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November 12, 2019
Lint and Pathogens: How to Protect Patients and Staff with Overhead Lint Control

Roughly 5 billion pounds of linens are laundered in health care settings each year in the United States. To prevent the spread of pathogens, these health care textiles (HCTs) must be properly managed throughout the cleaning and storage cycles. When appropriate measures are not in place, outbreaks can occur. Case in point: In 2015, an outbreak of Rhizopus spp. infections occurred in a Hong Kong hospital. Investigation into the outbreak revealed “excessive levels of dust and lint” throughout the laundry facility, suggesting “poor environmental control.” Identifying the Culprit Hospital environment specialist Andrew Streifel and environmental control specialist Lynne Sehulster note[…]

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November 5, 2019
What Is the True Cost of Combustible Dust?

Webster defines cost as “an amount that has to be paid or spent.” This concise definition describes a simple transaction. I pay x for y. But when it comes to combustible dust, the cost isn’t this straightforward. To count the true cost, we have to dig a little deeper. Immersed in a world of business transactions, it can be easy to focus on the up-front cost of maintenance and safety measures regarding combustible dust. Facility managers consider the cost of cleaning services and maintenance equipment. The costs that are less straightforward can get lost in the dust, so to speak.[…]

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October 21, 2019
Combustible Dust Fans Provide Effective Solution for Pellet Manufacturing Challenges

“When it comes to controlling combustible dust, the best practice in the pellet manufacturing industry is to contain it,” reports Andy Galis, Operations Manager at Greene Team Pellet Fuel Company, “but it’s impossible to catch it all.” Greene Team Pellet Fuel is dedicated to producing clean, renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. The company receives daily shipments of fresh sawdust, which the facility processes into wood pellet fuel. While effective, this production process is not without challenges. “For all wood pellet manufacturers,” explains Galis, “the number one challenge is controlling combustible dust, especially the dry powder-like dust. Despite[…]

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October 9, 2019
Plastics Composites Molder Looks to SonicAire for Combustible Dust Solution

Dedicated to best practices in all facets of its business, Continental Structural Plastics (CSP) was determined to find the best solution for eliminating combustible dust, which can lead to fire and explosion events in plastics manufacturing environments. The company manufactures products using lightweight, advanced composite materials for the automotive, marine, HVAC and construction industries. Part of the Teijin Group, CSP is a global leader in plastic composites, molding and assembly operations. To mitigate the combustible dust risk generated by this production, CSP installed SonicAire industrial dust control fans in their Lenoir, NC location. The results have been transformative. Safety, Savings[…]

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August 15, 2019
NFPA 652 Dust Hazard Analysis Deadline Approaches: Is Your Company Compliant?

Facilities have until September 7, 2020 to comply with the requirements of NFPA 652. Is your business prepared for this deadline? SonicAire can help. Here’s an overview of the updated standard and the steps you can take to ensure that your operations will be in compliance with the updated regulations. What is NFPA 652? This National Fire Protection Association standard outlines the requirements for the management of fire and explosion hazards related to combustible dusts. Updated from its previous version, the 2019 NFPA 652 requires facilities to complete a dust hazard analysis (DHA), demonstrate progress in completing a DHA in[…]

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August 7, 2019
How to Reduce Combustible Dust to Prevent Explosions and Fires in the Textile Industry

The U.S. textiles supply chain employs more than 550,000 people. As of 2016, annual capital expenditures for this industry were topping $2 billion, and in 2017, the U.S. shipped nearly $78 billion in textiles and apparel to markets worldwide. With so much invested in the textile market and its products, protection of its personnel is crucial. To that end, safety organizations such as OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) encourage textile facility owners and managers to put measures in place to protect the employees and facilities that are the backbone of this industry. Accomplishing[…]

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July 23, 2019
Grain Industry Professionals Are Discovering an Effective Housekeeping Solution to Combustible Dust

Grain processors are becoming increasingly aware of the safety standards in place regarding combustible dust, including NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) regulations and in particular the requirements for conducting a dust handling analysis (DHA) within their facilities. The news that’s transforming the industry is about an effective housekeeping solution that is available to help grain professionals comply with these requirements. “The fact is, effective combustible dust management requires more than dust collection systems and a plan to clean the overheads once a month – which may or may not happen,” says Michael Beaver, Midwest Territory Sales Manager for SonicAire. With[…]

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July 3, 2019
Combustible Dust Control in the Paper Industry

Each American consumes around 480 pounds of paper per year in various product use. As paper manufacturers and paper converters put forth efforts to meet these demands, one aspect of production becomes paramount: safety. The crafting of paper products inevitably produces dust, which quickly accumulates if not managed properly. This layer of flammable debris can prove disastrous in the event of a fire or combustible dust explosion. While the frequency of explosions in the paper and pulp industries appears to be lower than that of other fields, this should not encourage facility managers to lower their vigilance. According to the[…]

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June 25, 2019
What Wood Industry Professionals Are Saying About Combustible Dust Solutions

When you work with wood, sawdust in inevitable. It’s in the air. It’s on every surface. It gathers in the rafters. Due to the nature of the industry, wood workers face a significant challenge: how to handle the accumulation of combustible dust. While the idea of a little dust may sound trivial, this issue is far from trifling. The build-up of sawdust in wood-working facilities can be extremely hazardous. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) reported a total of 119 fatalities due to combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2006. Another 1,000+ workers were injured between 1980 and 2017 in[…]

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June 19, 2019
Discover the Secret to Controlling Lint in Commercial Laundries

NFPA data indicates that nearly one in ten fires at hotels and hospitals involve laundry facilities. Commercial laundry services are at high risk for fire disasters. Why? It’s not the equipment that poses the threat. It’s the lint. Small lint particles don’t dissipate heat well. They also offer a high-ratio surface area. These qualities make lint susceptible to spontaneous combustion. The result: combustible dust fires. These explosions cause significant damage and injuries in commercial laundry facilities each year. In 2017, combustible dust explosions at commercial and industrial locations resulted in 163 injuries and 13 deaths worldwide. What causes lint disasters?[…]

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