Avoid OSHA Combustible Dust Fines
If you can eliminate the explosive dust, you can eliminate the explosion hazard. That’s why the OSHA Combustible Dust NEP recommends – and in some cases requires – manufacturers to use certified explosion proof or dust ignition proof vacuums as part of a regular plant maintenance program when collecting hazardous dust.
Non-sparking, stainless steel vacuums help reduce risks when cleaning explosion-prone liquids or pulverized powders such as sugar, flour or grain dust.
What you need to know about vacuums to avoid OSHA combustible dust fines:
- True explosion proof vacuums should be engineered from the ground up to prevent explosive dust hazards.
- All parts should be grounded and built from non-sparking materials – from the outer shell to the switches, motor, filters, and accessories.
- Manufacturers should be wary of vacuums that are promoted as explosion proof but are really only standard models with a few anti-static options added on.
- When electricity is unavailable or undesirable, safe pneumatic vacuums are excellent alternatives to electric explosion proof vacuums.
- Not all pneumatic vacuums are explosion proof vacuums.
- Safe pneumatic vacuums should be constructed of non-sparking materials with ignition proof parts and meet the requirements for use in combustible dust environments.
As a leader in industrial dust collection for over 20 years, Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums is leading the industry in manufacturing the safest hazardous location vacuums available. Nilfisk delivers the total cleaning solution for plant maintenance and plant sanitation.
To learn more details about Nilfisk's explosion proof and dust ignition proof vacuums for all applications, visit www.explosionproof-vacuum.com.