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Why is a risk assessment be required for FSR Certification?

I am certifying to FSR and I’m not sure when or when not to apply ISO certified seals to trailers. I am sending out different types of loads to direct-to-end customers, multi-drop customers and direct to other hubs for onward distribution. What does TAPA FSR require?

What are my options if I need to allow parking in the 25m zone?

We cannot comply with requirement 1.5.1 and will need to request a waiver. Can you give some advice of what should be included in the waiver request?

For 1.5.1 I have no options to restrict parking, we need the parking spaces. Why is a waiver for 1.5.1 required if I think there are no risks? The FSR says “permitted to shipping and receiving areas if pre-approved and restricted to signed/ designated parking areas”. We do all this already so we do not see why a waiver is also needed?

We lease a warehouse unit and are seeking TAPA FSR certification. Can the CCTV system be under the total and sole control of the owner of building?

Is it allowed to have analogue cameras with digital recording?

For FSR 5.4.4 local law does not allow me to store any CCTV images. Is this sufficient evidence for a waiver to be approved?

FSR 6.2.1 requires that the supplier must have a formally appointed person for security on site who is responsible for maintaining TAPA FSR and company supply chain security requirements. The supplier must also have a person (can be the same) responsible for monitoring the FSR programme. This includes scheduling compliance checks, communications with AAs, recertification, changes to the FSR Standard, etc. Note: These persons can be an employee or outsourced person under contract to perform this role This looks like more than 1 requirement? Can you provide more of an explanation on what I can or cannot do to appoint the "formerly appointed person on site" and the "person responsible for monitoring the FSR programme"? What evidence is required to prove we have appointed this person?

Can you give an example of unacceptable and acceptable evidence to support CCTV recordings? TAPA FSR: 5.4.4 CCTV recordings stored for a minimum of 30 days where allowed by local law. LSP/Applicant must provide evidence of any local laws that prohibit the use of CCTV and/or limit the video data storage to less than 30 days

Can you give an example of unacceptable and acceptable evidence for lighting to support CCTV recordings? TAPA FSR 5.5.1: Exterior and interior lighting levels are sufficient to support CCTV images that allow investigation and evidential quality image recording.

Can you give an example of unacceptable and acceptable evidence for escorted visitors who are permitted access to the warehouse areas? TAPA FSR: 4.4.4 LSP’s/Applicant’s authorized workforce and escorted visitors permitted access to dock/warehouse areas based on a business need and restricted.

I don’t have an internal Authorised Auditor. Can I use one of the TAPA-approved Independent Audit Bodies (IAB) to complete my FSR Level C self-certification audit?

I have heard comments that the FSR certification model will change. Is this true?

Why are we looking at the possibility of changing the FSR certification model to a multi-site certification model?

Are there any significant changes planned for the next revision of the FSR?

This passage can be found in the TAPA Standards: The resources to meet the requirements of the FSR shall be the responsibility of the LSP/Applicant and at the LSP’s/Applicant’s own expense, unless as negotiated or otherwise agreed upon by Buyer and LSP/Applicant. What do you mean by resources?

My facility is already FSR Level 3 selfcertified. My client requires that I have FSR Level 1. It will be costly to upgrade our security and I don’t agree it is needed. How can TAPA help me explain this to my client?

For FSR Level A, I see a fence is required or there is an option for no fence? Surely a fence is required for the highest security level. Can you explain the reasons?

CCTV Systems. FSR 5.4.2 states that a “Minimum 3 frames per second per camera” is required. Modern CCTV installations can achieve and do much better than this. Some studies suggest a minimum of 10 frames per second is needed to preserve evidential quality images. Why is the TAPA frame rate so low?

For FSR Level A, I see a fence is required or there is an option for no fence? Surely a fence is required for the highest security level. Can you explain the reasons?

As a large multi-national truck operator, we often receive cargo from, and ship with, companies which only allow their drivers to use their company issued ID when entering our facility. When challenged, they stated this was adequate for identification purposes and was a policy to protect their drivers from identify theft as ID documents are often scanned or photocopied. TAPA requirements are quite clear: “3.3.1 All drivers identified using government-issued photo ID (e.g. driver’s licence; passport or national ID card, etc.) and a driver log maintained”. What should we do when situations like the above happen?

In a previous article, TAPA mentioned the use of Multi-Site Certification being introduced in the next revision. I already have more than 10 sites certified under the existing single site certification process, so what are my options? Will I be forced to convert to a Multi-Site Certification if I do not see the need yet?

I like what I have seen so far in the updated FSR 2020. The new multi-site option could benefit my company, but what is the best way forward?

When I complete the FSR 2020 training, I plan to self-certify the warehouses my company operates to FSR level C. As I will be qualified as a TAPA Authorised Auditor, can I now also audit my sub-contractor’s warehouse, which stores and handles shipments for us?

For FSR 2020 multi-site certification, what do I need to do in preparation for the Independent Auditor’s visit?

I’ve been following the FAQ’s on FSR multi-site. Now the FSR Standard has been published, I think this may be the option I’m looking for. I’m just not sure how flexible the Central Function requirement can be. Can I have all my FSR sites in EMEA, APAC and Americas come under 1 Central Function?

We are constructing a new facility and will invest in a sophisticated automated visitor management system. The system will not require a visitor to be processed by a person on entering and leaving the facility. Visitors will be met and permitted access by the person they are visiting only after being processed by the system. We are looking to achieve an FSR Level A certification for this facility but have noted that the FSR Standard states that ‘Access at office area visitor entry point(s) must be controlled by an employee /guard/receptionist who has been trained on badge issuance, controls, logging, visitors, escort requirement’. Does this mean our facility cannot be TAPA certified even though I am using state-of-the-art automated visitor controls?

My FSR Level A certified facility has a very busy goods receiving/ shipping yard and we have more than enough external cameras to view the dock areas. During our last TAPA audit, our docks were in constant use and as soon as one truck departed another would soon take its place. The auditor did not issue a corrective action but did say we should consider having more cameras and/or control truck movements, so the camera views were not obstructed so often. I disagreed with the auditor’s comments. We cannot do anything that impacts the operational efficiency without good reasons. What advice can you give me in case this comes up again in a future audit?

Why is the recording rate for CCTV images being increased from to 3 to 8 frames per second (FPS) in the FSR 2020? When my site is recertified, must I upgrade the CCTV system?

We have our next certification in May 2020. Can we still certify our warehouse against the requirements of the 2017 version or is the 2020 version going to already be binding at that time?

I see FSR 2020 will offer a multiple site certification option. I need to know more about this so I can see if it’s something we want to introduce. Who can I contact?

I have 2 sites that need to be FSR certified. Where can I find information on the audit bodies?

I see from previous updates that FSR will be available in single site (as today) or multi-site options. If I were to consider converting my existing 4 certified sites to the single multi-site certification options, what are the main differences, and would I save on auditing costs?

I have 3 uncertified sites that I would like to be self-certified to FSR Level C. Can I add these to the multi-site option certification?

When I transition my existing FSR 2017 certified sites to FSR 2020, will there be additional cost investment needed to meet the new Standards?

In a previous article, TAPA mentioned the use of Multi-Site Certification being introduced in the next revision. I already have more than 10 sites certified under the existing single site certification process, so what are my options? Will I be forced to convert to a Multi-Site Certification if I do not see the need yet?

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