Industrial Services – Combustible Dust Assessments

Industrial Services – Combustible Dust Assessments

Overview

Many manufacturing processes create very small particles of dust which may become airborne, where they settle on surfaces and in crevices throughout the plant. Eventually these particles not only create a housekeeping issue, but if the particles are combustible, they can represent a potentially explosive dust cloud if disturbed. Combustible dusts are often either organic or metal dusts that are finely ground into very small particles.

Service Includes

  • Evaluation of Facility and Equipment Compliance
  • Combustible Dust Sampling
  • Development of Process Hazard Analysis and Risk Hazard Analysis
  • Dust Collection Systems and Preventive Maintenance
  • Fire and Explosion Protection Solutions

Regulations

The United States Department of Labor issued the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program, which gives guidance to an OSHA Compliance Officer on enforcement. Specifically, the guidance covers the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Code’s and other standards to support enforcement.

  • NFPA 484, Standard for Combustible Metals, Metal Powders, and Metal Dusts
  • NFPA 664, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities
  • NFPA 68, Guide for Venting of Deflagrations
  • NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities
  • NEC 70, National Electric Code
  • NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on Static Electricity
  • NFPA 499, Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas
  • NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
  • Factory Mutual (FM) 7-76, Prevention and Mitigation of Combustible Dust Explosion and Fire
  • FM 7-73, Dust Collectors and Collection Systems
  • FM 7-0, Causes and Effects of Fires and Explosions
  • NFPA 85: Boiler and Combustion Systems Hazards Code
  • NFPA 69, Standard on Explosion Prevention Systems
  • NFPA 499, Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas
Dust Explosion Pentagon
Dust Collector with Ductwork Isolation and Supression