4 Ways to Reduce COVID-19 Risk in Your Facility

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Now that COVID-19 is a risk encountered in everyday life, food plant owners and operators are looking for ways to protect their staff and facilities that are cost-effective and don’t hinder productivity.

As scientific authorities continue to nail down exactly how COVID-19 is spread, the overwhelming evidence suggests the virus primarily travels and is transmitted through droplets in the air. That’s why shielding your facility from an outbreak starts with its HVAC and refrigeration systems.


3 Must-have PSM Elements to Prevent Dust Explosions and Other Disasters

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3 Must-have PSM Elements to Prevent Dust Explosions and Other Disasters

Process Safety Management (PSM) is the OSHA standard that mandates employers identify, evaluate and control potentially hazardous activities, chemicals and components used in their processes.

While PSM audits are performed every three years, you should periodically perform self-audits to protect your facility from punitive measures from OSHA and, more importantly, to protect your employees from potentially catastrophic events that could lead to loss of life or property.

However, this isn’t a guide on performing self-audits (you can read more on that here).

Instead, we’re going to walk through a few PSM elements that you should pay special attention to while performing self-audits.


Welcome to Food for Thought

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Welcome to Food for Thought, Stellar’s award-winning blog where our process engineering, design-build, refrigeration, thermal and automation experts share knowledge and insights gained from our decades of work in the food manufacturing and distribution industry.

Since our founding in 1985, we’ve focused on the food and beverage industry, serving some of the world’s most forward-thinking food and distribution companies such as Nestlé, Kraft, Starbucks, Heinz, Food Lion, Burris Logistics, United States Cold Storage and Sysco Foods.

Every day, we provide solutions to meet food companies’ complex challenges, from rising commodity and energy costs to an evolving consumer base and ever-increasing food safety concerns. Within this blog, our experts share thought-provoking ideas, best practices and useful information to help you solve problems, improve your bottom line and remain at the cutting edge of the food and beverage industry.

We cover a range of topics such as:

  • Food safety
  • Energy efficiency
  • Processing trends
  • Facility optimization
  • Design-build best practices
  • Advances in refrigeration
  • New technologies, materials, techniques and more

We look forward to your thoughts and contributions. If you have any questions about the blog, please email marketing@stellar.net.