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Dust Collector Safety

Every day, Air Purifiers, Inc. is helping industries improve their indoor air quality to meet or exceed OSHA standards for the workplace. In addition to standards for air quality, OSHA and the NFPA also provide standards and guidelines for the safe operation of dust collectors.

It is important that every dust collection system, whether existing or new, be evaluated for safety in the handling of the dust.

Potential Hazards

Dust collection systems must be designed with a view to both preventing and suppressing possible explosion and conflagration.

Risk factors include:

*See OSHA poster on combustible dust for a more extensive list of potentially explosive dusts: https://www.osha.gov/Publications/combustibledustposter.pdf

Types of Solutions

A comprehensive approach to minimizing the risk of an explosion or fire includes careful design of the dust collection system and incorporation of safety equipment as needed. Various protective measures include:

For help with meeting safety standards for a new or existing dust collection system, please contact Air Purifiers, Inc. for more information or an on-site consultation for your industrial facility. Our air specialists offer the expertise and products needed to help you comply with applicable NFPA/OSHA guidelines and standards.


To view NFPA standards, see www.nfpa.org.