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Cleanliness in the food industry: why industrial vacuums are a critical choice

Posted: 16/02/2023 | Tags: | Category

The food industry is one of the most delicate and regulated sectors in terms of hygiene and safety. Maintaining a clean environment free of dust and residues is crucial to prevent contamination and ensure food quality. That's why industrial dust vacuums have become an essential choice for many companies, especially bakeries and pastry shops.

During the production processes in the food industry, dangerous substances are released that can harm the health of workers. Dust such as flour, sugar, yeast, coffee, chocolate, and many others are harmful to the respiratory system.

Industrial vacuums are designed to effectively remove dust and residues from surfaces and machinery. This significantly reduces the risk of microbial contamination and cross-contamination, which can occur when dust and residues settle on food and equipment. In addition, the use of industrial vacuums helps to maintain a cleaner and healthier work environment for employees, improving their health and safety at work.

For example, in a bakery, at the end of a process, it is necessary to clean the ovens to prevent different ingredients from mixing and ruining the quality of the product or, even worse, contaminating the product.

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Food cleanliness is therefore a crucial factor for food quality and safety. Industrial vacuum cleaners, in turn, are a fundamental choice for maintaining hygiene standards. They are available in a wide range of models and capacities, able to meet the specific needs of each company. In addition, industrial vacuum cleaners are easy to use and maintain, ensuring consistent hygiene over time.

How to avoid the risks of contamination in the food industry?

Several factors must be taken into consideration in order to eliminate the risks of contamination in the food industry. Firstly, the attention of operators is key, from hand hygiene to the cleaning of surfaces and tools used. Secondly, procedures must be established to:

  • Identify critical points in the work environment to identify potential sources of contamination
  • Take corrective actions to eliminate the risk of contamination
  • Verify the hygiene of production cycles
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Some procedures are therefore necessary to identify incorrect actions and potential dangers of incorrect management. At the same time, they allow for the implementation of effective corrective actions capable of eliminating or minimizing risks.

What types of food contamination

  • Cross-contamination: cross-contamination occurs when residues from one food product contaminate another product during production or transport. The use of industrial suction systems helps to remove residues and prevent cross-contamination.
  • Dust contamination: dust in the air can settle on food products and cause contamination. Du-Puy dust removal systems capture airborne dust and prevent dust contamination.
  • Bacterial and mold contamination: bacteria can grow in humid and unclean areas and contaminate food products. The use of compact industrial suction systems helps to keep premises and machinery clean, preventing the proliferation of bacteria and molds.

The advantages of using an industrial vacuum cleaner

Compact industrial vacuums are designed to be easily transportable and positioned in any point of the food production line. They allow for easy cleaning even in hard-to-reach spaces and ensure:

  • Effective removal of dust and debris: the motors that power the vacuums ensure optimal performance for the effective removal of even the most stubborn dust and debris.
  • Convenience in use and placement: they are available in various variants and models, with different sizes and configurations to meet the specific needs of each company. This way, companies can choose the most suitable model for their needs, ensuring efficient and deep cleaning.
  • Improvement of employees' health and safety: these tools reduce the presence of dust and debris in the air, improving the quality of the air breathed by employees.
  • Maintenance of hygiene and cleanliness: the cleanliness of the environment and machinery is crucial to ensure the quality of food products. Industrial vacuums help maintain a clean and tidy work environment, preventing cross-contamination.
  • Time and money savings: the use of vacuums reduces cleaning time, increases efficiency, and in the long term represents a cost saving for the company.
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Vacuum cleaning reduces the risk of respiratory diseases

One of the best investments in terms of workplace safety and employee well-being is undoubtedly an investment in a centralized suction system. Capable of adapting to the specificities of the work environment, it captures suspended dust, preventing it from being inhaled and posing serious health risks to workers.

Suspended dust is formed when materials such as flour, sugar, coffee, or others are poured into various equipment such as mixers and agitators. This is a process that is manually carried out by industry operators, who lift bags and pour their contents, causing large amounts of dust to be released into the surrounding environment.

A properly sized dust removal system can suction up to 99.99% of the dust.

The elements that distinguish a centralized suction system are:

  • Advanced filtration: filters are made with high-quality materials with high filtering power. They are capable of retaining particles of dust and residue, preventing cross-contamination of food products and the presence of harmful dust in the air.
  • Integrated safety systems: they are equipped with some tools, such as alarms or automatic shutdown devices, that can help ensure employee safety during use.
  • Low noise level: the latest-generation electro-ventilators are silent motors that reduce noise levels during use, improving the acoustic safety of employees. In addition, to further reduce noise, the suction unit is generally positioned outside the work environment.
  • Safety certifications: in the food industry, it is not uncommon to deal with potentially explosive dust in certain working conditions. Du-Puy suction solutions are certified for work in Atex zones, avoiding the risk of explosion.
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The right choice for you
In the end, industrial vacuums are a crucial option for companies in the food industry who want to maintain a clean and contamination-free environment. They ensure food quality and safety, protect employees, and help meet the strict hygiene standards required by the industry. Choosing a quality industrial vacuum is an important investment in ensuring the health and safety of customers, employees, and the business.

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