OSHA Frameworks Safe Procedures for Dealing with Combustible Dust Fires
by jeremy / 29 May, 2018
In the year 2013, OSHA released the resource “Firefighting Precautions at Facilities with Combustible Dust”. This was meant to give emergency responders the right set up for dealing with combustible dust fires.
By the year 2009, there were over 280 fires and explosions caused by dust in the United States. These incidents that occurred within a period of 25 years caused 119 deaths and 700 injuries. Damages were in millions of dollars.
A number of factors come into play during the ignition and propagation of fire in a dust cloud. These factors include; composition of the dust and moisture content, size, and shape of the particle and turbulence in the system.