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#1 freehli4

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 04:41 PM

Hello, 

 

We are working towards SQF Certification(previously level 2) and hope to be ready by the middle of next year. I have researched my specific questions around this topic to no avail. 

 

I am currently working through the Chemical program and list. There is some confusion on what should be included on the Approved chemical list. We have food grade and nonfood grade areas in our facility. Currently I have the chemicals we use on the production floor and the chemicals in our maintenance shop listed.

 

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Should paints and caulking be on this list?

Should cleaners used in the office, and hand soaps be on the list?

We are going to include the cleaning chemicals used for our lab equipment on the list, but if there are, for example Lysol wipes or Windex in the lab should this be on the list?

Should the list include the amount on hand of each item as well? 

 

The code seems very relaxed around what exactly I am supposed to set up with this list. My initial thought was to have the main iron clad list of chemicals we use in production and the other items have on a separate list, that represents "yes they are in the facility but not in processing areas."

 

Please any guidance would be appreciated. 

 

Thank you, 

 

A

 

 


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:13 PM

I include all the chemicals pertinent to our sanitation program in a special list, with concentration instructions and whether or not a rinse is required. My "list" of all other chemicals in the facility is my MSDS book.


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 06:17 PM

Thank you Fur,

 

That was my next question, Do all the items in the maintenance shop(including paint and caulk), hand soaps, office cleaning supplies need an SDS?


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Posted 05 October 2017 - 07:58 PM

Yes you should have and SDS for any chemical that you have including paint, office cleaning supplies anything used in case of an emergency that staff can pull up the SDS for it. SQF will walk around and write down chemicals they see throughout your facility and then ask you to see the SDS.  Took a hit last year did not have one for the paint can she saw in storage.

 

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Posted 05 October 2017 - 09:41 PM

We are an SQF Certified facility and what we have done is create a master list of every chemical used in the plant.  We then assign a department  the chemical that it lives in or pertains to.  As Susan mentioned an auditor will ask for an SDS for chemicals observed during the audit.  We also have added in a risk assessment to the chemical list and highlighted all food grade lubricants for ease of finding and reference.  This is an easily audited register that can be used to verify chemicals in each department.  All paints, caulking, etc are on the list even if stored in an outside cabinet.  

 

I hope this helps and good luck with the certification. 


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 07:16 PM

Hi, 

 

Does anyone know if the SDS we have on file needs to be the manufacture's SDS or can they be any company's? 

 

For example we have items in our maintenance shop which are no longer made or the company is out of business so I cannot find the updated SDS(in GHS format) from that specific company. could I use an SDS from another company?

 

Thank you - Such a tedious task! 


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Posted 12 October 2017 - 08:48 PM

You need to have the manufactures supplied SDS, these need to be specific to the chemical used.  Per OSHA you should be keeping an SDS on file for 30 years. 

 

 https://www.osha.gov...ARDS&p_id=10027

 

Really reading and understanding what is required is key.  If cannot find an SDS due to be an old chemical then it might be good to start purchasing new chemicals that have current GHS supplied SDS.  


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