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#1 00half

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 12:50 PM

We recently had an injury involving an employee suffering major burns as they were working around our glue applicators.  We have looked into some sort of cold spray or cold wipes for burns and putting them out near our glue applicators but couldn't find any that were food grade.  What are some ways other SQF Pracititoners have implemented these into their procedures and what precautions they took that kept the auditors happy.  Thank you


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 12:58 PM

So first and foremost you need to get that piece of equipment guarded so this doesn't happen again

 

You really should have a first aid kit that is close and accessible because even in the safest environment, accidents do happen

 

 

I would simply install a first aid kit on the wall, like every other factory. Then you've covered OSHA AND the products are not readily available. If the SQF auditor doesn't like that, tell them to pound salt, your employees H&S comes first (or at least it should)

 

There are not any "food grade" products available, but there is also nothing in the SQF code that prevents you from installing a kit that it kept closed provided it is regularly inspected for cleanliness and being intact 


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 01:06 PM

I agree with Scampi. We have a first aid cabinet stocked by a 3rd party. It's hung up on a wall right outside of production.

 

If you really did want something food grade - you may be able to find an aloe vera product that is though I wouldn't bother. Install a first aid kit near the area and be done with it.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 01:39 PM

So first and foremost you need to get that piece of equipment guarded so this doesn't happen again

 

You really should have a first aid kit that is close and accessible because even in the safest environment, accidents do happen

 

 

I would simply install a first aid kit on the wall, like every other factory. Then you've covered OSHA AND the products are not readily available. If the SQF auditor doesn't like that, tell them to pound salt, your employees H&S comes first (or at least it should)

 

There are not any "food grade" products available, but there is also nothing in the SQF code that prevents you from installing a kit that it kept closed provided it is regularly inspected for cleanliness and being intact 

 

Unfortunately in this situation, the employee didn't follow proper protocol and didn't verify everything was turned off and powered down before working on the machine.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 01:56 PM

oooooooooooh, that's not good..........i know here the incident would be investigated and if the employeer couldn't prove that the proper training had been provided following the proper schedule, they'd be on the hook for a huge fine.

 

it's terrible that said employee got severly burned.......but alas you cannot fix stupid...........like I keep telling my 5 year old, i'm not being a big fat meanie.............the rules keep you safe. Period!


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Posted 10 April 2019 - 02:45 PM

Have you spoken with any first aid companies? They usually provide you with food grade/food processing compliant kits to be installed in your production area.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 02:54 PM

Have you spoken with any first aid companies? They usually provide you with food grade/food processing compliant kits to be installed in your production area.

 

We do have a first aid kit supplier who does provide food grade products, but they aren't located on the machines.  They are relatively close by (within 10 seconds walking distance). However with burn injuries, we realize they are very time sensitive, so we were looking at supplying each machine with some burn cream provided it be in a special container to prevent any accidental spillage from occurring.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 02:58 PM

We do have a first aid kit supplier who does provide food grade products, but they aren't located on the machines.  They are relatively close by (within 10 seconds walking distance). However with burn injuries, we realize they are very time sensitive, so we were looking at supplying each machine with some burn cream provided it be in a special container to prevent any accidental spillage from occurring.

 

Hmm well I believe in that case you need to figure out and assess the safety of those machines. Because normally whenever an employee is injured, no matter what the injury is, they must stop working, move away and get aid, and make sure this injury will no pose a food safety risk. 







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