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#1 matthewcc

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 03:10 PM

Hello all, I didn't see this topic specifically, but have any of you seen the use of cloth caps that could be washed and re-used in the food, supplement, or pharmaceutical industries?  This would be an alternative to disposable hairnets/bouffant caps that are typically used.

 

We manufacture dietary supplements in the United States under 21 CFR part 111 and parts of 21 CFR part 117.

 

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Posted 01 November 2017 - 06:35 PM

who will be responsible for the laundering?


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Posted 01 November 2017 - 07:29 PM

Never have seen cloth caps worn in your type of operation.

 

Could be an interesting risk analysis from the standpoint of how they sources, washed (with other items, etc and chemicals), residual evidence of chemicals that are used, etc.


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Posted 02 November 2017 - 03:23 PM

If they were laundered to the same standard as your smocks I see no reason that using a reusable cap would be of any issue. Hairnets aren't sterile, just clean. Provided the caps provide the same amount of hair protection as a hairnet would (e.g. goes over the ears and contains all hair) then I would say full steam ahead.

 

As a secondary reference, surgical gowns and caps were washed when I worked in vet clinics, though we did run those through an autoclave.


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Posted 02 November 2017 - 04:49 PM

Worked in a food environment and we had used cloth caps in which the company took responsibility for laundry and re-issuance to employees. We had designated collection bins for soiled ones and fresh ones were kept in the gowning area. We had prescribed standards of washing to which the third party vendor had acknowledged/agreed to i.e. no mixing with other clients, washing process to be uniformly applied, including what detergents to use etc etc. 


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Posted 02 November 2017 - 07:08 PM

what kind of caps were they?  were they designed like hairnets but cloth? or were they more like chef's/cook's hats?


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Posted 07 November 2017 - 06:05 PM

ctzinck Theoretically we would launder them ourselves in our building. Alex V. This is something we're considering, but it is a long shot.  We have never used cloth caps.  I suppose in theory they could look like a surgical cap.
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