Food Safety Level 2 (VTQ)

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Food area PPE

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What we're gonna do now is have a look at the food area PPE items you may need to wear. Now, depending on where you're actually working within the food sector, would vary on what equipment you need to be wearing. Now, if you are just preparing sandwiches or something like that, you may well have to just wear gloves, may have to wear a hair nets, you may have to wear aprons. Or if you're working in a factory, you may well have to wear complete PPE, including over suits and footwear and hair nets and all sorts of things. So these first ones we're gonna look at here are eye protection. Now again, if you are working in some areas, you won't need to have this, but there's different types of eye protection. Some are goggles type, which obviously clip on like a normal pair of glasses would or these actually seal right around the eye. Now, if you are working in a dusty environment in food production, it may be that these are better because they do keep dust out much better than conventional glasses type, which are great if you're gonna just keep avoid stuff getting into your eyes, but these would actually avoid any dust or smaller particles.

It may well also you need to wear a mask, and this is the top hair mask, which is what we call an FFP3 mask. There are also FFP2 masks and different other masks from 2A masks, which are the types we've seen within the Corona virus side, where people wear the blue ones. But this type of mask is for much more dustier environments. And sometimes in food production, you will get a very dusty environment. Now, this one here has got a pad around here, so it seals really well around on your face that... Different designs will vary. There are two straps over the back of the head rather than just one, there's a nose clip, but just to push together so you can actually force it much tidier on your nose. It stops air coming in through here, 'cause the idea of these masks is they want to seal onto your face, so when you breathe in, you're breathing in through the mask, when you breathe out, there is a valve on the end here, to make that easier, so that will just allow it. Because when you're breathing out, you're not gonna be any risk to yourself. So it gives you protection breathing in, when you breathe out, it goes through the valve. Now, if you're in an environment where they don't want any possible infection from you to pass on, then it will be an un-valved mask. So therefore it's giving protection when you breathe in and when you breathe out.

These masks here are adjustable, you just literally pull these bits on the side, and you make sure it fits your face, and the important thing is it must fit your face properly, 'cause if you get leaks around there and then it's not gonna be working so efficiently. And the last you wanna do is start inhaling very very [0:02:17.8] ____ of really fine dust particles. In some areas of food production you may well have to put on a full respirator, but this will be down to whatever's... Wherever you're actually working. Other things you may have to wear are hairnets, it might just be a standard net or this type, which is a plastic cap, and these have elastic in, so you can actually put this over your head, hold all your hair in. It depends what size you want, they do come in different sizes, but generally, there's a universal size. Another idea is to make sure that there is no hair or other particles that are going to be dropping from your head into the food. May well need to wear gloves. We cover gloves in other videos, so that is something else that is a good use of PPE. And it may be that you have to wear a complete overall, so it may be just... In food food production you use a disposable plastic apron or this is a full body suit which you need to cover up all your clothing to make sure that there is no possible contamination between you and your clothes and where you're working.

And the final thing we got here to show you, is just over shoes. Now, these are a more of a complex over-shoe, they literally go over, or you can have a smaller ones that literally just cover your shoe, so that anything that is on the bottom of your shoe is not going to be put into the manufacturing room. So those are ones that you literally just put your foot into them and they just cover up the bottom part, whereas this one can completely cover up the whole of your leg. Now, depending on which environment you're working, will depend on what actual PPE. So really important that you talk to your manager to look at the policies and procedures of where you work to make sure that you have the correct PPE and where PPE is provided, you must wear it.