What is hygienic design?

  • John Zabkowicz
  • November 8, 2016

Hygienic design is a set of processes and principles to manage potential hazards and reduce food safety risks as it relates to equipment, processes and facilities.  These processes and principles include:

  • Specification of safe and durable materials, stainless steel being the most common choice.
  • Managing the potential for foreign objects and substances including physical, chemical and biological aspects.
  • Safer, more reliable cleaning methods for sanitizing processes and equipment.

These processes, when implemented correctly, improve the quality of products, maintain consistency and reduce manufacturing costs as they relate to spoiled or contaminated products.

There are a wide range of industries that require adherence to hygienic design standards and processes including but not limited to:

  • Dairy
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Beverages
  • Meat
  • Bakery & Prepared Foods
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Inks & Paints

In order to insure proper hygienic design, it’s important to examine all phases and aspects of the production environment including equipment used, facility design, cleaning processes, operations and quality/regulations.