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Articles about quality, environmental and safety compliance issues.

Audits play a fundamental role in certifying that proper food safety practices are being abided to. The Global Food and Safety Resource reported, “audits are a crucial component of maintaining food safety standards and certification, by providing transparency and assurance that standards are being maintained”.

While ensuring safety in food production is an essential component in protecting a facility’s certification, the safety of the food’s consumption can actually be a case of life and death. And with the progression of technology, making audits easier than ever before, there is no reason for someone’s life or business to be in danger.

Foodborne Diseases

The number one desired result of food production auditing is to prevent foodborne illness. While this may seem like an obvious statement, it’s a prevalent problem in North American food production. The Center for Disease Control estimates that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.

In terms of managing a facility’s reputation, “mass foodborne illness outbreaks can destroy the reputations (and the bank accounts) of the companies involved, and in some cases it takes years (and smart marketing campaigns) to convince the public that there’s no longer any threat”, says Dan Myers, a writer for The Daily Meal.

While most food poisoning cases can be traced back to poor food handling practices, it is a process that is completely manageable with the inspection checklists available in Nimonik’s app. It can track everything in the kitchen, ranging from temperatures, storage and hygiene practices, in order to avoid the possibility of putting food’s safety at risk.

Benefits Of Food Safety Audits

Since quality management and food safety is of the utmost importance, utilizing an auditing system that can provide real-time assessment is a great advantage. Rather than looking through historical data and safety records, an auditing app will give you the ability to address any gaps on a day-to-day basis.

“Audits are also a good time to foster communication within the organization. Engaging with employees in interviews provides a multitude of viewpoints and is an opportunity to promote a sense of ownership and buy-in within the organization – this can go a long way in building a strong food safety culture.”

Beyond the safety of your consumers, building a food safety culture within your organization and preventing future problems, food safety audits provide the opportunity to build on the brand reputation. Furthermore, they can have a direct correlation with the bottom line of your company.

The Role Of Technology

Today, food safety audits are largely driven by technology. The management of necessary food safety checklists and quality insurance documentation requires organization of large amounts of paperwork and data. Moreover, the ability to access this documentation and analyze it is extremely important for a successful audit and proof of food safety. For example, an easy to use auditing app can help manage documents and workflows for auditing, as well as improve day-to-day business operations. An auditing app also provides assistance with tasks including the maintenance of training and certification records, statistics, data collection and analysis, which can all be streamlined and made accessible through an iPad.

Nimonik Audit contains over 1500 Free Quality, Safety and Environmental checklists based on industry standards from 65 countries and 25 industries. This app halves inspection times, creates intelligent checklists and forms for you and generates reports in the format you want.

Food companies must continue to conduct food security audits because they cannot afford not to. And with technology in the form of Nimonik’s app, food production companies can look forward to offering safe food to customers, always.

Try it Nimonik’s auditing app for free and gain access to easier quality and general food safety control.


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In the past six months, Nimonik has observed technical amendments to municipal by-laws which could be easily overlooked. The changes concern fees charged for services rendered, fines used to enforce by-laws, and refinements to certain prohibitions.

In terms of compensation for the use of municipal infrastructure, fees related to sewers and drainage services have increased throughout the country, most notably in the municipalities of Edmonton, the Greater Vancouver Regional District and Saskatoon.

Similarly, fines have increased for the violation of certain prohibitions, for example the city of Calgary has increased fines associated with the By-law 5M2004 Community standards (AB-CY-bylaw5M2004) and the city of Cornwall has increased fines associated with the violation of the By-law 076-1994 Solid waste (ON-CL-bylaw076-1994).

By-laws across the country have also been refined and clarified in terms of what may be considered as an offense. For example, Calgary has defined those sound levels which would violate the By-law 5M2004 Community standards (AB-CY-bylaw5M2004) and the city of Cornwall has designated electronic wastes as a restricted solid waste material.

Although municipalities have not significantly changed the matters they regulate, these small changes remind us that all companies must be vigilant in ensuring operational compliance with the all the details of municipal by-laws. Looking forward to 2015 we expect municipalities to further increase the cost of environmental damage and use of municipal infrastructure. As our cities grow and municipal finances remain tight, an easy target for additional revenues will be the services that companies require to do business. Staying up to date on municipal, provincial and federal regulatory changes is essential for any well managed company.

To obtain a complete copy of recent municipal regulatory changes, signup for a free trial account on Nimonik at https://nimonikapp.com/simple_signup, we will email you a copy. If you already have a trial account, simply email us at info@nimonik.com for a copy of the report.


Let’s make 2015 a safe year for your workplace. Nimonik is building easy-to-use incident management tools and a training scheduler. To help refine our design, we are looking for Beta testers to provide feedback.
Beta program participants will receive a free 2 month subscription.

What we are working on

Training Scheduler – coming in 2015

Do you need a tool to help you manage training? Nimonik’s training module will let you upload training information, schedule deadlines and track progress. Training is a key element in any health and safety program, let us help you manage it better. Participate in our Beta program and receive a 2 month free subscription.

Incident Management – coming in 2015
Are you still recording incidents with pen and paper, word or excel file? With Nimonik, you will soon be able to record, report and investigate accidents, hazards, and near misses with an easy to use web and mobile tool. An easier tool means a more efficient way to ensure that your workplace is safe for everyone in 2015. Participate in our Beta program and receive a 2 month free subscription.

Provide feedback and receive a free subscription

Nimonik is building new features and we want to ensure they meet your requirements. To help us design and build something that works for your team, sign up below and we will be happy to discuss how we can help you in 2015.

Signup to provide feedback and get a free 2 month subscription (new accounts only)


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Storage racks are the backbone of the logistics industry. Used by businesses around the world, their maintenance and safety should be a regular part of any professional company’s operations. A collapsing rack can not only kill staff, it can damage inventory, cause delays and reduce profitability.

Rack inspection requirements are becoming more and more common in building codes and it seems most countries have or are developing their respective standards companies should be aware of. In Canada, the CSA A344 and in the United States, the US RMI user guideline is an important benchmark, the EU has European Union EN15635, and Australia has the AS 4084-2012. Each standard has its particularities and depending your location, you should be inspecting against the right one.

Nimonik has put together a few free inspection checklists for inspections at your warehouse. We will be adding to this list over the year and if you have specific requirements, please contact us at info@nimonik.com

Pallet Rack Inspection Checklist

General Storage Rack Inspection Checklist for Environment (ISO 14001) and Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001)

Cold Storage Warehousing Risk Assessment

Chilled Warehousing Risk Assessment

General Storage Rack Safety Inspection Checklist and Guideline

 


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Nimonik is always working to improve its service offerings and last year, we upgraded the system numerous times. In fact, we have completed nearly all of our goals and rolled out a number of updates that were announced in 2013 to both NimonikApp and Nimonik Audit. This year, we are focused on further improving our software and services for compliance to laws, regulations, industrial standards and internal corporate requirements. Here are some features we are working hard to offer our current and new clients:

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  • Rich audit template builder with photos, reference material, diagrams and jump questions;
  • Dashboard with statistics on your compliance efforts and easy access to your audits and legal information;
  • Upload your own legal compliance audit templates and receive updates when audit questions need revision;
  • Access to legal updates, legal registers and audit protocols for 65 countries;
  • Full Audit Lifecycle (Scheduled, In Progress, Closed, Waiting for Response, Archived);
  • Corrective Action Lifecycle with complete review history; and
  • An EHS Topics Tagging system for Updates, Legislation and Legal Register Items;
  • Granular changelogs with edit history;
  • Unified global search through your account;
  • DOCx and XLSx files with beautiful formatting.

Nimonik Audit for iOS

  • Audit Schedules
  • Close and Manage Corrective Actions
  • Plain Language Updates for EHS Regulations in 25 Countries

Nimonik Audit for Android

  • An app for Android that reflects the best in industry and it will be a match the quality and functionality of our our iOS app

Please contact us with any questions, comments or requests for the team at Nimonik, you can email us at info@nimonik.com


Planned upgrades for Nimonik App and Nimonik Audit for Mobile Devices for the next year : October 2014 – 2015

A lot improved last year, we have completed nearly all of our goals and rolled out a number of updates to both NimonikApp and Nimonik Audit as outlined in October 2014. This year, we are focused on further improving our software and services for compliance to laws, regulations, industrial standards and internal corporate requirements. The vast majority of our new features come from client requests, so please do not hesitate to contact us with your specific requirements, questions or comments on our service.

NimonikApp

  • Rich audit template builder with photos, reference material, diagrams and jump questions;

  • Dashboard with statistics on your compliance efforts and easy access to your audits and legal information;

  • Upload your own legal compliance audit templates and receive updates when audit questions need revision;

  • Access to legal updates, legal registers and audit protocols for 65 countries;

  • Full Audit Lifecycle (Scheduled, In Progress, Closed, Waiting for Response, Archived);

  • Corrective Action Lifecycle with complete review history; and

  • An EHS Topics Tagging system for Updates, Legislation and Legal Register Items;

  • Granular changelogs with edit history;

  • Unified global search through your account;

  • DOCx and XLSx files with beautiful formatting.

Nimonik Audit for iOS

  • Audit Schedules

  • Close and Manage Corrective Actions

  • Plain Language Updates for EHS Regulations in 25 Countries

Nimonik Audit for Android

  • An app for Android that reflects the best in industry and it will be a match the quality and functionality of our our iOS app

Please contact us with any questions, comments or requests for the team at Nimonik, you can email us at info@nimonik.com


Nimonik works with companies in over 25 industry sectors, helping them save time and ensure higher rates of compliance. Here are three of our favorite clients and their stories of how they used Nimonik Audit on iPad and NimonikApp on the web to improve their compliance initiatives.


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In partnership with our affiliate, Isosceles Group, we are happy to announce the addition of audit protocols for legal compliance to environmental, health and safety standards and laws in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The KSA has a large industrial base and ensuring you comply to their regional laws is essential for doing business in the country. This audit protocol helps you ensure full compliance to health, safety and environmental legal requirements in Saudi Arabia.

Download a PDF Preview of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia KSA health and safety and environmental legal compliance audit protocol here.


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Nimonik is happy to announce to announce the addition of audit protocols for legal compliance to environmental, health and safety standards and laws for India. As the world’s most populous country and a fast developing country, it is becoming increasingly common to do business in India. With this audit protocol, you can audit and inspect your own operations, partners and suppliers to ensure they are respecting environmental and health and safety law. Brand reputation is a serious issue for all companies and proactive audits of your suppliers in countries like India, can pay large dividends for the workers and for your company.

Take a look at the full HSE audit protocol for the India here and then use it on the easy to use website and on our iPad app, Nimonik Audit.