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Learn more about combustible dust in these articles
written by Brad Carr, Founder and President of SonicAire.

Brad Carr



Lint Control: Managed vs Engineered (Textile Services, November 2016)
Operators can reduce risks to staff and effectively control lint with advanced technology

Controlling fugitive lint continues to be of critical concern to textile services providers. Combustible lint poses a serious fire hazard. Anyone who’s witnessed the lightning speed at which lint can spread a fire throughout a plant via overhead joists can attest to the danger.  Read More

New Regulatory Standards and Practical Solutions for Combustible Dust:  What Grain Processors Need to Know  (Milling and Grain Technology, November 2016)

Last month, I outlined the new regulations that grain processors needed to be aware of.  This included the new NFPA 652 and OSHA initiatives.

This month I want to delve into the array of options available to control combustible dust.  Grain processors need to be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each before choosing the smartest approach.   Read More 

New Regulatory Standards and Practical Solutions for Combustible Dust: What Grain Processors Need to Know – Part 1  (Milling and Grain Technology, October 2016)

The risks from fugitive combustible dust continue to remain high for grain processors.  Fugitive dust accumulates, forming a combustible cloud that results in explosions that destroy facilities and/or injure or kill employees.  Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event.   Read More

The End of Overhead Dust Problems  (Wood BioEnergy, October 2016)

Wood bioenergy processors continue to remain on high alert dealing with the hazards of combustible dust.  This is for good reason, since tragic accidents continue to haunt the industry, and regulatory agencies continue to audit and levy hefty fines for hazardous dust conditions.  Read More 

Despite Recent Inspections, Combustible Dust 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 resulted in a man losing his life.   Read More 

OSHA and Combustible Dust:  Standards and Solutions (Powder and Bulk Solids, June 2015)

The risks of combustible dust are not new. But the dangers are still very real. Truth be told, the dangers can be dramatically reduced, if not virtually eliminated. However, there is a knowledge gap – either because of a lack of concern or a lot of confusion.  Read More

The Four Myths About Combustible Dust 

My goal is to make sure people understand the issues that surround combustible dust – and provide the smartest solutions for the problems that surface.  Often there are many points of confusion.  So I try to expose the facts.

ISHN magazine  (Industrial Safety & Health News) published an article I’ve written entitled:  “Cloud of Confusion:  Top 5 Myths on Combustible Dust.”    I chose this topic because there is so much misunderstanding on the facets of controlling combustible dust.  Read More:  Myth 1:  All Combustible Dust Is Created Equal.  Myth 2:  You Can Capture 100% of Fugitive Dust.  Myth 3:  High Velocity Air Barriers Increase Risk of Developing Combustible Clouds.  Myth 4:  You Can’t Transform a Class II Hazardous Location into an Unclassified Location

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