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Posted 18 February 2020 - 04:24 PM

Is there a policy on having beads braided into your hair? Would the beads be considered something that could potentially fall out and into the product even with a hairnet on? We have an audit coming up in April and want to make sure to make any adjustments regarding out GMP manual

 

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 04:52 PM

You won't find a specific entry in SQF for beads.

 

However, I have witnessed beads come loose and falling out of hairnets and into food on a production line - that issue caused a failure on an audit.

 

Beads should not be allowed - treat them as jewelry. Hairnets are meant to contain hair, heavies will get out.


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 05:59 PM

You may want to involve HR in your decision - this can become a cultural discrimination issue if you're not careful.  Also be ready for other hair restraints and decorative items to be brought into the argument. 



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Posted 18 February 2020 - 06:36 PM

You may want to involve HR in your decision - this can become a cultural discrimination issue if you're not careful.  Also be ready for other hair restraints and decorative items to be brought into the argument. 

 

I would second this...perhaps you could require people wear a kerchief over beaded hair? Larger barrettes are generally allowed, perhaps larger beads would be the way to go?


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Posted 18 February 2020 - 09:23 PM

Simply, NO. 

 

Just around last week we received a raw material and just when we opened it, were ready to repack it, I found a bobby pin in there. Beads, yes. 

 

Like MsMars said, you may also want to involve HR as some may get offended. I would have HR explain to everyone upon hire about it.


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Posted 19 February 2020 - 02:39 PM

HR be hanged... No offense to HR persons :smile:. If your risk analysis determines it is a food safety risk (which it almost certainly is) disallowing them is the only reasonable recourse. Unless you want to create grey areas and unrest over inequality among the production employees (different rules for one than another) you need to make it a hard and fast rule "no hair decorations or additions". That would include hair weaves, beads, barrettes bows etc. Hair nets are just not designed to keep those items inside. I have found if the employees are given direct evidence for the decision and given specific expectations, they're usually willing to comply. We just added false eye lashes to our GMPs last year and I had to tell an employee her $150.00 "permanent" eyelash extensions would have to go and told her why. She didn't like it but she complied because she understood our food safety culture and the reason for the decision. She had also just gotten $100.00 of new nail veneers and lacquer which also had to be taken off that night. Tough to do but your food safety initiatives have to be solid and enforced consistently. Just my .02



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 03:28 PM

HR be hanged... No offense to HR persons :smile:. If your risk analysis determines it is a food safety risk (which it almost certainly is) disallowing them is the only reasonable recourse. Unless you want to create grey areas and unrest over inequality among the production employees (different rules for one than another) you need to make it a hard and fast rule "no hair decorations or additions". That would include hair weaves, beads, barrettes bows etc. Hair nets are just not designed to keep those items inside. I have found if the employees are given direct evidence for the decision and given specific expectations, they're usually willing to comply. We just added false eye lashes to our GMPs last year and I had to tell an employee her $150.00 "permanent" eyelash extensions would have to go and told her why. She didn't like it but she complied because she understood our food safety culture and the reason for the decision. She had also just gotten $100.00 of new nail veneers and lacquer which also had to be taken off that night. Tough to do but your food safety initiatives have to be solid and enforced consistently. Just my .02

 

 

I agree with this post. My only difference would be with hair weaves. 

 

You are not going to be able to tell who has a hair weave or not. I don't wear them personally, but from my understanding, they are sewn in. Also, if those are not allowed, then wigs are not allowed either...as those are definitely detachable. I'm not going to survey my employees to find out if they wear weaves or wigs. A hairnet, or even a hairnet with a kerchief will suffice in this case.

 

To the OP though, I would not allow beads or barrettes and make this part of my policy.  I would also include HR because regardless of the food safety initiatives, people claiming discrimination is a real thing and I personally would not want to have to deal with that.



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 03:32 PM

HR be hanged... No offense to HR persons :smile:. If your risk analysis determines it is a food safety risk (which it almost certainly is) disallowing them is the only reasonable recourse. Unless you want to create grey areas and unrest over inequality among the production employees (different rules for one than another) you need to make it a hard and fast rule "no hair decorations or additions". That would include hair weaves, beads, barrettes bows etc. Hair nets are just not designed to keep those items inside. I have found if the employees are given direct evidence for the decision and given specific expectations, they're usually willing to comply. We just added false eye lashes to our GMPs last year and I had to tell an employee her $150.00 "permanent" eyelash extensions would have to go and told her why. She didn't like it but she complied because she understood our food safety culture and the reason for the decision. She had also just gotten $100.00 of new nail veneers and lacquer which also had to be taken off that night. Tough to do but your food safety initiatives have to be solid and enforced consistently. Just my .02

 

I do agree - maybe I should rephrase my original comment to read "HR should be involved in the AFTERMATH of your decision". 

 

I'm assuming this was a new employee who had just gotten $250 worth of cosmetic applications? A seasoned employee would know better than to waste their money! 



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 03:55 PM

Yes, new employee, first day orientation.






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