A Breakdown of the 4-Day Lead Implementer Training


Risk optimized food safety systems allow rapid implementation, focus on recall avoidance, brand protection and more efficient use of your most valuable resources – time and money.

Why choose a new approach?

  • Existing food safety training is clause/checklist based – not focused on techniques and tool kits.
  • Gap assessments of GFSI and PCQI scheme training has identified very poor trainee feedback.
  • Lack of true understanding of risks and controls leads to misdirected money and personnel.

Related: Episode 7 – FoodGrads Podcast – The Next Generation of Food Safety Professionals with Victor Muliyil

How do we know the approach works?

  • The risk optimization approach has been proven effective in several regions globally.
  • New graduates, as well as experienced food safety industry personnel, can attest to benefits.
  • Small/medium companies appreciate rapid implementation through toolkits and adult learning.

Program outcomes

  • Training aligned with ISO 22000:2018, US Food Safety Modernization Act, (FSMA), and the Safe Food for Canadians Act, (SFCA).
  • Effective, adult learning format training with tool kits to implement all key elements.
  • Advanced, intensive, exclusive RORC Risk Optimization Calculator tool kit to consistently calculate risk and establish control tiers.
  • Rigorous supplier approval and supply chain monitoring tool kits and scorecard system.
  • Intensive, unique format for risk assessment studies.
  • Techniques to develop risk based specifications – internal and supply chain.
  • Techniques for using control tiers to streamline procedures and risk control plans.
  • Tool kits for control tier based, advanced corrective action, root cause analysis and closure evidence evaluation.
  • Advanced tool kits for effective, risk/control tier based, virtual or on-site internal/supplier audit planning, performance and non-conformance closure.


1Course Goal And Learning Outcomes
 Sustainable Food Safety Management Systems
 Change Traditional Thinking
 Preliminary Steps
 Facility Schematics
 Preparing For Product Safety Implementation
 Categories Of Hazards
 Areas Where Hazards Occur
 Basic Flow Diagrams – Human Food / Animal Food / Cannabis
 Workshop: Process Flow Diagrams
 Management And Corporate Roles – Organizational Structure And Corporate Activities
 Food Safety Related Objectives
 Communication – External And Internal
 Management Review Inputs
 Management Review Outputs
 Advanced, Consistent Management Review Module And Tool Kit – Form Demo
 Workshop: Management Review Form
 Raw Materials And Product Characteristics Based On Risk
 Hazards And Controls
 Hazard/Preventive Control Identification
 Sources Of Hazards / Areas Where Hazards Occur
 Hazard Research Options/Resources
 Workshop: Hazard Analysis – Source Area Breakdown
 Validation Of Effective Controls – Feasibility / Sustainability
 Risk Assessment – Traditional
 Advanced Hazard Analysis / Risk Assessment Module And Tool Kit – 2 Stage Tool Kit Demonstration
 What Can Increase Probability?
 What Can Decrease Probability?
 Elevating Severity Of Impact
 Workshop: Risk Assessment Tool Kit
 Risk Assessment And Resource Optimization
2Training/Evaluation Optimization
 Workshop: Personnel Training And Evaluation – Redesign Of Procedures / Adult Learning Format Training
 Risk-Based Supplier Hazard Controls
 Risk-Based Supplier Audit Frequency
 Workshop: Supplier Approval And Monitoring Based On Risk Optimization
 Prerequisite Programs
 Premises/Environment (Exterior)
 Premises Interior/Layout
 Premises/Environment (Interior)
 Utilities – Air, Water, Steam, Energy
 Equipment Design, Maintenance And Calibration
 Management Of Purchased Materials/Services
 Some Key Suppliers – Selection, Qualification, Monitoring
 Advanced Supply Chain Control Module: Supplier Risk Control, Approval And Monitoring – Forms And Risk Assessment / Supplier Communication Tool Kit; Use Of The RORC Vendor Monitoring Scorecard / Supporting Criteria
 Allergen/Sensitive Ingredient/Medication Handling / Use / Reconciliation
 Prevention Of Cross Contamination: Foreign Material Detection, Control, Chemical Control, Other Controls
 Medication Handling / Use / Reconciliation – Cannabis Edible Handling
 Sequencing And Flushing / Clean Out
 Personnel Training And Evaluation
 Personnel Hygiene/Health; Employee Facilities
 Cleaning And Sanitizing
 Waste Handling
 Pest Control
 Returns And Rework
 Recall, Traceability; Emergency Preparedness, Contingency Plans – Effective Drills / Documentation 
 Rorc Transmissible Disease Risk Mitigation Program (TDP)
 Warehousing And Transport – Internal / External Facilities
 Product Information, Packaging, Labelling, Testing, Positive Release
 Food Defense, Facility Security, Threats
 Food Fraud, Vulnerability, Claims, Supply Chain Control
 Workshop: Food Defense And Food Fraud
3Establishing Preventive Controls (PCs), Operational Prerequisite Programs (OPRPs) Or Critical Control Points (CCPs) – Criteria and Templates
 Establishing Clear Criteria For Different Levels Of Controls
 Workshop: PC/OPRP/CCP Decision Tree (RORC Exclusive)
 Critical And Control Limits – Accuracy and Feasibility
 Tier Based Monitoring Of Key Hazard/Risk Controls
 Establishing Corrective Action Components
 Advanced Corrective Action / Root Cause Analysis Module; Risk Based Corrective Action Tool Kit
 Workshop: Corrective Actions / 8-D, 5-Why, Integrated Root Cause Analysis / CAR Closure Evidence
 Records – Efficient Design, Types Of Records, Retention / Custody
 Validation, Verification, System Updates, Continual Improvement
 CCP/Preventive Control Plans
 Workshop: PRP/PC/OPRP/CCP Control Plans – Focus Elements / Pitfalls
4Advanced Risk Based Internal Audit Planning, Performance, Reporting, CAR Closure Module And Tool Kit
 Benefits Of Competent Auditing
 Risk-Based Internal Audit Planning
 Audit Plan Template Based On Risk Optimization – Audit Preparation
 Workshop: Advanced Internal Audit Planning – Integrating Internal Audits With Business Operations / Objectives
 How Operational Audit Trails Work
 Overarching Program Audits
 Techniques For DQIR Audit Components And Virtual Audits
 CAR Details And Allocation
 Workshop: Categorizing/Closing Non-Conformities
 Non-Conformances And Follow Up
 Preparation Of Site Master Plans To Summarize Risk Optimization To Customers, Auditors, Regulatory Agencies
 Selection Of Aligned Certification Schemes: Qualification Of Certification Bodies / Auditors
 Open Question Session; Discussion Of Next Steps

Contact Information:

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