For my first post, I had a question in regards to wearing smocks and hair/beard nets in production areas. We have a new operations manager who has zero food safety experience and generally doesn't just accept a fair amount of our food safety standards as they are if I can't offer him some sort of practical reasoning. His main area of concern this week is the necessity for management to wear a smock and a hair/beard net after we have finished production during the post-production cleaning and sanitation procedures.
"Honestly, what could go wrong if we don't wear the gear? There's no food in the open and we'll stick to one side of the production floor away from the machinery." Our facility is 50ft x 300ft and all of our equipment is on one side of the room. His proposal is painting a line on the floor that spans the 300 feet and that management can stay on the side of the line opposite the equipment after production without putting on the gear required by our GMPs as he regularly needs to cross the production floor to speak with an operator or manager.
Outside of my reservations of introducing complexity into a relatively simple standard, this manager has had a general disregard for PPE equipment in the past and I just don't trust him to follow the guidelines he's proposed even if I allow what he's asking for.
What leniences can I give them so that I can show that I'm trying to work with them but also what reasons can I give them to justify the need to wear their clothing even when they think it's not necessary? What have you seen or done that might be a good compromise?