We are a smallish production company who produce a wide variety of products so have a high number of labels that we print ourselves. It was mentioned in our last BRC that we need to start reconciling labels after use.
The long term plan is to print directly onto packaging to cut out this middle man but that is a way off yet. What method do others use for controlling/reconciling label production? Designated label printing staff? Sign off? We have counters on the label printers and already sign off to say how many have been made it's just how we tie up at the end of the day.
Also I suspect just throwing labels in the bin is not sufficient, shredding perhaps?
A few things to consider:
Do you have a plan for each day therefore you can print off the amount required?
Can you print extra if needs be easily enough?
Surely you dont want to print off loads and destroy the extras as it must be a huge waste of money?
If you can use extras the next day do you have adequate storage and segregation from each other? If not can it be organised?
Can you reconcile the amount printed off on a document at the start & end of day?
At the end of a day are you sure you are not going to put the wrong label on a box and send it out causing a recall for example? What systems can you put in place to prevent this?
Have you risk assessed it?
I worked on a site for many years that used 150+ different sleeves/labels and before we put a system in place to sign them in & Out and reconcile them we had a couple of recalls due to wrong product / wrong sleeve which is an expensive way to put a simple procedure in place. It doesnt have to be ground breaking, the system just needs to be simple, effective and controlled.
Hope this helps