140 year-old-fish processor told to improve ammonia risk to staff

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Food inspectors told Aberdeen company, Joseph Robertson, that it “failed to make arrangements” to ensure that its ammonia refrigeration system was safe.

Founded in 1878, Joseph Robertson is one of the largest chilled fish producers in the UK, and make Scottish salmon Gratin and Scottish salmon en croute value-added products amongst others.

Press and Journal reports that Health and Safety Executive (HSE) food inspectors found that staff at the fish processing company were ‘not protected from ammonia risk’.

Joseph Robertson has been served with two improvement notices from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Officials found that appropriate measures had not been taken to ensure that an ammonia refrigeration system was safe.

The publication reported that the first HSE notice stated that the firm “failed to make arrangements, which are appropriate to your activities and the risks to be managed, for the effective management of the health and safety risks posed by the ammonia refrigeration system”.

Inspectors imposed the second improvement order after finding that Joseph Robertson “failed to ensure that there is a written scheme of examination in place for a pressure system in operation at your site, namely the ammonia refrigeration system that includes the Polar pressure vessel”.

The firm has now been given until November to improve this.