Combustible Dust ”“ Tiny yet deadly

by jennifer lopez on Sep 16, 2010

Dust is not an uncommon sight in many work places. It is a nuisance for all as it hovers over the place creating a dark cloud and disturbing the work. However, this dust can be a serious safety risk if it is a combustible one. Combustible dust can burn rapidly and when it is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become highly explosive. The explosion resulting from combustible dust has resulted in many deaths, injuries and destruction of properties. Many employees are injured or killed in combustible dust explosions in the United States each year. The materials that may form combustible dust may include materials that are usually found in work sites like, metal, woods, plastic, coal, sugar, flour, paper, textiles and many more. Combustible dust looks harmless and normal but it can spark at any time destroying everything. Owing to its deadly manner, OSHA has recently started to develop a combustible dust standard. The agency has also issued guidance to aid organizations to recognize and control the hazards. Dust fire can pose a great risk for all workers and pose as a significant danger in the workplace. One of the best methods to prevent this is to minimize the dust accumulations. However, there are several dust control recommendations made by OSHA. They are: To implement a hazardous dust inspection, housekeeping, testing and control program. Utilize appropriate dust collection systems and filters. Minimize the dust escape from from ventilation systems and process equipment. Surfaces that minimize the dust accumulation and facility cleaning must be used. Provide access to all hidden areas to allow inspection. Any open and hidden area must be inspected at regular intervals. Cleaning methods must be used in areas where ignition causes are present so that dust clouds are not generated. Vacuum cleaners that are approved of dust collection must be only used. Relief valves must be located far away from dust deposits. This is only a vague brief about how the hazard of combustible dust can be controlled and prevented. If you are employed in an area where combustible dust accumulate frequently, you must be specially trained to encounter and know all the preventive measures. The OSHA safety training includes a section which provides workers with the knowledge to control and eliminate these hazards. You can learn a lot about these hazards from the OSHA compliance training.

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