10 Tips to Help Prevent Dust Explosions and Reduce Hazardous Risks

Identifying potential hazards and using proper tools are critical for protecting your staff and facility.

Founded in 1966, Goodway Technologies has been delivering better maintenance solutions for more than 55 years. Goodway engineers are always reminding facility managers of the importance of understanding explosion and fire risks in the work environment. The combustive power of airborne particles, such as dust, is astounding and can be a threat to a number of different industries.

"Understanding how to identify and prevent risks in your production environment is critical for any plant manager or maintenance personnel," says Frank Intrieri, Vice President at Goodway Technologies. "A combustible dust explosion can be extremely devastating, which is why it's important to take the proper steps to reduce potential hazards and concerns."

Goodway Technologies has outlined 10 easy tips on how to help prevent dust explosions:

"There are a variety of options when it comes to industrial vacuums and it is also important to make sure you are using the appropriate equipment for the application and materials that are being picked up," said Intrieri. "Goodway Technologies offers a selection of industrial vacuum cleaners for different applications and needs."

A hazardous, or classified, location is defined by the National Electrical Code (NEC) as a working area with a risk of explosion or fire due to the presence of flammable gases, vapors, dust, or ignitable fibers in the air. Electrical sparks, arcs, or hot surfaces may cause gases and other airborne particles to ignite, resulting in injury, loss of life, and property damage.

The NEC uses a class/division/group system to identify the different risk levels.

Goodway Technologies further breaks down the classifications in their buying guide which can help you to understand an area's explosion and fire risk. In addition to knowing the potential risks and hazards in a facility, it is also important to have the correct maintenance tools, especially when purchasing industrial vacuum cleaners to clean or pick up hazardous materials.

While this information can be used as a reference, plant and facility managers need to discuss best practices with their safety officer or maintenance personnel before selecting equipment. NEC Article 500 will also provide information on how to choose the correct enclosures to keep people and property safe.

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