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Case Studies » Medica Packaging

The Challenge

Medica Packaging Limited specialise in the production of high quality printed cartons and leaflets for clients primarily in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors.

The site in Cheshire visited incorporated typical print infrastructure and packaging facilities. There were several automated machine lines installed which utilised established print methodology in production of client-led artwork and specialist packaging products.

Whilst the operations were not particularly complex, process activity routinely involves a range of potentially hazardous substances. The DSEAR focus was primarily upon site operations and maintenance activity with potential for release of flammable dusts or vapours.

The requirement for a DSEAR assessment was highlighted as part of an impending ISO18001 audit.

The Solution Provided

A full detailed survey was completed working closely with the on-site management team; this survey highlighted that site operations routinely involve hazardous substances as defined under DSEAR and that additional control should be considered.

The survey looked at the substances in use; many of which have vapours that are heavier-than-air and have the potential to build up at low level or travel along the ground to a source of ignition. Critical properties for key hazardous substances in use were clearly defined as part of the extensive report provided.

The report also looked at the site operational activities and the suitability of the controls in place in respect to managing potential DSEAR risks. A full Hazardous Area classification was undertaken and representative drawings developed to clearly identify the extend of hazardous zoning to be applied.

The risk assessment reviewed all critical operations and identified the levels of risk as the operations stood. A key part of the report was to identify and prioritise the improvement actions identified to take the business forwards towards full DSEAR compliance.

What Medica Packaging said:

The support your consultant provided has been excellent; I am more than pleased with the service and the report itself which is very comprehensive as expected. I was with Gus during his assessment visit so I am satisfied that he covered all aspects of our business. There are quite a few actions for us to carry out moving forward but that’s exactly what I wanted from the assessment; a consultant who is thorough in his approach. It’s good to know you are available just in case the ISO 18001 auditor throws up any queries that I can’t answer.

Paul Wassall
Medica Packaging