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OSHA Standards for Dust Collection

19 Jul Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on OSHA Standards for Dust Collection
OSHA Standards for Dust Collection

Not only can dust be dangerous to the eyes and lungs of workers, it can also be combustible. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, commonly known as OSHA, sets specific standards for dust collection due to this fact. Dust can be extremely flammable. Usually a dust explosion occurs as a secondary explosion; an initial explosion will go off which puts dust into the air and the dust will then ignite and combust. This means that collections of dust need to be regularly removed from a work area to keep it safe for the employees.

Companies need to prevent dust from building up by utilizing ventilation systems that will disperse any dust accumulation. They should also have regular inspections to determine if dust is becoming a hazard and should take steps to reduce any potential sparks or ignitions that could lead to an explosion. Companies that already have a dust problem may want to obtain professional help to remove the dust from their premises. These companies usually have specialized equipment such as industrial vacuums that can handle the clean-up process quickly and effectively.

For more information about OSHA dust collection standards and dust control in general contact Ryvac Engineering.