Reducing Products Liability: Staffing

LiabilityFood processors face unique products liability exposures. This is particularly true because your manufactured product may be a component in another product mixture. Contamination of the final product can draw your ingredient product into litigation.

In addition, today’s food processors often function in part or entirely as contractors, which typically requires processing a customer’s product(s) in accordance with their specifications. Without involvement in the laboratory and testing phases, it is often difficult to fully assess inadequacies or potential product misuses.

You can help control and manage the insurance risks associated with product safety by implementing these tips:

Staffing

• Develop a drug and alcohol testing procedure to screen prospective employees before an offer of employment is made

• Develop and administer a skills test to all job candidates

• Provide a written training schedule for newly hired employees

• Develop an apprenticeship process by which new employees are matched with experienced mentors to guide their training and development

• Offer continuing education that allows employees the opportunity to receive training on new food processing technology, equipment and procedures

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