The importance of preventing bacteria in production areas is not to be overlooked. After all, an outbreak of Salmonella, E. coli or Listeria Monocytogenes can impact people’s health and lead to serious repercussions for food manufacturers.
Strict hygiene controls can be implemented to minimize the spread of bacteria between different areas in the food production plant – including food metal detectors. However, we mustn’t forget that contaminants can be carried into your facility via the soles of people’s footwear too.
With that in mind, many businesses opt to invest in a boot washing station.
In this blog, we’ll look at what a boot washer is and how it can help to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
What is a boot washer?
A boot wash – commonly referred to as a boot washing station or boot washer – is (by far) one of the most cost-effective solutions for keeping production facilities clean and safe.
Suitable for all types of boots and shoes, it allows staff and visitors to sanitise their footwear on entry and exit – preventing dirt, debris and potentially harmful items from being trampled into production areas.
Some boot washers operate manually, allowing you to scrub your shoes clean by hand. Others are automatic and simply require you to place your foot into the trough and push the button. This will control the dosing of water and detergent for you and cause the brushes to begin rotating – mechanically removing contaminants that may be lodged in the soles of your shoes.
How can a boot washer help prevent cross-contamination?
Cross-contamination is where bacteria is transferred from one food to another, to food preparation equipment, or other areas within the production facility.
Without a proper boot cleaning station in place, all kinds of dirt and bacteria could accumulate in hygienic areas – increasing the risk of cross-contamination and food poisoning for consumers.
Implementing a boot washer will ensure that contaminants from the floor (e.g. raw ingredients) are not picked up and carried between different areas. Not only that, though, it will help to stop contaminants on the bottom of people’s shoes from being transferred into your facility. This could be things walked in from outside, the staff canteen, changing room or somewhere else.
Boot washers work best at entrances and exits – actively encouraging people to thoroughly clean their footwear before entering and leaving production zones. Aside from meeting strict hygienic regulations in the workplace, they will keep workers and their families safe, as well as their vehicles and homes clean.
Where to buy a boot washer
If you’re looking to invest in hygiene equipment for your food production plant, it’s crucial that you go to a reputable company.
Stainless Steel Manufacturing & Equipment (SSME) is a leading supplier of stainless steel equipment and provides some of the best boot washers on the market.
These include manual washers that come in 1-4 stations with water-fed handheld boot brushes – allowing more people to sanitise their footwear at once. Automatic and semi-automatic sole washers that clean the soles only, and automatic boot washers that save you the hassle of scrubbing your boots, are also available.If you’re unsure which boot wash is best for your business, or you’d like to know more about the products available before you make your decision, be sure to call SSME on 0121 661 6346.