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Section 11.7.5.7 - Knife Control of Box Cutters


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#1 terris

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:32 AM

For Section 11.7.5.7 we have a knife control policy, but it does not cover box cutters. I am thinking it should. Many of our employees use these on a regular basis, so I do not want a control system that is difficult to maintain. Any thoughts on a good policy that meets the code?



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Posted 22 October 2015 - 11:07 AM

Can it not be incorporated into the existing knife control procedure/controls you have already Terris?



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 01:15 PM

Can it not be incorporated into the existing knife control procedure/controls you have already Terris?

It could...but right now we use a knife about once every 2 weeks. It is signed in and out the same day. Box cutters are used EVERY day so it could become burdensome signing them in and out. We were thinking about signing them in and out on a weekly basis and employees would have to be responsible, ie, they cant come to us for another box cutter because they cant find the one assigned to them. Would that meet the code? I know we have often been told "its your program" so if we try it and it works-ok  (?)  Just wondering what others were doing for this...



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 01:58 PM

Ours are done daily out in the morning and back at end of shift where they're inspected for damage. Hardly a ball ache if you keep it simple. Due diligence and all that :)



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 05:47 PM

a weekly check would leave you open to an entire weeks worth of production being identified as suspect if in fact a knife turned up with missing parts. I would lean toward the daily cycle as well.



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 01:53 PM

We have a Pre-OP check list that is done at the beginning of each shift.  It includes inspection of box cutters, plastic utensils, etc.  for damage. 



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