SGASA Certification is a safety, quality and compliancy management system using standards that are designed to reassure the customer that the products (seedlings or cuttings) are produced by minimising the impact of detrimental environmental practices, reducing the excessive use of chemical products and ensuring that worker health, welfare and safety are a priority. This in turn will become a practical manual for good Nursery Practice and will form the basis of a partnership between Nurseries and their customers with common standards and practices.
As a result of new pressures from Customers and Legislation, Nurserymen today are constantly challenged to grow safe, healthy products that meet these established and responsible criteria.
SGASA’s Certification Scheme aims to (i) promote good nursery practices, (ii) ensure legislative requirements are met and (iii) recognise nurseries that are excelling in our industry. The audit process serves as a valuable tool for a participating nursery as feedback is provided by a qualified auditor with regards to process and systems enhancements. The auditor plays a crucial role in ensuring the success and professional implementation of the SGASA Certification Scheme.
Customers are reassured that their products have met the important levels of safety and quality, that the methods employed have a high level of sustainability, that due diligence has been given to the Environment and the Health and Welfare of workers is an ongoing priority. Without these assurances, Nurseries may find that they are denied access to markets. A spinoff of Certification would be the implementation of a QMS (Quality Management System) that would ultimately benefit business profitability.
Certification creates an auditable standard that is easily applied to small or large Nurseries. The scoring system is simple and highlights Major and Minor problems and recommendations.
The Auditor will have a Pathology background and extensive experience in Nursery Operations and environments. As a certified member of SGASA, the Nurseryman will have valuable access to Researchers, research bodies, working groups and other technical expertise.
The audit process serves as a valuable tool for a participating nursery as feedback is provided by a qualified auditor with regards to process and systems enhancements. The SGASA Auditor plays a crucial role in ensuring the success and professional implementation of the SGASA Certification Scheme.