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Posted 06 March 2020 - 09:09 PM

Hello all, 

 

Just curious. Should "safety glasses" (PPE) and or "Prescription glasses" be added to the glass and brittle plastic registry? How do you mange control with 500 employees half of which are seasonal temps? 

 

Thank you in advance for your opinions. :helpplease:

 

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See these threads: 

https://www.ifsqn.co...plastic-policy/

https://www.ifsqn.co...rk/#entry62753 



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Posted 06 March 2020 - 10:20 PM

Hello all, 

 

Just curious. Should "safety glasses" (PPE) and or "Prescription glasses" be added to the glass and brittle plastic registry? How do you mange control with 500 employees half of which are seasonal temps? 

 

Thank you in advance for your opinions. :helpplease:

 

Safety glasses (PPE) aren't considered brittle plastic. We make all employees wear them. If they wear glasses they have the option of wearing the safety glasses over them or getting special prescription glasses that are also PPE (if employees choose this option, they pay for it).



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 01:24 AM

Safety glasses (PPE) aren't considered brittle plastic. We make all employees wear them. If they wear glasses they have the option of wearing the safety glasses over them or getting special prescription glasses that are also PPE (if employees choose this option, they pay for it).

 

Try breaking safety glasses and see what happens...most of the time they have sharp edges which are indeed a hazard.  The real question is how to manage the hazard.  For PPE and any eye wear it would involve employee training to immediately stop the line and notify supervisor or QA to assess risk and go from there.  Almost every time people know when their glasses go missing or are damaged.



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Posted 07 March 2020 - 01:35 AM

Try breaking safety glasses and see what happens...most of the time they have sharp edges which are indeed a hazard.  The real question is how to manage the hazard.  For PPE and any eye wear it would involve employee training to immediately stop the line and notify supervisor or QA to assess risk and go from there.  Almost every time people know when their glasses go missing or are damaged.

 

 

Absolutely correct Ryan - I've watched a couple of safety glasses shatter, sharp edges and all - these have to be on anyone's register and inspected often.


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Posted 07 March 2020 - 07:10 AM

Absolutely correct Ryan - I've watched a couple of safety glasses shatter, sharp edges and all - these have to be on anyone's register and inspected often.

 

Maybe it relates to cost. I would have thought that "decent" safety glasses should be specified shatter-proof. No ?

 

 

eg, perhaps -

 

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Edited by Charles.C, 07 March 2020 - 07:24 AM.
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Posted 07 March 2020 - 02:21 PM

Try breaking safety glasses and see what happens...most of the time they have sharp edges which are indeed a hazard.  The real question is how to manage the hazard.  For PPE and any eye wear it would involve employee training to immediately stop the line and notify supervisor or QA to assess risk and go from there.  Almost every time people know when their glasses go missing or are damaged.

 

I stand corrected.  :oops2: They say they are supposed to be but that doesn't always mean they are. I might have to have some fun and run some over  :smile:  



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Posted 09 March 2020 - 01:32 PM

Hello All, 

 

I will attempt to do a shatter test to see how durable the "safety glasses" are and determine the risk from the results. 

 

I appreciate all the feedback! 

 

Be well.  :spoton:



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Posted 15 April 2022 - 08:11 PM

Thank you all for the comments, greatly appreciated. So even if our overhead lights are either shatter-proof or have the safety tubing in case of shattering, we still have to include all light fixtures on our list, AND need to inspect at minimum monthly? 

 

One other question is about wooden-handled utensils. We have many utensils with wood handles which I"m now guessing will need to be added to "wood" registry and/or replaced with plastic? If they are not food-contact, can they still be used?



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Posted 14 July 2022 - 06:56 PM

Hello,

 

Any plastics that area breakable or has tendency to break you can consider it as brittle plastic. That includes wall clock, voltmeter, ampere gauges, dial thermometers and etc.

We done the monitoring daily. Very tedious and it seems over-kill but necessary during audits.

 

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But what type of product are you producing? 



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Posted 19 July 2022 - 05:04 PM

Thank you all for the comments, greatly appreciated. So even if our overhead lights are either shatter-proof or have the safety tubing in case of shattering, we still have to include all light fixtures on our list, AND need to inspect at minimum monthly? 

 

One other question is about wooden-handled utensils. We have many utensils with wood handles which I"m now guessing will need to be added to "wood" registry and/or replaced with plastic? If they are not food-contact, can they still be used?

 

All glass and plastic items in your production area should be on the main registry.  If you can defend separating them out into different inspection checklists (daily high risk for buttons and dials on equipment near the production line, vs monthly inspection of a clock hanging far away from production lines), that can help avoid making inspections overly tedious.  Almost every SQF auditor I've had likes to get a copy of the full registry and then make me show them any plastic they find is on the registry.

 

No plant I've worked at was able to get away with wood handled tools in the production area, not even push brooms.  Wood simply cannot be sanitized to anyone's satisfaction, all tools needed to have plastic or metal handles.


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Posted 18 August 2022 - 03:51 PM

Try breaking safety glasses and see what happens...most of the time they have sharp edges which are indeed a hazard.  The real question is how to manage the hazard.  For PPE and any eye wear it would involve employee training to immediately stop the line and notify supervisor or QA to assess risk and go from there.  Almost every time people know when their glasses go missing or are damaged.

 

After seeing a set go through a dicer, they are definitely brittle.  Personnel training is the only practical way to handle irregularly dispersed items.





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