Screening for dust-cloud explosibility: An improved method
When you need to determine your process dust's combustibility, running a screening test for dust-cloud explosibility can serve as the first step in performing a full, more complex explosion hazards analysis. This article describes a simple screening method that can quickly tell you whether your dust is explosive.
Most of us remember seeing the news in February 2008 about the massive sugar dust explosion at the Imperial Sugar Company plant in Georgia, which killed 14 workers and seriously injured many others. Since then, OSHA has made it a top priority to provide process safety guidance to processors who handle combustible dusts.