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Defining the Role of Upper Management in Food Safety

Posted by Alex Hanley on Feb 14, 2018 8:38:00 AM

I met a Plant Manager once who was the only person on the entire staff who knew how to operate a label printer. Labelling was quite a process in this particular industry. Labels are custom printed for each job, and this printer was a finicky piece of equipment.  (The technical term they used to refer to it was ‘a piece of junk'). All that to say, the task wasn't easy. And as the most senior member of the team, the Plant Manager had taken on the task of printing labels as his alone. Consequently, he spent hours every day printing labels.

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Topics: Food Safety Management, food safety culture, Food Safety

Food Safety Leader Roles, Responsibility, & Authority

Posted by The Navigate Food Safety Team on Feb 8, 2018 9:46:00 AM

High-performance teams have a process to manage food safety. Key to that process is figuring out exactly who should be doing what in the plant. Sounds simple right? Well add to that, they also align responsibility with authority and align responsibility along natural roles. Let's look at what the Food Safety Leader is typically doing, and then explore what they really should be doing when everybody is working as a team.

First, let's get the title out of the way. The Food Safety Leader is the person who holds the ball on food safety. She often feels like a babysitter and not well supported by everyone in the plant. Typically, she is in charge of Quality or Sanitation. She holds the glorified title of Food Safety Team leader, but there isn’t much teamwork happening so there's not much leading going on. More like coercing and nagging...

Sound familiar? Read on...

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Topics: Food Safety Management, food safety culture, Food Safety, Teamwork

5 Steps to Working Together as a Team 

Posted by Alex Hanley on Feb 2, 2018 10:09:00 AM

Have you ever watched a team, any team, anywhere, that seemed to be working together effortlessly? People smiling, work getting done and they look like they’ve got it all figured out. Do you think it’s impossible to have that type of teamwork when it comes to food safety in your plant? There are high-performance teams out there and you can mimic their habits.

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Topics: Food Safety Management, Goals, audit readiness, food safety culture, Food Safety

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