(Chilworth)-- The manufacture of food products such as flour, sugar, bread, biscuits, confectionary and milk powder involves the storage, handling and processing of powders, liquids and gases. Many of the powders handled are combustible and some liquids and gases are flammable including:

- Sugar, flour starch, savory flavorings and vitamin powders

- Low flashpoint liquid flavorings

- Natural gas for fueling ovens

- Ammonia for refrigeration

- Hydrogen for hydrogenation of oils and fats

For this reason, manufacturers of food products need to comply with legislation such as ATEX and DSEAR. Chilworth has carried out numerous audits and continues to find areas where fire and explosion hazards are not being suitably controlled. Such shortfalls resulted in the devastating dust explosion at Imperial Sugar in Georgia in 2008. Following this, Chilworth were selected by Imperial Sugar to provide process safety services in support of their re-build programme. This training course is designed to share this knowledge and is tailored specifically for manufacturers handling materials such as those listed above. It will cover the process safety hazards inherent to the types of operations carried out in food manufacture such as bulk storage, powder tipping and conveying, mixing, sieving, milling, drying, dust collection, baking and refrigeration. Extensive examples from the food industry are employed to highlight specific common issues to emphasise the main learning points.

You will learn:

- What are the key process safety issues in the manufacture of food products

- What can go wrong – past incidents

- About the flammability properties of the materials handled and how to use in developing explosion prevention and protection systems

- What are the most appropriate basis of safety options

- Common problems found by Chilworth on food manufacturing sites and proposed solutions

For more information, view the course brochure.