The hygienic working practices of maintenance personnel and equipment hygiene in the Finnish food industry

Kaarina Aarnisalo (Corresponding Author), Kaija Tallavaara, Gun Wirtanen, Riitta Maijala, Laura Raaska

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Abstract

The hygienic working practices of the maintenance personnel as well as the hygiene of the equipment in the food industry were investigated with questionnaires and microbial surveys. The protective clothing, washing of hands and tools as well as avoiding foreign bodies left on the production lines should be targeted when the hygienic working practices are developed for maintenance personnel. Based on the questionnaire to food processors, packaging machines, conveyers, dispensers, slicing and cooling machines were considered the most problematic pieces of equipment hygienically mainly because of poor hygienic design. In order to improve food safety, both the training of maintenance personnel in food hygiene and equipment design should be more emphasised.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1011
JournalFood Control
Volume17
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Food Industry
Hygiene
hygiene
human resources
food industry
Maintenance
Equipment and Supplies
Protective Clothing
Food Packaging
Equipment Design
Hand Disinfection
questionnaires
Food Safety
protective clothing
food safety education
conveyors
hand washing
equipment design
Foreign Bodies
food sanitation

Keywords

  • Equipment hygiene
  • Hygienic working practices
  • Maintenance personnel

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Aarnisalo, Kaarina ; Tallavaara, Kaija ; Wirtanen, Gun ; Maijala, Riitta ; Raaska, Laura. / The hygienic working practices of maintenance personnel and equipment hygiene in the Finnish food industry. In: Food Control. 2006 ; Vol. 17, No. 12. pp. 1001-1011.
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The hygienic working practices of maintenance personnel and equipment hygiene in the Finnish food industry. / Aarnisalo, Kaarina (Corresponding Author); Tallavaara, Kaija; Wirtanen, Gun; Maijala, Riitta; Raaska, Laura.

In: Food Control, Vol. 17, No. 12, 2006, p. 1001-1011.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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