Compliant silo cleaning for the food and industrial sectors
ACS Cleaning has over 25 years’ experience in providing high-quality cleaning services. Our expert team specialise in assisting companies within the food and industrial sectors in complying with all UK food safety and hygiene regulations. One of the most popular services that we offer to help our clients stay compliant is our silo cleaning service, a service that is effectively completed whilst causing minimum disruption to your company’s work output. Our team also regularly carries out silo empty and evacuation tasks.
It’s a legal requirement to ensure that your silo systems are maintained to an acceptable standard by a competent contractor, in adherence to the Confined Space Regulations 1997. As a result, it’s vital you take all the necessary steps to employ qualified contractors in order to comply with regulations.
If your business’ silo systems are found to be inadequate through lack of maintenance, you could face a number of consequences, but having regular maintenance and cleaning carried out will prevent this.
It is crucial that if you have any concerns with regards to the cleanliness or standards of your silo system, you should contact a member of the ACS Cleaning team today on 01254 693 131.
All ACS technicians are City and Guilds confined space and rescue trained, rope access, and first aid trained in line with the Confined Space Regulations 1997.
We complete each silo cleaning task by following the five simple steps below. At the end of each clean, we will provide you with a detailed report, photographic evidence, a swab test analysis and a valid hygiene or cleanliness certification so you can rest assured knowing that your silo is compliant with the latest HSE regulations.
Regardless of what the silo contains, there’s a number of methods the ACS Cleaning team can undertake. The most common and basic method is to simply brush down the silo’s interior manually, with the aim to scrape off debris while taking care to not scratch the silo surface.
When it comes to cleaning food silos, our specialist cleaners recommend using the vacuum extraction method. This is designed to take up as little of your business’ productivity time as possible as well as keeping you fully compliant with UK food safety and hygiene standards.
For the toughest of jobs, experts at ACS Cleaning rely on the gyro whip cleaning method since it’s the safest and most efficient way of cleaning silos. The innovative gyro whip cleaning system combines the power of air blasting with the flexibility of hydraulic whip machines, meaning this silo cleaning method completely eliminates the risk of contamination and lost storage capacity. Bin whip silo cleaning is designed to be the best method to tackle common storage issues such as rat holing and bridging.
ACS Cleaning avoids silo cleaning methods such as Vibrators and Low friction linings as these options are too expensive and can potentially damage the structure of silos.
The ACS team also provide Silo repair services.
This is the compaction of contents onto the side side of a silo. Rat holing not only reduces overall operating volume in silos, but also compromises on quality control, as the older, ‘rat holed’ contents begins to degrade and can potentially spoil the rest of the silo’s contents. The ACS Cleaning team uses the latest industrial cleaning equipment designed to eliminate rat holing issues in silos.
Similar to rat holing, bridging involves the compaction of materials at the bottom of the silo, with the potential to block the silo outlet – getting its namesake for the bridge-like shape that forms above the outlet. In order to avoid problems such as bridging occurring, it’s important that a regular silo maintenance schedule is carried out.
There’s a number of dangers concerning the usage and maintenance of silos. The most obvious risk present from the nature of working at height, as falls can occur from improper conduct or faulty equipment.
The loading process itself comes with a number of risks that operators face, since they need to work amongst the powerful conveyors and spinning PTO shafts as they monitor the flow of material, adjust speeds and turning the machinery on and off.
The preparation process for loading silos presents serious potential for risk as workers have to work directly below suspended, heavy unloader machinery.
Meanwhile the unloading process bears unique challenges for operators to safely overcome. The fermentation of particular Silage can produce methane within the silo, which can lead to the asphyxiation of workers within the silo.
Lastly, silo operators with the responsibility of ‘walk it down’ during unloading face the risk of grain entrapment, as pockets in the silo material can give way underfoot which leads to the worker becoming stuck or completely sunk into the silo’s material in a sudden motion. This can lead to suffocation.
The National Agricultural Safety Database have set out a clear course of action for dealing with grain bin entrapment.