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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:07 PM

Hello,

I am preparing for our upcoming BRC Packaging audit.  We are a printing company and we convert non-food contact packaging and food contact packaging (printed labels mainly.)  I am having some trouble figuring out what is needed for the protective clothing section of the self-assessment.  We do not wear lab coats in food grade lines, we currently have a policy that plain t-shirts and long pants are required when running food grade products.  We do however require beard nets and hair nets inside the food grade lines.  Although we are considered a high risk environment due to the few food contact products we run, I do not know if lab coats etc. would be required.  The policies we have in place have been sufficient in the past but I know that the BRC standards are a lot more strict than AIB.  Does anyone have any input as to what they would think is sufficient protective clothing for this type of environment?  thanks



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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:26 PM

On our food contact packaging line where there may be contact between clothes and packaging our staff wear an apron that are professionally laundered.  It is much cheaper than a lab coat, is much cooler in high heat environment and still provides protection between product and clothes. 


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 03:12 PM

Hi, I am on the same boat with you. I am working for BRC and we are also packaging company. Our employees are wearing uniforms which are professionally laundered. I didn't think about having an apron or lab coat. Is it needed?

 

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:21 PM

 

Hi, I am on the same boat with you. I am working for BRC and we are also packaging company. Our employees are wearing uniforms which are professionally laundered. I didn't think about having an apron or lab coat. Is it needed?

 

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If they are already wearing uniforms most likely not, but make sure they are clean and not becoming contaminated in some form. 


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Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:17 PM

It's good to know :ejut:



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Posted 25 July 2014 - 12:20 AM

We issue uniforms to our employees and provide written guidelines on how to handle uniforms - from washing to transport to work and changing. They are not allowed to wear the uniform outside the primary packaging area. For visitors and non-primary packaging personnel, we require them to wear protective gowns upon entering the primary packaging area.



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Posted 27 July 2014 - 05:47 AM

Professionally laundered approved uniforms yes

 

Aprons :uhm:

 

They may be suitable for some applications but I wouldn't recommend generally due to possible risks such as top buttons from the clothing underneath.

 

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