Writing effective Risk Assessments to meet BRC Certification Requirements

Instructor: Melinda Allen
Product ID: 701893
  • Duration: 60 Min

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The BRC GFSI audit is a risk assessment driven program.This webinar will guide the manufacturer through the process of conducting and documenting the required risk assessments.

Why Should You Attend:
In place of mandated guidelines and criteria, the BRC audit requires manufacturers to justify its programs policies and procedures by conducting risk assessments of the hazards associated with its processing environment and ingredients. There are a total of 27 clauses in the BRC audit that require risk assessments. Failure to provide evidence of conducting this critical analysis may result in failure to achieve certification.

Attend this webinar to understand the 27 risk assessments and associated clauses required. Templates and examples of the various types of risk assessments as well as short cuts will be shared. These tools will be supplemented with good practical resources and tactics for evaluating processes and products for their associated hazards. An understanding of the elements that should and should not be included will be included.

Areas Covered in the Seminar:

  • Quantifying Risks in a manner that helps prioritize action and resources.
  • Citing sources to create valid risk assessments.
  • Conducting a gap analysis of the current and proposed systems.
  • A guide to all of the criteria that must be included in the assessment.

Free Handouts:

  • Templates for Ingredient and Process based Risk Assessments
  • Risk Assessment Checklist

Who Will Benefit:

  • Department Leads such as Operations, Procurement/Purchasing, Shipping/Receiving/Warehousing, Quality Assurance, Technical Service/Development, Maintenance, Sanitation and any others responsible for drafting policies and procedures
  • Executive Team members

Instructor Profile:
Melinda Allen, is an Independent Quality Assurance and Food Safety Consultant. She has provided services to some of the top Brands in QSR and Food Manufacturing. Melinda specializes in Quality Systems Audits and Programs across a wide variety of product categories. From Meat and Poultry to Bakery, Spices and Produce, she has been an integral part of raising industry standards and helping manufacturers take their programs and facilities to World Class. Working with suppliers to obtain and maintain some of the largest QSR customers has been her passion. She has twenty years experience including leadership with Taco Bell/YUM Brands and Quiznos Quality Assurance in partnering with Marketing Engineering and Testing Laboratories to commercialize and monitor compliance of Food, Premiums, Packaging and Equipment.

Her expertise has been sought out by and benefitted major brands such as Burger King, Panda Express and Popeyes. Melinda has a degree in Biology from Oberlin College and numerous certifications in SPC, HACCP as well as continuing education in GFSI auditing and Tortilla Baking.

Topic Background:
The BRC Global Food Safety Standard is divided into 7 Major Clauses. Each describes the program elements which must be present to satisfy the standard. It takes the principles of HACCP and applies them to many of the prerequisite programs allowing flexibility in the operation while applying necessary control without overburdening the system with unnecessary requirements. Utilizing this approach and meeting the certification requirements is a unique requirement of this audit scheme. When approached with the proper tools, risk assessments can be easily mastered and completed to the manufacturer’s advantage.

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