OK, so normally I like to get all wordy and do my best to sound smart on this forum. It's because there are so many smart people here. But not this time, it's gonna be a straight jab. For SQF Food Safety; hair-nets in the warehouse? If the product is only in a state of vulnerability (open) in side a clean room, and all product in the warehouse is palatalized ready for shipping, are hairnets mandatory? It seems like over-kill.
As always, you guys are the best than you for your time
Yes, agreed Plastic Ducky
I usually only respond if I'm pretty certain on my facts..but in this case probably industry norms & your confidence in your site might be a better route?.
My understanding of both BRC & SQF is that the terms "where appropriate" & "production areas" are used respectively.
So, you'd need to challenge what you consider appropriate or what is a production area... and, although not mentioned in the body of BRC 8, the interpretation notes do state:
All personnel entering production areas (including raw material storage, processing, packing and storage areas) must adhere to the company’s documented personal hygiene rules.
(although your company's 'personal hygiene rules' could, of course, state risk assessment indicates no requirement for hairnets in packed product areas?)
At approx 90% of warehouses I have visited & audited (as a customer not GFSI auditor) hairnets have been worn, so it does appear to be general practice. Where they have not been worn & I have questioned why & been told that, as no ingredients or rework are stored in the warehouse, hence no backflow into the factory, there is zero chance of hair entering product stream, backed up by records of hair complaints this makes sense, so I didn't give a NCF.
Regardless of written standards if I was going to opt to leave off the hairnets in warehouse, I'd have to be 100% sure that warehouse staff understand that they must be worn in processing areas and would NEVER EVER (excepting fire or other emergency) enter areas where hairnets are mandated bare headed, especially if you do have hair complaints.
Because you know, people are people & like to bend rules?..