According to an overview of citations issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), facilities in the food and beverage industry received a total of 1,177 citations between the months of October 2020 and September 2021. These citations amounted to a total of $8,575,378 in fines for facilities. They were issued for a wide range of safety standard violations, including improper hazards communication, lack of process safety management and lack of safeguards for personnel protection.
The STUD-E workplace safety program from Justrite is intended to help facilities comply with regulatory guidelines in order to protect personnel and avoid fines resulting from violations. A certified HACCP expert will work with your facility to conduct an on-site safety survey and develop a detailed report. STUD-E safety surveys help facilities identify potential hazards, assess risks and recommend action steps that can be taken to avoid non-compliance.
Many potential violations or compliance issues in a food processing facility can be addressed by implementing proper safety equipment and procedures. STUD-E experts will work with your facility to help you find workplace safety solutions from our leading product brands that will provide regulatory compliance. To help you decide if a STUD-E safety survey is right for you, here is a look at some of the most common areas of concern in a food and beverage facility, and the safety equipment that will enable your operation to achieve compliance.
STUD-E Surveys Will Help You Find Workplace Safety Solutions
Flexible Spill Containment
Flexible spill containment solutions from Justrite are designed to provide emergency drip or leak control in a wide range of working conditions. Pop-up pools are available to provide instant spill containment for leaking drums, punctured saddle tanks, hydraulic lines and other machinery. Ceiling leak diverters will help redirect roof or pipe leaks in order to prevent water damage and protect personnel from slips and falls. Maintenance spill berms are also available to provide reliable secondary containment for leak-prone storage units in accordance with EPA and SPCC requirements.
Safety Cabinets and Storage
Justrite safety cabinets are designed to meet fire codes and regulatory requirements for the safe storage of flammable liquids, pesticides, corrosives and other hazardous materials. Safety cabinets will enable facilities to segregate flammable liquids from potential ignition sources as well as increase the maximum allowable quantities of liquids that are allowed in a controlled area. Justrite safety cabinets also incorporate warning labels that provide effective hazards communication and locking mechanisms that offer superior workplace safety.
Outdoor Storage Lockers
Outdoor storage lockers will help minimize the risk of a facility fire and protect personnel. Lockers can be customized to meet site-specific requirements and can be combined with a variety of optional features, including ramps, shelving, grounding kits, insulation and lighting packages. These lockers are designed to meet EPA, NFPA code 30 and NFPA 1 requirements and are FM-approved for the safe storage of flammable liquids.
Emergency Face and Eyewash Station
OSHA requires all facilities that store or use corrosive materials or chemicals to provide an emergency eyewash station for personnel. Emergency face and eyewash stations from Justrite are easy to install and will provide instant regulatory compliance for facilities. Face and Eye Wash Stations are designed to be easy to operate and provide quick relief for injured workers. Justrite offers a variety of ANSI and EN compliant models, including indoor, outdoor, plumbed and self-contained options.
Indoor Safety Shower
Emergency Safety Showers from Justrite will provide treatment for workers who have sustained full-body injuries. Safety showers are available in stainless or galvanized steel options and can be mounted on the ceiling of a facility or deployed in a free-standing configuration. Showers from Justrite are designed to satisfy OSHA requirements and are also corrosion-resistant and easy to clean.
Absorbent Pads & Rolls
For emergency spill situations, absorbent mats and pads from Justrite are ideal. These spill-containment mats are designed to absorb a variety of liquids, including water, petroleum, hydraulic oil, antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene, acetone, toluene, latex paint and other chemical fluids. Mats are pre-cut and ready for immediate deployment in the event of a leak or spill.
Absorbent pads from Justrite feature a high-tensile construction that withstands harsh chemicals and prevents them from falling apart. Mats and rolls also incorporate a meltblown polypropylene filler covered with spunbond polypropylene laminate for higher loft and increased absorption.
Schedule a STUD-E Safety Survey Today
By incorporating HACCP, FSMA and cGMP into our STUD-E workplace safety survey, Justrite is able to help food processing and manufacturing facilities adequately prepare for inspections and avoid fines resulting from citations. STUD-E surveys can also help facilities prevent workers comp claims, lower insurance premiums and enhance process management practices. For more information, contact us today.
Author: David Nazaire
David Nazaire, Food and Beverage Vertical Manager for Justrite Safety Group, serves as the in-house food processing market expert and supports food processing-based channel partners and FCAM and CCAM account owners. David’s expertise in educating customers on compliant safety protocols has helped prevent fire risks, avoid fines, control spills, and improve overall workplace safety. He has supported safety programs throughout various markets and has worked with various companies such as Frito-Lay, Valley Queen Cheese, Hormel, Carl Buddig, Sargento Foods, Ingredion, Nature’s Fynd and many more. David’s passion for problem solving guides end users and channel partners in selecting the appropriate product solution to protect people, property, and the environment.