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#13 NStanley

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 12:18 AM

Ok, I thought I would tack my question onto this thread rather than start a new one and hope for a reply.

I am formulating a glass and brittle plastic register/inventory that will double as an audit checklist for our site, I have so far included all glass or plastic items, such as machinary doors (perspex), light covers, emergency lights, control panel screens, thermometers, cool room fault lights etc, determined the risk associated with each item (high, med, low) then dependant on risk determined an audit frequency. That was the easy part.

My question though is how far do I take this list? Do you include things such as control buttons on machinery, emergency stop buttoms, conveyor belts (plastic chainlink type), calculators, knife handles, rulers etc. Where do you draw the line, where does it end?

So far I have come to the decision that the list is glass and brittle plastic and as such the these items I have decided are not brittle plastic and so I haven't included them....although thinking about it the ruler would be brittle plastic and perhaps should go on the list. I just don't see how a calculator could pose a risk but then again if I put these items on and classify them as low risk and audit less frequently then I suppose I am covering myself.

What are your thoughts....how far should we take it before it becomes ridiculous????


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Posted 22 September 2010 - 02:18 PM

Ok, I thought I would tack my question onto this thread rather than start a new one and hope for a reply.

I am formulating a glass and brittle plastic register/inventory that will double as an audit checklist for our site, I have so far included all glass or plastic items, such as machinary doors (perspex), light covers, emergency lights, control panel screens, thermometers, cool room fault lights etc, determined the risk associated with each item (high, med, low) then dependant on risk determined an audit frequency. That was the easy part.

My question though is how far do I take this list? Do you include things such as control buttons on machinery, emergency stop buttoms, conveyor belts (plastic chainlink type), calculators, knife handles, rulers etc. Where do you draw the line, where does it end?

So far I have come to the decision that the list is glass and brittle plastic and as such the these items I have decided are not brittle plastic and so I haven't included them....although thinking about it the ruler would be brittle plastic and perhaps should go on the list. I just don't see how a calculator could pose a risk but then again if I put these items on and classify them as low risk and audit less frequently then I suppose I am covering myself.

What are your thoughts....how far should we take it before it becomes ridiculous????


I agree it can get ridiculous, to make the system holistic the register and auditing must be backed up by operator training and an effective loss / breakage reporting system.

For example if an emergency stop button disappears then the operator must tell a supervisor; to take this one step further you could build in a proactive inspection by operators at the start of shift or order. That way they are continually checking the high risk items (closest to process / product). I would also get rid of the brittle plastic rulers. Oh and what about spectacles and contact lenses. :doh:
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Posted 22 September 2010 - 09:00 PM

Dear Nstanley,

Suggest the use of a 4-class risk matrix. *smile*
Can then lump all items considered "insignificant" (= < low risk) and documentarily exclude them from routine audit requirement. My guess is that some people do this for low risk already ? Just like HACCP.

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Posted 22 September 2010 - 09:08 PM

Doh....glass and contact lenses. It really can get out of hand can't it.

Actually I have a cunning plan that deals with glasses and contact lenses. In our GMP policy it is stated and employees are made aware during food safety and quality induction training that any glasses must be held in place with an attacheds string/cord around their neck to avoid them falling off completely and it is up to the individual employee to ensure at the beginning and end of each shif that their glasses including screws are intact and contact lenses are still in place. If glasses are no longer intact (ie. lost a screw) or a contact lense has fallen out then these are reported to myself and corrective action taken and recorded accordingly.

I roughly counted up emergency stops and control panel stop/start buttons last night and come up with 87 e-stops and 147 stop/starts....I'm sure glad I'm not the one that has to check them.....oh wait a minute....I am the one!!!!!!!!!!! The joys of working in a family owned and run business, I am a QA team of 1 and most of our employees are contractors that wouldn't give a hoot and most of them don't speak english so that makes it hard to initiate a start up checklist for these things.

I passionately dislike anything made of plastic :thumbdown:


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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:29 PM

Doh....glass and contact lenses. It really can get out of hand can't it.

Actually I have a cunning plan that deals with glasses and contact lenses. In our GMP policy it is stated and employees are made aware during food safety and quality induction training that any glasses must be held in place with an attacheds string/cord around their neck to avoid them falling off completely and it is up to the individual employee to ensure at the beginning and end of each shif that their glasses including screws are intact and contact lenses are still in place. If glasses are no longer intact (ie. lost a screw) or a contact lense has fallen out then these are reported to myself and corrective action taken and recorded accordingly.

I roughly counted up emergency stops and control panel stop/start buttons last night and come up with 87 e-stops and 147 stop/starts....I'm sure glad I'm not the one that has to check them.....oh wait a minute....I am the one!!!!!!!!!!! The joys of working in a family owned and run business, I am a QA team of 1 and most of our employees are contractors that wouldn't give a hoot and most of them don't speak english so that makes it hard to initiate a start up checklist for these things.

I passionately dislike anything made of plastic :thumbdown:

I wonder how many times an emergency stop button has contaminated food, not very easy to swallow I imagine.

Health & Safety has got a bad name because of nit picking rules, implemented by ill informed people who do not make a sound judgement of risk. This is a serious question is checking that emergency stop buttons are still on the machine and intact every day, every shift taking food safety too far?
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Posted 26 November 2013 - 09:12 PM

Hi,

 

I am just looking for some clarification on the requirement within BRC on glass and brittle plastic- Do you need a map to show physical location of glass and brittle plastic, or can use a check-list type format that just calls out how many of each risk item you have?  

 

I work for a plastic packing company and we are working to certify in Verision 4

 

Thank you for any help!

 

Tricia


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