in the safe zone: by laura nelson
How Often is Enough?
With regulatory changes on the horizon, don’t neglect training, especially for food safety.
Most companies recognize the importance of food safety training for new employees, and they do a good job in communicating food safety risks and protocols. What isn’t always clear is what’s required for ongoing or refresher training. With the steady influx of new employees and the execution of orientation training, existing employee training is sometimes relegated to arbitrary training dates to ensure annual training is performed prior to a specific audit event. With legislative and regulatory changes on the increase – which in turn drive operational changes – it is essential for food plants to offer not only engaged, updated training content, but also to link their training programs to operational metrics as a tool to guide plants in scheduling appropriate refresher training.
WHY IT’S NECESSARY
Many companies are hesitant to emphasize refresher training for a number of reasons. It's expensive and takes employees off the line, reducing their productivity and negatively impacting the company's bottom line. Many managers do not have the time and lack the ability to develop effective training curriculums to adequately capture key operational changes in their standard operating procedures and work instructions in a timely manner. Training is often neglected, or worse, eliminated as companies focus on ways to cut costs and remain proﬁtable.
8 food and drink • fall 2011 • www.fooddrink-magazine.com
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