Safety and Hygiene Standards at RotaVal Ltd

Safety and Hygiene Standards at RotaVal Ltd
The importance of testing and certification when manufacturing a RotaVal valve is paramount to ensuring equipment and site safety and standards. RotaVal manufactures valves for a wide range of industries and therefore a wide range of safety and quality standards need to be met.

ATEX Directive
Originally introduced in 2003, RotaVal soon obtained Autonomous Protective System Certification on all valves, with a number of them also providing explosion and flame containment. Given the high explosive nature of some of the products that can be handled, it is vital that the components are tested to the highest levels. The explosion and flame containment valves eliminate the risk of any explosions damaging the entire system, by containing the explosion and preventing a flame path from passing through the valve. The RotaVal product range fully complies with the latest ATEX Directive issued in 2016.

To obtain the certification, our Rotary Valves were taken to SGS Baseefa in Buxton, Derbyshire for rigorous testing. The valves were fitted to a testing unit and were subjected to 20 severe explosions each. They were then inspected, and proven to contain the said explosion and any flames. Our quality systems were also audited and all accompanying paperwork and technical files were inspected. Once this had been completed, the ATEX Accreditation was issued.

EHEDG Certification
As expected, manufacturing components for food processes need to adhere to very strict hygiene guidelines. EHEDG is a consortium of equipment manufacturers, food industries, research institutes, and public health authorities who promote hygiene during the processing and packaging of food products. To comply with such a strict set of requirements, a range of RotaVal’s valves are certified with type ED Class II. This ensures there are no compromises when it comes to the hygiene of our valves and the products that will pass through them.

USDA Dairy Accepted
As per EHEDG, there are also a strict set of rules to comply with when manufacturing equipment to be used with dairy products in the United States of America. The US Department of Agriculture provides leadership on food, agriculture, nutrition, and other related issues. They recognize that a range of RotaVal’s valves meets the stringent guidelines to be used within these sectors. In order to be awarded this accreditation, a valve and all components were assessed to the highest levels to ensure it was compliant with the regulations. Any errors that were picked up had to be rectified, and it also had to be FDA approved. Once this assessment had taken place, we gained acceptance.

ISO 9001
RotaVal is also assessed and registered as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001. This is an international standard that specifies requirements for a quality management system, demonstrating the ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements.

A RotaVal valve is manufactured with every confidence that these rules and guidelines will be met and the best possible safety and hygiene standards will be passed on to the end user.

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