By Christine Banaszek
In the processing world, safety management cannot be overemphasized. In particular, the mixing room, where raw materials are combined to produce the final formulation, is a source of many potential health and operational hazards. Any toxic chemicals, dusty powders, flammable solvents, or slippery fluids that are present can compromise operator safety if not handled properly. Workers must be trained on how to safely operate any piece of mixing equipment.
Aside from typical engineered solutions and safety systems, there are some basic and practical ways for improving safety in the mixing area. The discussion below lists a few considerations that process engineers can apply to existing operations and during equipment procurement.