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Posted 29 May 2020 - 07:29 PM

hello, I am wondering if I can have a portable sink to pass the SQF audit and does the quarantine have to be a certain size? I got a cage that is about 6ft W and about 10ft H and it is also on wheels, it has double doors and it will be locked. Will this be an issue for us to pass the sqf audit? I am more concerned about the guidelines for the sink as the one we are going to have is portable, not hooked up to a pipe system, but it will have hot and cold water as needed for sqf. 



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 08:42 PM

So long as it is working properly, properly maintained, and properly stocked it shouldn't pose an issue.  Of course, I'm assuming this is in an outside area?

 

If indoors, two concerns would be proximity to product, ingredients, packaging and water on the floor.



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Posted 29 May 2020 - 10:14 PM

Yes, I have seen portable sinks used to satisfy handwashing station requirements in production. I am not 100% sure they liked it, but it worked. I will tell you that they are a PITA to maintain properly, but it is a LOT less expensive than installing plumbing, stainless steel sink basin with touchless or leg-activated taps, etc.

 

Just make sure you consider all possible scenarios involving the portable (leaks, etc) and have a plan in case something happens to it.

 

 

and does the quarantine have to be a certain size? I got a cage that is about 6ft W and about 10ft H and it is also on wheels, it has double doors and it will be locked. Will this be an issue for us to pass the sqf audit?

 

Are you planning on locking the auditor in this cage? Sounds like it would be big enough... (JK).. What is the purpose of the quarantine cage? Is the sink going inside of it?



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Posted 30 May 2020 - 02:17 AM

I am not sure I understand what you mean with the cage, but we have clients that have roll in portable stainless steel sinks with tempered water and two tanks - one with fresh water and the other as the waste water holder (grey water tank) located under the sink.

A hot water booster unit is mounted under the sink and there is a roll in wall bracket that has a towel dispenser along with soap and sanitizer dispensers.

These work out ok, except they are maintenance/resupply intensive and cost around 1500-2500+ but they will pass an SQF Audit.


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Posted 30 May 2020 - 07:17 AM

I am not sure I understand what you mean with the cage, but we have clients that have roll in portable stainless steel sinks with tempered water and two tanks - one with fresh water and the other as the waste water holder (grey water tank) located under the sink.

A hot water booster unit is mounted under the sink and there is a roll in wall bracket that has a towel dispenser along with soap and sanitizer dispensers.

These work out ok, except they are maintenance/resupply intensive and cost around 1500-2500+ but they will pass an SQF Audit.


Can you clean those things properly?

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Posted 01 June 2020 - 07:49 PM

So long as it is working properly, properly maintained, and properly stocked it shouldn't pose an issue.  Of course, I'm assuming this is in an outside area?

 

If indoors, two concerns would be proximity to product, ingredients, packaging and water on the floor.

this is not for an outside area its for our break room as we will need one to pass the sqf audit, "having a sink in there as we currently don't have one" I'm also going to buy a soap dispenser, hand sanitizer dispenser and towel dispenser mounted on the walls in the break room. 



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 07:50 PM

Can you clean those things properly?

yes we should be able to clean it properly. I don't think the auditors will see an issue. I also want to add: this is not for an outside area its for our break room as we will need one to pass the sqf audit, "having a sink in there as we currently don't have one" I'm also going to buy a soap dispenser, hand sanitizer dispenser and towel dispenser mounted on the walls in the break room. 



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 07:55 PM

I am not sure I understand what you mean with the cage, but we have clients that have roll in portable stainless steel sinks with tempered water and two tanks - one with fresh water and the other as the waste water holder (grey water tank) located under the sink.

A hot water booster unit is mounted under the sink and there is a roll in wall bracket that has a towel dispenser along with soap and sanitizer dispensers.

These work out ok, except they are maintenance/resupply intensive and cost around 1500-2500+ but they will pass an SQF Audit.

Yes that sounds exactly like the one I just bought it has tanks under it and we will run lines for the water hot and cold. And I will buy wall mounted soap dispenser/hand sanitizer/ towel dispenser. I also want to add: this is not for an outside area its for our break room as we will need one to pass the sqf audit, "having a sink in there as we currently don't have one" 



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 07:59 PM

"having a sink in there as we currently don't have one" ...

 

ah, oh - I thought you were talking about only a hand-washing sink.

 

The sink is a requirement for things like washing utensils, etc.

 

That's separate.

 

So, you need a bigger portable unit - those are around $3000-$4000.


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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:52 PM

"having a sink in there as we currently don't have one" ...

 

ah, oh - I thought you were talking about only a hand-washing sink.

 

The sink is a requirement for things like washing utensils, etc.

 

That's separate.

 

So, you need a bigger portable unit - those are around $3000-$4000.

What if I just get two? I already bought the other one and it was like 1000 dollars, I can have that one for hand washing and one for dishes? 



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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:56 PM

"having a sink in there as we currently don't have one" ...

 

ah, oh - I thought you were talking about only a hand-washing sink.

 

The sink is a requirement for things like washing utensils, etc.

 

That's separate.

 

So, you need a bigger portable unit - those are around $3000-$4000.

 

here are the specs: 

 

 PORTA-M Portable Sink Specifications:
  • Constructed of 304 Stainless Steel
  • Facets & Sinks are NSF Approved
  • Water Tank: 3 Gallon Capacity (x2)
  • Electrical:
    • 15 Amp Circuit Breaker
  •  Dimension:
    • Backsplash: 20″L x 5″ H
    • Unit: 14″ L x 20″ D x 28″ H
    • Basin: 12″ W x 9.5″ L x 6″ Deep
  •  Weight:
    • 95 lbs
    • 125 lbs [Shipping Weight]
    •  


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Posted 01 June 2020 - 08:58 PM

 

here are the specs: 

 

 PORTA-M Portable Sink Specifications:
  • Constructed of 304 Stainless Steel
  • Facets & Sinks are NSF Approved
  • Water Tank: 3 Gallon Capacity (x2)
  • Electrical:
    • 15 Amp Circuit Breaker
  •  Dimension:
    • Backsplash: 20″L x 5″ H
    • Unit: 14″ L x 20″ D x 28″ H
    • Basin: 12″ W x 9.5″ L x 6″ Deep
  •  Weight:
    • 95 lbs
    • 125 lbs [Shipping Weight]
    •  

 

 

https://www.porta-si...icro-hand-sink/

 

 

 

as advertised: 

 

Portable Micro Hand Sink

Ergonomically designed for compact or tight spaces, designed for cleaning utensils, cooking equipment and to simply wash your hands.  This unit is portable and able to fit in most spaces making this a great unit for your kitchen, store, backyard or home.






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