Though it’s clear that dust poses a serious respiratory threat to those exposed, it can also be much more lethal than many would think if not properly handled. For example, in many industrial settings that deal with agricultural products, metals, plastics and other chemicals, the dust that is left behind is much more combustible than many would assume. Why would this be? These dust explosions begin with using the lingering dust as fuel. When this fuel is met with an oxidant, such as the air in a confined space, it creates a dust cloud. This dust cloud, when met with an ignition source, can then create a catastrophe. These dust explosions can be extremely dangerous, often times leading to structural collapses and thus injury and death. Which is why the prevention of these catastrophes is so important for organizations. This prevention is accomplished through careful monitoring of airborne dust concentrations and installment of ample ventilation and containment measures. While these overarching prevention methods are important, the everyday prevention efforts are just as valuable. Optimizing cleaning practices, with the use of industrial vacuums, can ensure that the air is free of dust and thus can reduce the risk of disaster. Hoping to learn more about the ways in which organizations are working toward limiting these dust disasters? Check out the information included alongside this resource highlighted alongside this post!
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