The Christmas and New Year holidays are an extremely busy time for us. Food processing facilities (if they shut down at all) shut down for a week in order to complete maintenance projects which cannot be completed while in production. We spend months prior to December planning, scheduling, and ordering materials so that everything goes smoothly. Incomplete work is not an option.
One item on our list was to repair a deteriorating epoxy floor, which was noted on the facility’s most recent food safety inspection. Due to their history of exemplary maintenance and history of correcting noted items during inspections by using a food safety certified contractor like Galbraith Pre-Design, Inc., they did not receive a deficiency.
In fact, this facility provides our food safety credentials to the inspection agencies, which assists in establishing and maintaining a working relationship among everyone involved. Typically, a process facility will wait to receive a list of deficiencies from an inspection agency, hire an unqualified contractor to complete the work, hope that they pass the follow up inspection, only to find that the materials and methods are not food safe and do not meet requirements. This ultimately costs the facility time, money, and lost production.
In this case, the repair is made more challenging by the high temperature of the room, food byproducts which are continually on the floor, sanitation chemicals, as well as the temperature of the water used during the sanitation process. Repairs such as this have to be expedited in order to allow materials to cure, while at the same time meet the sanitation and start up schedule of the facility.
For epoxy floors, we are a fan of Stonhard products, and work closely with the local representative, who we have a long-time working relationship with.