How Can Your Facility Manage Combustible Dust in the Plastics Industry?
When it comes to fugitive combustible dust, you have a few options. With plastic dust, however, choosing the right solution should be driven by safety. You can remove the dust after it accumulates with blowdown methods, like pressurized air. Of course, that’s difficult to do safely and requires a strict (and often impossible) set of requirements to be within regulations. (See the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids NFPA 654, section 22.214.171.124 for the details on requirements and whether it’s even a possibility for your facility).
You could also elect to manually vacuum the dust after it builds up. This option requires a significant workforce and a cyclical cleaning schedule. You may need to shut down your facility’s production while you perform these cleanings. And pulling employees away from their regular tasks hurts your bottom line and may lower employee morale. You could hire an external cleaning crew, but that expense is steep, and you’ll need to keep paying for it, over and over.
The final option is prevention. Taking a proactive approach to combustible dust keeps your facility safe and compliant with dust management every second of every day. You won’t need to stress over the risk of a fire or explosion, and a surprise inspection will never catch you off guard.
No one wants a fire, but plastic dust has an added danger level that requires you to maintain constant diligence in preventing dust accumulation. With possible toxic gasses released in the event of a fire melting the plastic dust, extra care must be taken to prevent fires from ever occurring. Imagine being able to prevent dust from ever accumulating, rather than having to clean it up regularly. This proactive, automated approach is attainable by adding dust control fans to your dust abatement system.
Dust control fans from SonicAire make the prevention of dust build up easy.
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