The sanitation operator is a member of a team whose duties are to finalize production then clean and sanitize the processing and packaging areas, to meet Food Safety Standards in compliance with applicable governmental agencies, such as the FDA.  

These individuals need to be technically savvy as they perform many machine adjustment and maintenance tasks in a day.  Technically, Sanitation operators handle functions such as starting up and shutting down machines, handling lockout operations and ensuring sanitation of the equipment that they are assigned to.

The Sanitation operator is required to work in an environment that is wet, and undergoes temperature changes from hot to very cold (potentially down to -20f with proper PPE provided by the company). The sanitation operator will also be working around large processing equipment in which chemicals will be used to complete the sanitation process.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Adherence to health and safety regulations (e.g. constant use of protective gear)
  • Perform safety checks on every machine
  • Keep records of intermediate or final products using a MRP system (computer/barcode scanner)
  • Create and maintain activity logs
  • Provide relevant information regarding progress to supervisors
  • Perform machine setups (assembly, calibration, etc.) to start a production cycle
  • Control and adjust the functions and settings of machines (e.g. flows)
  • Troubleshoot problems during machine operation
  • Test the operation of machines periodically to guarantee their smooth running
  • Ensure that regular and preventative maintenance procedures are carried out
  • Feed the necessary raw material or packaging material to semi-automated machines
  • Stack packaged items in storage areas or on delivery pallets using jack pallets or forklifts
  • Attach identification labels to finished items and count them to ensure that they conform to initial order
  • Test and evaluate products and verify product weight to conform to quality standards
  • Document packaging activities on a daily basis and report machinery faults immediately
  • Fix issues that might occur during the shift
  • Can train OJT fellow associate
  • Perform Sanitation operations both automated or manual
  • Operate all equipment of the packaging area
  • Coordinates with the other operators the material and people during her/his shift to maximize up-time
  • Leads team meeting when supervisor is not available
  • Ensures all KPI and sanitation reports are filled out OTIF (on time in full) for her/his area
  • Clean packaging machinery parts
  • Cleaning & sanitizing of all surfaces & equipment in the food production areas.
  • Dry and Wet cleaning of Food contact surfaces, equipment and building structure.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • It is imperative for packaging machine operators to be physically dexterous as they are required to perform many physical tasks, such as lifting and transporting heavy objects.  
  • Frequently lift/move hoses, equipment, chemical containers weighing 20-80 lbs. throughout each and every work shift.
  • Previous experience working in a Food production environment preferred but not essential.
  • Food safety and sanitation knowledge is a definite a bonus.                                                                                                    
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