Strategizing hygienic design for your facility can be a lengthy and complicated process. Assembling a cross-functional team focused on hygienic design can ensure there are no oversights or forgotten pieces of the puzzle. Getting the right people involved from the beginning brings a variety of perspectives to the hygienic design process. Here’s who to include:

1. Top Management

Because implementing hygienic design changes will most likely mean a shift in operations and a financial investment, it’s important to start off by getting endorsement from those in top management positions. To ensure optimal conditions for food safety, production line upgrades may be required and equipment may need to be moved, added or replaced. Make sure company leaders understand the importance of hygienic design and support the associated expenditure of time and money.

2. Hygienic Design Leader

The best person to be the lead on hygienic design is often the head of quality assurance or another senior member of the quality management team. However, it could be another member in a senior position who has the right qualifications, interests and insight. The lead should have a broad view of the operation as well as the necessary authority and access to management. It’s important that your leader understands plant design and the criteria for creating cleanable surfaces and can stand firm on decisions that could compromise the quality and safety of the project.

3. Sanitation Team

Better sanitation is the goal of hygienic design, which means the sanitation team has some of the most valuable input. If using a contract sanitation provider, be sure to include a company representative. The people who clean the plant every night are in the best position to recommend design modifications needed to properly sanitize it. During sanitation shifts, PSSI team members note any needed hygienic design improvements and can be part of plans to improve a facility’s sanitation capabilities.

4. Human Resources

Offering a valuable and fresh perspective on changes to hygienic design, the human resources department is important to include. They can help employees navigate changes to the facility and assist in development of any new processes and training on any new equipment.

5. Internal Finance

Because upgrades and modification to sanitation-friendly equipment may come with additional costs, a member of the finance team should be included in hygienic design discussions. This individual can offer valuable insight and direction for decision-making, keep the bottom line in mind and ensure the project stays on budget.

6. Production Employees

Production employees will be the individuals using any new equipment or materials, which means that they should have input on and be aware of changes to their jobs. Find creative ways to include production employees in the discussion and use their input to shape decisions.

7. Maintenance Staff

Maintenance staff offer an important perspective, as they need to understand how to fix any problems with equipment and tools. If there will be new setups or installation, they should join these discussions and get training on the mechanics of the new hygienic design implementation.

8. Equipment Company Representative

If new equipment will be purchased, include a representative from the manufacturer and a representative of the company doing the installation to ensure the new product is right for your plant and will be installed correctly. They should be able to offer guidance and advice on the purchase and implementation.