Contributed by 3-A Sanitary Standards Inc.

McLEAN, Virginia – 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI) announces the introduction of three new e-learning modules designed to bring the world of hygienic equipment design to audiences around the world at any time of the day or night, free of charge. The first three modules in the new series include the following:

1.0. Overview of Principles of Hygienic Design & Foundation Elements

This module begins with a brief introduction to 3-A SSI and the important role it plays in hygienic design. This module emphasizes the holistic approach to hygienic design and the link between hygienic equipment design, facility design, cleaning and sanitation, operational design and the basics of quality and regulation.

2.0. The Basics of Hygienic Equipment Design

This training module covers the basic principles of hygienic equipment design for equipment that will be used to produce or process a wide variety of products for human consumption, as well as pet foods. This content is based on the principles of hygienic design and the terminology found in 3-A Sanitary Standards and 3-A Accepted Practices.

3.0. Basics of Hygienic Facility Design & Environmental Controls

This module provides the basics of design and environmental controls for food processing facilities. This module covers non-product contact surfaces, air, water, steam utilities, as well as building interior, exterior, and the overall site location. The subject of contamination and cross-contamination includes pests, and operating personnel that may create and transfer unhygienic conditions.

Learning objectives are clearly listed at the beginning of each module and interactive assessment tools are included to support the learning experience. Each module is narrated and script is provided for convenience. All materials are accompanied by straightforward illustrations including photos from the field, animations, as well as informative diagrams.

Each module is about one hour in length and all viewers are encouraged to complete Module 1.0 before moving forward to deepen their knowledge with the other modules.

Three additional modules are in development and more advanced sections are planned for several of the modules. The modules are now available at in the Knowledge Center.