The origins of malt whisky distilling in Scotland are lost in the mists of antiquity. They date back at least to the monks of the 15′” century and probably long before.
Barley, is the main ingredient for making whisky, however maize or wheat can be added to make grain whiskey. The process of making whiskey can cause serious health problems for workers.
Definition of grain dust:
Grain dust is the dust produced from the harvesting, drying, handling, storage or processing of barley, wheat, oats, maize or rye. The processing stage of grain and its derivatives includes milling and malting. Handling includes loading, unloading, packaging, transport and storage operations.
Visible dust clouds, layers of dust on floors, ledges and equipment, or dust leaking from machinery would indicate that there is a problem requiring action to be taken to reduce dust at source. Remember, you can’t usually see the very fine dust that you can breathe into the deep recesses of your lungs, and which will cause most harm.
Control of exposure:
In spirit handling areas, pump rooms, etc. vapours should be eliminated by good ventilation removing heavier than air vapour at low points. These measures have real benefits on the working environment, reducing secondary explosion hazards in the workplace.
Using local exhaust ventilation (LEV), will help to remove dust from the atmosphere, even the finest dust will be removed, leaving the area safe to breath in. Ensure all LEV is thoroughly examined and tested at least once every 14 months.