Alchemy Systems, the global leader in food and workplace safety has won the Food Safety Innovation Award from the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP). The award is for Alchemy Coach, an innovative tool for observing and validating safety practices of frontline workers on the plant floor. More than two million frontline workers at 15,000 locations around the world use Alchemy solutions to drive improvements in food safety, workplace safety and operations.
Alchemy CTO Archie Barrett will accept the award at the IAFP conference on July 28 in Portland, Ore., where the association will recognize industry leaders for their contributions to food safety. “Alchemy is honored to be recognized by the IAFP for our efforts in helping food companies improve their frontline worker training and behavior,” said Barrett.
The majority of food safety issues occur when workers fail to adhere to standard operating procedures. Alchemy Coach is a tablet-based application that enables supervisors to easily observe and record frontline employee safety and operational practices on the plant floor. If an employee isn’t following the company’s standards, the supervisor can provide on-the-spot corrective action so the behavior does not impact safety or compliance. The application works on Microsoft Windows and Apple iOS tablets.
Since its introduction in 2014, Alchemy Coach has been adopted by leading food companies including Rudolph Foods, Maple Leaf Foods, and Bonduelle, who have stated: “Alchemy Coach gave us the opportunity to take task observations out on the floor. Our supervisors can’t be doing their job properly if they’re not out on the floor. With Alchemy Coach, we now have the ability to not only correct employee behavior, but also allow frontline workers to offer insight into how the program can be better." (Maple Leaf Foods Human Resources Manager Jennifer Malcolmson); and
“Alchemy Coach is helping us observe and verify employee behavior and provide instant retraining or remediation. We’ve seen so many positive benefits using Coach." (Rudolph Foods director of human resources and safety Michele Gardner).