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Food Safe Lubricants Explained

It is important that food-safe greases and lubricants perform the same technical functions that other lubricants do, to ensure they maximize the life of your machine.

Here are a few features of effective greases and lubricants;

● Wear-resistant - ability to withstand high levels of usage.

● Cope with friction

● Corrosion and oxidation resistant

● Ability to dissipate heat & transfer power

● Compatible with rubber and other sealants

● Where necessary it needs a sealing effect

Understanding the different food-grade lubrication classes H1, H2 & H3 will ensure you remain compliant with the latest regulations and give your consumers confidence in the manufacturing process of the product.

H1 Lubricants

H1 Lubricants are tasteless, odorless, and physiologically inert, designed for possible/ incidental contact with food up to 10ppm. They are used for machinery such as pumps, conveyor belts, and mixers. Applications such as canning, blending, cooking, cutting, slicing, peeling, handling, bottling, and brewing.

H2 Lubricants

H2 Lubricants are considered to be food grade, but not necessarily food safe. These are designed for machinery that does not come into direct contact with food, such as a forklift. They are used in areas where there is no possibility of direct contact with food, beverages, or pharmaceutical items.

H3 Lubricants

H3 Lubricants are additives that are sometimes used in the production of food-grade products. These are often ‘edible oils’ that are safe for human consumption. H3 lubricants can be used to clean parts of machinery such as hooks or conveyor belts to prevent rust.

For many companies, choosing H1 Lubricants is a cautious approach to ensure that there will not be any implications if the food does come in contact with the lubricant.

Things to consider when purchasing food-grade lubricants and greases.

  1. Health & Safety -The product you are using must comply with USDA regulations to avoid fines and potential closure.

  2. Leakages - If the lubricant was to leak is there a process in place to deal with this sufficiently?

  3. Technical Function -The product must have the same technical function as any other lubricant.

  4. Reliability - It is vital to ensure the product is reliable and maximizes the life of your assets.

For expert help on choosing your products, give us a call to discuss; 028 9446 7469.


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