How to decide: is outsourcing sanitation a good choice for you?
In your quest to provide safe food for your customers, there are microbes looking to deter the goal. As a food processor, you feel the weight and responsibility of ensuring each shipment goes out without contamination. That’s why – in the food business – sanitation is always of upmost importance. But when production timelines, employee management and logistics coordination come into play, it can be hard to keep up on sanitation.
For many companies, external sanitation teams allow for more efficient cleaning, better labor management and stress reduction for managers. But, it may be tricky to build the trust needed to shift responsibility to a contract sanitation provider.
There are many factors to consider when taking steps toward outsourcing sanitation. Your company may be ready to move to contract sanitation if your facility meets one or more of these criteria:
PLANT IS AT CAPACITY FOR PRODUCTION
If your facility is at production capacity, you need to focus your energy on creating efficiencies. Outsourcing your sanitation program can be a way to plug in a time-saving tool. When you contract with a specialized team to manage sanitation crews, equipment and time, you can spend more time on production demands.
SANITATION MANAGEMENT IS A STRUGGLE
By relying on an outside company that specializes in sanitation, your own leadership team can focus on production. PSSI’s managers know the ins and outs of sanitation and can recommend hygienic design improvements to assist in management decisions.
SANITATION WINDOW LEADS TO DOWNTIME
The downtime currently experienced is probably due to a management, training or staffing issue. PSSI tightens the sanitation window. We decrease downtime and pay for the idled labor cost if the plant is not ready to turn over to the production team on time.
EQUIPMENT IS EXCESSIVELY DAMAGED DURING SANITATION
Usually this cost is due to untrained workers causing damage during sanitation shifts. PSSI trains employees on safe and effective sanitation practices and, as an extra measure, covers the cost of repairing any equipment that may be damaged during sanitation.
AUDIT DOCUMENTATION AND COMPLIANCE IS A CONCERN
Contract sanitation companies provide all the necessary documentation and upkeep to ensure that your next audit goes smoothly. Staff are specifically trained to ensure that standards are being met and documented. While it’s up to the company to produce a safe product, contract sanitation partners can provide guidance.
STAFFING ISSUES BOG DOWN HR RESOURCES
When there are staffing shortages, filling the production jobs generally takes priority because it’s the day shift and primary revenue generator for the plant. Outsourcing sanitation allows your in-house team to focus resources on production employees.
SANITATION CHEMICALS MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN
When it comes to cleaning products, there is a long checklist of components to manage. Water quality readings, concentration ranges, storage of products and team member training all must be perfected and audit-ready. PSSI manages the entire process for you in partnership with its preferred supplier, Packers Chemical.
If you identified areas that your company could improve through contract sanitation, it’s time to talk to the sanitation experts. Learn more about PSSI at redefinecleanpssi.com.
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