Our facility handles sugar, which means that we not only need to maintain an FDA-approved sanitary environment but that we must also prevent potential combustible dust events. Are there seals that we can use to help prevent combustible dust events while adhering to FDA or ATEX standards?
We have multiple dust collectors, filter-receivers, bins, and silos throughout our facility that handle a mixture of food dust from various processes. We’ve tested these materials and they were all classified as St1* combustible dusts. All of the equipment is properly protected with explosion vents or flameless vents, but we understand that each system will also require explosion isolation to safely protect against a combustible dust explosion. I’m curious as to what isolation options are available for our facility?