Fundamentals of Developing Your Environmental Monitoring Program

Virtual Learning8 hours

Course Overview

Many foodborne illness outbreaks are tied to equipment or environmental controls and personnel hygiene practices. Do you have a robust risk-based environmental monitoring program (EMP) in place to monitor the ready-to-eat (RTE) environment and reduce contamination risks?

This course covers the fundamentals of designing and implementing an EMP, so that you can identify problem areas and respond to positive results from microbial testing swiftly and effectively.

This course includes a homework assignment between sessions one and two that will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. Please have your completed assignment with you for part two of the training course.

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.

Prerequisite

A good understanding of microbial testing requirements in a food manufacturing environment.

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Course Objective

At the end of the program, learners will be able to: 

  • Discuss environmental monitoring as a tool for strengthening and maintaining a robust food safety system 

  • Identify key elements to include in an effective EMP  

  • Begin developing or strengthening an EMP 

  • Describe best practices and strategies for EMP implementation 

  • Compare environmental monitoring practices for a dry RTE environment and a wet  RTE environment 

  • Determine sampling frequency, design sampling procedures and choose indicator microorganisms 

  • Respond to positive pathogen results 

 

Accreditation  

As an Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Accredited Provider, NSF Training offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard. NSF Training is authorized by IACET to offer the number of CEUs below for this program. 

0.65 CEUs

 

Computer and Internet Connection: 

You will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection. High speed broadband access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is recommended. 

Compatible Web Browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, IE Edge and higher 

 

Accommodations 

NSF is committed to accommodating the learning requirements of all our stakeholders. If you require special assistance for any reason, please contact your regional office one week prior to your class. 

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What this course covers

  • Differentiate between monitoring, verification and validation activities

  • Develop and document a validation plan based on an industry case study

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Learning Modules:

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    • Prerequisite Programs

    • HACCP Principles

  • Validation, Monitoring and Verification

    • Definitions, Clarification

  • Validation: Methods and Approaches

  • HACCP System Validation

  • HACCP System Verification

  • Regulatory Requirements for Verification and Validation

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

All food related industry personnel responsible for receiving, storing, staging, preparing, processing, loading, shipping and transport of food and food related products.

Prerequisite

Completion of NSF HACCP Training (or an IHA accredited HACCP course) or equivalent experience with the HACCP system. A good working knowledge of prerequisite programs / cGMPs and the HACCP system is essential for attending this program.

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This workshop covers:

  • The importance of providing food safety leadership throughout the implementation and management of prerequisite programs and HACCP

  • How to communicate the importance of a food safety management system

  • The supervisor’s essential role in overseeing record-keeping, verification and corrective action documentation

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What this course covers

  • Evaluate and discuss food plant sanitary design principles and their impact on effective sanitation programs

  • Participate in group discussions, brainstorming and exercises using food plant case scenarios

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  • Review and write a sanitation standard operating procedure (SSOP)

  • Start developing a master sanitation schedule

An email address is required for registration and to receive the login instructions.

Upon registration, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the training course through NSF’s eLearning portal. Any additional information pertaining to the course will be sent in your confirmation email.

You will find your course material and homework/exam on the eLearning portal. You will need to access the portal in order to successfully complete the course and print your certificate. Upon successful course completion, you will gain access to print your official NSF Certificate.

Who should Attend

Operational, Quality, Technical Staff and Food Safety personnel working in manufacturing or retail with food safety plans and programs. Also suitable for professionals new to the industry.