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#1 ganderson64

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 03:38 PM

Does anyone know of a specific height requirement for covers over processing lines / areas / conveyors etc...?



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Posted 08 January 2016 - 04:47 PM

As in height between the surface of the coveyor & the underside of cover? I do not believe I have ever seen that, here is what I have used for design (GMA sanitary design checklist)

 

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All surfaces in non-product zones shall be readily accessible for cleaning and inspection. Installation for product contact areas and conveyor travel paths will maintain a minimum of 18 inches clearance from the floor.  Equipment design provides a 12 inch clearance from the floor to allow for cleaning and inspection. Equipment is located a minimum of 30 inches from overhead structures and 36 inches from the nearest stationary object. (Check applicable safety regulations)

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Posted 08 January 2016 - 08:23 PM

What is the purpose of the covers?

What are they made of?

What is on the line?

 

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 06:57 PM

The purpose of the covers is to satisfy food safety concerns on conveyors, vibrating tables, sizing tables etc...

We have a number of them in place. They are constructed of Lexan / Plexiglass in metal frames. Our initial SQF L3 audit required we install one over an exposed production area.

We are bringing up a second production line that will need similar covering I am sure.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 07:04 PM

The purpose of the covers is to satisfy food safety concerns on conveyors, vibrating tables, sizing tables etc...

We have a number of them in place. They are constructed of Lexan / Plexiglass in metal frames. Our initial SQF L3 audit required we install one over an exposed production area.

We are bringing up a second production line that will need similar covering I am sure.

 

Thanks for the information.  I don't believe there is any guidance or requirement on distance, so it is up to you to design it based on practicalities. Obviously if the canopy is up in the stars then it would be questioned as to how effective it is also if it were touching food on the line then that would be a problem.  Whats your concern are your struggling to getting it close enough or too close?

 

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 07:34 PM

The concern was meeting any type of regulatory spec if one existed. We have decided on a distance that will allow access to the equipment for change overs and cleaning. This will be consistent with other covers currently in place.



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Posted 11 January 2016 - 07:40 PM

Sounds good to me, but you're right it's always worth checking as rectifying after the fact would be costly.

 

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