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Combustible Dust Firefighting: Lessons Learned

From ISHN, your source for Industrial Safety, Health and Environmental Solutions.


Combustible dust exposure: lessons learned By Dave Johnson

 Firefighting operations can inadvertently increase the chance of a combustible dust explosion if they:

     ● Use tactics that cause dust clouds to form or reach the explosible range.

     ● Use tactics that introduce air, creating an explosible atmosphere.

     ● Apply incorrect or incompatible extinguishing agents.

     ● Use equipment or tools that can become an ignition source.

The examples below illustrate these general principles in specific incidents. In some examples, combustible dust fueled the entire event; in others, combustible dust may have contributed to it. In most cases, the initial ignition sequence is unknown or unreported.

South Dakota, 2011: two firefighters killed. According to a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) report, a fire occurred in a coal bin that fed a boiler. Firefighters brought it…

Combustible Dust Training Module

Here is a short, easy to learn and understand guide to combustible dust explosions in industry:

Convergence Training | Blog: Free Combustible Dust Training Module

 FREE COMBUSTIBLE DUST TRAINING MODULE

Interactive Combustible Dust training module from Convergence Training.  Includes images of animated combustible dust training module, the Chemical Safety Board's video "Inferno, Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar", and interactive quiz's.
OSHA says they're creating a new combustible dusts standard soon. You can read more details about that in our earlier blog post on the upcoming combustible dust standard. So we thought we'd create a free and interactive combustible dusts training module for you. It includes images from our own 3D-animated Combustible Dusts training module, the Chemical Safety Board's "Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar" video, and some interactive wizardry we've programmed specially for this occasion. Need more information f…