This past week, a firefighter was killed and 20 people were injured after an ammonia leak at a meat processing plant in Israel. The leak occurred at the Hod Hefer processing plant at Emek Hefer industrial zone north of Netanya. The incident forced the evacuation of over a hundred people from the surrounding area. Some reports state that the leak occurred after one of the factory’s employees hit a pipe from a 60 ton storage tank.
Anyone who has food processing facilities or cold storage warehouses within their response area should be familiar with the types of refrigeration systems that are in use. Anhydrous ammonia is commonly used as a refrigerant in meat, poultry, and fish processing facilities, as well as those that handle dairy and ice cream products. It can also be found in....