The biggest air quality problem that could lead to a fire is the accumulation of dust in the air or on surfaces in a facility. When combustible dust combines with oxygen in the right proportion in an enclosed space, a dust explosion is possible. Manufacturers must be careful to keep dust concentrations at low enough levels to avoid this possibility. A vigilant approach to dust collection can prevent fires and explosions while also protecting workers’ health.
The accumulation of dust on surfaces is another air quality issue that can worsen a dust explosion. During a dust explosion, often the initial blast stirs up dust that has settled throughout a facility, creating a new cloud of combustible material that ignites and causes a massive secondary explosion. Again, using dust collectors avoids this air quality problem.