Thank you for the reply!
I started eliminating and throwing things away and that is how this started.
They came up with the idea of sheet protectors for the order sheets that the operators work off of. My argument back to them was just put them on metal clip boards but apparently they keep multiple orders and the staples keep each order packet together and some orders are more pages than the staple-less paper staplers can go through (think 10-20 pages, and the paper staplers I've found only do 4-8).
I obviously am not getting the senior management support on this to back me, so even they are asking for documented 3rd party policies or rules clearly stating no staples in either the SQF code or something from FDA or USDA.
As far as the warehouse the product is a finished packaged good at this point, are you are saying still eliminate everything?
You could say "we have no staples on the floor to minimize contamination. The food saftey team assess the risk, and it is common practice to not have staples in production because the risk of them falling off of paper is so high." I know AIB have a specific standard that says no staples, but I don't see one in SQF.
For citing SQF (these are streching the standards to meet your whims, something probably not good to do) - I'd say it was a temporary fastener or loose metal object. Both of those are covered in the standards, but apply to equipment, not "stuff". Maybe your senior management won't read too closely.
use of temporary fasteners such as string, wire or tape to fix or hold equipment shall not be
Loose metal objects on equipment, equipment covers and overhead structures shall be removed or
tightly fixed so as not to present a hazard.
Edited by magenta_majors, 13 June 2014 - 07:58 PM.