I kindly request people's view.
I have started at a cake factory that produce a wide range of cakes, tray bakes.
Majority of products contain allergens (egg, flour,milk, soya etc)
The factory is small with cakes made by hand and prep tables in close proximity to each other.
We try segregate allergens as much as possible, storing them separately and using different scoops etc.
We declare on the label may contain allergens not present in the ingredients.
But with mixing and prep areas being so close to each other the current procedure is to wear different colour PPE when handling allergens
I am trying to get my head around why one line wears normal ppe while they are handling allergens like flour and milk, yet another line a few feet away are handling egg, walnuts, milk and flour for example wear red ppe.
Considering the size of the site and the close proximity of prep, traying up areas are we just being over the top showing staff are handling allergens of specific type when overall the factory handles these allergens and although we have clean down procedures with apron and glove changes between recipe changes that coloured PPE is just a waste of money and time?
Would it not be more prudent to put in place that PPE must change between recipe rather than have different colour PPE wondering around the factory spreading the different allergen around the place?
The policy currently states that staff handling allergens must wear red PPE if handling allergens, looking at the factory this means all staff should wear red ppe all the time, it does not stipulate what allergens they need to wear red ppe.
apologies if this sounds confusing, but it has thrown me as it is so damn confusing the way the policy is written.