Many people think that manufacturing is dead or that it has all been outsourced to foreign countries. However, that is not the case. In many industrialised countries, manufacturing has actually increased over the last few decades. However, due to improvements in processes, more advanced machinery and even the rise of artificial intelligence, a lot of manufacturing is no longer done by a human. However, it's still critical. If you are a consumer, a product developer, or even someone who works in the industrial and manufacturing industries, check out these posts. They explain and explore a lot of the reasons why manufacturing is still important and arguably more important than it has been in years.
It is extremely important for food manufacturers to ensure that their food products do not become contaminated by dangerous viruses and bacteria that could make their customers sick when they eat these products. Here are two precautionary measures that these manufacturers should take to prevent this from happening.
Fit stainless steel door handles, worktops and handrails
Food manufacturers who want to minimise the risk of their products being contaminated should have stainless steel door handles, worktops and handrails installed in their facilities. It is an unfortunate fact that a lot of people fail to wash their hands properly (or at all) after doing things like using the bathroom, touching raw meat or using their hands to cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze.
This means that it is possible that some of your employees may be walking around your facility with bacteria like E.Coli and staphylococcus aureus on their hands. If they then place their hands on a door handle, handrail or worktop, the pathogens on their hands will be transferred to these surfaces.
If the surfaces in question are made from a porous material (such as timber), the pathogens will remain lodged in the material's 'pores'. In this situation, it may be difficult or even impossible to extract or kill these pathogens with sanitising products. This could then result in other employees who touch these surfaces ending up with bacteria and viruses on their hands. If these individuals then touch the facility's ingredients or finished food products with their dirty hands (because they believe that their hands are clean as they have recently washed them), these items could become contaminated.
However, if a facility installs handrails, worktops and door handles made from stainless steel, this situation is far less likely to arise, as this material is not porous (meaning that it does not contain holes in which bacteria can become lodged). As such, provided those surfaces are sanitised on a regular basis throughout the course of every workday, there is very little chance that employees who touch these surfaces will inadvertently contaminate the food products that they then come into contact with.
Keep the facility's hand-washing stations in good working order
Most food manufacturers have several hand-washing stations installed in their facilities so that their employees can easily sanitise their hands several times a day, regardless of where in the facility they happen to be working. These stations can help to reduce the risk of staff members accidentally contaminating the facility's products when they touch them with their hands.
However, this is only true if the hand-washing stations are well-maintained. If they routinely run out of soap or towels, or if the taps malfunction regularly, employees may end up not washing their hands as frequently or as thoroughly as they should. This could increase the likelihood of the food products they handle ending up tainted with bacteria and viruses.
As such, it is critical for the owners of food manufacturing businesses to ensure that their hand-washing stations are inspected regularly and kept in good working order.Share