The policy on wearing jewellery to work in a food business can differ from food business to food business and from country to country. Welcome to Week 22 of the HACCP Mentor Food Safety HACCP Challenge. This week’s challenge involves you checking if staff are wearing jewellery to work. There are also some additional actions that I would like you to check.
Depending on where your food business is located, there may be a legal requirement prohibiting the wearing of any jewellery within a food premises. Just refer to your local food safety legislation for guidance.
Step 1: Check what your local food safety rules stipulate around wearing jewellery when working in a food business.
Step 2: Review your current food business jewellery policy for compliance with your local food safety legislation. If you don’t have a jewellery policy, now is a good time to get one documented and implemented.
Step 3: Make changes to your jewellery policy if you find that it does not currently align with your relevant food legislation.
Step 4: Walk around your food business and undertake a visual check of the current jewellery wearing status.
Step 5: Take appropriate corrective action for any discrepancies that you may find.
There are is some sound justification as to what jewellery should not be worn in a food business. Here are a few:
If your food business has or hopes to have third-party food safety and quality certification it may be a requirement that a “no jewellery” policy is developed and implemented within your food business. Below are some reference points for common GFSI recognised standards. If there is a difference between what the law states in your area and what your customer certification standard states, always go with the one that is the strictest.
You cannot expect your staff to comply with a ‘no jewellery’ policy if management and QA are not setting the example. It saves a lot of hassle and conflict to have the same rules for all.
Pay it forward and help your fellow food safety and QA professionals. Please share your current jewellery wearing policy (and your reasoning) or a legislation link relevant to your food business and location. This helps to educate everyone on this issue.