Short Combustible Dust Quiz Tests Your Knowledge

May 3, 2016

You probably already know that combustible dust comes in many varieties. You’ve probably heard reports of explosions at industrial facilities caused when built-up dust ignited, causing a deflagration in the dust collector system. While Imperial Systems’ CMAXXTM DUST COLLECTION SYSTEM and other safety products can help prevent this in your facility, it’s hard to tell exactly how dangerous your dust might be. Take this pop quiz to see what you know:

Rate the FOUR TYPES OF DUST below, from most explosive to least explosive:

  1. Sugar
  2. Cellulose
  3. Silica
  4. Aluminum


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Combustible dust test on a CMAXX

Many people are aware that metal dusts are dangerously combustible. Cellulose (in the form of paper dust, sawdust, or other wood dust) is also very combustible. Sugar, along with dry milk and egg products, is combustible and has caused fatal explosions.

If you chose the option that silica isn’t explosive, you were correct! But you’re not out of the woods yet… OSHA’s NEW REGULATIONS on silica dust mean that even if you don’t have to worry about combustible dust explosions, you do have to worry about whether your dust collection system meets the newer regulations on how to handle silica dust at your facility.

Imperial Systems can make sure your dust management system is keeping you safe, regardless of the type of dust you have. Call us today and discover how we can help you! 800-918-2803