If COVID 19 has taught us one thing it’s that manufacturers have the ability to change what they produce in order to meet demands during a global crisis.
Hand sanitiser, for example, became one of the most critical healthcare products which experienced a rapid increase in sales during the outbreak of the COVID pandemic.
Demand for this product far outweighed the capabilities of its current suppliers who were simply not equipped for such a surge in productivity and a gap in the market opened for manufacturers who could assist with production to combat the virus.
In order to fight the fight and ensure that demand was catered for, manufacturers all over the world had to rethink the way their production lines were utilized and repurpose their facilities to expand into new markets.
Gexcons UK office, based in Warrington near Manchester, was approached by an existing plant who historically manufactured water-based products containing minor quantities of flammable materials, however the need to expand into new territories would mean an increase in the quantities of highly flammable materials processed on site.
This raised questions as to whether they would still be able to operate their facility safely whilst maintaining compliance with the DSEAR Regulations (Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002), a UK law which is mainly concerned with reducing risks from fire and explosions arising from the use of dangerous substances which are used or present within the workplace.
Using our renowned in-house consequence modelling tool, FLACS -CFD, we were able to confirm that dilution ventilation could be used as basis of safety, whilst a BowTie Study demonstrated what additional layers of protection were needed to maintain this basis of safety.
Combined with the experience and engineering judgement that our engineers offer we could clearly demonstrate that production could be modified and increased in a safe environment.
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