Taiko Foods - Company Personal Hygiene Rules v8

COMPANY PERSONAL HYGIENE RULES

1. PURPOSE
It is the policy of Taiko Foods to maintain the highest standards of product quality and hygiene throughout it's manufacturing and processing operations. We believe that such standards are an integral part of the company’s business and shall promote good hygiene throughout the whole company.

It is considered essential that policies and standards are aimed at meeting the requirements of our customers and BRC Global Standard, by ensuring that hygienic hazards are eliminated or reduced to a safe, reasonable and acceptable level.

2. SCOPE
The following practices are to be exercised by all Taiko staff, visitors and contractors:
2.1 WASHING HANDS
2.1.1 Hands must be washed every time you enter, re-entering any of the production areas as well as wash
your hands after:

Visiting toilets Handling different products
Taking breaks: eating, drinking, smoking Handling cleaning equipment
Touching hair & face, or blowing of nose Using cleaning chemicals
Handling waste, unsuitable materials Handling allergens, etc.
Coughing/sneezing into hands Tying laces, touching the floor

2.1.2 Hands must also be washed whenever required to prevent cross contamination and after handling
printing ribbon, printing labels.
2.1.3 While in the warehouse you still need to keep your hands clean. If your hands become very dirty while
working in the store / dispatch area or after handling raw materials you need to find the nearest hand
washing station and wash your hands.

2.2 FOOD & DRINK CONSUMPTION
2.2.1 Eating and drinking is ONLY allowed in the canteen area.
2.2.2 Food brought in by staff must be stored in the fridge provided.
2.2.3. Taiko Foods Ltd is a nut free site, personnel are not allowed to bring food containing nuts or nuts
products on site whether they are plain or in sweet form.
2.2.4 Vending machine does not vend nut containing products.
2.2.5 The consumption of beverages at office desks, product tasting (Organoleptic in meeting rooms) /
NPD office and upstairs food kitchen for office staff use are exceptions to this rule.
2.2.6 Alcohol is not permitted anywhere within the company premises.

2.3 SMOKING
2.3.1 Smoking is NOT permitted on the premises of Taiko Foods Ltd, other than the outside designated
smoking area and this includes electronic cigarettes.
2.3.2 Electronic cigarettes / Cigarettes must not be brought into production or storage areas. Operatives are
NOT allowed to smoke with their overalls on.

2.4. JEWELLERY, FASHION ITEMS & GLASSES
2.4.1 No person is allowed to wear any jewellery of any description and watches within LR/HC Production
areas, Dispatch and Warehouse areas. Exception - a plain wedding ring, wedding wristband or medical alert
jewellery.
2.4.2 Cufflinks and tie pins are prohibited and must be removed.
2.4.3 Personal clothing and fashion accessories must not pose a potential foreign body risk (e.g. decorative
items such as sequins must not be visible on garments, diamante settings in glasses etc.).
2.4.4 If additional items are required to be worn due to ethic, religious and medical reasons then permission
must be obtained by the HACCP Team leader or deputy.
2.4.5 Rings and studs in exposed parts of the body, such as ears, noses, tongues and eyebrows should not
be worn in LR/HC Production areas, Dispatch and Warehouse areas.
2.4.6 Any damages or loss of either your personal glasses or contact lenses must be reported immediately to
your line manager where upon the glass & hard plastic procedure will be carried out.

2.5 SKIN, NAILS, COSMETICS & PERSONAL MEDICINES
2.5.1 Nails MUST be kept short and clean.
2.5.2 DO NOT wear nail varnish, false nails & nail art and false eye lashes.
2.5.3 DO NOT apply excessive make-up, perfume, or after-shave.
2.5.4 Personal medicines are not allowed to be brought to production areas. However, medicines may only
be taken into production area when failure to have medication may result in serious medical condition of
the employee i.e. steroid inhaler for asthma. Employee must report to their line Manager or First Aider.
2.5.5 If you do not shave (hair length is more than 2 mm), you must wear a beard snood, which must
cover all hair. Beard snoods are for single use.

2.6 DRESSINGS AND PLASTERS
2.6.1 Do not handle food if you have scaly, weeping or infected skin, which cannot be totally covered during
food handling.
2.6.2 Personal tape and non-factory plasters are not allowed to be wrapped on your fingers.
2.6.3 All cuts and grazes are must be covered with blue metal detectable plaster, which is available from
First Aider who will log the plaster on a register. Gloves must be worn if these are used (including LR areas).
The receiver of the plaster must report to the issuer at the end of the shift to check the plaster back in.
2.6.4 A new dressing must be applied at the start of each shift and you must report immediately the loss of
plasters.

2.7 PERSONAL ITEMS
2.7.1 Personal items such as loose coins, keys, medicines, chewing gum, handbags, are not permitted in any
LR/HC Production areas, Dispatch and Warehouse areas.
2.7.2 Personal mobile phones and other portable electronic equipment are not allowed to be used in the
production area except authorised staff.
2.7.3 Personal knives and scrapers or home-made blades are not allowed, only company issued blades are
allowed to be used in the factory.
2.7.4 Staff are not permitted to store operator hand tools in the personal lockers.
2.7.5 Do not store any garments in the lockers (coats, aprons, cut-resistant gloves, etc.).
2.7.6 Only company issued metal detectable pens allowed in the factory.

3. DO’S & DON’TS
3.1 CLEAN AS YOU GO. These practices must be incorporated as an integrated part of the daily working
operation routines.
3.2 DO NOT use any ingredient, product, tool or packing material that have fallen on the floor, or has
become contaminated in anyway.
3.5 NEVER move between the Low Risk and High Care areas without entering through the appropriate
changing rooms and changing your protective clothing.
3.6 BAD HABITS such as spitting is prohibited.

4. ILLNESS
4.1 If you become ill in any way or start suffering from the following symptoms must report it immediately
to your Supervisor/ Manager:

  • Stomach upset
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Skin infections
  • Ears, eyes and nose discharges
  • Heavy cold and influenza

4.2 Employees, returning to work from overseas travel and following sickness, are required to complete a
health declaration on their return by completing a Return To Work Questionnaire.

5. REPORTING
5.1 Employees must report immediately to Line Manager if they notice or see any evidence of pest activity
at the site.
5.2 If you meet or see unidentified or unknown visitors, immediately report to Line Manager.

LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY
EVERY MEMBER OF STAFF HAS A LEGAL OBLIGATION TO COMPLY WITH THE ABOVE HYGIENE STANDARDS. FAILURE TO ABIDE BY THE RULES COULD RESULT IN DISCIPLINARY ACTION.

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