n South African Food Review - The cost of functional safety - safety, hygiene & quality assurance

Volume 45 Number 9
  • ISSN : 0379-6000


I n Europe, the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC requires machinery to be designed and built for safe use. In food processing plants, there are many dangerous machines for which plant managers should implement safety regulations. Machines such as decanters operate at high centrifugal forces, sometimes running with g-forces reaching more than 2 000 times gravitational force. This presents a dangerous environment for employees to work in. Comprehensive risk management becomes the best method to prevent accidents and ensure plants do not face the threat of closure or high fines.

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