Employees and visitors at manufacturing locations

In addition to the risks associated with products containing allergens, risks also arise to personnel who themselves are allergic to certain ingredients and who are employed at, or visit, specific manufacturing sites where these ingredients are used. All employees should complete a pre-employment questionnaire and medical to ascertain whether any suffer food allergies and particularly anaphylactic reactions. Those that do suffer should not be expected to work in areas where allergens to which they react are processed.

All visitors to a site where key allergens are used should be informed about the nature of products manufactured at that site and informed that if they are allergic to any ingredients used they are advised not to visit the manufacturing plant. Once again this is particularly relevant to the use of nuts and peanuts as reactions can be so severe. A suggested outline for a notice at the reception desk is provided in Fig. 8.2.

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