28
Aug
2015

Hazards of Combustible Dust

August 28th, 2015 | in Abatement Services

combustible dustCombustible dust is any fine material that has the ability to explode and catch fire when it mixes with air. Substances such as sugar, flour, grain, wood, many metals and some nonmetallic, inorganic materials can become combustible dust. Many of these materials are not thought of as in any way combustible; given the right size particle and right concentration and they can catch fire and explode. 

That's why it's so important to understand that any activity that creates dust is at risk for that dust becoming combustible. Dust collects on surfaces and too much dust in facilities on suspended ceilings, rafters, ducts and equipment, and there is a potential for dust explosions to happen. 

They are more common than people think and have increased in Canada and the U.S. in recent years. In manufacturing and production facilities, combustible dust cleanup is a required maintenance program. Many employees in those facilities aren't aware that hazardous conditions even exist. 

Who better to call than a company that has over 30 years of industrial plant cleaning and hazardous materials reduction. You want a company that has experience in handling projects of any size or scope; with getting you back in business on time and on budget. 

The one thing you want above everything else are personnel who are highly trained and know just what to do for your facility clean-up. Certified health and safety teams will come out and help you to develop your own plan for getting the cleanup done quickly and efficiently. 

Many materials can become explosive over time. Food production plants, grain elevators, woodworking facilities, recycling facilities and chemical manufacturing plants are all potential places where combustible dust can accumulate where all you need is a little oxygen and a spark for an explosion to take place. 

Don't let this happen to you. Don't let your facility ever experience the horrors of a dust explosion. Don't be an accident waiting to happen.


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