Dangers of Combustible Dust

January 31st, 2014 | in Industrial Vacuum


combustible dustIf you work in an industrial setting, you have likely had to deal with a great deal of dust. You probably think that dust is harmless, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Under the right conditions, dust can become combustible. That means that accumulated dust can cause a serious explosion. 


According to the United States Department of Labor, there were 281 combustible dust accidents between 1980 and 2005. Those incidents caused 119 deaths and 718 injuries. They also damaged industrial facilities. These explosions occurred because the dust was not properly cleaned up.

Industries at Risk

While combustible dust can form in a variety of industrial settings, some industries are more at risk than others. The industries with the most risk of combustible dust explosions are:

  • Coal
  • Dyes
  • Food
  • Fossil fuel power generation
  • Furniture
  • Grain
  • Metals
  • Paper
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Plastics
  • Pulp
  • Rubber
  • Textiles
  • Tobacco
  • Wood

While this list contains the industries that are most likely to have a combustible dust explosion, the issue can affect other industries as well. It's important to understand that materials that are not normally explosive can turn into combustible dust, so if you think that you workplace is in danger, you should take action.


You should never attempt to clean up potentially combustible dust on your own. You could put your life at risk, as well as the lives of other people in the building. You need to have someone with an environmental vacuum come in and clean it up. These vacuums are explosion proof, so you won't have to worry about having a tragedy at your plant.

You can never be too safe in an industrial setting. A simple accident can happen in a second and cost lives. Take the right precautions and have someone clean the dust with an enviro vac for you so your workplace will be safe.

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