Internal Audits

Many companies confuse inspections with audits. A true internal audit will add value to the company, identifying areas for improvement. I can teach you how to attain this.

GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) codes require a complete review of your system once per year. The codes also allow for external assistance. With my auditing experience, I can fill in the gaps for you and ensure you have covered the whole system. Depending on your needs and the size of the facility this can take 1-2 days to complete the audit.

Internal auditors must be trained per GFSI. I can combine internal auditor training with conducting actual audits on site. You can’t accomplish this with an off-site auditing course. I can provide 1 day of classroom training followed by a day of in-plant auditing while assisting your internal auditors to improve the process.

Day 1
75% auditing fundamentals and techniques to ensure value added audits.
25% identifying key food safety concerns emphasizing risk more than requirements.

Teams will be assigned to prepare for Day 2.  They must do this on their own time for auditing assignments.

Day 2
1 hour review / prep for in-plant studies.
1 group goes to plant in the morning, 1 in the afternoon.
When not at the plant – exercises and discussion
All groups convene to compare results, summarize

Key Workshop Topics

• Principles of Food Safety Systems
• Planning the audit and conducting opening meetings
• Understanding auditor roles and responsibilities
• Conducting internal audit activities
• Collecting audit information
• Communicating effectively during the audit
• Generating audit findings
• Preparing audit conclusions
• Conducting closing meetings
• Reporting audit results
• Conducting an audit follow-up

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the benefits of Process Auditing
  • Be able to conduct internal Food Safety audits
  • Coordinate an effective internal audit program
  • Develop effective auditing techniques for BRC Systems
  • Practice audit skills in an interactive workshop
  • Evaluate the significance of audit findings
  • Improve communication skills for the presentation of audit findings
  • Develop and implement corrective action programs
  • Implement and audit continual improvement programs