Applications in food and beverage processing facilities such as sieving and ingredient dispensing, conveying, blending, bulk silo filling, mixing, milling, bag filling and emptying all create dust. Dust control is vital in the food industry where hygiene and safety are paramount.
Potentially explosive dusts must be handled with appropriately certified ATEX equipment - Kerstar’s ATEX rated vacuum cleaners are an essential piece of equipment for any food factory.
Having equipment in place to effectively clean up dust will help to:
- Protect operators from harmful dust (dust that is produced as a result of food production can cause serious skin and respiratory conditions)
- Prevent explosions
- Reduce housekeeping and minimise breakdowns
- Improve product quality by preventing cross contamination
- Protect the environment
Improve product quality by preventing cross-contamination
Food factories deal with various types of materials, including ingredients, raw materials, and by-products. Kerstar vacuum cleaners help remove loose debris, such as crumbs, powders, and other small particles, from floors, surfaces and equipment. They are effective in cleaning up spills, preventing them from spreading and potentially contaminating the production area.
Maintaining a clean and sanitary environment is crucial in food production to ensure product safety and prevent the growth and spread of bacteria, allergens, and other contaminants. Our vacuum cleaners aid in removing dirt, dust, and other potential contaminants from surfaces, machinery, and hard-to-reach areas - contributing to a hygienic environment.
Reduce housekeeping, minimise breakdowns and prevent explosions
If cross-contamination with other materials occurs in a food production process it can impact on product quality and safety and can result in an unusable end product which has a negative effect of productivity and profitability.
Substances regularly used in the food industry including flour, sugar and starches, and various other organic ingredients all have the potential to explode. A vacuum cleaner from Kerstar is an efficient and effective method for cleaning in food factories. Our ATEX rated models are designed specifically for industrial use so they can cover large areas
quickly and are safe for use in Dust Zone 22, helping minimise the risk of explosions.
Cleaning with a suitable vacuum cleaner will help to prevent cross-contamination, minimise the potential egress of dust into machinery, and improve productivity by reducing the time required for manual cleaning tasks and allowing employees to focus on other critical production activities.
Protect operators from harmful dust
As well as a moral obligation to protect their work force, employers have a legal obligation too. Dust that is produced as a result of food production can have serious effects on the health of employees. Exposure to dust can cause serious skin conditions and even occupational asthma in cases where flour dust is breathed in for example.
In Great Britain, the HSE sets a long term Workplace Exposure Limit (WEL) for a wide range of substances - a full list can be found on the HSE website. Breaching of these standards can result in severe penalties, loss of productivity due to employee sickness and even legal action.
For small or large food manufacturers, looking after employee health by reducing dust exposure is vitally important.
A clean and well-maintained working environment is essential for the safety and comfort of employees. Kerstar’s vacuum cleaners help remove materials that are potential health hazards as well as cleaning up materials that could be slippery, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, a clean workplace promotes employee morale and creates a more pleasant working atmosphere.
Need a complete solution?
Our parent company Filtermist also offers clean air solutions for the food and beverage industry as part of a centralised system. Filtermist also manufactures oil mist filters and Dustcheck dust filters which can be fitted by food processing machinery OEMs as part of the standard specification in a range of mechanical equipment.