Preventing Accidents at Work
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Preventing Accidents at Work

Safety management in various fields is an interest of mine. The industrial field tends to have more accidents than most other types of job sites, so I’ve spent a lot of time learning about industrial accidents. How do they happen? Why do they happen? How do they affect employees, business owners, and clients? How do they impact the overall success of an industrial business? Some of the answers to these questions can be found in this blog. I started it to share the information that I’ve been collecting with people that are in my field of interest. If you work or own a business in the industrial field, knowing how to prevent accidents at work should be important to you. The information here can help you learn how to be more proactive in preventing them.

Preventing Accidents at Work

How The Right Water Filters Help You Turn Poultry Processing Waste Into Cash

Henry Ellis

When your business involves washing blood and feathers off freshly butchered chicken carcasses, getting the waste water clean again is crucial. There are dozens of techniques and tricks for separating fat and other solid waste from the water, but not all of them let you turn that solid waste back into a source of income again. Find out how to switch to high-tech industrial filtration products to boost profits without increasing production levels.

Water Flow Issues

Federal, state, and local laws all stipulate how much waste you must remove from the processing water before letting it run off into a nearby lake or river. Violating these rules will leave you facing thousands of dollars worth of fines, so most poultry processing plants install the cheapest or fastest waste system they can find when first starting operations. If you rushed through the process of picking waste management equipment the first time, revisiting the system you use could also reveal it is costing you a surprising amount of money over filters.

Chemical Solutions

The extra costs in chemical waste treatment come from the constant need for more powders or liquids. These products handle a surprising amount of work like

  • Breaking the emulsion effect where fats and oils gather together and resist breakdown
  • Gathering particles of solid waste together for easier removal
  • Speeding up the natural breakdown of feces, blood, and other high risk waste products

However, none of these actions completely take care of the waste problem. All chemical systems eventually combine with at least one filter to catch the particles of processed waste for removal. Unfortunately, any useful offal washed into a system with chemical treatments becomes little more than trash because it can't be used as byproducts for animal feed or dried and reused as field fertilizer.

Filter Options

Basic flat filters clog too quickly for waste processing where large material like feathers is blended with tiny bits of skin, blood, and fat. Stationary drum-shaped filters are common but only work properly when combined with chemical pre-treatments to properly blend together the various types of offal. If you want to only capture useful waste first so the rest of the water can be sanitized with UV light or chemicals, you need a conveyor belt or rotating drum filter system.

The moving filter grabs large particles without clogging and transports them to a press for water removal. This leaves you with thick cakes of useful offal while allowing only the tiniest particles of liquid waste through to the next step. These units still trap grease, blood, and other liquids thicker than the water so you only have a minimum of further work left before your waste water is clean enough for release.

Cost Savings

If you're concerned about paying for a new waste management system without knowing how much it could save you, start by calculating your monthly expenses on chemical treatments. Then count up the costs for replacing stationary filters to handle the last step of treatment, along with the labor costs for mixing in the chemicals and checking the results multiple times a day. You might find an improved industrial filter system saves you enough money in the first decade of use that it's worth investing in even without the income generated by selling the waste.

Waste Buyers

Of course, gathering all your valuable waste in solid cake form just eats up storage space unless you can find buyers. Contact local pet food manufacturers, pig producers, and agricultural farms. The combination of high protein feather and skin waste with plenty of fat makes the unappetizing blend quite useful as a food for both pets and pigs, but you have to deliver the material quickly so it doesn't spoil. Selling fertilizer is easier because it can be spread out over concrete slabs to dry and packaged or kept wet in closed tanks to break down for spraying.