Advance your career as a BRC Professional

October 23rd, 2018

Have you heard of BRC Global Standards Professional?

BRC Global Standards Professional is a learning programme which will give you international recognition for the key skills and knowledge essential for product safety management.

Available exclusively to those who work at a BRC Global Standards Certified sites, this programme has been designed by the BRC’s technical team in response to demands from industry for training on the skills necessary to implement effective product safety management.

Why become a BRC Global Standard Professional?

As a BRC Global Standards Professional you will be well-equipped to manage any Standard in your business – including those recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) – and able to implement or manage product safety systems.

BRC Global Standards is respected for quality and brand protection assurance, and is the leading provider of GFSI-recognised Standards globally.

Gaining certification as a BRC Global Standards professional will:

  • Enhance your understanding of product safety and management
  • Enable you to contribute as part of the brand protection team
  • Raise your status as a valuable employee

Who is it for?

All technical and product safety personnel who are employed at a BRC Global Standards certificated site. The courses are subject-specific, train the core skills needed for any product safety individual, and will also help with maintaining any GFSI-recognised certification scheme.

If you’re unsure if you’re employed at a certificated site, please contact us and we can help you.

How long does it take?

The total programme would take 8-9 days to complete, however courses can be completed in any order, and at times and dates that suit over the course of the year.

What courses are included in the BRC Global Standards Professional Programme?

BRC Standard
You must complete and PASS ONE of the following courses:

  • Site Training (2 days)
  • Lead Auditor (5 days)
  • Conversion course from previous standard for sites (1 day)
  • Conversion course from previous standard for Auditors ( 2 days)

Hazard & Risk Management
Plus ONE of the following courses:

  • HACCP (2 days)
  • FSPCA Preventative Controls for Human Food (3 days)

Product Safety Management
Plus THREE of the following courses:

  • Risk Assessment (1 day)
  • Root Cause Analysis (1 day)
  • Validation and verification (1 day)
  • Internal Auditor (2 days)

Want more information on BRC Global Standards Professional programme? Contact our training departments on 01908 793 246 or email

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Brushing my teeth just got more complicated!

October 3rd, 2018

As I just got back from my 6 monthly dental check-up that also included a visit to the hygienist I thought it would be pertinent to continue my explanation of Environmental Aspects and Impacts using the previous example.

We discussed in a previous blog that the brushing of the teeth was the activity, the use of the water and rinsing down the sink etc. were the environmental aspects and that these cause impacts to the environment – use of natural resource, contamination of water and so on……………….

Well I am now quite old in the tooth (excuse the pun) and my dentist tells me I need to take more care and adopt a new approach if I am to keep my teeth for my entire “Life Cycle”

So what is meant by Life Cycle and how does this apply to ISO 14001:2015 and your organisation?

Life Cycle can be from cradle to grave – (well I wasn’t born with teeth but I got them within 9 months and I hope to keep them until I depart this world)

So what does ISO 14001:2015 require of us regarding “Life Cycle?”

Thank goodness it doesn’t require a Life Cycle Assessment – as this would take a lot of work and for some businesses almost impossible to do.

Clause 6.1.2 requires an organisation to identify its Aspects and associated Impacts for its products, activities and services that it can control or influence – considering a life cycle perspective.

What does this mean? It means we need to consider upstream and downstream – we need to consider where we cause an impact when we purchase materials, or when we design a product or for when the end user has finished with it, or its final disposal.

The key words are “consider” and “perspective” – not being cynical but if I consider them but choose to do nothing about them I am still meeting the requirements – right?

Clause 8.1 requires an organisation to put some controls in place to manage the environmental impacts it causes – and again considering the life cycle.

Therefore if we know where we cause an impact from purchasing our raw material (that could be the packaging of it, the transportation of it…..) are there some controls we can put in place?  That is up to the business, perhaps it is easier to put controls in place upstream (suppliers) than it is downstream (clients/end users) where you might only be able to influence.

ISO 14001:2015 is NOT asking us to stop causing environmental impacts, it is not saying analyse all your impacts from cradle to grave, but it is saying consider where the impacts are caused for the entire life cycle of your product/service and where possible put controls in place or try to influence others and if possible set an objective to reduce those impacts.

If we all do a bit it will add up to a lot and contribute to sustainable development

All of our ISO 14001 training courses discuss “Life Cycle” in more detail. For further information please call our team on 01908 793 246 or email


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September 11th, 2018

Attend a public training course and get another course half price!*

Our biggest sale is now on! Up-skill today by taking advantage of our fantastic promotion. Attend one of our public training courses and get another half price – on all courses delivered by 30th September 2018

Whether you are looking to kick start your professional development or need to meet compliance requirements, get in quick and enrol today.

To take advantage of this special offer please call our team on 01908 264 792 or email T&C’s apply:

*Promotion available on all courses delivered by 30th September, discount applied to the cheapest course. Courses must be booked at the same time.


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Note to self

July 25th, 2018

For over 20 years I have pursued a career  in regulated industrial environments, with it accruing invaluable knowledge and experience of ‘what makes the difference’ between poorly performing businesses and those that thrive.  Things like;

  • GRC focussed Policy and Process is mandatory in an organisation if Quality is to run through the veins of an operation
  • Management Systems and Third Party Certification are valuable tools to maintain conformity to standards and consistently achieve customer expectation
  • Slick Risk Management software can simplify a complex analytical task

There are many more examples.

Examples such as those above are fundamentally disabled without a strong business culture.  People create the culture.

In the knowledge that people are usually the most valuable and influential asset we should also recognise that an organisations staff can also present a mission critical risk.  Aspirational leadership, clear and honest communication, defined roles and responsibilities are all contributors to a body of people wanting to play their part in producing something great.  A common vision of achievement.

With few exceptions, people want to do things well.  We should recognise this and make it easy for our workforce to achieve.

To explain my preaching; I have been exposed to many situations in my professional life.  I am proud that I have achieved success in most and have tried to consider failures as learning experiences.  The sum of these experiences has taught me that clarity of message and positivity of purpose in a workforce is key to driving change and realising improvement.  For this you need to engage with the customer – you need to engage with your staff.

Internal Audit is invaluable way to engage. Through it an audit department can affect extremes of business culture; from the highly negative blame game, demonstrated best by our school of ‘catch an error’ procedure orientated auditors to inspirational cheerleaders of good governance, sustainable practices and business improvement.

So, note to self: let’s make an effort to use internal audit to drive real engagement with colleagues, create positive business culture and realise the business improvements that we know cannot happen without motivated people.


Steve Nicholas, General Manager, Training & Improvement Solutions, EMEA

To talk to us about our internal auditor training please call our team on 01908 793 246 or email


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It’s Here! Our Biggest Training Sale of the Year

June 27th, 2018

Attend a public training course and get another course half price!
*on all courses delivered by 30th September, discount applied to the cheapest course. Courses must be booked at the same time.

Our biggest sale is now on! Up-skill today by taking advantage of our summer promotion.

Attend one of our public training courses and get another half price – on all courses delivered by 30th September 2018

Whether you are looking to kick start your professional development or need to meet compliance requirements, get in quick and enrol today.

Call our team on 01908 793 246 or email to take advantage of this fantastic offer.

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Get Ready for BRC Global Standard Food Safety Issue 8

June 19th, 2018

: Get Ready for BRC Global Standard Food Safety Issue 8
Date: Monday, July 9th, 2018 Time: 14:00-15:00 hrs BST (British Summer Time) / 09.00- 10.00 hrs EDT (Eastern Daylight Time)
Cost: Free

Join SAI Global for an informative webinar examining the changes contained within BRC Food Safety Standard Issue 8.

As of 1st August 2018, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety will move from issue 7 to issue 8.  Find out about the integration of pet food, new environmental monitoring clauses with a heightened focus on food safety culture and top management commitment.

Don’t miss this chance to join our webinar where you will:

-  Gain an overview of the BRC and the BRC Food standard
-  Learn about the main components required to meet the BRC standard
-  Understand the updates and changes to the BRC Food Issue 7 Standard

Come prepared to have your questions answered live! Can’t attend? Register and we’ll send you a link to the recording together with supporting information.



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World Environment Day

June 5th, 2018

The Environmental Industry should be about finding solutions not simply cataloging aspects and impacts.  With so much publicity discussing the increasing amount of plastic in our seas I was enthused when I happened upon a short article detailing a concept clean up technology that was the brainchild of a motivated 19 year old!  The article is a few years old and I’m sure the technology has moved on.  Nevertheless, could there be a more inspirational  way to mark World Environment Day than with an example of the next generation finding new solutions!

Happy World Environment Day from IQMS an SAI Global Company.

Steve Nicholas
General Manager
Training and Improvement Solutions, EMEA



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BRC Global Standard for Food Version 8 Training Courses

May 22nd, 2018

BRC Global Standard for Food Version 8 Training Courses

On the 1st October 2018 the BRC will release the Food Version 8 courses, we are pleased to announce that SAI global will be offering the following courses in this standard:

  • Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 to 8 Conversion for Auditors – Public & In-house dates available to book!

This course will provide auditors of Issue 7 with details of the changes to the Standard for Issue 8, as well as a review of audit protocol and BRC Global Standards expectations to ensure the effectiveness and consistency of audits against the Standard.

  • Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 to 8 Conversion for Sites – Public & In-house dates available to book!

This course will provide delegates with an in-depth understanding of the revisions to the Standard requirements for Issue 8.  It is designed to equip delegates with the skills and knowledge to successfully implement the changes to the Standard on-site.

  • Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8: Sites Training – previously Understanding the Requirements – Dates available for in-house delivery!

This course has been designed to give delegates a full understanding of the principles of the Standard, and how to comply with the requirements.  Delegates will also gain an understanding of what to expect during the process of certification, and actions needed prior to, during and after the audit.

  • Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8: Lead Auditor – previously Third Party Auditor – Public & In-house dates available to book!

This course will provide an understanding of the Standard in terms of the protocol, requirements and how to audit effectively.  Delegates will gain an in-depth guide to the requirements of the Standard, and learn how to undertake a BRC audit, including effective planning, conducting and reporting of the audit. Auditing techniques will be practiced and developed, to include the auditor competency skills required of GFSI scheme auditors.

  • BRC Internal Auditor Training – Public & In-house dates available to book!

This course is designed for Quality and Technical Managers, personnel responsible for managing internal auditing schedules and personnel responsible for undertaking internal audits as required by BRC Standards.

If you would like to discuss your training needs please call 01908 793246 where a member of our team will be happy to help.


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Reduce workplace risk and promote occupational health and safety

May 3rd, 2018

The rate of workplace related deaths continues to be too high. Organisations need to be able to demonstrate to their customers, workers, regulators and the community that they proactively and systematically manage the health and safety of their workers.

ISO 45001 has now been published and is the world’s first OHS International Standard and provides emphasis on proactively taking steps to minimise harm to workers through leadership and participation, understanding the context of the business taking action to manage risk.

ISO 45001 – At a glance

  • ISO 45001 is the world’s first OHS International Standard published by the International Organisation for Standardisation
  • Build a safe and healthy environment for workers and stakeholders and help prevent work-related deaths, injury and ill-health by continually improving OHS performance
  • Demonstrate commitment to workplace health and safety and continually improve your OHS practices
  • Reduce downtime and costs associated with work place related incidents


Additional Information

ISO 45001 – Standard document structure

Based on the same structure as ISO 9001:2015 (Quality) and ISO 14001:2015 (Environment), ISO 45001:2018 Standard places broader focus on the ‘context’ of an organisation and requires greater involvement for management. Additionally ISO 45001 is intended to:

  • Be applicable to any organisation
  • Enable efficient integration into existing management systems
  • Allow integration with all aspects of health and safety such as workers wellbeing
  • Provides a framework to help meet OHS legal obligations including ‘due diligence’

Make sure your organisation is aware of the benefits of the Standard and integration, and is ready to embrace change.

For further information on ISO 45001:2018 please contact our team on 01908 793 246 or email


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Can brushing your teeth help with your Environmental Aspect?

April 25th, 2018


If the answer to this is yes you have probably been on one of my training courses, if the answer is no I will go on to explain why.

If you have an environmental management system you will know that understanding aspects and impacts is key to the system working effectively.

So where do you start? Well you need to understand what an aspect is and what an impact is and this is where the brushing your teeth comes in.


Aspect: Activity of the business that interacts with the environment

Impact: Any change to the environment – (positive or negative)

Got it?

Nope?  Well let’s give an example

When you brush your teeth you are doing an activity that interacts with the environment (Aspect).  You use water, plastic or electric toothbrush, toothpaste that has been manufactured and comes in packaging and let’s not get started on how the toothbrush and toothpaste got to your home.

Whilst you are conducting this activity you are causing many changes to the environment (unfortunately all of them negative).  Use of natural resource (water), contamination of land (disposing of the toothbrush, packaging etc.) polluting the atmosphere from the manufacture of the toothbrush and so on.

Now transfer this to your own organisation.

What are the activities?
Where do these activities interact with the environment? (Aspect)
Where does this cause a change to the environment? (Impact)

So what does ISO 14001:2015 require you to do?

The organisation shall identify the aspects and impacts for its activities, products and services that it can control or influence………….. (There is more but we will deal with that later)

We need to use an approach to capture all the aspects and associated impacts – but how?

Well, there are various methods you could use – my preferred option (and particularly useful if you have a 9001 system in place) is the PROCESS APPROACH.

If you already know your processes and have mapped them out then you are half way there.  Consider where those processes interact with the environment (and all of them will) and then consider where they cause an impact to the environment.

You might end up with 10’s, 100’s or even 1,000’s but worry not, you don’t need to reduce them all.

The next phase is to decide which one’s are most significant – but how?

Some methodology is required and this has to be documented and more importantly USED CONSISTENTLY ACROSS THE ORGANISATION.

You could use quantitative and qualitative or a mixture of both (happy to give you some top tips in my next blog).

Once you know which ones are the most significant you can use this to focus on the controls you want to put in place to manage them or as the whole purpose is to improve your overall environmental performance, set some objectives to reduce the impact.

Having worked with many organisations implementing a formal EMS for over 20 years I can honestly say if you get the Aspects and Impacts right the rest is easy!

We will continue with this topic in future blogs or if you really want to know more then why not book onto one of our very informative, interactive training courses!

For further information please contact our team on 01908 793 246 or email

Cheryl Savage, Senior Consultant, IQMS an SAI Global Company.


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