Food production cleanrooms have to comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act. This entails establishing HACCP-based written Preventive Control Plans. Without a paperless system, this is a truly labor-intensive project.
Having a laboratory information management system (LIMS) can be a huge help in managing your cleanroom data and complying with HACCP. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points uses seven principles to outline its risk mitigation and hazard prevention process. Last week we covered the first three principles and how a LIMS can assist with each. Today we will focus on the remaining four:
- Monitoring procedures. The third principle was establishing critical limits; once these are set, you need to establish monitoring processes for each. Your LIMS can fully automate data collection and transmission throughout your organization. You can generate reports based on historical data and the LIMS will alert staff… Read more
There is no question how important cleanrooms are to food and food supplement production. The integrity of the product(s) depends on continuous monitoring of multiple cleanroom variables. This monitoring process creates large amounts of data, and managing that data ensures the effectiveness of the whole system.
For food production cleanrooms, one of the most reliable data management systems is the laboratory information management system (LIMS). According to Colin Thurston’s cemag.us article, “Managing Data in Food Safety Cleanrooms,” a LIMS “manages highly complex and integrated laboratory operations (such as SOPs, methods, and workflow) as well as integration of all instruments for sample management, data collection, reporting, and archiving. The LIMS also connects the laboratory to other enterprise systems, giving management real-time information about the health of the lab and giving the organization… Read more
In the cleanroom, your staff must follow specific protocol to maintain product integrity and cleanroom compliance. Hiring quality people who are good for the job is just as important as maintaining quality staff. In parts one and two, we covered hiring and managing practices as well as compensation. Here we will discuss communication practices that will help managers engage and retain their staff.
Leadership communication revolves around 5 main areas. Some of these overlap with the conversations you should already be having with staff based on the last two topics.
- Obtain and give feedback. All updates about your company, from initiatives to new hires, should be communicated with everyone. It is very important that all staff is on the same page as the company in all respects – it lets the staff… Read more
There are a lot of industries really struggling to attract and retain talented employees. With this challenge has come some new approaches to hiring and managing staff. Last week, we discussed a few things to consider during the interview to hire the right people. We also looked at the best way to divide attention between employees to improve productivity. Here we will look at what kind of compensation motivates employees.
While monetary compensation is an important issue, people are motivated by more than just money. Here are some guidelines about both matters:
The pay you offer has to be fair and competitive, but overshooting the mark can actually result in weaker focus, creativity, problem solving, and innovation. Don’t believe me? Can you think of anyone who is high up the ladder, gets paid handsomely, and does as little work as… Read more
Finding and retaining talented staff is important in any industry, but in a controlled environment, your staff really makes or breaks your success. Even after you find a person who is right for the job, you still need to ensure he or she is happy enough to remain productive and interested in the role long-term. In this series, we will cover tips on how to find the right people, keep them engaged, and minimize turnover. Let’s start with hiring and working appropriately with your talent.
The first step, obviously, is to hire the right person/people for the job. How are you at choosing people who fit? There are several things to include in your interview process to spike your chances of picking the right candidate:
- Don’t just find a fit for the… Read more