Combustible dust -- how to reduce it, control it, mitigate the potential risks it poses, and comply with regulations regarding it -- is a critical issue for industries, including: agriculture, chemicals, food, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, textiles, pharmaceuticals, and metal processing. A google search of materials with “Combustible Dust” in the title generates 930,000 results.
Once you’ve made the investment in technology and personnel to install and operate a dust collection system, the next step is to put a robust maintenance program in place. An effective dust collection housekeeping and maintenance system will not only extend the lifetime of your investment through optimal performance, it will also help improve worker
Implementing Combustible Dust Safety Customers often ask: “I think my business needs to do something about combustible dust. Where do I begin?” That is a good sign. It means a company is being proactive. Instead of waiting for an OSHA inspection, they want to take concrete steps to reduce the risks associated with combustible dust.
Here at Dual Draw, we're fascinated by dust. It's everywhere, and has been since the dawn of time. Layer upon layer upon layer of dust have buried civilizations. These layers, over the eons, tell us the story of earth -- if we're willing to look. Where Dust Comes From As you run your finger over
Here at Dual Draw, we’ve talked a lot about combustible dust, and how people expose themselves to danger without even knowing they may be in harms way. We have posted about requirements you should know about when handling combustible dust, as well as some methods of controlling them. We have yet to discuss the different
Safety in the industrial and manufacturing workplace is necessary for having a sound, profitable business and complying with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. As most know, OSHA is the federal agency tasked with overseeing workplace safety, and if you’re not in compliance with their rules and regulations, your business could be hit with financial
From the dawn of the industrial age people have been achieving incredible technical feats that worked to improve the everyday lifestyle of society. However, with the industries’ rapid expansions the question of health and safety hazards has sometimes been overlooked. Unfortunately no one challenged many of these unsafe practices until they had already proven harmful
Combustible dust is a more serious problem than you might think. Between 1980 and 2005, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) identified 281 combustible dust incidents. These events killed 119 workers, injured 718, and did extensive damage to numerous industrial facilities. Things haven’t gotten any better, either. Between 2009 and 2013, there
One of the main reasons why industrial dust collection systems, such as downdraft tables, are such vital pieces of equipment is because of dangerous substances like silica. Here’s what you should know about the dangers of silica. What Is Crystalline Silica? Crystalline silica is a basic part of sand, soil, and several other different types
Sanding, polishing, and grinding are all hazardous activities that put more than 500,000 workers in a wide variety of industries at risk. Not only is the dust produced by these activities dangerous to breathe in, it’s often times also combustible, which is why safe, compliant and well maintained industrial dust collection systems are so vital.
Below is an article that relates to some OSHA guidelines as they pertain to some specific hazardous chemicals – including a tool kit that identifies safe substitutes for many of these chemicals. An addition to your toolkit that you may want to consider may be some DualDraw fume control equipment, such as a downdraft table.
A terrible combustible dust tragedy happened last weekend in China when an explosion at a Chinese Auto parts factory occurred. Currently, there are 75 fatalities and 186 injured. In response to the disaster, pressure on US regulators to act on standards is on the rise. For more information on the incident, please click the link