As OSHA moves toward widespread, clearly stated regulation of combustible dust hazards, it’s becoming apparent that the situation is finally being taken very seriously. Because of the numerous deadly accidents, more and more companies are taking steps towards combustible dust control, not wanting to risk becoming the next headline in the papers. It’s a daunting situation that can be avoided with the proper steps in the right direction.
The surest way to avoid any accidents related to combustible dust is through prevention.Combustible dust is an unfortunate and sometimes unavoidable reality in many industries. While employee training and safety managers can help, solving the problem takes fighting it at its source. Getting rid of the dangerous dust is the only way to be sure that dust accumulation doesn’t slip by unnoticed.
Combustible Dust Control
To control combustible dusts, OSHA recommends that you:
- Minimize the escape of dust from process equipment or ventilation systems;
- Use dust collection systems and filters;
- Utilize surfaces that minimize dust accumulation and facilitate cleaning;
- Provide access to all hidden areas to permit inspection;
- Inspect for dust residues in open and hidden areas, at regular intervals;
- Clean dust residues at regular intervals;
- Use cleaning methods that do not generate dust clouds, if ignition sources are present;
- Only use vacuum cleaners approved for combustible dust control;
- Locate relief valves away from dust hazard areas; and
- Develop and implement a hazardous dust inspection, testing, housekeeping, and control program (preferably in writing with established frequency and methods).
DualDraw provides multiple tools to help with air ventilation, dust collection and combustible dust safety. We have an entire line designed to contain and control combustible dust at its source. Our aim is to destroy the problem at its core, as soon as it is produced, to avoid the threat of build-up. We also have Wet Walk-In Clean Air Stations to provide adequate clean air for workers, and to eliminate cross-contamination concerns. Our wet scrubbers are ducted to the source of combustible dust, taking on the hazard directly.
Our downdraft tables and downdraft paint booths are designed with the purpose of eliminating cross-contamination and providing clean breathing air for our clients. All of our combustible dust safety equipment complies with both NFPA and OSHA standards to ensure maximum safety and efficiency. We provide help in the collection of any combustible dust (including non-metals and dust that affects industries like food and grain) and can give expert advice to help with maintaining a safe work environment.
Controlling deadly combustible dusts is easy when you have the right tools for the job. As OSHA moves toward stricter regulations for combustible dust hazards, it’s time to take the steps necessary to make combustible dust accidents a thing of the past.