Posted by Matt Bushey in #YHSafetyTips, Feb 21, 2018
Explosions are defined by Merriam-Webster as a large-scale, rapid, or spectacular expansion or bursting out or forth. Explosions can be triggered by many different causes, but all can be prevented through different safety measures.
One type of explosion is caused by a hot work coming in contact with flammable materials such as dust, gases, and liquids. Hot work is using items such as grinders, torches, brazing, burning, soldering, and production of molten metal.
Measures to prevent this type of explosion:
Combustive Dust Explosions are overlooked too often, but these are a major cause of fire and explosions. These can happen in a variety of types of industry. From chemical, pharmaceutical, woodworking, food manufacturing, and many more. These are more combustible in particle form than a larger solid.
A dust explosion occurs when five factors come into play. These are: oxygen, ignition, dispersion, confinement, and fuel. These five factors are also know as the Dust Explosion Pentagon. All parts of the pentagon must be present for a dust explosion to occur.
Prevention of Dust Explosions
Contact YorkHoist today to get help you store flammable materials here. Make sure to have the PPE, fire cabinets, and assess your company’s other material handling processes you currently have to become OSHA compliant.
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