Combustible Dust Cleaning by Advanced Dry Ice and Soda Blasting
Combustible dust has been fueling tremendous explosions that can be avoided. Combustible dust and dust control is a major concern of many manufacturing and production facilities. Dust, particulates and debris is causing irreparable damage and costly repairs to expensive, sensitive equipment and machinery. In some industries, there are great concerns that combustible dust accumulation can create a serious fire and be a potential explosion hazard.
Combustible Dust Attributed Industrial Explosions and Incidents
In Kreamer Pennsylvania a sawdust silo exploded. This was the 4th incident in this plant in seven years. An explosion in a foundry in Massachusetts took the lives of three and nine were also injured. Another example in 2003, a pharmaceutical plant in North Carolina had an explosion that killed 6 and injured 38. Just one month after, 7 lives were lost in an explosion in a Kentucky acoustics insulation manufacturing plant and 37 were injured. In Georgia a sugar refinery plant left more tragically 14 dead and 38 injured.
What do all of these explosions have in common?
Combustible dust! If properly cleaned such tragedies can be avoided.
What Is Combustible Dust?Industrial facilities especially manufacturing ones generate dust during operations. When the dust becomes airborne it settles on surfaces throughout the facility. It is believed that 1/32 of an inch of dust covering more than 5% of a room’s surface can cause an explosion. In order for an explosion to happen, a “fire triangle” must occur. The other elements are oxygen and heat. When combined with other factors, these elements mix and cause a “dust explosion pentagon”
What kind of industrial dust is likely to be combustible?
With each industry there is different type of dust. It is important to recognize what type of dust is found in each facility. Certain dusts are listed by OSHA as explosive dust. There are chemical dusts, plastic dusts, metal dusts, agricultural dusts, carbonaceous dusts, etc. Some require explosion proof cleaning with vacuums and equipment that we provide for the professional clean-up.
There are different kinds of dust.
We have posted an OSHA listing below, for your refence.
The fines for not cleaning your combustible dust in the facilities are far greater than the cost of cleaning. Recently a grain company was fined $293,000 in penalties for an eight of an inch deep dust in the facility.
What can be done about Combustible Dust?
An expert in explosions caused by dust at the University of Michigan says there is only one way to avoid industrial dust explosions – clean up the dust.
The Good News!
Our Advanced Dry Ice and Soda Blasting professionals are highly trained and experienced, utilizing high reaching and high lifting mechanized equipment, along with ladders and scaffolding, and our technicians are able to safely access the work areas to allow maximum combustible dust removal. We are active Members of ISN, the leading Safety Organization - safety is our #1 goal for your company in eliminating the dangers and doing it safely. We work in compliance with OSHA Standards. We also offer duct cleaning, dry ice blasting, and indoor air quality care for the facility.
Advanced Indoor Air Quality Care is trained in accordance to NFPA 654. NFPA 654 is the standard for the prevention of fire and dust explosions from the manufacturing, processing, and handling of combustible particulate solids and all other applicable regulatory requirements and standards.
Combustible Dust Inspection Testimonial...
Please advise Tom and your crew that all the inspections went very well.
JOB WELL DONE, THANK-YOU.
Ametek Westchester Plastics
14097 Cemetery Road
PO Box 385
Wapakoneta, OH 45895
Dry Ice Blasting
- Approved by the FDA, EPA, and USDA
- Non-toxic and non-hazardous
- Kills 100% of mold & bacteria
- Leaves no secondary waste
- Will not damage the substrate
Soda blasting does not harm the substrate. Soda blasting is environmentally friendly. It’s baking soda, which is non-toxic, non-flammable, non-hazardous, and FDA approved. Soda blasting is versatile, and can be used ina variety of applications. Soda blasting has superior results.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
- Mold Testing
- Carbon Monoxide Testing
- Monitoring of VOCs
- Respirable Particulate Analysis
Combustible Dust Cleaning
Combustible dust control is a major concern for many manufacturing and production facilities. In some industries, there are great concerns that combustible dust accumulation can create a serious fire and be a potential explosion hazard. Our company professionals are highly trained and experienced in utilizing high reach and high lift mechanized equipment. This enables our technicians to safely access work areas. Safety is our number one goal for your company. We work in compliance with OSHA Standards.