Feed Mill & Safety

by | Sep 4, 2020

Safety should be a top priority when managing or operating a feed mill. From the feed mill construction to daily operations, you need to protect your workers from slips, falls, and other types of injuries on the job, while making sure that your feed is safe for consumption. Learn more about the importance of feed mill safety.

Employee Safety

Working in a feed mill comes with plenty of risks. Your employees should wear personal protective equipment when working in the facility, including goggles, gloves, respirators, and hardhats. Your workers should be familiar with the latest milling best practices to reduce the chances of injury on the job. Use caution when loading and unloading large containers of grain to prevent friction and the spread of dust and other airborne debris.

Maintain your feed mill equipment regularly to prevent unexpected breakdowns and explosions. Some machines have been known to explode or ignite when faced with excess heat or friction. Your employees should be able to clean and inspect the equipment without putting themselves in harm’s way.

Food Safety

Adopt a similar approach when it comes to maintaining food safety. Use proper sequencing to prevent the spread of food-borne illness and disease. You should adhere to the ideal sequence for all your recipes to make sure the food is safe for your animals to consume. Regularly inspect and test your feed for quality assurance. If the feed contains foreign particles or is not fit for consumption, you should be able to trace ingredients back to their source to prevent future outbreaks.

Regularly clean the interior of your feed mill equipment to prevent cross-contamination. Make sure the machine is free of residue before loading in another batch.

Make sure your particles are uniform in size before serving them to your livestock. Research the dietary restrictions of your animals to avoid giving them the wrong type or size of feed. If the particles are not uniform in size, the feed will not mix properly. Larger particles may sink to the bottom while smaller particles rise to the top, which affects the overall nutritional value of the feed. The product should be as homogenous as possible before leaving your facility.

At Halverson Company, safety is our number one priority. We have a long history as a Salt Lake City Construction partner of putting consumer and worker safety above profits. As experts in the design-build construction process, we can help you improve the overall efficiency and safety of your feed mill. Contact us today for more information.