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How Leveraging an EHS System Safeguards Both Your Customers and Employees

Whether dining in a restaurant, grabbing a quick snack, or cooking at home, consumers are generally unaware of the crucial role the food and beverage industry plays in their lives on a daily, sometimes hourly basis. Behind the scenes, food and beverage enterprises develop, manufacture, and distribute the products and services found in all facets of life, cost-effectively and safely, from the doorstep to the dinner table. These efforts are largely made possible by modern integrated risk management (IRM) solutions aimed at reducing exposure across a broad spectrum of risk factors.

In this article, we will explore how an environmental health and safety (EHS) system can safeguard both customers and employees in the food and beverage industry and analyze the role of IRM in today’s food and beverage operations.


Risk Management in the Food and Beverage Industry

Due to the impact that food and beverage enterprises have on society at large, enterprises operating in this space are highly regulated and monitored for potential risks associated with the consumption of contaminated or unsafe products. In the past, public safety issues like food-borne illnesses caused by pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli have resulted in massive recalls, and cases of allergen contamination and chemical hazards have led to class action lawsuits and settlements.

 In the case of the latter, IRM is crucial for mitigating the risk of mislabeling or allergen cross-contamination—a critical concern as the number of people suffering from food allergies in America has doubled each of the last few decades. These food safety risk incidents involving contaminated food have both severe public health consequences for consumers, as well as result in costly recalls and potentially irreparable damage to a company's reputation.

Operationally, food and beverage enterprises face crucial challenges stemming from supply chain disruptions and changing consumer preferences. The complexity of global supply chains can expose food and beverage companies to various risks, including disruptions in the supply of raw materials, transportation issues, and geopolitical conflicts. As consumer preferences shift on a whim, food and beverage businesses must adapt their product offerings and production processes to remain competitive.


EHS Safeguards for Food and Beverage Enterprises

Meeting strategic objectives for growth at scale while ensuring the safety of food products can be difficult without an EHS system in place. An EHS system provides organizations with a framework for identifying, assessing, and mitigating risks effectively, delivered via an integrated risk management software platform.  With EHS tools and methodologies, food and beverage companies can quickly identify potential hazards in their operations through continuous, automated, and thorough risk assessments of ingredients, suppliers, and manufacturing processes, as well as employee safety risk monitoring and mitigation—all through one interface.


Codifying Safety and Quality

EHS solutions help standardize/enforce quality control and testing processes and encourage robust quality control and testing procedures. Through the implementation of strict quality assurance protocols —backed by analytics and reporting from an EHS system—food and beverage companies can detect and prevent contamination or adulteration issues early in the production process. For example, an EHS solution can help food and beverage enterprises establish automated processes for supporting a comprehensive allergen management program, including proper labeling protocols, training for employees, and procedures to prevent cross-contamination.


Supply Chain and Compliance Risk

EHS systems help bring about supply chain resilience by prescribing an integrated risk management strategy—one that includes mapping out food and beverage supply chains. identifying vulnerabilities, and developing strategies to mitigate disruptions to ensure a consistent supply of safe ingredients and materials. In the event of an actual crisis such as a food/product safety recall, an EHS solution provides an actionable framework for swift and effective crisis management, minimizing the impact/damage to customers and the brand. And to adhere to the shifting requirements of regulators and oversight bodies, EHS protocols helps food and beverage companies maintain compliance with industry regulations and standards. By enabling them to continuously monitor and adapt to changing regulations, an EHS solution can help firms avoid costly fines and legal issues.


Lowered Costs and Increased Growth

By implementing an EHS solution, food, and beverage firms stand to realize substantial ROIs through proactive risk management—by minimizing the impact of crises, recalls, brand damage, and regulatory fines, to name a few. With these risks mitigated, organizations can chart a path to sustainable growth; to this end, an EHS solution enables companies to adapt to changing consumer preferences and market trends, fostering long-term growth and sustainability.

The food and beverage industry's pledge to safety and quality is vital for both customers and employees and leveraging an effective enterprise risk management system can bolster this commitment. As the food and beverage industry faces evolving challenges and opportunities, EHS will remain a critical tool for ensuring the well-being of all stakeholders involved in the production and consumption of food and beverages. By embracing EHS, businesses not only safeguard their operations but also contribute to a safer, more secure food supply chain for everyone.

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Sep 13, 2023

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