We have a 6 page Quality System Document titled “Food Consumption and Storage”.
It has revision history, table of contents, 6 sections (Purpose, Scope, Definitions, etc.) and an appendix.
The “policy” being defined is literally this: “Food and drink must not be consumed or stored in manufacturing areas. Transportation of food and drink must reside in a sealed container.”
That’s it… 6 page document complete with revisions and signatures to say no food in the manufacturing area.
This is a specific example of a regulatory environment adding unnecessary cost to a product. How many man-hours were needed to put this document together? How much money was wasted on salaries to prepare, produce, revise, and approve this pointless drivel?
Alternative? How about an email to all manufacturing supervisors saying no food or drink on the factory floor?