An entrepreneur who has developed a castor wheel cover to prevent contamination in kitchens says he has received a groundswell of support from health and safety professionals who see it as the answer to a common catering compliance problem.
Nick Davis of Silicone Hygiene is currently looking for an exclusive global licensee to take on the device, which features a clamshell-like sealing mechanism that allows full functionality of the wheel.
His efforts to find a manufacturing partner have been helped by positive endorsements from those involved in senior health and safety roles, such as Kevin Gosling, environmental health manager at Winchester City Council.
He said: “Throughout my career, when undertaking routine food hygiene inspections, I have seen many a wheel on moveable equipment that is dirty even within premises where there are strict controls on cleaning. If this design has the ability to keep a difficult area clean it can only be good for the food industry and any other industry that uses equipment with wheels.”
Mr Gosling added: “I have worked in food safety for nearly 40 years and have identified wheels to mobile equipment as an issue both in being clean and being capable of being cleaned due to their design. I have brought prosecutions against food businesses where dirty wheels have been part of the overall problem.”
The general requirement within European food safety legislation requires a food premises to be kept clean and maintained in good repair and condition.
Mr Gosling said businesses often reply with ‘we try our best but they are not easy to clean’ when asked during routine inspections how they go about cleaning and maintaining the wheels.
He thinks the Silicone Hygiene’s design looks to have solved the problem by encasing the wheel with a removable and washable cover.
“If used correctly and included within a cleaning schedule they can be removed daily/weekly put through the dishwasher and placed back on the wheel in a matter of minutes. This seems to be a simple solution to overcome a cleaning problem not only in the food industry but any sector where mobile equipment is used.”