Today, the best way to make your investment in Vikan profitable is to have a customised site survey carried out

If you have a factory audit scheduled for the near future, you’ll naturally want to satisfy auditors and earn a stamp of approval for your hygiene operations.

A Vikan Site Survey is a great way to improve the certainty of passing – and in fact to move beyond just passing audits to getting ahead of the field as a hygiene leader. A Site Survey involves a thorough inspection of your plant with a view to identifying and solving hygiene problems before the auditors find them. 


What does a Vikan site survey check for? 

A Vikan Site Survey is a comprehensive review of your entire hygiene operations.

Colour coding system - Do your system and cleaning tool inventory really support your risk management targets?

Regulatory compliance - Make sure your tools meet all applicable standards and regulatory requirements.

Gaps and optimizations - Identify missing tools, and improve maintenance and usage practices.

Better tools for the job? - Is there a better tool available for the job at hand?

Cleaning tool storage - Protect your tools and improve hygiene through proper tool storage.

Unique Zone Plans to help get more out of your hygiene equipment

Using the Vikan Hygienic Zone Planner, the Vikan teams will help you establish an individually customised colour coded system and select the best storage methods and cleaning materials to meet your specific requirements. This process will inevitably streamline the number of items of cleaning equipment present on site, make inspecting them easier and ultimately reducing their turnover by increasing their longevity.


Vikan teams regularly work in the food and beverage industry, kitchens and food preparation areas in the retail sector to meet new in-house requirements, to prepare upstream audits or simply to comply with HACCP, 5S, IFS, BRC or FSSC 22000 procedures.

The use of colour coding to define zones and avoid cross-contamination is widespread in food preparation environments throughout Europe, regardless of the type of production or the reference standard. Normally, such colour coding is fairly horizontal (zone by zone) and follows the production line (forward flow). The most important thing is, of course, to work with cleaning equipment featuring a colour that contrasts with the foodstuff produced.

This is why the Vikan teams are now most often called upon to discuss adaptations or to update existing colour coding plans. Some companies want to increase their level of hygiene by establishing a vertical colour coding system. This consists of establishing clear distinctions between equipment for cleaning machines/tools and equipment for cleaning floors, walls or ceilings. Additional colours are often required if one or more allergens are present, if new activities are taking place or when it is necessary to set up specific response kits relating to contexts such as broken glass, evacuations or the use of external cleaning contractors.


A personalised hygiene management plan that continually adapts to your changing needs 

All of these distinctive features can be indexed and integrated into the hygiene management plan developed for you by the Vikan teams. Each site then has a definite plan and a precise inventory, which will be updated regularly by Vikan, taking into account developments and new upgrades. We would also suggest using shadow boards or wall brackets, which help with better equipment identification and optimisation of equipment storage. 

As an example, Vikan were recently working in the factories of a large meat processing group that wanted to standardise its colour coding and its use of cleaning equipment, as well as streamlining the number of products used for each factory.

The Vikan teams worked at the designated sites and wrote detailed reports that enabled the Purchasing and Quality departments to achieve their objectives. As an added bonus, they are now able to be sure they are only using equipment approved for food contact, and will benefit from a reduction in consumption of cleaning materials. A fantastic combination of food safety and cost reduction!


Book your Vikan site survey today - it's free

Experts in hygienic cleaning since 1898, you now have an opportunity to benefit from Vikan's vast expertise with a personalised Vikan site survey covering hygiene compliance, systems tools and more.

To book, please contact your System Hygiene representative or e-mail our customer care team at [email protected]