How distilleries can ensure safety and compliance?
With a number of distilleries presently halting or reducing output as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, individuals responsible for the facilities' safety must guarantee that the operation is properly managed to avoid contamination.
Spirit distilleries, like many other businesses, have had to make changes to their operations as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak and the resulting limitations. While some companies have lowered production to allow their staff to effectively social distance themselves, others have entirely stopped working. Whatever the answer, any change in equipment usage must be properly managed to guarantee safety, water hygiene, and regulatory compliance.
What are the potential dangers?
Precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of all equipment, but evaporative cooling systems in particular, require special attention since they can provide an ideal environment for Legionella bacteria to flourish if not properly managed. As a result, it's critical to have a good cooling tower water treatment system in place to keep bacterial development in check.
Anyone involved in facility management or a manager, has a responsibility to safeguard employees, visitors, and the general public from these dangers. Under the “Health and Safety at Work Act 1974” and the “Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999”, employers have a legal obligation to protect their employees.Under addition, biological risks such as Legionella are included in the “Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH)” rules. Businesses must also protect the public from any hazards that develop as a result of their operations, according to health and safety legislation.
So, what are the recommendations?
When production is halted or reduced to the point that specialised cooling systems are no longer necessary, the equipment must be shut down in a safe manner that allows it to be restarted safely when production resumes.
The guidelines on Legionella control are provided and there are specific recommendations for equipment shutdown.If the systems will be out of service for less than a month, it is recommended that biocide water treatment chemicals be pumped through the system on a weekly basis. If the activity suspension will be longer than one month, it should be drained and shut down in accordance with the site's Legionella control plan.
Where systems are still active, it is critical that standard safety measures are followed. This includes all equipment monitoring, testing, water treatment, and cleaning. If this cannot be done owing to a lack of personnel or other constraints, the manufacturing process must be paused and the cooling system turned off.Continuing without the proper safeguards in place endangers the health of employees and the general public.
Furthermore, distilleries should review their servicing plans to ensure that regular inspections and maintenance are still being performed as needed.When operations resume, this will help ensure a problem-free restart of the systems.
What can Netsol Water provide you?
Netsol Water is a major water and wastewater treatment company in India that manufactures WTPs, WWTPs, STPs, and ETPs, among other services.
We have substantial technical understanding and experience in industrial water treatment chemicals, and we understand the necessity of doing this right because of our long experience working with distilleries on all aspects of water and wastewater treatment.