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Posts Tagged: combustible dust

December 19, 2019
Could Industrial Dust Control Fans Save You Millions?

All it takes is one incident to send every penny of your company’s profits up in smoke – literally. In seconds, a combustible dust event can destroy facilities and put lives at risk. The aftermath of injuries, lawsuits and OSHA fines can cripple a business. It’s an issue of concern across multiple industries: how to maintain a clean and safe facility and avoid these costly disasters. Dedicated to effective dust control, SonicAire offers solutions to maximize results while minimizing cost. By delivering industrial dust control fan systems engineered for each facility, SonicAire helps you safely prevent dust build-up and mitigates[…]

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November 19, 2019
FAQs on Combustible Dust

What is combustible dust, and how does it affect your operations? Discover what you need to know as we answer the most frequently asked questions about combustible dust. What is combustible dust? OSHA defines combustible dust as “fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions.” These particles come in a variety of shapes, sizes and compositions. Types of combustible dust include organic, wood, metal, plastic, rubber, textiles and more. When these particles accumulate on overhead areas they pose a safety hazard due to potential fires and explosions. Even a small amount of dust creates[…]

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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 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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