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ACO Drainage System Assessment

DSA is an independent consultative activity. Our service team is capable to assess the food production environment with focus on drainage system, floors, walls, general cleanliness and facility (technology) layout. The ACO Drainage System Assessment (ACO DSA) comprises a complex evaluation of the existing drainage system and surrounding environment including production and service technologies and its impact on potential risks within food processing plants. This evaluation also covers risks arising from drainage integration, and floor and wall quality.

The DSA identifies drainage issues found and describes their impact on production from the point of view of:

  1. Hygiene
  2. Safety (employee health and safety, and product safety risks)
  3. Operations (production continuity risks)

The views of the client in combination with the opinions of our expert team, local experience and industry best practice, are considered when identifying current and potential risks. Any issues found are processed by means of ACO‘s original software applications and a Corrective Action Plan is released to minimise all risks, develop more effective maintenance schedules and, if required, propose future investments to the client.

There are three main aspects assessed: Hygiene, Safety (Health and Safety and Food Safety) and Operation (Operational Continuity). Based on these findings our service team generates a protocol and recommends a corrective action plan.

ACO‘s team undertake a holistic evaluation of the drainage system and relevant factory infrastructure. In preparation for this, we ask customers to provide key information and data in advance, including details of the plant and equipment layout, the information technology employed, the floor structure and operational data.


DSA is an independent observation and evaluation of entire food production process especially in regard of wastewater management and its interaction with drainage system. The outcome of the DSA is a comprehensive report and corrective action plan (CAP) that enables:

  • Better understanding of drainage system function/malfunction
  • Definition of weak points (nonconformities) in production area in regard of Hygiene, operator’s Safety and Operation – production/business continuity
  • Definition of corrective action plan with basic timeline (urgent, midterm, long-term)
  • Definition of standard solutions/action (e.g. set up SOP, basic maintenance, simple refurbishment projects etc.)
  • Definition of customized solutions based on current situation on customer site that reflects facility and production layout, production schedule, CAPEX, hygienic standards/requirements….

DSA Process

Welcome to the ACO DoP Finder website. Via this website you can access and download ACO Conformance Certificates

1. Data Collection

2. Data Analysis

Final Reports

3. Findings Evaluation

Drainage System Assessment

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Local Contacts

Rikus Lotz

Mobile: +27 (0) 72 675 0037


Jean de Villiers

Mobile: +27 (0) 84 351 3525