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#26 Charles.C

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 05:28 PM

The glass list should only include food handling / contact zones.  The catch is - this is not defined by the code - therefore define it yourself, in writing, based on risk.  This helps the code make sense !  In my opinion, items that pose a minimal risk due to distance from exposed product or low likelihood of incidents should be managed by having employees initial at the beginning and end of shift that their area and equipment was clean and in good condition.  This contributes to the glass as well as sanitation records. 

 

Which ?

 

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Posted 17 December 2014 - 05:32 PM

Charles - SQF does not define it and I do not see it within BRC either.  Is it defined elsewhere ? 


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 05:39 PM

The glass list should only include food handling / contact zones.  The catch is - this is not defined by the code - therefore define it yourself, in writing, based on risk.  This helps the code make sense !  In my opinion, items that pose a minimal risk due to distance from exposed product or low likelihood of incidents should be managed by having employees initial at the beginning and end of shift that their area and equipment was clean and in good condition.  This contributes to the glass as well as sanitation records. 

I don't agree with this statement.

 

I can also give you an example on what an auditor gave me a non-conformance for. Non-shatter proof lights on a mezzanine in the warehouse up and away from any product. This mezzanine was used to store away old documents.



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 05:44 PM

Hey RG3 - I'm always open to discussion - that's what the site is all about...  An auditor can give a non-conformance if he/she can show something is in conflict with the code or there is a potential risk.  It's even easier for the auditor if the company has not written a risk assessment to defend its decisions (i.e. for the glass list).  If you disagree, and therefore agree with your auditor (?)  I assume it is based on the nature of your operation and the presence of risk.  This is often a matter of opinion - so it can be tough. 


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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:06 PM

Hi Cathy, believe you me I rarely agree with auditors. I have risk assessments up the whazoo. Ultimately it's up to the overzealous auditor if they want to take away that point or not and then it's up to you if you want to appeal their decision. It does really lead all to interpretation or "matter of opinion" which is why I think there should be more clarity on all schemes.



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Posted 17 December 2014 - 06:19 PM

Charles - SQF does not define it and I do not see it within BRC either.  Is it defined elsewhere ? 

 

Dear Cathy,

 

I have no idea. I just wondered as to which code you were referencing. This thread is somewhat meandering. :smile:

 

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:10 PM

Hi-

Is lexan considered brittle plastic? I would not think so.



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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:26 PM

Hello everyone! Some great answers here. The glass and brittle plastics register that we used is very detailed as we include everything in and around the area. One of our biggest customers asked us to go as far as to include anything that could get near packaging materials (this included dials on air gauges that we use to put air into roll shafts). We have even gone as far as to put the photograph, and descriptions together so that we do not have to go looking for each item off of the register. We know exactly what it looks like (or should in the event that it is broken). 






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