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NFPA 499 Compliance

Owners of any business have a responsibility to their employees, and visitors to their facility, to maintain a safe environment. Everyone has a right to work in safe conditions. You will see how NFPA 499 plays a role in ensuring that safety. Certain organizations have been created to protect employees…

The Need for Dust Explosion Prevention

Facilities that produce many types of products are capable of producing the fine particles of dust that, with the proper combination of properties, can cause a dust explosion. The manufacture or processing of certain items such as wood products and industries such as textiles can produce this “fugitive dust,” which…

Three Myths about Fugitive Dust

Fugitive Dust There are many things that can cause harm inside a plant or factory, but one of the least discussed and understood is fugitive dust. It is possible that workers spend each day around fugitive dust and do not realize how dangerous - and deadly - it can be.…

3 Common Dust Explosion Myths and Facts

Dust Explosion The possibility of dust explosions is a real risk in many facilities. Such an event can result in severe damage to facilities and injuries to employees, even loss of life. Myths create a false sense of security that such an event can’t happen at a facility. By sifting…

Using NFPA 499 to Analyze Your Facility

NFPA 499 is a standard used to determine ignitability hazards in chemical process areas where combustible dusts are produced, processed, or handled. The NFPA 499 standard addresses proper selection of electrical equipment and safe equipment for use in Class II hazardous locations. Knowledge of the standard will cover classification of…

Using Dust Control to Prevent Hazards

Dust is an issue in many manufacturing environments. Dust is comprised of solid particles from below 1 µm up to about 100 µm in size. These particles may become airborne, depending on their origin, physical characteristics and environmental conditions. Examples of hazardous dusts include metallic dusts, mineral dusts from extraction or…

Combustible Dust Explosion Kills

Two recent combustible dust explosions illustrate the fact that human diligence can only accomplish so much in ensuring safety from fugitive combustible dust buildup. A March 2016 wood mill incident in Canada, and a February 2016 feed mill incident in Georgia, USA, illustrate this reality. One of these explosions tragically…

NFPA 499: What it is And Why it is Vital for Safety

Every business, no matter the industry it is in, has certain regulations it needs to follow.  Keeping in compliance with NFPA 499 is no exception.  This is true for a home-based company with a couple of employees, as well as a huge corporation with thousands of workers. And although some…

The Key to Combating Combustible Dust is Being Proactive

In pretty much any work situation, hazards can arise. While it may be something as minor as spilled coffee in the break room, it is still something that could lead to an injury. As long as it is cleaned up quickly, it is not a big deal. That is generally the protocol…

Is your facility at risk for a dust explosion?

Many industries that manufacture materials are at risk for a dust explosion in their facilities. The violent overpressure or effects of shockwaves from a dust explosion can cause major damage to structures, equipment, and personnel. Airborne objects and debris can cause further damage. The intense heat from fire can ignite…
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