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Case Studies » Newhay Feeds

The Challenge

A visit was made to Newhay Feeds site at Woodhall, South Duffield, in 2020 to consider compliance with the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR), incorporating Amendment 1: June 2015. Newhay is the leading grower and producer of specialist hay products in the UK, and supplies a wide range of products for many well-known equine and pet food manufacturers, and retailers in the UK and Europe, as well as selling direct. As part of this the processing operations on site involve flammable liquids and generate large volumes 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 Newhay Feeds 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.