SML consultant writes new safety guidelines to protect against fires and explosions
A paper, written by Senior SML Consultant Steve Pope and co-authored by Mike Fletcher, SML’s Managing Director, has recently been published by the Agricultural Industries Confederation.
Titled ‘Control of Fire and Explosion Risks in Animal Feed Manufacturing Plants and Processes’, the document was written to assist the operators and designers of animal feed manufacturing plants and processes in preventing fires and explosions and to comply with legal duties under the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulation 2002 (DSEAR). As a guide, it is suitable for both existing and new plant designs and modifications.
“Catastrophic fires and explosions in the UK feed industry are, fortunately, rare,” says Steve Pope. “However, they can and do still occur. In the last few years we’ve seen a number of disastrous cases internationally that have resulted in multiple fatalities and severe injuries. Good standards and diligence are the foremost protection we have to ensure that such events do not occur in the UK.”
In addition to background and context on how explosions and fires can occur, the report outlines actionable guidelines that plants can incorporate to ensure safety remains paramount and all protections are robust and effective.
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