Extracted from Primus Packinghouse audit guideline,V11.04 Rev 1, 2011-
1.5.4 Are employees wearing effective hair restraints?
Visual Confirmation. Total conformance (10 points): Employees (includes maintenance employees and visitors)
should be wearing appropriate hair restraints (hairnets and beard nets and moustache covers where appropriate)
that fully contain all hair. For the purposes of this audit, hair restraints are not necessary in operations with
products that require cooking prior to consumption i.e. potatoes and/or outer layer of commodity (rind, peel, skin,
etc.) is not consumed or used as a food item in any way e.g. storage onions, garlic, etc. In all cases, wearing
effective hair restraints is best practice.
Handlers of items that may be “ready-to-eat” e.g. green onions, stone fruit, tomatoes, citrus, etc., should wear
hairnets. Note that citrus peel is often used in drinks, used for zesting, etc., and is viewed as edible for the
purpose of this audit. Baseball caps are allowed in packinghouses only if they are clean and worn with a hair net
that is clearly visible and restrains all hair. Bobby pins, hairgrips should not be worn outside hair nets. Long hair
should be tied back for safety reasons, using a band of some type (not metal clips or pins). Hair restraints should
a) stop hair falling onto the product and b) prevent employees from touching their hair and then the product.