Hello, I am looking for advice!
We pack both organic and conventional fruits. When the line moves to packing an organic product, its rinsed with water and the operatives put plastic oversleeves over the arms of their overalls. They wear the same overalls all day, just put on the white plastic oversleeves whenever they are packing organic. We don't pack organic at start of shift, as the order patterns are such that we can go too/from organic production throughout the day.
The white plastic oversleeves in my opinion are nothing more than a foreign body risk. I can't see what they are protecting the organic product from, given we're not processing the fruit at all, the overall isn't in direct contact with it, all the staff are doing is picking fruit out of a box and passing it down a line to be counted into a net or flow wrap ready for retail sale.
I was just wondering if any members have successfully removed different clothing/plastic overcovers for organic, based on the low risk? How have you justified it? Do you have a risk assessment that I could 'borrow'? Or maybe there is someone on here who has a more detailed understanding of the organic standards than myself, who can tell me exactly what we need to do. I have looked at the soil association standard (as we are in the UK) and I am none the wiser as to their requirements on PPE!!
Many thanks in advance for your help!!