, legislative recommendations, Codex Alimentarius Guidelines, and leverages over 15 years of experience in food safety systems.

This training promises not just to inform but to transform your approach, ensuring a robust food safety framework in your organization. Join us to gain profound insights and practical skills that will elevate your food safety standards to new heights.

This meticulously structured four-hour webinar is divided into two essential parts, tailored to profoundly enhance your understanding and application of environmental monitoring within your company.

Part One: Mastering GFSI Standard Requirements

Dive deep into the essentials of GFSI standards with a comprehensive exploration of requirements from major frameworks like BRC, FSSC, IFS, and SQF. Gain clarity on:

  • The specific guidelines set forth by these standards.
  • Legislative requirements impacting your operations.
  • What certification bodies and customers expect during audits.
This segment prepares you to navigate the complex landscape of food safety standards with confidence and precision.

Part Two: Implementing an Effective Environmental Program

The second half of the webinar focuses on the practical aspects of setting up a successful Environmental Monitoring Program. We'll cover:
  • Identification of microbiological risks specific to your operations.
  • Practical strategies for identifying risk areas and establishing a zoning model.
  • Tools for formally evaluating these risk areas.
  • Detailed guidance on creating a Sampling Plan based on identified zones — what to sample, when, and how.
  • How to maintain records, analyze trends, and execute corrective actions for continuous improvement.
This training is designed not just to inform but to equip you with actionable insights and tools that will enable you to implement what you learn immediately. Enhance your capability to maintain high standards of food safety and compliance, and prepare for more effective audits and fewer compliance issues. Join us for an empowering session that will leave you well-prepared to elevate your food safety protocols.

All attendees receive:
  • Copy of the training materials (Slides and Templates)
  • Personalized IFSQN Training Academy Certificate
  • 30 day access to the webinar recording
  • Exclusive post webinar contact with the presenter for further explanation and input
List of topics covered:

Here's a structured and detailed list of topics that will be covered in the webinar, each designed to enhance your understanding and capability in managing food safety within the food industry:
  • Trends in Microbiology and Hygiene: Understanding how evolving microbial threats and hygiene practices impact the food industry.
  • Changes in Certification Schemes – GFSI: An overview of recent updates within Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards.
  • Environmental Monitoring in Certification Schemes: Detailed discussion on the increasing requirements for environmental monitoring across different certification schemes.
  • Legislation Requirements: Review of current legal standards and requirements impacting food safety and environmental monitoring.
  • Defining the Production Environment: Strategies for assessing and categorizing different areas within production for targeted monitoring.
  • Incidents Tied to Poor Hygiene in Production: Analysis of case studies and incidents where inadequate hygiene led to safety breaches.
  • Expectations During Audits: What certification bodies and customers look for during food safety audits.
  • Types of Microbiological Contaminants: Identification of pathogens, spoilage, and indicator organisms both in and around the production area.
  • Implementation Steps for an Environmental Program: Step-by-step guide on setting up a comprehensive environmental monitoring program.
  • Defining Environmental Sampling Zones Based on Risks: Techniques for determining critical sampling points based on risk analysis.
  • Tools for Risk Analysis: Presentation of various tools used for conducting risk assessments.
  • Templates for the Monitoring Plan: Provision of templates to help establish and maintain an effective monitoring plan.
  • Template for Trend Analysis: Framework for analyzing trends from environmental monitoring data to inform corrective actions.
  • Case Studies: Detailed discussion of real-world applications and outcomes in various organizational settings.

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