Most food facility site managers know that maintaining a clean production facility is critical for business success. If a food processing facility is even slightly contaminated by bacteria buildup, both employees and the public can be put at risk of exposure to harmful microorganisms and pathogens. Some of the infections caused by bacteria, such as Listeria, can even be deadly. By safely channeling waste materials to their appropriate outlets, properly functioning drainage systems are integral to preserving the hygiene integrity of a production facility and the overall wellbeing of employees and customers. Here are some key steps to take to ensure your drainage system is bacteria-free.
Get the Proper Training
It may seem like everything is working well so long as waste material is draining. However, this is a serious misconception! Many of the harmful bacteria that linger in damp, moist areas, such as drainage pipes, can pose significant health concerns without detection. Micro-organisms are not visible to the naked eye, so it’s necessary to instill protocol that proactively fights bacteria buildup. Many cities feature mandatory health safety codes for food production facilities, and there are several food safety certification programs available to educate employees. Invest in the wellbeing of your company by providing employees with the appropriate training courses that will enable them to practice food safety protocol in the facility.
Don’t cut corners! To keep a drainage system bacteria-free, it’s necessary to adopt correct cleaning techniques. Due to the organic materials, moist conditions and cool temperatures, bacteria can multiply rapidly in a food processing environment. Take the time to clean the drainage system correctly to cut down on pathogen growth. This may involve accessing hard-to-reach sections by removing grates and using the proper chemical treatment applications. Also, be sure that cleaning equipment is up-to-date and fully functioning, so that bacteria isn’t spread further by the use of contaminated tools.
Operations can be hectic within a food processing facility during peak performance. However, cleaning duties should never by skipped in order to increase production. Adopt a thorough cleaning routine tailored for the drainage system, and be sure that shift assignments allow for the schedule to be accomplished by skilled employees. Then, be sure to adhere to this schedule strictly! Skipping a single cleaning session can truly sacrifice the cleanliness of the drainage system, which can drastically affect the entire facility.
Separate Waste Materials
Another way to cut down on bacteria buildup in the drainage system is to separate waste materials before they are discarded. This means isolating compostable materials, liquids, recyclables and solid waste. Filtering waste materials into their appropriate bins can reduce a considerable amount of burden for the drainage system, resulting in fewer clogs and backups. Separating waste materials will also extend the lifetime of a drainage system, saving time and money in the long run.
Choosing the Right Drainage System for Your Facility
Finally, installing the right drainage system for your facility can have a great impact on cleanliness and building efficiency. Before selecting a standard system, take inventory of your facility’s unique needs. For example, trench drains are perhaps the most common drainage choice in recent decades, and they are suitable for heavy liquid waste. However, trench drains can be particularly expensive, require intensive maintenance and are quite noticeable. Slot drains, on the other hand, feature a thinner design that is more aesthetically appealing and can reduce the risk of an accident, either from tripping or tipping moving equipment. Drainage systems that rely on slot drains are also cost efficient, easier to clean and require less maintenance. This can have a significant impact on the overall production of a food processing facility.
By adopting careful cleaning habits and making deliberate choices concerning drainage systems, a food processing facility can successfully fight bacteria, ensuring excellent health standards for employees and customers alike.