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Alchemy iPad app gets a grip on food safety

By Jenni Spinner+

20-Feb-2014

The Coach app from Alchemy Systems lets staff monitor and manage food safety via iPad from the plant floor.
The Coach app from Alchemy Systems lets staff monitor and manage food safety via iPad from the plant floor.

Alchemy systems’ Coach app enables food firms to perform safety and operational reviews from the plant floor via iPad.

The mobile app is intended to increase operational efficiency, boost food and workplace safety, and increase compliance with standard operating procedures.

The SISTEM Coach app enables an easy-to-use, mobile way to conduct reviews and provide both remedial and positive feedback to front-line employees.

Food safety progress

Alchemy CEO Jeff Eastman said the technology is an example of the progress that the global food industry has made in coming up with best practices around safety and production.

With the Coach app, companies can provide front-line supervisors and managers with a valuable tool to implement the best practices and develop a culture for continuous improvement,” he said. “Coach also enables companies to easily document the many hours of on-the-job training they provide to front-line workers.”

Increased compliance

The app works with Alchemy’s SISTEM food safety training and compliance platform. According to the supplier, conducting safety and operation reviews on the floor can increase compliance by as much as 26%.

Alchemy currently offers Coach for iPad and iPad Mini units. Additionally, the company is working on versions for other, non-Apple tablet operating systems.

Illinois-based flavor specialist FONA International recently implemented the Coach app at its facility. FONA representative Katie Christ said the app is intuitive enough that employees at various levels—managers, team leads, operators, supervisors, and internal auditors alike—are able to use the technology.

It has really increased face-to-face communication between supervisors and employees and between internal auditors and auditees,” she said. “The observation sessions act as one-on-one refresher training sessions where employees feel connected and engaged.”

Alchemy is showcasing the Coach app at the Global Food Safety Conference, February 26 to 28 in Anaheim, California. In addition, Alchemy executive will moderate a panel discussion on food safety culture on February 27 at the show.

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