Standard Operation Procedure Template
A template to help build your library of food safety procedures across your organization.
Use this template to build your library of Standard Operating Procedures for your organization. Core to any food manufacturer’s Preventive Control (PC) / Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan are the facility’s prerequisite programs. The foundation of each prerequisite program is its corresponding Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
An SOP is a set of written instructions that document a food manufacturer’s routine or repetitive activity. Specific to food manufacturing plants, the term SOP is commonly applied to production, manufacturing and support area processes, jobs or activities. For all sanitation-related processes, jobs or activities, the term SSOP (Sanitation SOP) is used.
The development and use of SOPs / SSOPs are integral parts of a successful food safety, quality and sanitation system, as they provide individuals with the information required to properly perform their jobs. Furthermore, the use of SOPs and SSOPs promotes quality through consistent implementation of a process, task or job. Also, if clearly written, SOPs and SSOPs can minimize miscommunication and variation between individuals or organizations.
Example topics for Standard Operating Procedures are: Equipment Design Review, Process Checklist, Heat Processing Systems, Production of Culinary Steam Standards, Compressed Air Standards, Environmental Air Standards, Sanitary Equipment Supplemental Design, Electrical Equipment Standards, and more.