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AJL

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Posted 17 April 2022 - 08:16 AM

Hi!
I stumbled across a brilliant explanation on this forum which actually listed all the plastic types that are counted as 'hard Plastic'

Brilliant, because the standards really really lack a definition.
I remember feeling like a complete idiot, writing my list up, trying to differentiate, feeling the watchful eyes of the production manager (maybe he was rolling his eyes?)
So basically I was wondering, who has those traffic 🚦 light alarm systems in their plant? Would you count their covers as hard/brittle plastic? Any smart way for me to figure it out? I guess I could get in touch with the electrician that installed them.



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Posted 18 April 2022 - 08:02 AM

Hi!
I stumbled across a brilliant explanation on this forum which actually listed all the plastic types that are counted as 'hard Plastic'

Brilliant, because the standards really really lack a definition.
I remember feeling like a complete idiot, writing my list up, trying to differentiate, feeling the watchful eyes of the production manager (maybe he was rolling his eyes?)
So basically I was wondering, who has those traffic light alarm systems in their plant? Would you count their covers as hard/brittle plastic? Any smart way for me to figure it out? I guess I could get in touch with the electrician that installed them.

Hi AJL,

 

If you are referring to haccp : extrinsic,  physical  plastic,  hazards, opinions as to classification tend to vary, eg BRC seemingly limits focus to brittle plastic objects whereas, for example, USFDA (CPG 555.425) seems to Regulatorily go for "hard or sharp" within a defined size range and particularly in RTE products although FDA's draft hazard guide curiously selects hard/sharp and choking in general  but "hard" only for plastic (??).

 

However, based on previous threads some people (list-lovers?) seem to adopt a fail-safe approach and include/monitor every visible incidence of a plastic based object.

 

So it may depend on the context, eg Location, Standard and Personal Risk Averseness.


Kind Regards,

 

Charles.C





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