Just started a new role as a QA supervisor, is a small ex family run business which has got BRC accreditation.
On my 1st day I noted immediately that one of my QA has lost a metal detection stick and no corrective action has occurred. Everyone is turning a blind eye and I have bent over backwards to find it or trace it and it seems a lost cause with only one conclusion with 2 possible out comes
1st its been lost on floor or thrown in bin by agency staff cleaning up or..
2 it has ended up in a clients product box
The piece in question is 3.0 stainless (304) and they are using 3.0 ferrous /non ferrous to which all reject.
I have used a 4.0 stainless and MD is working fine but doesn't answer where the other stick is and I guess it will turn up either In product or planet of the lost strips...
Any case I need to get a replacement stick and retrain staff to a new procedure im going to write but need to know a few things..
Am I right in thinking each stick should come with a certificate of conformity?
if using a 4.0 stick works and the machine was set up for 3.0 across the board mean its working and I can rest easy in thinking food produced is safe?
do I need to annually have test pieces calibrated externally?
2nd issue noted on my 1st day is to do with scales...
the paperwork shows that there is 5 sets of scales that they check each day (table top versions)
and that this is being done using waits provided. However they have floor scales labled scale set 7
1st thing I tried to find was scale 6 which doesn't exist apparently and im told they have never checked accuracy of the floor scales because they are used for waste..
Should they be testing these like every other scale? which I think they should be?
Does it matter which weights are used to test the accuracy on diferent scales or is there some kind of guide for say scales weighing 0 to 1000g use weights 10g 20g 50g etc, and scales weighing from 0 to 6kg should use weights 500g , 1kg 2.5 etc?
A lot of issues paperwork wise on my 1st day but getting these base issues corrected will hopefully get the department on right track with there measuring systems....