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#1 olshanka

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Posted 25 August 2015 - 08:09 PM

Is there information on the hazards/risks of using forklifts in the production area in SQF? The only thing I can find is that vehicles used in product processing, storage, or cold storage areas do not release hydrocarbon emissions or present a hazard to the product, ingredients or product packaging materials. How do I interpret that? What kind of vehicles are allowed in the specific areas? Also, what is the risk of using the gas powered forklifts?

 

 

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 10:43 AM

we are SQF level 2 and we use our forklifts in production all the time, they are electric. 



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 12:10 PM

BRC Issue 7 (and previously, FSSC 22000) certified plant here.  We use electric forklifts in our production areas all the time.  The production forklifts are segregated from the warehouse forklifts.  Basically the same system as a captive shoe/uniform required area.  The production area has two forklifts (one for the manufacturing side, one for the packaging side) and they stay within an area that is segregated by lines on the floor.  They get their wheels sanitized/disinfected every week.  

 

Deliveries from the warehouse to the production space are via warehouse forklift and warehouse racking.  Warehouse forklift stacks materials in the racking from the warehouse side, the production forklift pulls it off the opposite side for use in the production area.  

 

It's an attempt at separating the forklifts that enter and exit trailers and those used in manufacturing.  

 

BTW, there are a few GFSI standards (perhaps all??) that require electric only forklifts in food handling and storage areas (no internal combustion).



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 12:14 PM

Have a look on below link.... :smile:

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...iven-forklifts/



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 01:12 PM

IF your folks have pencil/pen holders on their forklifts, you may want to check them for candy/gum wrappers.  They are a lovely hidey hole for things....our consultant pointed that out to me.   :blink:


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Posted 26 August 2015 - 04:02 PM

Additionally all forklifts should be checked at several times throughout the day for potential hazards such as leaks of the hydraulic fluid that can transfer to the product or packaging or broken glass or taped repairs or dirt in the foot well or torn seating that accumulates dirt; basically view the forklift as another piece of equipment with an operator in your processing area and look for the same hazards that occur on any line.



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 04:27 PM

Just an idea.....We've secured small stainless steel baskets on our electric forkliftsto hold portable hand sanitizer bottles. The driver can now sanitize his hands when entering the room, and not have to stop, get off the forklift, walk over the wall mounted sanitizer, then get back on the lift to enter.



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Posted 26 August 2015 - 05:02 PM

Just an idea.....We've secured small stainless steel baskets on our electric forkliftsto hold portable hand sanitizer bottles. The driver can now sanitize his hands when entering the room, and not have to stop, get off the forklift, walk over the wall mounted sanitizer, then get back on the lift to enter.

Good idea.  It will probably keep your forklift steering wheel cleaner too.  I do weekly ATP swabs to monitor cleanliness of the facility, and that forklift steering wheel is always in need of cleaning. 

 

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 02:26 AM

Interesting about the sanitizer, what is the value of this exactly?  Are they using sanitizer in place of washing, drying and sanitizing their hands?

 

Seems like a waste of money if that is the case.


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Posted 15 January 2018 - 12:09 PM

A forklift certification is required by the Labor Occupational Safety and Health Organization (OSHA) law to operate forklifts. If you want to join the heavy duty industry as a forklift driver, you will be asked to get a forklift license NJ before start working.

 

 

 

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 06:01 PM

Basically, the impact on forklifts in packaging and food companies is normally about flume off.

 

Last year I told three new clients to stop using propane lifts in their facility - 1 listened and stopped. The other two did not.

 

1 had no issue on their audit - the others took hits from dropped them out of excellent.


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