Dust dangers. The dangers of dust explosions in flour mills

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    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2018 June

    Medium Digital

    Cereal processes > Handling, storage & transport
    People and communities > Health & safety


    Scope & contentBy David Link, Technical Sales Manager, Kice Industries, United States

    Dust explosions in the grain and milling industries usually start inside process equipment such as mills, dryers, mixers, classifiers, conveyors, and storage silos and hoppers. Dust explosions can cause catastrophic loss of life, injuries and destruction of facilities and assets.

    There have been many serious incidents dating back to 1878 the Washburn ‘A’ Mill, then the largest flour mill in the US, exploded. The blast claimed 18 lives and destroyed a large amount of the surrounding area. More recently, on February 7, 2008 a sugar dust explosion and subsequent fire at a sugar refinery in Georgia caused 14 deaths and left many workers seriously injured. These incidents are all preventable.

    Read more about:
    The nature of dust
    Regulatory standards (NFPA) and what it means for Dust Control
    Which technology to use and when?
    Risk Conditions (DHA)
    An important element of your strategy - dust collection system
    Containing and capturing dust
    Expectations of a good Dust Collection System
    Maintaining the Solution


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