Absolute cleanliness and hygiene in empties management
HERRENBERG. At the site in Reutlingen Markwiesenstraße, LGI provides the suppliers and the production of a multinational manufacturer of consumer goods and industrial and building technology with empties on a daily basis. The cleaning of the containers is particularly important. Depending on the degree of soiling, empties of any size are cleaned at the site either manually or in one of two washing systems. From optical cleanliness to technical cleanliness – when it comes to cleaning and hygiene, LGI employees are specially trained as a result of several training courses. “The regular trainings are of great importance to us, especially when it comes to occupational safety and environmental protection,” says warehouse manager Christoph Rother in Reutlingen.
What is important when cleaning?
“The containers have to be cleaned differently depending on how dirty they are and how sensitive the goods are that are later shipped inside,” explains Rother. Some containers are always cleaned, some are never cleaned, and others are cleaned in a defined washing cycle. As different as the load carriers, as different is the cleaning process itself. “Depending on the customer’s requirements, we clean the containers manually or using the washing line.” If technical cleanliness is required, the quantity of all particle impurities, such as the smallest fibres or fluff, must not exceed 200 µ (millionths of a millimetre).
Just then the empties are considered sufficiently cleaned in terms of technical cleanliness. Why is technical cleanliness so important at all: “In some containers, for example, highly sensitive chips for self-propelled cars are later placed, which can be damaged by even the smallest particles,” explains Christoph.
Which further training courses do exist for empties cleaning?
“On the one hand, there is an external training course run by the Fraunhofer Institute (Organization for Applied Research and Development Services), such as the training to be an inspector or planner of technical cleanliness. On the other hand, we conduct internal courses within the company, such as testing washing water for cleanability,” says Rother. In addition, all those responsible for a washing system are trained in accordance with the Water Resources Act. “Here, for example, LGI employees learn how to react when a detergent leaks, and this from the point of view of environmental protection and occupational safety,” explains Rother, a trained inspector and planner for washing systems.
During the training on the use of chemical cleaning agents, employees learn for example how to handle spills within the washing machine. The last training is a technical session on all aspects of cleaning equipment. Employees learn for example how to handle high-pressure equipment or foam equipment.
Why are the training courses so important for LGI?
“An external testing institute checks annually whether the cleaning result actually corresponds to the according number of coins required by the customer. The training as an inspector for technical cleanliness enables LGI to carry out laboratory tests itself in order to find out the causes of contamination problems if the desired result is not achieved,” says Rother. ” Furthermore, LGI continues to develop through further training. This is a requirement for successful business”.
Author. Elena Grotzfeld