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#1 Dee Mac

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 04:24 PM

Hi All, 

 

Im currently writing a procedure for my sampling technicians for how they collect hand swabs. All other factories i have worked in have swabbed: both hands palm and back, between fingers, and around nails. However these ladies have only ever done palms and between 2 fingers in the past. 

 

Would you recommend my method or theirs? I thought that the method im suggesting just captures commonly missed areas etc. 

 

Look forward to hearing your responses. 



#2 Lesley.Roberts

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 04:48 PM

Hi Dee

 

I have worked in factories that have done both.

 

I guess it depends on the products  being handled and the risk, because I have been people sniff & apply the back of their hand to their nose, so I know it does happen!. 

 

Ultimately you're assessing staff's compliance to hand washing protocol so I would say it is safer to swab all areas to determine compliance to the hand wash & hygiene protocols.

 

Certainly if the product is RTE or high risk it's a sensible precaution & also, the more rigorous the swabbing is, the more likely staff are to adhere to hand washing/hygiene protocols.

 

Anything that avoids the use of the "magic gloves" is a good thing (you know the gloves I mean, they can be worn for hours, only need to be changed daily,  allow you to touch waste on the floor & then touch food because "I'm wearing gloves" so the product is safe!).



#3 Henry Saingura

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:18 PM

Hi Dee!
Leslet.Roberta is right wearing gloves is safe.



#4 Charles.C

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Posted 19 December 2018 - 06:50 PM

Hi DeeMac,

 

An additional conundrum is how to formulate the micro. limits

 

Can try this thread -

 

https://www.ifsqn.co...ces/#entry98364

 

PS - another technique is to place palm onto an agar plate or equivalent.


Kind Regards,

 

Charles.C






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