We have microfiber rags that are used by maintenance, sanitation, and production. Production and sanitation are using one color while maintenance is a separate color. I have been noticing operators and mechanics putting the rags in their back pockets and that is how they carry them. I am addressing with production, but maintenance is in disagreement that this poses any sort of food safety issue. I tried to explain that the rag could fall out and potentially end up in the product stream, also it isn't sanitary to be carrying it that way.
Looking for some thoughts and maybe a different perspective on this. Am I taking this too far, or does it not matter?
Get rid of them for production and sanitation. IMO there is no cost effective way to verify or validate the cleaning of the rags. If you are going to go for certification under any of the GSFI schemes you will most likely run into this issue especially if you are RTE product. If you have to use something for wiping use a single us towel.
For maintenance I would have them document / account for them the same way they do for all of there tools that they bring into production. I am making the assumption that once maintenance is done working on the equipment that it is cleaned, sanitized, and verified before it is released back to production. If this is the case, how they carry them is a moot point.
Edited by KevinB, 02 September 2014 - 03:10 PM.