Plant facilities at the site allow for the preparation of a range of food casings to suit a global client base. Packaging operations are a major part of the process and there is laboratory at the site. The operational areas reviewed included 32 discrete production lines.
The DSEAR assessment focused around the site operations, bulk ammonia storage and the use of a number of portable gas cylinders.
Ammonia is use widely in many industrial sectors despite its toxicity and safety is reliant upon effective detection. Due to its flammability, it also necessary to avoid open flames and high energy ignition sources unless strict controls are adopted.
It was identified that some additional controls would assist to further minimise fire and explosion hazards generally at the plant.