Just wondering if I could get some advice - I have recently started a new job as a QA Manager in a raw vegetable packing facility. I am working on our PPE policy at the minute. We wear protective coats, hair nets and gloves and staff loading and unloading lorries have protective boots to wear. I am just checking to see if there is a requirement for floor staff to wear protective white footwear or can they wear their own shoes as long as they are clean? I can't find much information on this!
Are you tying to satisfy any particular standard ?
The (micro. hygienic) answer may depend on yr Listeria policy, if any.
Rgds / Charles.C
PS (added) -these 2 packinghouse viewpoints (SQF Guidance 2000 quotes, Canadian, respectively) may help a bit -
Employees and Visitors must wear clean outer garments and footwear. Employees and Visitors with excessively soiled clothing will not handle products or Packaging Materials. Employees and Visitors working in product production areas (farm) should not handle processed product unless they have cleaned-up and changed their clothing. In high risks processes, employees must not wear processing uniforms off site. Employees who are not engaged in high risk processes can wear uniforms off site provided that they are properly cleaned at the beginning of their work operation. Clothing includes work cloths, overalls, boots, shoe coverings, head coverings, hair nets, smocks, frocks, beard snoods and coats.
You may provide additional outdoor lunchroom facilities (picnic tables) where they do not pose a dust or pest hazard to the processing area of the Plant. Covered facilities and sealed paths are one way to address these hazards. Where hazards presented by such facilities are minimal, you may employ alternative controls, such as routine cleaning of tables and steps to minimize dust on non-sealed paths.
Foot baths also provide another means to ensure that foot traffic does not bring dust or other contaminants into the processing area if practical to do so.
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