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  • Mitigating Dust Collector Combustible Dust Hazards

    You already know that dust collection systems present a high risk of combustible dust explosions. That’s why they are addressed by OSHA’s National Emphasis Program for combustible dust. But do you know how to identify these hazards in your facility, and what steps you need to take to be...

  • Four Dead in Massive Chemical Plant Explosion

    February 5, 2018

    Four people were killed and six other injured in a massive chemical plant explosion at the Jinshan Chemical Plantin in eastern China Saturday morning, according to a Chinese news agency. The explosion occurred during maintenance, just before 11am. Emergency crews extinguished the fire and...

  • Camfil APC Introduces Stinger Explosion Isolation Valve

    January 29, 2018

    If your dust collector handles combustible dust, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) requires you to equip your system with deflagration protection. That's why Camfil APC offers the Stinger explosion isolation valve, a cost-effective, NFPA-compliant way to contain a deflagration...

  • Q-Ball Flame Venting System

    January 23, 2018

    When protecting elevators and screeners, to minimize the risk of the effects of a combustible dust explosion, it is critical in some applications that you maximize your venting efficiency to reduce the surface space required and keep the weight of your protection equipment to a minimum. The design...

  • Dust Hazard Assessment: Overview and Common Issues

    January 22, 2018

    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased the focus on combustible dust hazards and issued the Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) in 2008 as a result of the number of catastrophic fires and explosions caused by combustible dust over the last two decades....

  • Dust Collector Explosion Injures 4 at Vermont Plant

    December 11, 2017

    An outdoor dust collector exploded at the UTC Aerospace Systems plant in Vergennes, VT on Dec. 8, injuring four workers inside the facility, emergency response officials told local news organizations. A spokesperson for Charlotte, NC-based UTC Aerospace Systems told the Burlington Free Press that...

  • Didion Rebuffs OSHA Citations After Fatal Dust Explosion

    December 11, 2017

    The operator of a dry corn mill in Cambria, WI cited by U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following an explosion that killed five and injured 12 in May filed an appeal to challenge the agency’s ruling and proposed fine of $1.8 million, a...

  • PBS Issues Report on Combustible Dust Explosions in 2017

    December 8, 2017

    From OSHA’s halt of its combustible dust rulemaking process to the Didion Milling explosion in Cambria, WI on May 31 that killed five and injured 12, 2017 has been a relatively busy year for combustible-dust related news. Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) mined its archives, news media reports...

  • Combustible Dust Explosions in 2017: Preliminary Report

    Powder & Bulk Solids (PBS) mined its archives, news media reports, and publicly available documents to compile an informal, preliminary list of “confirmed” dust explosions in 2017 – incidents where fire officials conducted an investigation and determined dust was the cause of...

  • Dust Explosion Properties: Use with Caution

    November 20, 2017

    Powder & Bulk Solids presents “Dust Explosion Properties: Use with Caution,” as part of its DryPro webinar series, Wednesday, December 6 at 2pm Eastern.   Dust explosions are a serious hazard in the process industries. Their effects can be mitigated by designing proper...