Case Studies » Adnams
A visit was made to the Adnams Southwold brewery, at Southwold, Suffolk, in 2020 to consider compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), incorporating Amendment 1: June 2015. At the site, Adnams annually produces up to 140,000 hectolitres of various beers for distribution and sale to the pub, wholesale and retail sectors. In addition to this, the site operates a distillery for the production of gin, vodka and whisky. As part of this the processing operations on site utilise flammable gases, liquids and sprays and generate quantities of combustible fine dust.
The Solution provided
A key focus of the survey was to review the provision and suitability of ventilation and extraction across the various site operations and to identify where improvements were required. Further to this areas such as bulk storage, dispensing of materials and potential ignition sources such as by static ignition were explored and discussed in the report.
Certain areas of the site storage and process activities required Hazardous Area Classification and this was identified.
The report provided a clear to follow action plan with suggested timescales for completion that Adnams could work to. Importantly the report covers all key parts of the DSEAR hierarchy of controls: reduction of quantities, minimisation of release, minimisation of hazardous areas through ventilation, minimisation of ignition sources, etc.