Complying with combustible dust standards: Seven common mistakes to avoid
This article describes seven common ways your dust collection system can fail to comply with combustible dust standards and how you can avoid these mistakes to keep your workers, equipment, and plant safe.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) sets standards and codes to protect buildings against fire and explosion risks, and OSHA is enforcing these standards with increasing vigilance. In a dry bulk solids processing or handling plant, one of the most common locations for a combustible dust explosion is the dust collection system. When explosions occur here, the culprit is often one -- or a combination -- of the following common mistakes.