Slaughterhouse health and safety
Slaughterhouses or abattoirs are where our farm animals enter the human food chain.
Almost 50% of the animal is used as edible products, with 40-45% recycled into by-products for other industries and the rest disposed of as waste.
Health and safety is a key priority for these establishments, which are strictly monitored to ensure that no health threats are posed to the public or to the workers.
Effluent including waste water, has to be disposed of carefully in order to prevent any contamination of land, soil or the water supply.
Inspection of licensed slaughterhouses is undertaken by The Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), an agency of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which provides hygiene supervision and meat inspection services.
The Environment Agency is also involved in the prevention of pollution in slaughterhouses, through preventative measures which include:
- Spillages: during transportation, handling and cleaning cleaning
- Leakages: from stored materials and from vehicles
- Land: spillages whilst handling carcasses
- Air: odours from stored materials
- Waste: waste water from cleaning and handling
- Energy: use of energy for heating and producing steam
- Noise: including vehicles and delivery, pipe work and machinery.
The Environmental Testing Company can assist in assessing operative and redundant slaughterhouses to test for pollution and suggest pollution prevention and control.
Contact us now to discuss how we will help you with your Slaughterhouse problem.