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5 Hazardous Dusts Commonly Found in Composites Manufacturing

From Industrial Vacuum Blog


5 Hazardous Dusts Commonly Found in Composites Manufacturing April 25, 2017
Dust is everywhere in composites manufacturing.
If it’s not controlled, that dust can easily find its way into your  eyes and lungs, causing irritation; into hard-to-reach areas, creating  combustible dust hazards; and onto surfaces, leading to slip and fall incidents.

Here are five hazardous dusts commonly found in composites manufacturing.

Silica dustAs the American Composites  Manufacturing Association (ACMA) notes, “Many composite raw materials and molded composite products contain crystalline silica.” These include: “sand, quartz, calcium carbonate, gypsum, dolomite, mica and other materials used in the production of cast polymer, engineered stone, tub/showers, and many other composite products.”


In small particles, crystalline silica becomes silica dust, which is respirable and is known to cause silicosis among other lung disorders.


Last year, OSHA issued a new final ru…

Fire, explosions rip thru waste factory in Spain, 30 injured | The Spokesman-Review

From The Spokesman-Review


Fire, explosions rip thru waste factory in Spain, 30 injured Thu., May 4, 2017, 11:47 a.m. A firefighter truck leaves as smoke rises from a factory after several explosions, in Arganda del Rey, outside Madrid, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Francisco Seco / Associated Press)
By Ciaran Giles Associated Press



MADRID – A fire and several explosions ripped through an industrial waste treatment factory Thursday in a town near Madrid, sending 30 people to the hospital for treatment and forcing the immediate evacuation of nearby schools and offices, officials said.


The fire at the Requimsa factory in Arganda del Rey sent a dense column of smoke into the air. The blaze caused several explosions and broke windows and damaged buildings nearby. The emergency services said three of the 30 injured were in serious condition, two for burns and one with a fractured pelvis.


There was no immediate information on the cause of the blaze.


Samuel Vadillo, 21, who lives close to the factor…