How to Safely Manage Combustible Dust

Posted by Diversitech News on Jul 19, 2023 8:22:51 AM

Many industrial practices result in the creation of a byproduct known as combustible dust. This comes from a wide range of operations and industries- sand handling in foundries, grinding operations in metalworking, even waste conveying in woodwork can result in the production of combustible dust. While the idea of dust might seem like nothing to worry about, combustible dust poses an alarming risk to workplace safety. What defines combustible dust is its ability to cause an explosion when exposed to any form of ignition, regardless of its physical or chemical composition. This means that charcoal, aluminum, some resins, and even powdered milk can be considered forms of combustible dust. A combustible dust’s risk factor is measured by a value called KST: any form of dust that has a KST greater than zero is considered to pose a risk for explosion. The ignition of combustible dust is sadly not unheard of, and has proven to cause significant destruction of workplaces, lead directly to worker injury, and has even taken lives. It is not an issue to be understated or overlooked by any means.

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Topics: Combustible Dust, dust collection

Showcasing Diversitech’s Latest and Best at FABTECH Expo 2022

Posted by Diversitech News on Nov 28, 2022 8:35:28 AM

The premiere event for businesses in the metal fabricating industry, FABTECH Expo is North America’s largest and most respected trade show for metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing. Providing a catalyst for growth across the industry, FABTECH offers employers the tools to see their business thrive.

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Topics: Absolent, Diversitech, FRED Jr, FABTECH, Combustible Dust, Health & Safety, Quatro Air, Air Purifiers, Innovation, Oil Mist Collectors, Dust Collectors, Fume Extraction

Why Do I Need to Conduct a Dust Hazard Analysis?

Posted by Michelle Murphy on Mar 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Michelle Murphy  of Mica recently sat down with us to discuss the need for Dust Hazard Analysis.

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Topics: Combustible Metals, Compliance, Dust Hazard Analysis, NFPA 652, Fire Hazard, DHA, Combustible Dust

The Deadline for NFPA 652 is Fast Approaching - Are You Compliant?

Posted by Diversitech News on Mar 3, 2020 11:25:33 AM

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently released changes to NFPA 652 Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. With significant impacts for facilities across the country, businesses are expected to be compliant with the new regulation by September 7, 2020 or risk hefty fines as a result.

Of all the changes to NFPA 652, the most important is the Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) requirement by this date for facilities processing combustible dusts. Businesses need to act sooner than later to guarantee they meet this new deadline if they want to stay NFPA compliant.

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Topics: Combustible Metals, Compliance, Dust Hazard Analysis, NFPA 652, Fire Hazard, DHA, Combustible Dust