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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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Emme



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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.

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

Dr Ajay Shah.,
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