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Posted 01 November 2023 - 04:53 PM

Hi Everyone,

I am doing an annual review on our GMP program. Our current program states that if a mustache is long enough to hang from the side of the mouth, a beard net must be worn. beards are acceptable until they reach 2 days of no shaving, but everyone grows hair at different lengths, making it hard to control. I am considering the length of eyelashes and eyebrows an an acceptable length with no risk (1cm), and wanting to switch our acceptable length to the same size (1cm). What are your thoughts? 



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Posted 01 November 2023 - 05:05 PM

Your new procedure OR clean shave or beard net

 

Who's responsible for measuring?  Much easier on you and your team to make it clear and simple

 

Clean shaven = no beard net

 

Anything else, including stubble = beard net

 

If you don't lock it down, they will push back-----hard


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Posted 01 November 2023 - 06:17 PM

I agree with scampi, if you're anything less than clean shaven you need to wear a beard net. It's impossible to regulate all the different kinds of beards or stubble someone can have, and every operator is going to be trying to capitalize on the grey area in your standard.



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Posted 01 November 2023 - 06:22 PM

I'm not interested in monitoring beard length down to the mm.  Saying only growth over 1cm requires a beard net opens the door to someone arguing their facial hair is only 9mm that day, and that ain't a fight I'm having.  I've always written GMPs to require beard nets when any facial hair growth is visible: if I can see your stubble, you need a beard net.  Of course, this practice left me open to an auditor trying to get me in a gotcha type moment, "What will you do when a female with a bit of hair on her lip comes to your facility?"  Told the auditor I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, but I'm not bashful about enforcing GMP's.

 

Of course the FDA and SQF are a bit vague on the topic.  FDA states beard nets "where appropriate" in CFR 21 A 110.10, and SQF says beard covers "where applicable".  Short story is if you've got an employee with a full beard that's trimmed to .5cm walking around without a beard cover, you're taking a hit from either party during an inspection.



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Posted 01 November 2023 - 06:45 PM

When you started talking about measuring I immediately thought of my days in hotel inspections - we had a Red Roof inspector join us and he said he was required to measure blades of grass and how the problem was that not all blades were the same - anyway, I agree fully with Scampi.


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Posted 01 November 2023 - 08:53 PM

Hi Everyone,

I am doing an annual review on our GMP program. Our current program states that if a mustache is long enough to hang from the side of the mouth, a beard net must be worn. beards are acceptable until they reach 2 days of no shaving, but everyone grows hair at different lengths, making it hard to control. I am considering the length of eyelashes and eyebrows an an acceptable length with no risk (1cm), and wanting to switch our acceptable length to the same size (1cm). What are your thoughts? 

 

 

As others have said, if you aren't going to measure it don't set a measurement as the limit. 

 

There are things beyond facial hair this principle will apply to as well.  Some inspectors will expect to see records of measurement for whatever you quote a number for.



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Posted 02 November 2023 - 05:38 AM

Measuring the length of hair is a very tedious approach. GMP should be implemented and all the food handlers should cover hairs completely. Hairs and ears must be fully enclosed by the hairnets. Beard nets shall be worn to cover beards and moustaches.



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Posted 02 November 2023 - 09:23 AM

Greetings Padfoot,

 

I would change the GMP and consider any mustache / beard should be covered with beard net, no matter the length, unless the person has a "military" shave or something close to it (depending on hair growth of each individual this can be a 1 or 2 days trimming). Generally as it is counterproductive to measure the length, you can set a general rule for eyebrows that should be trimmed a little when there seems to be an excess or "crazy" hair stand out. I would never set an issue though for eyelashes (apart from banning fake ones), as it is a delicate matter and none really trims his eyelashes. I mean it can be dangerous and cause eye-infections etc and trimming them can also cause more shedding (they don't exactly work the same as the rest of facial hair).

 

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Posted 07 November 2023 - 04:00 PM

We tried different lengths and it just got ridiculous.  Now we have no tolerance.  Clean shaved or beard guard.  You forgot to shave, beard guard.  Zero tolerance is a whole lot easier to monitor than a certain length.  And yes, I know, some have dark hair and get a 5 o'clock shadow.  If you don't shave before you come to work the next day, it is a beard guard.  And yes, I've seen arm air longer and busier than someone's hair on their head...what you going to do?  May need arm sleeve protection.  No matter the risk you need a risk evaluation and limits.  Good luck!  Set clear boundaries with your GMPs.  People will push where they can, and you need to make sure your product is protected at all costs! 



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Posted 07 November 2023 - 06:40 PM

I agree with Scampi on this one as well. Have a clear set of expectations with a clear set of outcomes.

 

If in doubt, make everyone wear a shroud. This would also deal with pesky fly-aways and neck hair that never quite seems to be restrained.



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Posted 07 November 2023 - 07:34 PM

I've always implemented that beard nets must be worn unless the person is freshly-shaven. Hairnets must be worn even if the person is bald. Hair style and color don't matter, but all hair must fit completely in a single hairnet (we have 2 sizes). It's just easier enforcement.

 

You can ask, "If you found a hair in your food, do you care about the size of the hair? No, you care that you found a hair at all."


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