A properly designed food-grade catwalk mezzanine can not only accommodate the needs of a business, but meet all sanitary design requirements dictated by federal law. Food grade catwalks and platforms must be constructed according to sanitary guidelines — guidelines that specify what is constituted as “food grade”. Generally that means they must be fabricated in a way that makes them easy to clean, inspect and maintain.
Food grade platforms and catwalks are necessary any time a structure must span over products or machinery that comes into contact with food for direct human consumption. The entire catwalk and mezzanine structure must be constructed from food-grade materials, caulked and sealed properly to prevent any introduction of bacteria, allergens or other food contaminants.
Why a Catwalk Mezzanine in the Food Industry?
In the food and beverage industries, catwalks provide numerous uses. Most are used for observation — allowing workers or supervisors to oversee production without directly entering the manufacturing space. But, catwalks can also be used for accessibility to large vats and other pieces of machinery that must be accessed from the top.
Food-grade catwalks and mezzanines are not universal and there are many options available for beverage and food manufacturers. For example, if the platform surface is a non-contact surface (an area that does not come into direct contact with food), the regulations for flooring materials are a little more relaxed. There are also different decking and design options available to allow you to customize your space accordingly.
To learn more about how a catwalk mezzanine can benefit your food business, contact the team at Mezzanines by Design now.