The need to extend into the international market and better opportunities for export made OJSC “Savushkin Product” pay attention to introducing control systems to conform the requirements of ISO 9000. The tradition of producing a quality product was already established at the enterprise back in 1988 when “Savushkin Product” introduced the Integrated Control System. However, the system mostly concerned manufacturing requirements and improving the quality of production and labour and did not cover such areas as marketing research, product development and quality planning.
This is why in 2002 the engineering team of the enterprise was assigned to make the existing control systems fit the requirements of ISO 9000. Due to hard work of the team OJSC “Savushkin Product” was the first diary producer in Belarus to receive the certificate of conformity to the requirements of Standard of the Republic of Belarus ISO 9001-96. However, the enterprise did not stop at having certified their control system. The team learnt very well that it is impossible to satisfy the consumer without constant improvement of the quality management system. “Savushkin Product” continued work and in 2003 it had no difficulty introducing a new version of Standard of the Republic of Belarus ISO 9001-2001 and successfully certified their quality management system.
Reception of the conformity certificate became the first actual step towards better recognition of the enterprise both on the home and the international market.
By using the quality management system the company “Savushkin Product” confirms its stable position, available policy and good managing abilities of the company’s top management.
Quality management system is nothing fixed or unchangeable. It provides opportunities for constant improvement in accordance with changing demands of the client and assures the consumer’s right choice of high quality product.
The basic point of HACCP System is to mark out certain stages in a manufacturing process and to apply control at each stage. This way the risk of producing a “bad” product is reduced after each stage and is practically equal to zero at the end of the food manufacturing process. Thus, HACCP System is some kind of instruction on self-controlling measures which an enterprise develops and then accomplishes.
ĶĄŃŃŠ is a system designed for determining food safety hazards (any biological, physical or chemical properties which may influence its safety) and for establishing measures to control them.
Since 2004 Savushkin Product has worked according to principles of environmental management system ISO 14001.
It allows the company:
- to minimize the negative environmental impact of production;
- to reduce the emergency risks;
- to save natural resources by using them more rationally;
- to reduce wastes.
Since 2006 PJSC Savushkin Product has applied the occupational safety and health management system OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series), indented for creating safe working conditions within the company’s general management system.
This system allows the company:
- to control hazardous production factors;
- to manage risks arising in production;
- to prevent accidents, emergency and contingencies;
- to reduce loss from inappropriate actions.
In January 2009, PJSC Savushkin Product certified its manufacturing and storage safety management system of dried dairy products for compliance with STB ISO 22000-2006.
The safety management system comprises the following generally accepted basic elements vital for ensuring food safety throughout the whole food chain down to consumer:
- the interactive information exchange, including the traceability system (a data system to track the product from the raw materials supplier to the end user) and unsafe product withdrawal procedure
- management system
- prerequisite programs (PP) that include basic conditions or activities to maintenain a hygienic environment appropriate for safe food manufacture, and
- ĶĄŃŃŠ principles.
The introduction of this system allows the company to focus on food safety as a top priority, and to plan preventive measures instead of waiting until these problems arise.