Below are few points which shows the potential causes that might occur in any food industry


  • Use of ungrounded and improperly grounded machinery and equipment
  • Electrical cables passing through/laid around damp/humid locations
  • Cracked fuses, plugs and sockets, damaged distribution boxes, circuit breakers and poorly connected and/or worn, frayed or bare cables
  • On/Off power circuit switches that are not located at clearly visible points
  • Absence of lockout/tag out maintenance procedures, training and required apparatus to de-energize electrical circuits
  • Absent, insufficient and unreadable signage related to electrical hazards
  • Inadequate electrical lightning conductor deployment and installation leading to power surges and associated problems
  • Lack of PPE for workers that may be in contact with exposed electric parts response, building evacuation and first aid procedures
  • Obstructed or locked emergency exits
  • Lack of lighting at emergency exits, in corridors and hallways




  • Inadequate procedures for maintenance and cleaning of heat-producing equipment, such as burners, ovens, stoves and fryers
  • Inadequate handling, signage and storage of “flammable, combustible and explosive materials, including pressurized containers
  • Inadequate housekeeping (cleaning, servicing, repairing), collection and disposition of “flammable materials from workplaces and storage areas
  • Poor inspection and maintenance of fuel lines
  • Leaks and spills from “flammable materials containers and installations
  • Inadequate ventilation facilitating accumulation of fine dust particles exceeding the lower explosive    limit (LEL)
  •   Improper storage (e.g. unventilated places) and transport (e.g. rolling instead of using carts) of pressurized gas cylinders
  • Failure to reject, return to supplier or eliminate damaged or incompletely equipped gas cylinders (e.g. missing regulator caps)
  • Inadequate procedures for controlling ignition sources such as smoking, welding, and burning
  • Unsafe gas hoses and gas welding equipment
  • Use of equipment producing sparks close to explosive, combustible and “flammable materials storage and usage
  • Poor electrical maintenance using unauthorized electricians

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