Most people are surprised by the fact that wood dust can ignite. Combustible dust is defined as any solid material composed of distinct particles, regardless of size, shape, or chemical composition, which presents a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or some other oxidizing medium over a range of concentrations.
Recently, the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) has announced updated safety standards to provide safety measures for workers in this industry. NFPA 652 is the Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. The objective is to have manufacturers evaluate the potential of fire from combustible dust. Manufacturers who work with wood will be required to evaluate their “Dust Hazard Analysis” (DHA) and are responsible for a DHA of their facilities. The goal is to eliminate the risk of injury or death from a combustible dust explosion. The Woodworking Network has created a comprehensive article on the details of the new NFPA 652 standard and how to meet its requirements: Are you ready for the new wood dust requirements? Thank you to them for sharing this important information.
The deadline for the DHA is Sept. 7, 2020 so please act now! We can evaluate your risk and remove combustible dust at your facility. Please contact us for more information, call Toll Free, 1-800-220-6547 or visit our website https://imc.cc/services/combustible/