Combustible Dust: The Real Impact
Keep workers out of harm’s way, avoid loss of material and production time, but most importantly SAVE LIVES!
The headlines tell the stories. Click on the links below to read about the risks associated with combustible dust incidents. These are just two examples, but there are many more. Don’t become a headline.
- Jury Awards $179 million… Read full article >
- Sugar Refinery reopens 21 months after explosion, $23M loss… Read full article >
Any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings. Such incidents have killed scores of employees and injured hundreds over the past few decades.
Materials that may form combustible dust include metals (such as aluminum and magnesium), wood, coal, plastics, biosolids, sugar, paper, soap, dried blood, and certain textiles. In many accidents, employers and employees were unaware that a hazard even existed.
A combustible dust explosion hazard may exist in a variety of industries, including: food (e.g., candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed), grain, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, metals (e.g., aluminum, chromium, iron, magnesium, and zinc), and fossil fuel power generation.