Food and Agriculture Industry Risk Mitigation

Food and Agriculture Industry Risk Mitigation

Mitigate fire and explosion risks at your facility

Mitigate fire and explosion risks at your facility


Proactive risk mitigation is critical in the food, grain, beverages, and agriculture industries. Grain handling, for example, is a high-hazard industry, where fires, explosions, falls, and other factors lead to property damage and threaten employee safety.

The food, grain and agriculture industries face a wide variety of risks which can pose threats to personnel, operations, and supply chains:

  • Market Risk: Results from uncertainties regarding the prices that producers could receive for crops or other products.
  • Production Risk: Results from natural factors and processes of livestock and crops. Factors such as disease, pests and weather can affect quality and quality of a product.
  • Institutional Risk: Results from government actions and mandates, and the uncertainties that laws can pose.
  • Personnel Risk: Health, safety, and human-element risks from production or processes. Accidents, fires, and other unforeseen events can pose hazards in this industry.


Flour Dust Risk AssessmentOne of the earlier-recorded combustible dust explosions in history occurred in 1878 at the Washburn Mill, which produced flour for a major milling company. The blast, caused by a buildup of flour dust, killed 18 people, and destroyed neighboring mills and city blocks. This incident brought the dangers of combustible dust to light and prompted better safety and ventilation systems in factories.

Still, combustible dust remained a risk for years. A more recent case involving combustible dust occurred in 2008 at a major sugar refinery. Due to oversight of safety and housekeeping standards, a large amount of combustible sugar dust caught fire, rapidly spreading through the entire facility. The explosion resulted in 14 deaths, 38 injuries, and destroyed the plant. The refinery was cited with 124 safety violations and posted a $15.5 million loss, primarily due to the explosion.


TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants (GRC) can inspect your facility and identify unique hazards and process challenges you are facing. We then provide risk recommendations develop cost effective solutions to manage risk.

Our property risk engineers work with some of the most successful companies in the industry. In the food and agriculture industry, TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants has delivered the following results:

  • $156.2 billion in loss estimate reduction since 2001 
  • 26,734 facility inspections since 2007
  • 138,349 recommendations to improve risk management processes since 2001 

The GRC engineering team are particularly experienced in the following processes:

  • Beef and Poultry
  • Slaughter
  • Biodiesel
  • Cocoa Processing
  • Distilling/Breweries
  • Dry Milling Operations
  • Feed Mills
  • Flour Mill Operations
  • Food Processing
  • Fuel Ethanol Production
  • Fertilizer
  • Grain Elevators
  • Grain Shipping
  • Hatcheries
  • Malting Operations
  • Meat Processing
  • Packaging/Bottling/Distribution
  • Wet Corn Milling
  • Solvent Extraction
  • Sugar Refining
  • Vegetable Oil Refining
  • Refrigerated & Ambient Warehousing & Distribution


TÜV SÜD GRC offers a variety of services designed to help mitigate risks in the food, grain, beverage and agriculture industries:

Combustible Dust Mitigation and DHA: A Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) is designed to protect your facility against combustible dust hazards and is a requirement under several standards. TÜV SÜD GRC experts are licensed and experienced Process Safety Management professionals whose knowledge is specifically related to providing the most up-to-date and thorough dust assessments of your facility.

Business Continuity Planning: Identifying business interruption risk, quantifying the potential impact to your company, developing mitigation strategies, and preplanning for a disaster are the keys to property risk engineering. Our experts will use our knowledge of your company, industry, equipment, production bottlenecks, and exposures as the key components of the BCP process and work to help you foresee and mitigate market and supply chain risks.

Fire Protection Engineering: Managing fire and explosion risks is a critical component of any property risk engineering program for protecting personnel, facility assets, supply chain and market share. Our engineers and account managers work with the client to learn more about their unique businesses and needs. Each fire protection program is uniquely tailored to the client’s facilities, safety protocols, employees, and specific industry standards and product compliance needs.


TÜV SÜD Global Risk Consultants (GRC) is the leading unbundled property loss control provider worldwide, offering a complete portfolio of property risk engineering solutions, including operational, natural hazard and business continuity planning. With a focus on developing long-term partnerships, TÜV SÜD GRC provides innovative solutions to help our clients continuously reduce the risk to their business.

TÜV SÜD GRC’s approach to providing risk control services incorporates a formal team structure, ensuring established goals are met as well as effectively addressing local and corporate needs.

The team is supervised by an Account Service Leader, who provides a single point of contact, and Technical Account Engineers. The Food and Grain industry is a main area of focus for TÜV SÜD GRC, and developments in this industry are overseen by an internal focus group who are dedicated to providing the best solutions for your business.

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