Hiring a contract sanitation provider can be a complex decision
For the past several years contract sanitation has increased in popularity as a means of managing plant sanitation. However, shifting responsibility to a contract sanitation provider can be a complex decision. To determine if you are ready to take the step toward contract sanitation, take note of your company’s pain points.
If your plant is at capacity for production, saving time is a priority to enhance your operation. Outsourcing your sanitation program can create efficiencies and allow you to focus on building capacity.
Contract sanitation crews are trained specifically to clean and sanitize and are supervised by a manager focused on those goals. Some contract sanitation companies even guarantee against downtime or pay labour costs for affected areas if production is delayed due to sanitation.
Not sure what to use or what to do? A contract sanitation manager will know the ins and outs of sanitation, will be able to recommend hygienic design improvements, and will be able to provide other insights to assist in company management decisions.
Chemical concentrations need to be managed carefully to control cost and chemical efficacy. Things such as employee training, chemical storage and water quality also need to be managed. If all these details are overwhelming you, it’s time to put them in the hands of the sanitation experts.
Contract cleaners are experts at ensuring standards are being met and documented.
Contract sanitation providers take over the entire hassle of hiring and managing sanitation shift teams. This allows your in-house human resources department to better focus on current employee hiring and retention.
Contract sanitation companies not only train employees on their sanitation job, but also how to clean equipment safely and effectively. In addition, many providers guarantee that they will cover the repair cost of any equipment that is damaged by sanitation.
What should you look for in a contract sanitation company? Here are some considerations:
Deciding to use a contract sanitation provider is a big decision. However, the importance of food safety in our industry, the increasing complexity of complying with regulations and audits, cost control challenges, and sanitation program complexity are all reasons to consider contract sanitation.
Dr. R.J. (Ron) Wasik, PhD, MBA, CFS, is president of RJW Consulting Canada Ltd. Contact him at [email protected]. Information for this article was provided by PSSI, Packers Sanitation Service Inc.