Tag Archives: food

HSE Strategy for 2017

Often, if you get a visit from the dreaded HSE Inspector, you can be left feeling that they have focused on some strange things. These might seem completely arbitrary and not a reflection of the true hazards present in your business. Actually, the Inspector’s focus is anything but strange! Each year the HSE identifies a […]

Is insurance for panelled buildings still a problem?

The use of composite or sandwich panels in the construction of buildings for the food industry has long been frowned upon by insurers. This follows a series of large scale insurance losses if not caused by, certainly exacerbated by such construction methods. This being said they remain prevalent due to their thermal qualities and convenience […]

Animal feed manufacturer fined £100K in corporate manslaughter conviction.

A County Down animal feed manufacturer became the fourth company in the UK to be convicted of corporate manslaughter (in October 2013) after a casual labourer was killed by unguarded machinery. Norman Porter, 47, had been working for Ballygowan based J Murray & Son for eight weeks. He was helping mix animal meal in a blender on […]

Ammonia in Refrigeration Facilities

If your staff work in a cold storage or refrigeration warehouse facility, they’re likely to be at risk for ammonia exposure. Anhydrous ammonia (gaseous form) is often used as a refrigerant for meat, dairy, juice and other food and beverage storage. Some such facilities may also use ammonia in liquid form. Ammonia leaks or spills […]

Increase of Injuries For Food & Beverage Manufacturers

There have been numerous reports in the press of injuries to employees following incidents involving un-guarded machinery. Only last month, The Brothers Drinks Company was fined £23,000 in costs and fines after an employee caught his arm in a live machine and suffered a life threatening injury. Sadly, this is not a one-off occurrence. The […]

Composite Panels

Composite panels, also known as sandwich panels, are a popular construction material consisting of an insulation core sandwiched between two metal or plastic facings. They are used extensively for external walls, internal structures and roof construction within a variety of industries.  They are prevalent in the food industry due to their thermal characteristics and ease […]

Potential Environmental and Regulatory Liabilities in the Food and Beverage Industry

The most common environmental and regulatory exposures encountered in the food and beverage industry include: Non-compliant waste water discharges into the sewer system or septic tank system. Poorly managed underground storage tanks and associated pipes. No formal above-ground tank inspection or testing procedures. Un-dyked above-ground tanks. Ammonia releases or other emissions from on-site refrigeration systems. […]

FOOD & BEVERAGE: Preparing for a Product Recall

Despite recall frequency and the potential for extraordinary costs, most companies don’t adequately plan, prepare and practice for – or buy insurance to protect against – product recall events. In addition to proper insurance covers, careful planning is essential in managing the risk of a recall. There are two categories of exposure for a company […]

Risks to food & beverage manufacturers: Employee Theft

During times of economic insecurity, normally honest employees may resort to theft due to the increasing financial pressure they are feeling at home. Employees may also be motivated to steal if they were given extra responsibilities after others were terminated without an increase in compensation. While they may not normally be inclined to take advantage […]