This may be a dumb question, but I have to ask.
Does anyone have an unlocked chemical cabinet in a secure area?
We are structuring our new facility and the question came up. The closet where our chemicals will be stored is a secure warehouse area. Only employees with a key card or delivery drivers with an escort may enter. Does the actual closet need a lock, too or is this considered secure?
Currently all employees have access to the key to our chemical closet. It remains locked because the cabinet, itself, isn't in the most secure area.
LOCK IT UP!
This reminds me of two incidents that happened...
Years ago I inspected hotels as a QA Auditor for a franchise company, I was in compliance. Visited a hotel in Andover, MA (USA) that was converting from a Holiday Inn with a central play area that included a big pool - about 100 rooms faced the pool in a square, no fencing surrounded the pool as the owners felt it was an enclosed area only accessed by hotel guests who had their rooms facing the pool - thus a "secured area."
Since my inspecion was a pre-opening audit and it was done from a risk compliance basis I told them that fencing per the franchise manual was mandatory - their of course was the standard yelling and sceamng as the owners did not want to delay opening, the cost of fencing, and blah blah blah...
I leave and somehow in error my report and comments that I made verbally to my company were not properly recorded.
The hotel opened without the fencing.
30 days after opening a busload of children from the a depressed area of NYC came in to stay for a "fun" getaway thru an agency. a number of the rooms they were in faced the pool.
Three children drowned on the day of arrival, all 3 boys of the same family.
I visited a food company as a 3rd party Auditor some years back and during the opening meeting the owner came in and sat down to explain a recent recall.
He cried during the explanation - it was quite real.
Maintenance had placed a certain type of chemical in a non-secure chemical storage unit inside a secured area.
In error a production worker took the chemical out and it was in error used to clean a food contact surface that it was not intended for.
The chemical got into the food.
The food was eated by a child.
The child died.
Lock It up.
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