Types of Food Safety Audits
Audits are tailored to meet company needs, taking into consideration applicable travel restrictions, access restrictions, and safe social distancing. Our new on-site virtually enhanced audits and remotely conducted virtually enhanced audits are available when traditional on-site audits are not an option:
- NEW: On-Site Virtually-Enabled Audits
Auditors conduct live virtual “walk-through” inspections, providing moment-by-moment instruction to the appointed on-site food safety staff counterpart, using video livestream technology, high-resolution 360° video cameras, GPS, and other tools. Having auditors physically on-site supports optimal livestream connectivity, on-the-spot camera footage review, the opportunity for face-to-face employee interviews, and other benefits. Applicable when permitted on the premises but restricted in terms of full access.
- NEW: Remote Virtually-Enabled Audits
These audits utilize all of the tools of the on-site virtually-enabled audits – video livestream technology, high-resolution 360° video cameras, GPS, and more – directed by auditors from a remote location. They also include remote employee livestream or phone interviews, surveys and a text messaging hotline. Applicable when auditors have no on-site access at all.
- Full On-Site Audits
Auditors follow standard audit protocols, including site inspections, confidential face-to-face employee interviews, documentation reviews[lb2] , and more. Auditors carry travel certificates, use PPE, and follow strict social distancing guidelines. Applicable when normal travel and site access are permitted, and auditor safety is assured.
- Desk Audits
Desk audits are typically conducted as a preliminary step in the audit process, or as a means to shorten subsequent virtual or on-site audits. Desk audits may also be conducted when off-site documentation reviews and remote interviews are sufficient to meet program needs. Applicable as a preliminary step or when desktop reviews alone are required.