Combustible Dust

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.


Are you, your employees, and your property safe? If not, or you’re not sure, call on EMS. We offer a full range of safe combustible dust remediation services encompassing …

  • Hazardous Locations – such as petroleum refineries, dry-cleaning plants, spray finishing areas, utility gas plants, etc. (OSHA Class I locations); grain elevators, flour and feed mills, plants producing plastics, medicines, or fireworks, coal prep plants, etc. (OSHA Class II locations); textile mills, cotton gins, seed mills, wood mills, etc. (OSHA Class III locations);
  • Combustible Dust Mitigation;
  • Safe Disposal of Manufacturing Byproducts;
  • Explosion-Proof Dissipation of Static-Prone Materials; and
  • Protection against Potential but Unrecognized Combustible Dust Situations.

Rest assured, we use intrinsically safe vacuums and follow all OSHA guidelines for preventing or mitigating the effects of combustible dust fire and explosion.

The truth is, any material – even that which doesn’t burn in bigger pieces – can burn and burn rapidly if it’s reduced to a fine particulate form: a dust. Suspend high enough concentrations of that dust in the air, introduce just the right conditions, and that dust could even become explosive.

Three elements are necessary for a fire:

  1. Combustible dust (the fuel),
  2. An ignition source (heat), and
  3. Oxygen (an oxidizer).

Add two more elements, and you have the makings of an explosion:

  1. A sufficient quantity of dust dispersed in high enough concentrations, and
  2. Dust cloud containment in a relatively confined space.

Incidents of combustible dust explosion occur far more often than you might think. These aren’t tiny explosions, either. They’re often huge, causing considerable destruction, injury, and  death. They occur most frequently where grain, animal feed, flour, starch, sugar, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and many other such commodities are stored.

The solution, of course, is not to let combustible dust accumulate in the first place. Contact EMS for combustible dust prevention. And if it’s too late for that, remember: we also know how to help you recover from combustible dust mishaps.