Combustible dust is present in a variety of industries and is the precursor to a serious hazard. This hazard’s often-destructive nature makes it vitally important to understand. When accounting for the hazard, several questions arise, highlighting the true complexities of combustible dust.
By definition, combustible dust consists of fine particles that can fuel explosions, deflagrations and flash fires. The multi-hazard risk is further compounded by a lack of comprehensive knowledge surrounding combustible dust. It is difficult to account for the hazard with a lack of a formal rule, making compliance much lower than the severity of resulting incidents would warrant.