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Posted 24 February 2011 - 01:39 AM

For those of you who use hard hats in your facilities, how do you handle issuing them to employees and sanitizing them?




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Posted 25 February 2011 - 08:21 PM

How do you do it right now Emme?
Also what does your business, who wears the hard hats and what do they do?

If you can provide a little more info you should get a better answer.


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 09:52 AM

Hello Emme,

I have no idea in what frequency you should clean the hard hats. However when cleaning please take a look at the hard hats fabrication date. Yes there is a limit on hard hats as well due to the different type of plastics. Some last 5 years and some 10 years. It's a small detail but when the employees clean the hat is something you should point out as well.

Good luck!


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Posted 28 February 2011 - 05:56 PM

We just recently had hard hats made mandatory for all to wear so we are still working on this question as well but here are my suggestions:

- through employee training, signage, etc. make sure that employees are aware to not be touching their hard hats in open product areas/food handling areas.
- also tell employees to sanitize their hats periodically on their own (which some employees will do, but others won't)
- perform a little experiment and do some swabs on various hard hats to determine how dirty they really are which may help you establish a frequency (this experiment is something you can do at a frequency as well to show auditors your verfication of the frequency you establish)

If we come up with any other ideas that we implement, I will be sure to post them.

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Posted 01 March 2011 - 04:23 AM

Best way to sanitise the hard hats is using 70% commercial grade ethanol and wiping the hard hat with a clean paper towel or absorbent materail. You can then verify the cleaniliness by performing swabs for SPC and coliforms.

Hope this assits you.



Edited by Dr Ajay Shah, 01 March 2011 - 04:23 AM.

Dr Ajay Shah.,
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