GEAPS Exchange 2022 – Combustible Dust Hazards and Abatement Techniques in Feed and Grain Facilities
Combustible dust is present in feed and grain facilities. It can pose more hazards than most facility personnel expect. In addition to this, NFPA and OSHA have set requirements for conducting a Dust Hazard Analysis with associated deadlines. This presentation will identify the combustible dust hazards and their ignition sources in feed and grain facilities; the role these hazards play in the Dust Hazard Analysis; and, how to safely protect and control for these hazards. While there are many ways to protect and control dust hazards, we will review abatement techniques that are especially relevant in agriculture facilities, as well as feasible methods for interpreting the need for mechanical safeguards versus operational procedures.