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#1 rebecca1981

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Posted 15 July 2016 - 08:05 PM

Hi all, 

 

We are a small but growing dessert manufacturer, and as we have grown have been dealing with more and more slip-and-fall issues among our employees. 

 

Does anyone have any tips that have worked well in your facilities to help mitigate slippery floors and improve safety? 

 

More info about our situation: 

  • epoxy covered (there is a little grit in the epoxy to provide some traction)
  • the oil residue we use for our process settles on the floor during the shift, creating a very slippery floor in certain areas
  • during clean-up at shift's end, the water mixes with the oil and is an additional hazard

We require all production employees to wear nonslip, waterproof boots. We have researched and discussed with our chemical company any options that may exist (my dream chemical is something we could put down on the floors during the shift to absorb the oil, and would be approved for use in a food manufacturing facility... but apparently this does not exist). We have discussed floor mats, but really do not want to go this route, as we would need a LOT of them, and the daily cleaning/sanitation would be a big job. 

 

Surely other food manufacturers have had to deal with this issue and have come up with some solutions... My fingers are crossed that if you are reading this, you are among them and might be willing to share your ideas. 

 

Kindly,

Rebecca


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Posted 15 July 2016 - 11:55 PM

Hi rebecca,

 

It is unclear to me (a) whether yr floor cleaning procedure is intrinsically inefficient to remove oil ? and (b) why yr process is causing a substantial volume of oil to exist on the floor (process layout defect/drainage?).

 

(a) requires expertise if unsatisfactory.

(b) may require more frequent cleaning assuming (a) is satisfactory or perhaps a process modification to control the oil falling on the floor if such is possible.

 

IMEX rubber boots are inherently more slippery than plastic. And cheap boots are more slippery than the opposite.


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Posted 16 July 2016 - 08:43 PM

You said in part "We require all production employees to wear nonslip, waterproof boots."
 
Non-Slips are normally not channeled and are intended to hold contact with a floor that does not have slippery films (such as oil) on it.
 
Outside of making a big improvement to your sanitation program or equipment modifications to lessen the amount of oils you should consider contracting with a high quality shoe manufacturer that sells channeled non-skid (not non-slip) shoes.
 
Knapp I believe was the inventor (in the USA) of these shoes, however they are out of business - but I am sure you can find another company that has these.
 

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 07:06 PM

Thank you both for your feedback.

 

Regarding footwear: These are the boots we currently use: https://www.bunzlpd....=990005&page=4 

We have experimented with several different kinds of boots - both more expensive options and more mid-grade options. These seem to do the trick just as well as the more expensive ones, and our employees find them to be comfortable enough. If you have a recommendation for a particular boot manufacturer we should consider, I'd love to know so we can consider them. 

 

Regarding sanitation: Our sanitation program works very well to remove the oil from the floors. In terms of frequency, we do not have the resources at this point to undergo floor cleaning throughout a shift; only at the end of a shift.

 

Regarding process: Our process has actually improved significantly recently with the addition of a new piece of equipment that automatically oils the pans we use, keeping all of the oil contained within the machine (we used to hand spray the pans, which caused significant oil to settle on the floor). Outside of that, much of our process is still manual, and it is at that point that ancillary ingredients fall on the floor as employees hand scale and hand press over the line. Gross debris is cleaned from the floor throughout the day, but that does not address the oils that transfer to the floor. 

 

I appreciate any additional insight or ideas anyone might have! 

 

Rebecca


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Posted 20 July 2016 - 05:13 AM

Hi Rebecca,

Thanks for process details. It sounds like an extremely challenging environment.

If you are now satisfied with yr boots I guess no problem. If otherwise, the suggestion from SQF Consultant would be my own next step, ie seek professional help.

PS - the linked product looked quite nice but, perhaps not surprisingly, makes no claim regarding oil.


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