Hope everyone is well and happy!
I am hoping I can get your advice/experiences on the use of radios in production areas.......
We have a large number of hand held radio units in place in our production unit - they are used for communication betweeen departments during the production day. The units are issued daily from the production office (not located in the production area) to members of the production team, engineering team, QA team and warehouse team and then returned to the production office at the end of the shift.
During the time of issue the radios are carried all over the factory including non production areas such as maintenance area, warehouse, offices and lunch room. I have seen people outside in the smoking area with the radios (so that they are contactable during breaks?) and although I have not specifically seen it potentially radios could travel into the toilet areas! In addition I have seen the radios left laying on tables, lines, pallets and even on product casess and raw material buckets.
We monitor and check the radios for damage as a FB risk but it occurs to me that there is a micro risk associated with using the radios. Given the travel of the radios and the handling of the radios should I have a cleaning procedure for the radios?
I am thinking of swabing the radios to understand if/what counts exist and then potentially set up a cleaning procedure with sanitizer wipes.
If anyone out there has already got a system in place could oyu just advise what you use to clean the radios with and how often you clean them.