When to Have a Dust Hazard Analysis Completed

Combustible Dust Explosion PentagonIt’s a given across industries where the manufacturing process creates a large amount of dust that it is imperative to keep a close eye on the levels to prevent the risk of an explosion. The most effective way to do this is by having a dust hazard analysis conducted by a reliable and experienced company.


If you have any questions about what a hazard analysis is, the team at XP Products has put together this blog post to provide the facts you need to make an informed decision on this important practice.


A dust hazard analysis, also known as a DHA, is a review that looks systematically at all the areas and processes within your facility where combustible particulate solids can be found. A DHA will help with the identification of possible fire, flash-fire, and explosion hazards at the facility.


And when’s the best time to have a DHA complete, you ask? Ideally, the best time is right away, and regularly so that all risks are identified and minimized. In that way, if there are any changes in your processes, equipment, or materials that cause a change to the dust profile at your location, they can be recognized and dealt with as soon as they are identified. You want to be aware of and reduce any hazards before they become problems.

December 3, 2019

How Combustible Dust Explosions Happen

Combustible Dust ExplosionDust explosions can be devastating but they are preventable. Just like any other industrial accident the causes can be traced back to factors that are overlooked. Those factors then become links in a chain of events that culminate in disaster.


From a practical sense, a combustible dust explosion happens when a fire or small explosion ignites dust across the facility, and a much larger and very dangerous and harmful secondary explosion occurs. There are many examples of such explosions throughout history. In recent memory, for example, a coal dust explosion killed 26 miners at the Westray coal mine in Nova Scotia, Canada. The explosion is believed to have been triggered by a spark from a piece of underground mining equipment.


In a broader view, explosions of combustible dust happen when companies do not undertake dust hazard analyses or do not take the proper steps to ensure their facility is as safe as it possibly can be. Among the most basic of these steps is good housekeeping with a combination of cleaning, dust collection, inspections, dust removal, and employee training.


A company, such as XP Products that has a great deal of experience in identifying and mitigating dust explosion hazards, is a valuable resource in preventing a disaster from occurring in your workplace.

December 3, 2019

How to approach combustible dust scenarios when you don't have data


I suspect that the process material for the application I’m working on is a combustible dust but my client has no data and is not willing to pay for testing. This is a scenario most powder handling integrators run into at some point. So what’s next?  

A couple steps can help smooth this process over and enable you to appropriately address the combustible dust hazard.

November 30, 2017

Welcome to Our New Website

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In the meantime, we want to encourage you to browse through the rest of the site to review the other great information we provide.

November 1, 2017

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