A common catchphrase in pest management is, “If it’s not documented, it didn’t happen.” This is true of the steps a pest management technician takes while serving a facility, but it’s also true of the steps QA or plant managers must take to plan and implement good sanitation protocols.
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Poor or haphazardly followed sanitation protocols are a leading cause of pest infestations in food processing, storage, and distribution facilities. Failing to sweep it up, wipe it up, and wash it puts a facility at a much higher risk for a possible pest issue. Failures in sanitation practices can also lead to poor or failed audits and inspections, contaminated products, and costly recalls that damage both your bottom line and brand reputation.
In fact, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which audits tens of thousands of facilities, identified documentation (or more specifically, the lack of proper documentation of cleaning procedures) as the most common reason for audit failure. Almost 20 percent of facilities audited by the BRC had non-conformities in documentation of cleaning procedures.
Good sanitation starts with having a written plan that is communicated to employees from top to bottom to ensure buy-in and accountability. Not only is good sanitation a series of actions, it is also a mindset.