Combustible dust explosion and its associated damage is a reality for many food manufacturing facilities. Numerous fatal accidents in food manufacturing plants all over the world have been linked to combustible dust explosions.
The industry is one of the most susceptible because of the nature of raw material used in their production processes. The use of ingredients such as flour, spices, starch, sugar potentially put manufacturers at risk of explosions.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a room with at least 5 percent of its surface area covered with more than 1/32nd of an inch of organic dust presents the possibility of an explosion.
The fine layer of dust in an enclosed space is enough to spark an explosion, if it comes into contact with an ignition source such as electrical or mechanical processes, open flames or electrostatic discharge.
Many of the reported cases of fire outbreaks in food manufacturing industrial facilities, suggested that combustible dust explosions are ubiquitous. However, they could have been prevented with the implementation of the right industrial filtration systems.
Dust collectors and extraction solutions have proven to be the effective form of industrial filtration systems capable of mitigating the dangers of combustible dust. The installation of a dust collection system will significantly reduce airborne dust in the work environment.
Dust collectors and extractors will capture and filter the fine dust at source to mitigate against the risk of an explosion.
Envirox products are ATEX certified to handle dust in food and beverage production environments.
Our isolation valves (Carz) helps to prevent the transmission of dangerous effects of explosion pressure wave and flames from a downstream equipment (e.g. dust collector) to upstream areas.
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