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Ensuring quality and safety is a critical component of the Food Industry. From risk management to tracking non-conformances, implementing an effective Quality Management System can help avoid product defects and disastrous mistakes that can also be a detriment to your business. 

Risk Management tools and practices were specifically developed to protect against these food safety dangers. By leveraging them, the food industry can protect itself from the risk of a lawsuit, accident, deliberate acts, and even acts of nature. 

Although the food industry cannot be entirely free from internal failure or uncontrollable external events that can threaten productivity and safety, incorporating a robust and scalable Risk Management software can aid in minimizing human error and cost of waste. Whether Food Health or Supply Chain, there’s a set of compliance standards that must be met in order to ensure top quality. 

In accordance with ISO standards, Intellect’s Risk Management Software tracks, documents, and communicates risk items in progress in a centralized system that offers you continuous improvement with a customizable risk reporting system to not only satisfy your business needs, but to also achieve regulatory compliance. 

If you want your food business to be profitable, you need to pay close attention to all the details; this includes everything from ingredients to equipment to your workforce; most importantly, it involves focusing on defining processes and policies.  

Here are 3 best practices to help leverage your Risk Management Software:

Identify Responsible Parties 

The key to managing risk is to identify all parties that are involved. It’s critical to understand who is accountable for food safety risk, quality, and compliance. When it comes to minimizing risks with manufacturing foods, everyone should recognize that it is a responsibility shared across all levels; this involves plant managers, quality, and food safety group, corporate supply chain, operations staff, QA personnel, and your maintenance crew. Your QA personnel plays a significant role at all stages of production, making them critical to your overall risk management plan. Without diligence in documenting areas of high risk and communicating concerns to relevant stakeholders, risk cannot be mitigated.

Prepare Employees with Thorough & Continuous Training 

Your employees handle day-to-day processes; therefore, risks start with your people. To lessen the possibility of devastating situations, your team should be properly trained in equipment handling, customer service, and safety procedures. Ensure they’re across on employee health codes that outline employee hygiene, inspections, regulated equipment, and even which cleaners are acceptable to use on facilities and surfaces.

While equipment may seem self-explanatory, it would surprise you how many times the wrong assumptions on how to operate equipment has led to disastrous accidents. To boost compliance, train employees how to properly handle all equipment. Thoroughly explain safety protocols that include proper handling, storage, and preparation of food items.

Leverage Technology 

Empower staff with food safety software that complements your overall risk management efforts. Visibility, communication, and compliance can all be improved by using the right solutions.

Communication is crucial. Without it, contamination risks may not be addressed immediately. Safety and quality are all put at risk when there is a breakdown in the exchange of information, leading to dangerous consequences.

With the right food safety and risk management software, you can establish a safety plan that meets FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) compliance requirements and optimize operations by standardizing practices and eliminating duplication of documentation. You can increase productivity by automating manual processes that are repetitive and slow down productivity. And because you have access to historical data, you can analyze and predict trends and identify risks.

Comply Today With Intellect’s Risk Management & Non-Conformance Software

Intellect’s risk management and non-conformance software provides an extremely configurable QMS and no-code platform software to centralize all risk related activities and documentation. With easy automation, your business can streamline every step to manage, monitor and reduce deviations in your entire nonconformance process.

If you’d like to learn more about Intellect QMS 4.0, request a free demo today.  

 

Lucy Tekneyan

Written by Lucy Tekneyan