COLOR CODING SYSTEM
Color coding system has many advantages because it can perform a control role, prevent threats, but also acts as a visual hint, enabling employees to find faster the tool they need. Colors are a universal language in factories where employees came from different locations and factories and they do not speak in one language. Color coding is also economical and allows promoting among employees a culture of food production safety. An facility color coding plan can be based on different allergens, product types, production stages, or level of contamination risk.
Enterprises that employ workers with color recognition disorders (color blindness), we offer an alternative way of marking tools by laser marking. With the help of a laser device you can put names, symbols or trademarks on your tools which help employees recognize the right hand holding tools quickly and without mistakes.
RULES FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF COLOR CODING
- Limiting the number of colors to max 3-5 in small or medium facilities.
- Choosing contrasting colors in neighboring areas to avoid mistakes.
- Assigning of colors in logical way – white is associated quickly with e.g. flour, but if someone drops the tool into the product, it will be more difficult to find it.
- It is not recommended to apply complicated color combinations – use only one color per zone. Immediate recognition is one of the greatest advantages of color-coded tools.
5. Laser marking/hallmarking of tools to strengthen information and/or supplement it. Laser marking eliminates ambiguities and mistakes, especially in companies that employ people with a disorder of color recognition (color blindness).
6. Start the program for the entire enterprise plant at the same time to avoid confusion. Make all changes to tools together with the implementation of an information program for employees. Only then can you eliminate any threats and check that coding works and benefits.
7. You must be consistent in monitoring of the application of the color coding program.