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Dust Explosion Hazard Guide

Every year explosions caused by combustible dust kill workers, damage assets, and leave others badly injured. To prevent these risks, organizations that have the potential to produce explosive dust atmospheres should evaluate the flammability of that dust, the potential it has to form a dust cloud, its sensitivity to ignition, and its explosion limits and explosion severity.

This handbook provides a strategic guide to help leaders understand how their organizations can safely manage the risks created by combustible dusts and powders. Among the topics we cover are:

  • Prevention, avoidance, and protection measures
  • Explosive properties evaluation
  • Dust explosion screening and analysis
  • Approaches to handling special cases
  • Thermal stability screening and analysis
  • Testing for potential oxidation reactions
  • Testing for potential molecular decomposition reactions
  • Equipment-specific test recommendations