The various GFSI standards all require risk assessments to be conducted for HACCP and other aspects of your food safety management system. In particular, the latest revisions to these standards have dramatically increased the burden for food operations to risk assess their systems in terms of resources and frequency of certain programs. For example, the new BRC Issue 6 mentions risk assessment in no less than 13 places and these risk assessments must be documented.
The purpose of risk assessment is to determine the risk from specific hazards and from this apply your controls and resources to those areas that present the greatest risks to food safety. The logic follows that resources are not infinite and therefore there is a need to separate out significant and non-significant activities. The risk is usually estimated based on an assessment of the likelihood of occurrence by the adverse impact. In this regard the assessments required under the GFSI standards are qualitative in nature however when conducted allow you to focus your time, energy and resources on those areas that may yield the highest risk.
If we take a closer look at the new BRC Issue 6 standard, areas where risk assessments need to be conducted include:
- 3.4.4 - Risk Assessment (RA) for the frequency of inspection
- 18.104.22.168 - RA for each raw material or group of materials
- 4.5.1 - RA for water sampling points and frequency
- 4.10.6 - RA to minimise foreign body contamination of packaging containers
- 4.11.1 - RA for frequency and methods of cleaning
- 4.13.8 - RA for the frequency of in-depth pest control surveys
- 6.3.2 - RA frequency of checking measuring devices.
How does Safefood 360 meet these requirements?
Throughout the application you will find built into the workflow for setting up your programs or where events are being recorded a risk assessment tool which allows for risk assessments to be conducted and documented. We have referenced the GFSI and other standards to ensure all areas where risk assessments are required have this RA tool included.
Where appropriate the systems allows for a simple RA or an advanced RA where probability of occurrence and adverse impact can be estimated. These RA’s are automatically saved for review by your auditor. They can be easily revised and updated as new information comes to light.