Chemical colour-coding gets the green light with StopLight
he colour coding system, developed specifically for MRO chemicals, is a major leap forward in the control of chemical product movements.
A unique new service from CRC UK will help food and beverage processors with the handling, evaluation and control of maintenance chemicals, to achieve regulatory compliance and meet the challenges of BRC/supermarket auditing.
The new StopLight™ Food Safety Programme, to be launched in Q2 2012 by CRC UK, assigns a colour code to each applicable factory department, and each Ambersil product. As a result, the danger of taking MRO chemicals into areas where they are prohibited is greatly reduced, or potentially even eliminated. StopLight also complements and integrates seamlessly with existing HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) controls and policies, making the programme quick and easy to understand, and more likely to be rapidly adopted.
The colour coding system, developed specifically for MRO chemicals, is a major leap forward in the control of chemical product movements, as it gives users and auditors an instant, verifiable, visual check on the products going into and being used in each zone.
Ambersil FG products have been registered with the NSF public health and safety company (www.NSF.org) and assigned category codes which are printed on all Ambersil Food Processing Safe® products. These category codes specifically indicate how and where the product may be used in the factory, and under the StopLight Programme are assigned recognisable colours to further improve application area awareness.
These product-specific colour codes are printed on stickers which can be applied to the cans, and which match StopLight posters placed at the entrances to each section of the facility, so users can quickly and easily identify which products are authorised to be used in that area. The most sensitive areas are coded 'Green', informing engineers that only 'green' products are authorised for use in that area. 'Amber' and 'Red' zones have a decreasing risk of contamination and therefore lower levels of control.
In effect, all products are allowed to be used in Red zones; 'amber' and 'green' products can be used in Amber zones; but only 'green' products may be used in Green zones. The only exception - as clearly stated in the NSF categories - is that in some specific applications, amber coded products are allowed into Green zones. These products are clearly identified on the Green zone poster, to ensure there is no opportunity for error.
Developed to work co-operatively with an organisation's HSE function and engineering team, StopLight facilitates strict movement and use controls of maintenance chemicals. Which means less risk of COSHH and Audit non-compliance, and an end to management seeing red.