January 31, 2020
A dust explosion is a horrific and devastating event that can cost lives and destroy property. They are not foregone conclusions in production facilities, however. They are entirely preventable by following some comprehensive steps.
The team at XP Products has put together this blog post to provide vital information on how to prevent a combustible dust explosion. First, let’s define what is considered combustible dust. It is a fine material that’s explosive when mixed with air. It includes finely ground metal particles, such as aluminum or zinc, or organic materials like flour and grain, for example, and some nonmetallic inorganic materials like plastic.
Without proper measures in place to control dust, it builds up across a facility. All it takes then is an event to disturb the dust, which is suspended, gets ignited, and explodes.
A, also known as a DHA, identifies potentially explosive situations by systematically looking at processes and areas within the building where dust can be found.
Hiring an outside company to look at your operation impartially is the most effective way to have aconducted. They thoroughly study and flag problem areas while providing advice for rectification.
The best way to prevent a dust explosion is to use the proper equipment and processes to keep dust from accumulating in the first place. If problem areas are identified, they should be thoroughly cleaned with an approved vacuuming system so the dust is not disturbed and made airborne.
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