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Posted 14 December 2017 - 04:03 PM

Regarding the need to remove uniforms for outside smoke breaks, has anyone implemented the use of a disposable lab coat to be worn over the uniform.


Due to the converting and manufacturing equipment our operators work on, removable jacks are deemed not safe and therefore we require the use of uniforms, put on at work.


Appreciate feedback and suggestions.


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Posted 14 December 2017 - 05:15 PM

Depends on how succeptable your product will be to smoke smell exposure. We don't have uniforms here and so employees wear the same clothes in and out and it doesn't affect the product. However if your uniforms are intended to reduce microbial contamination from outside the plant and you have them change on site for that reason, then yeah, they'd need to take them off or address some other way.


Uline sells disposal smocks to cover clothing that can be disposed. Up to you whether you want to accommodate your smokers in this way or not.

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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:05 AM



many years ago as we have had still "smoker room" where employees had to wear protective clothing I have performed some test with highly smelling coats and transfer to bakery products for a risk assessment. We have performed large scale "Robinson test" with lactose, chocolate and some cookies and a such a coat in an sealed locker with air circulation for 24h and 48h. We could not detect a transfer of smell from coats to products.




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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:38 AM

We have "smoke-coats" that the smokers have to wear over productions clothes. Preferably they remove production jackets before as well. The "smoke-coats" are washed every now and then.

Having disposable would cost too much as we have about 10 smokers and they smoke at least 10 times a day, each...


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Posted 21 December 2017 - 11:46 AM

Ha ha ha ha ha ha... no.


Why are removable coats unsafe?  Can you redesign your process to make them safe?  Uniforms including trousers or boiler suits cannot be put on hygienically and putting a coat over the overalls doesn't stop smoke absorbing onto the clothes and then potentially tainting product.



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