Rotech Group Pty Ltd supplied a comprehensive access control solution
for a leading Australian seafood company to ensure hygiene and quality within
De Costi Seafood is single-mindedly focussed on supplying their
customers fresh seafood that meets high levels of hygiene and quality.
To maintain the high product quality, De Costi Seafood required a smart
solution at their processing sites that would not only control the entry and
exit of personnel in production areas but also ascertain that the workers
maintained a high level of hygiene. Apart from regulating the movement of
personnel to and from the production areas, the access control solution also
needed to make sure that the workers washed their hands and then used a
disinfectant before entering these areas.
A ‘sanitising room’ at the entry into the production area requires every
worker to wash their hands and walk through an automated foot bath, which then
leads to the turnstile provided by Rotech. The special turnstile made of 316 stainless
steel, also known as food grade stainless steel is suitable for food processing
and handling. The turnstile was integrated with an alcohol disinfectant spray
that automatically sprayed when the staff placed their hands underneath. A
connected hand scanner simultaneously monitored the employees’ clock-in time.
Unless the employees disinfect and scan their hands, the turnstile will
not unlock, blocking their entry into the production zone. When the employees
exit the production area, they use the hand scanner to clock out.
The management staff also needed to access the production area; however,
since scanning their hands would deduct time off their work hours, they
required a separate access control device. The production area with its high
exposure to water was not conducive for using an ID card with an RFID reader. Rotech
provided silicon wrist bands for the management staff, which were not only waterproof
and easy to wear, but also ensured that time was not deducted from these
personnel’s work hours. The wrist bands could also be washed on a regular
basis, eliminating even the slightest chances of contamination.
Since the sanitising room is cleaned and washed every night to maintain
the required hygiene levels, the turnstile needed to be waterproof. Rotech
supplied the Tristar J series turnstile, which offers IP65 protection and
ensures a long lifespan.