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Challenges of food security in Pakistan can be dealt through ISO 22000- FSMS

Food safety describes the methods of handling, preparing and storing food in such a way so that food borne illness can be prevented. It is necessary to follow some steps in order to ensure safety of food as lives of many depend on this food that you provide to them. A number of routines are needed to be followed to prevent potential health hazards. The tracks within this line of thought are safety between industry and the market and then between the market and the consumer.

With technological advances the production and use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides has significantly increased due to which food is now not in its pure form. Moreover these chemicals are harmful to human body therefore our lives are at stake. Every human needs food to survive and we need to make sure that what we eat doesn’t harm us. For this we put our faith on the suppliers and it is the duty of these suppliers to take care of the safety of our lives and of the food they are providing. This can be done very easily through the use of standards.

ISO 22000 is a globally accepted international standard, which specifies the requirements for food safety management systems. Established in 2005, ISO 22000 is applicable to all organizations involved in the food chain, whose main objective is to ensure food safety. ISO 22000 is used along with requirements for prerequisite programs for the appropriate industry sector. ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. As many of today’s food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain. It maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or position in the food chain. Also it ensures that an organization is providing quality food.

With a greater focus on risk-based thinking and aligned to ISO’s high level structure, the new ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Systems can deliver additional benefits to organizations  of all sizes throughout the food chain:

  • Improved control over food safety activities
  • Customer, statutory and regulatory compliance
  • Facilitated market growth
  • Increased customer, stakeholder and consumer confidence in products
  • Improved risk management
  • Integration with other ISO management systems

The main advantage of ISO 22000 is that it is a general standard, so its principles can be used for all kinds of food/feed industries dependent on risk assessment thinking. It gives a company responsibility for handling its own production and products based on its own knowledge and experience. Of course, the whole system relies on appropriate documentation and analysis, and third-party auditing ensures that the company lives up to an acceptable level of quality for a modern food industry.

Your customers are greatly benefited as they get safe food, better quality of services and moreover a stress free life. This in turn boosts your business and the people think of you as a good company. When you take care of the health of others than people will come to you themselves. As you develop a relation of trust with them.  In contrast to this those companies who do not focus on customer health will suffer due to their irrational thinking. All companies certified by this standard share the same food safety language and all these standards are accepted worldwide. The more you use them the better lifestyle you can have.

 


Implementation of life and fire safety code NFPA-101 in Pakistan

NFPA which is the National Fire Protection Association has developed numerous standards that play an important role in every building, process, service, design and installation. One of the most notable features about NFPA’s code development process is that it is open and consensus-based. This means anybody can participate in the development of these important documents. All NFPA codes and standards are periodically reviewed by more than 9,000 volunteer committee members with a wide range of professional expertise. The purpose of a building’s life safety system is to reduce the potential risks to life as well as the property from various threats. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has developed life safety codes to protect people’s lives based on the building construction, protection, and occupancy features.

These codes are very important in today’s times when the risk factors have greatly increased. Nowadays we see more incidents involving buildings catching fire and this is why now we need these codes more than ever.

Where ever people go in their daily lives, there are certain codes which need to be followed e.g. limited number of occupancy in a building, the placement of fire extinguishers, exit signs for the quickest way out, doors to be kept closed, but not locked to prevent the spread of fire, etc.  In your own home there are fire codes that go hand in hand with your local building and construction codes. There must be alarms situated in points of the home to detect smoke. Each room must have a window that allows you to escape a fire. Some homes may require sprinklers like many apartments and condominiums.

Installing a nice fireplace in your lounge requires fire safety codes that you must abide by. Your water heater has to be installed to code and don’t forget the comfortable sofa that you sit on; all the materials used in the making has to be fire resistant. Our lives are basically ruled by different types of codes and ordinances that are put in place for everyone’s safety. Fire codes prohibit blocking the fire exits in any type of public building, such as office buildings, hospitals, clinics, restaurants and apartment units. 

The most important place where these need to be implemented are at the factories and big companies where thousands of people work on daily basis. Pakistan has faced some of the worst fire incidents that have killed thousands and brought financial losses as well. The fire incidents kill 16,500 people and leave 164,000 injured or disabled every year across the country but the government is yet to adopt a National Fire Safety Policy to control the situation. The country witnessed the worst fire incident in Karachi recently that claimed around 300 lives. The Federal Capital is also no exception as it had also experienced inferno incidents at Marriott Hotel, UBL Building and commercial plazas. Therefore it is clear that our country needs these set of codes as soon as possible. Only with the implementation of these policies we can save lives and properties.

With the NFPA-101 you can limit the danger brought to you by fire, smoke, heat and toxic fumes in a minimum budget. Therefore not only will this save lives and property but your money as well. It includes protective features and systems, building services, operating features, maintenance activities, and other provisions for additional safeguards that meet the need for providing adequate protection for building occupants from fire. The Life Safety Code can also be used for non-fire emergencies, as its provisions, addressing hazardous materials emergencies, injuries from falls, emergency communications, and means of egress, can be effectual in providing life safety under varying circumstances. Therefore do not ignore this situation and make this code a part of your life so that you can live a tension free life.

 


How ISO 45001 help organizations avoid occupational hazards

ISO was founded with the idea of answering one basic question: “what is the best way to do a certain thing?” These International standards have created awareness amongst individuals on how to do their work with perfection. Not only do they focus on the quality of work but also focus on the environment and safety of individuals. ISO aims to make work space a better place and most importantly a safer place.

ISO 45001 is one of the top most standards that focuses on minimizing the risk factors. Through successful implementation of ISO 45001, your organization can reap many benefits from the first truly international standard for Occupational Health and Safety. Your organization could realize lower insurance premiums, a reduction in number of incidents, better employee retention and much more. However, implementation of an ISO 45001 compliant Occupational Health and Safety management system requires a significant investment of time and resources. To achieve something one needs to strive for it. Similarly for this standard to be attained you need to put in a lot of hard work and effort into this process.

The burden of occupational injuries and diseases is significant, both for employers and the wider economy, resulting in losses from early retirements, staff absence and rising insurance premiums. No one likes to go to a place where they do not feel safe. That is the main reason behind creating this standard. To combat these problems, ISO has developed standard 45001, Occupational health and safety management systems – Requirements, that will help organizations reduce this burden by providing a framework to improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions, all over the world.

It has become one of the most popular standards in the world, and is set to drastically improve levels of workplace safety. Given that ISO 45001 will become part of the business norm, regardless of whether organizations choose to adopt it or not, it’s important for companies to stay abreast of the latest developments. Those who use this standard will benefit from it. Having a risk based approach makes it more effective and can easily meet the requirements of various companies. ”.

Moreover, it ensures compliance with current legislation worldwide. All these measures combined can establish an organization’s reputation as a “safe place to work”, bringing a host of corollary benefits, from reducing insurance costs to improving employee morale – all while continuing to meet your strategic targets. Now there will be decreased accidents and deaths because the risk factors are eliminated. In the near future people will not be scared of their work environment and will put in more dedication into the tasks they have to perform.

Many employers recognize that successfully managing this standard not only prevents injury, ill health and death, it supports livelihoods, businesses and communities. And the systems approach used by ISO 45001 can help more organizations achieve these targets. But what does that look like in practical terms? In order for this standard to be maintained in an organization, everyone in the organization must feel that he or she shares some responsibility for maintaining a safe environment. This includes employees all the way up to executives. Company-wide engagement is one of the key benefits of ISO 45001 and also the need of this standard. By being responsible towards this standard we can make our lives and lives of others around us much better. Fatal accidents are similar to an epidemic therefore needed to be controlled and nothing can turn the tide on this epidemic except for ISO 45001.