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Hygiene in General Manufacturing

Hygiene in General Manufacturing – WHY?

Hygiene in manufacturing is vital for protecting public health and wellbeing, as well as ensuring product quality.

Manufacturing hygiene aims to prevent product contamination which may occur through the introduction of unwanted materials, substances or microorganisms into a manufactured good or process. Good hygiene practices reduce the likelihood of the introduction, spread and multiplication of potential pathogens and other spoilage organisms in the manufacturing environment. This protects the health of consumers as they use manufactured products, as well as the health of industrial workers.

Hygiene in manufacturing is vital, since a contaminated production batch has the potential to affect the health of many people, or to result in spoilage and waste. Obviously, different industry sectors also have different hygiene requirements depending on the nature of the products being manufactured. For example, hygiene is of paramount importance in food, beverage and pharmaceuticals production where products are ingested or applied directly to the body. Hygiene is less important in the automobile and building industries.

Hygiene in General Manufacturing – HOW?

Manufacturing usually includes several stages – production, packaging, storage and distribution. There is also quality control testing which checks that the finished product meets all required specifications and is of suitable quality for release.

These different stages have different hygiene requirements, so appropriate procedures need to be established, documented and monitored for each stage.

However, there are two main areas of manufacturing hygiene that can be focussed on across these stages:

  • personal hygiene
  • building & equipment hygiene.

Aspects in each of these areas are summarised below.

Personal and Building and Equipment Hygiene


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