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Combustible Dust in the Workplace
When your work application produces dangerous by-products, it’s necessary to find safe and efficient solutions that remove these risks from the equation and allow work to carry on unabated. One by-product that is particularly dangerous is combustible dust.
What Is Combustible Dust?
Combustible dust refers to metallic or non-metallic airborne dust that is capable of causing an explosion in your work space. The determining factor on whether or not industrial dust is combustible lies in its KST value, which measures how explosive dust is when compared to other types of dust. Any reading higher than zero indicates the risk for explosion.
Dangers of Combustible Dust
Work applications that have the capacity to produce combustible dust create some of the most hazardous work conditions imaginable if the dust is not contained and removed safely.
Consequences of a serious combustible dust incident include:
Serious injury or death to nearby workers
Severe property damage
Irreversible environmental damage
Long-term business interruption
High-Risk Industries and Applications
The possibilities lead toward the catastrophic, and many companies are unaware that they have a combustible dust issue, or where in their work space this dangerous dust is settling.