January 31, 2020

Up in a FlashTypically, dust is little more than an annoyance and minor health hazard. However, during certain industrial environments, dust can be deadly. Some industries produce combustible dust, which consists of accumulated particles with the potential to ignite and create a flash fire.

 

To prevent a tragic accident, it’s crucial to workplaces to perform risk assessments and inspections routinely, keep work areas clean, and ensure employees wear the appropriate protective gear. The following industries are generally considered to be at the highest risk of a combustible dust explosion:

 

Food Production: Sugar, grains, egg whites, powdered milk, and certain other food products carry a risk of combustion under the right conditions. Food production and agricultural workers should be aware of the inherent risk of handling, transporting, and storing these products.

 

Synthetic Manufacturing: Common materials for synthetic manufacturing (such as rubber, plastics, and other manmade substances) can create combustible dust clouds. Safety measures must be taken to prevent ignition.

 

Woodworking: Cutting, grinding, sanding, and polishing wood generates sawdust, which easily combusts in certain conditions, like being ignited by a spark from a nearby machine.

 

Metal Processing: The dust of metals like aluminum, chromium, iron, magnesium, and zinc is combustible. Furthermore, many activities in a metal processing environment produce heat and sparks, raising the risk of an explosion.

 

Recycling Facilities: Recycling facilities handle a diverse array of materials, some of which may produce combustible dust during sorting, processing, handling, and transporting.

Contact us today to discuss your NFPA compliant dust collection needs.

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