The NSF mark is your assurance that the product has been tested by one of the most respected independent certification organizations in existence today. It is valued by consumers, manufacturers, retailers and regulatory agencies worldwide.
The NSF certification mark on a product means that the product complies with all standard requirements.
NSF conducts periodic unannounced inspections and product testing to verify that the product continues to comply with the standard.
The mark also provides:
Lubricants suitable for food and beverage applications that are registered as H1 by NSF International (NSF), an independent registration body, comply with food regulations because they are physiologically inert, tasteless and odourless. They are suitable for incidental, technically unavoidable contact with a food product up to 10ppm. H1 lubricants may be safely used for handling, canning, bottling, blending, chilling, cooking, cutting, slicing and peeling on machinery components such as pumps, mixers, gearboxes, chain drives and conveyor belts.
Get food-grade lubricants that don’t compromise performance.
Technical advances in the industry now even allow H1 lubricants to deliver the same or better performance than conventional industrial gear oils. It’s true that not all food and beverage companies are required to use H1 lubricants. However, by using only H1 products, a facility minimizes risk. Even if a lubricant is misapplied, it may not expose the plant to the possibility of a product recall. This is also true for the many food, beverage and pharmaceutical facilities that are pushing toward ISO 22000 standards. ISO 22000 includes the implementation of a plan based on a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) procedure that identifies risks that can impact the safety of the finished product.
Bottom line: safety pays
By performing a careful inventory and converting to all NSF H1 registered lubricants in a facility, maintenance managers will put in place a best practice for risk mitigation – eliminating a source of potential contamination with hazardous substances while maintaining the same or even achieving better equipment performance. It’s a win-win formula that not only saves money when it comes to contamination cleanup, but it also pays dividends by driving food safety and quality forward in the plant environment for years to come.