While sitting and reading this, you can probably look around and find something dusty. Maybe it is the top of your screen or the top of your keyboard. Dust can be annoying. Dusting is a necessary annoyance. It may be hard to think of it as a critical hazard, though. However, “dust” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to plant maintenance. If you are one of the 30,000 U.S facilities at risk for combustible dust explosions, dust may be a significant threat to your employees and your operation.
According to Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums, "Regardless of industry or material, combustible dust can be formed from milling, sanding, grinding, crushing, cutting – or simply handling product in powder form." One might not realize the potential danger combustible dusts possess and or even what exactly is considered "combustible." For example, grain dust, perhaps a harmless sounding material to the layman, is "nine times as explosive as coal dust." Such insights should cause us all in the food industry to step back and think about the safety of our employees, our operations, and the materials that surround us. Unfortunately, the threat extends beyond explosions, too. In fact, dust can cause fires as well, which are "the most common dust-related incidents."
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Presently, Nilfisk and Nelson-Jameson, Inc. are working together to bring you a line of vacuums to combat this threat. Nilfisk’s line of Explosion-Proof Electric and Pneumatic Vacuums are built to take on combustible dust, helping to improve sanitation and assisting in complying with OSHA standards. You can see these two lines of vacuums and numerous other Nilfisk vacuums and accessories in this catalog. Nelson-Jameson product managers can also assist you in finding the right vacuum and accessories for your facility. Give us a call today at 1-800-826-8302 to order or for more info.