We're a company that is complying with WQA v8 and we are struggling with one of the requirements in the standard.
WQA v8 13.2 pg 49 says
"equipment shall not be washed on the floor".
In order for us to clean our equipment, we need to pull apart large stainless steel pieces, wash them individually and assemble the pieces back together.
The operators usually sit the equipment against a wall, wash it with detergent, rinse it down and after it has dried assemble the pieces back onto the machine.
With this standard I have now provided a plastic pallet that they need to wash the equipment on. For this to happen they have to carry the heavy pieces over to where the plastic pallet is, wash it there and bring the equipment back to the machine. (Before they washed it on the floor close to the machine) This is a labourous job and they keep questioning me as to what the 'big' difference is between washing it on a plastic pallet or on the floor.
I can sort of relate to what the operators are saying, I mean in the end the bottom of the equipment is only coming in contact with the equipment right? And we rinse the bottom down before it gets placed back onto the machine..
Am I being too dismissive of the danger of washing the equipment on the floor?
If others are complying to this standard what methods are you using?
Thanks in advance