Combustible Dust

What is combustible dust?

Combustible dust is any material in dust form which can combust, explode and create fire under certain conditions. Even materials such as aluminum or iron that are not usually flammable, can become explosive when converted into dust form.

What industries or environments are at risk of having combustible dust deposits?

1. Candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed processing facilities
2. Grain, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber plants or facilities
3. Pesticide, pharmaceutical, dye, coal or metal fabrication / production facilities
4. Furniture, wood-working, textile, fossil fuel and recycling operations
5. Operations where aluminum, chromium, iron, magnesium and zinc are present

What controls may be used to protect yourself from combustible dust hazards?

1. Inspect work environments for dust deposits prior to beginning work
2. Report / clean up dust deposits whenever they are discovered
3. Ensure all ventilation and vacuum systems are working properly
4. Ask your supervisor if combustible dust is present in your workplace

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