The Role of Staff Training
For Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)-benchmarked standards, food safety culture programs are required components of food safety systems. Yet beyond the need to meet certification program expectations, food safety culture programs support a food organization’s overall goal of preventing food safety incidents.
GFSI’s position paper, “A Culture of Food Safety,” notes that a food safety culture is shared and interdependent within departments of a company. To create a positive food safety culture, leaders must set the tone through clear and consistent communication, empowerment of staff to act on issues and recognition of positive behaviors.
Staff Training for Food Safety Culture
In addition, staff training is an essential foundation to establish positive food safety culture. FoodChain ID Academy offers two types of training for food manufacturing managers who want to establish food safety culture programs within their organization.
Food Safety Culture is taught in a day-long, virtual course to help understand a company’s current food safety culture, develop programs at all levels to improve it, and monitor the impact of those changes.
Understanding and Improving Food Safety Culture is a self-paced, e-learning course with interactive animation and quizzes. The course introduces the concepts of food safety culture, how to develop a positive food safety culture in an organization, and resources to monitor for continuous improvement.
FoodChain ID also offers customized consulting services to analyze a company’s current food safety culture and provide recommendations for improvement.
As with food safety systems overall, food safety culture is a continuous process of evaluation and improvement. The establishment, measurement and improvement of positive food safety culture involves commitment at all levels within an organization.