Combustible dust explosions occur more frequently than expected, resulting in significant damage, injuries, and, unfortunately, death. These incidents are often associated with grain and animal feed storage, as well as materials like flour, starch, sugar, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, and pesticides, which can become highly flammable in the right environments.
Preventative maintenance emerges as the best solution, effectively halting dust accumulation.
If, however, it’s already too late, don’t hesitate to reach out to EMS.
We specialize in recovering from combustible dust mishaps and providing preventative cleaning services. Trust our expertise to help you reduce risks and ensure a safer environment.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made it known it’s cracking down on facilities where combustible dust accumulation poses a threat to life and property.
The reality is that any material, even those that don’t burn in larger pieces, can burn rapidly when reduced to fine dust. If this dust is suspended in the air in high concentrations and the right conditions are present, it can even become explosive.
To initiate a fire, three elements are needed: combustible dust (fuel), an ignition source (heat), and oxygen (an oxidizer). To create an explosion, two additional elements are required: a sufficient quantity of dust dispersed in high concentrations and dust cloud containment in a confined space.
At EMS, we prioritize safety. We utilize intrinsically safe vacuums and adhere to OSHA guidelines to prevent and mitigate the risks of combustible dust fires and explosions.
You can trust us to provide a secure environment and take all necessary precautions.
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Asbestos, a toxic mineral, poses dangers when its dust is inhaled or swallowed. It is not absorbed through the skin or present in our food.
Don’t Panic Asbestos Is Not Radioactive!
If asbestos-containing materials are in good condition, leaving them undisturbed may be an option. However, if they are deteriorating, it is advisable to replace them with a safer alternative.
Although any exposure to asbestos dust is considered unhealthy, serious health complications typically occur after prolonged exposure.
If you experience persistent respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms after exposure, consult your doctor and inform them about your history of asbestos exposure for appropriate screening.
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Determining whether a material contains asbestos by visual inspection alone is impossible. Any material that contains asbestos should be clearly labeled as such. When in doubt, it is best to treat the material as if it contains asbestos or have it professionally sampled and analyzed.
Environmental Management Specialists, Inc. can provide qualified professionals who know what to look for and can conduct safe sampling.
It is crucial to avoid taking samples yourself, as improper handling can be more hazardous. If the material is in good condition and will not be disturbed, it is generally recommended to leave it undisturbed.
Only damaged or to-be-disturbed material should be sampled.
If the building material is in good condition and will not be disturbed, no action is needed. However, if it poses a problem, there are two options: repair and removal.
Repairing asbestos involves sealing or covering the material. Sealing (encapsulation) binds the fibers together or coats the material to prevent fiber release. This should be done by trained professionals or with the assistance of EMS. Covering (enclosure) involves placing a protective wrap or jacket around the material to contain the asbestos fibers.
In both cases, the asbestos remains in place. Repair is often more cost-effective than removal, but removal may be necessary in the future and could be more costly. For expert advice and assistance, Contact EMS for a safe and reliable solution.