SLB GROUP leads the way with its food safety certifications

Like some of our welders, several engineers have now also acquired their HDN certification. This means they meet the strictest requirements for food safety. It also makes the SLB GROUP the first organisation in the Netherlands to have HDN-certified welders and engineers. By employing the same HDN requirements throughout our entire organisation, our clients can rest assured that we provide food-safe installations and machines in accordance with the highest quality standards.

The Hygienic Design Network (HDN) is a national platform of major producers, suppliers and leading organisations in the food industry. The SLB GROUP and its subsidiaries RVS NON FERRO and RIJKERS are also part of this platform. The participating parties share a common goal: to safeguard food safety, now and in the future. One of the platform’s key measures is to safeguard the European standards and guidelines for the design and manufacture of machinery and process installations in the food sector.

Stricter requirements for food-safe installations
Since 2016, the HDN offers courses that allow welders to earn their certification in accordance with stricter requirements. The member parties of the HDN platform all feel that the common NEN-EN-ISO 5817 standard is not strict enough to absolutely guarantee food safety. The platform therefore imposes additional welding requirements to supplement the European regulations, e.g. to avoid the occurrence of residual cleaning agents in an installation’s pipelines after it has been cleaned.

Successful certification process
SLB GROUP’s welding specialists are among the first professionals to earn this certification. This serves to demonstrate that our pipe welds meet the HDN standard and the additional requirements that come with it. Starting this year, the HDN will offer similar certification processes for designers and constructors. With the recent HDN certification of some of our engineers, we are taking the right steps to optimally safeguard food safety as early as the design stage. Our organisation is an industry leader in this regard.

RVS NON FERRO is part of the SLB GROUP. The organisations in this group operate at the heart of the Dutch agro-industrial and food industries. These are the fields in which our country holds an international top position.

Fact and figures about the Dutch food industry:

+++ the world’s second-largest exporter of agro-industrial and food products, after the US +++

+++ the world’s third-largest exporter of machinery for the food industry +++

+++ the world’s second-largest exporter of dairy products +++

+++ 20% of the country’s GDP is earned in the agroindustrial and food industries +++

+++ the world’s largest manufacturer of machinery for chicken slaughterhouses +++