FDBusiness.com

Preventing Shattered Glass Risks

 Breaking News
  • Ardgowan Unveils Plans For Inverclyde Distillery Ardgowan Distillery has revealed ambitious designs for its new £12 million distillery which is being built on the Ardgowan Estate near Inverkip, 30 miles west of Glasgow. The plans showcase the flagship building which has just secured revised planning consent from Inverclyde Council. The striking new design, by Michael Laird Architects, brings a number of improvements [...]...
  • HKScan Launches Exports of Finnish Poultry Products to Sweden HKScan, the Nordic food and meat group, has started exporting Finnish poultry products to Sweden. They will initially be sold through the largest retailer ICA’s outlets under the Karinäs®(Kariniemen®) brand. The launch gives Swedish consumers access to a new innovation: high welfare farm-born poultry that is hatched on the farm where it is raised. This new concept is [...]...
  • Almonds Retain Top Spot For Nut Introductions in Europe According to Innova Market Research’s latest Global New Product Introductions Report, almonds retain the number one spot for nut introductions in Europe. With a 47% share of global almond product introductions, the region leads globally for the eleventh year running. Europe as a whole saw a total of 5,017 new introductions with almonds – a [...]...
  • Arla Foods UK Launches New Standards Model to Bring Sustainable Change to Dairy Farming With ongoing volatility in the global milk markets, increasing consumer misunderstanding of the sector, polarised levels of support for UK dairy farmers and a new post-Brexit Agriculture Bill the challenges for dairy farmers are mounting. Farmer-owned co-operative Arla Foods has launched ‘Arla UK 360’ – a new standard in UK dairy farming. The Arla UK 360 [...]...
  • €172 Million to Promote EU Agri-food Products In and Outside the EU The European Commission will provide funding of €172.5 million from the EU agricultural budget to promote EU agri-food products in Europe and across the world. 79 campaigns, covering a wide range of products such as dairy products, olives and olive oil, and fruit and vegetables, will be rolled out over the next three years. Agriculture and [...]...

Preventing Shattered Glass Risks

March 03
18:02 2011

 

Health and safety is a vital part of any business, but when it comes to food manufacture and processing, one of the most frustrating problems is foreign body contamination, especially when it is so preventable. GlassGuard®’s Sales Director Chris Payne explains how using the right fluorescent lamps helps Arla Foods manage risk effectively.

 

Glass is one of the most dangerous potential contaminants, but with fluorescent lamps all across factories, packaging plants, public buildings and even as component parts in machinery, shattered glass can be common. Diffusers are used in most situations to prevent contamination from lamps shattering unexpectedly, but simple lamp maintenance times are the most dangerous for glass contamination. As soon as the diffuser is removed to change a lamp, the glass is exposed and at risk – and if it breaks over a production line it can be hugely costly to clean up.

 

Case Study

Having recently switched to GlassGuard® fragment retention lamps, Engineering Manager Dale Blunt at the Arla Foods milk processing facility in Ashby de la Zouch, explains how the change has impacted on the plant.

 

“We had issues in the past inside one of the filler cabinets where a light fitting exploded and we weren’t at the time using the GlassGuard® shatterproof tubes. We had to have the filler down for 12 hours to do a really thorough clean, just to make sure that there was no possibility of contamination. Just off that single filler, the down time period was about a £12,000 – £14,000 loss in production. By using the GlassGuard® tubes now, that risk is taken away completely.

The GlassGuard® shatterproof coated tubes, even in accidents, contain the glass within an outer coating, so from a product contamination point of view, for us, it’s essential that we use them. Even though we’ve got the diffusers fitted, during periods when we’re doing a lamp change the exposure and risk is significantly higher to the product, so by using the coated tubes the risk is reduced to the point where it is controlled.

We are audited on a regular basis, externally by the customers, who recognise the BlackBand® on the GlassGuard® tubes as the industry standard and for us to use that we are exceeding the standard required in the milk industry at present.”

 

Glassguard BlackBand® coated lamps are important for a variety of businesses. Any type of production or packaging facility can not afford machinery down time to clean up broken glass, public areas such as schools and sport centres can not risk injury to members of the public due to broken glass and in today’s tough economic climate everyone wants value for money. By complying to the latest Fragment Retention Lamp Standard (IEC61549), GlassGuard® coated lamps offer better, longer performance. Offering 20,000 hours of service life, these lamps require less maintenance and provide far less risk for businesses and are easily recognised for health and safety auditing thanks to the BlackBand® marker.

For more information visit www.glassguard.co.uk or call 01842 763752.

About Author

colin

colin

Related Articles



Food & Drink Business Conference & Exhibition 2016

Upcoming Events

  • October 21, 2018Int'l Food Products Exhibition (Sial)
  • October 25, 2018Italian Espresso Coffee Show (TriestEspresso Expo)
  • October 25, 2018Finnish Food Fair
  • October 31, 2018Int'l exhibition for food products and equipment (Indagra Food)
AEC v1.0.4

find food jobs

The Magazine

F&D Business Preferred Suppliers

New Subscriber





Subscribe Here



Advertisements