Food production signage is a great way to educate and remind food handlers of key information. However, production signage can also be a potential source of contamination in your production environment if not managed correctly.
Welcome to Week 28 of the HACCP Mentor Food Safety HACCP Challenge. This week the focus is on production signage. This week you are challenged to check that all food production signage is adequately secured, clean and intact.
What you need to do
This challenge involves you walking around your food production facility and auditing food production signage for the following key factors:
- Is the food production signage secure? Look to see if the signage able to fall off or is it hanging half off the wall.
- Is the food production signage clean? For a reminder of what clean means click here.
- Is the food production signage intact? Look for evidence of damage, rips, tears or broken off pieces.
- Is the food production signage a harbourage for pests? Make sure to check behind your signage as this may be an area that pests, like cockroaches, have set up home.
Is there too much food production signage?
Signage is a great way to educate and remind staff of what needs to be done but sometimes you can have far too much. The key is to make sure that your signage does not become an uncontrolled risk in your food production area. Try and avoid using pins or tacks to secure the signage in place. Take the opportunity during your walk around to remove any signage that is not relevant or current.
What type of food production signage do you have?
Signage takes many different formats from paper to laminate to pre-printed hard plastic. Share below in the comments section what type of signage is used in your food business. It would also be great if you can give examples of the type of messages that you are conveying to your food handlers.