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Beware of Combustible Dust

Posted by Kristin Bowen on Feb 26, 2020 8:52:57 AM

dustAccording to OSHA, since 1980, almost 150 workers have been killed and more than 850 injured due to combustible dust explosions.

Combustible dust is defined as a "solid particle generated by handling, crushing, grinding, rapid impact and detonation of organic or inorganic material."  Combustible dust can occur from various types of industries or materials.  Some common industries with combustible dust are food manufactures, wood, textiles, plastics, metal, feed mills, rubber, paper, and pharmaceuticals.  According to National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), "Any dust accumulation over 1/32 of an inch or greater than 5% of the floor area can be a significant explosion risk."

Is there too much dust in your building?

Find out by asking:

     -Can you write your initials in the dust?
     -Do you leave footprints on the floor from the dust?
     -Can you see the color of the surface under the dust?

Download and read our safety summary today to learn more about what elements are needed to create a dust explosion and how to control dust in your building.  

Topics: Business, Fire Safety, Risk Management

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