With so many things to account for in the food processing business, sanitation programs can often be left without the proper attention. But it doesn’t need to take a huge time and monetary investment to improve a program. Sometimes, it just takes looking at the habits of others who are successful. The most effective sanitation programs:

Invest in Team Members First

Employee retention can be a challenge in the sanitation industry when production is your focus, but having a committed team can make the difference between success and failure. Having to constantly hire and train new employees is not only exhausting for you, it can also make for a lower quality of sanitation. Establish a retention plan and make sure your sanitation workers always sense that you value and invest in them. If you’re feeling overstretched and unable to invest in sanitation team members, turn to the experts at PSSI who specialize in hiring and managing sanitation staff.

Remember the End Goal

The end goal for all food processors should be safe and nutritious food products for consumers. In the midst of your day-to-day challenges and demands, remember there’s a person at the end of the food chain who is depending on your investment in high-quality sanitation and food safety practices. PSSI recognizes how critical food safety is to the end consumer and establishes this mindset in every plant where it operates.

Establish Processes

The most successful sanitation programs have proven processes, based on an investment to develop the most efficient and effective methods over time. There should be daily routines in place to prepare for each production shift. In addition to this, pay special attention to weekly, monthly and yearly in-depth sanitation with a Master Sanitation Schedule (MSS).

Focus on Development

Though routine is important, sanitation managers should remain open-minded toward new developments and innovative technology, especially when they relate to more efficient and safer cleaning tactics. Always try to improve on existing processes, and take your sanitation program from good to great. You can expect PSSI to do the same, bringing ideas for continual improvement in sanitation processes.

Reinforce Safety Principles

Without an emphasis on safety, the food processing industry couldn’t exist. Train employees to make safety top of mind—all the time. Regularly go over safety protocol and provide engaging and interactive training options. At PSSI, a new safety initiative is lowering injury rates by training team members how to clean conveyors effectively with reduced run times.

Set Yourself Up for Success

Establish key performance indicators (KPI) for daily, weekly and monthly evaluation. Make sure there is always a management team member who is assessing KPIs and adjusting the process accordingly. This up-front self-evaluation step will help establish processes for audits and documentation during a formal inspection.

Ask for Help

Second opinions can be a great way to see things that you may be missing. Whether it’s improved hygienic design suggestions or just a new approach to training sanitation workers, asking for help can be the first step in taking your sanitation program to the next level. Consider contract sanitation, if you don’t contract already. These sanitors offer that specialized set of sanitation eyes. PSSI recognizes the struggles that those in food processing face and specializes in offering expert opinions on sanitation best practices.

If you’re not nailing the seven habits of highly successful sanitation programs, it’s time to evaluate your program. To learn more about how contract sanitation can better your sanitation process, contact the experts. Visit redefinecleanpssi.com.