Our team of industrial cleaning experts have an acute understanding of Combustible Dust risk environments and ATEX certified equipment. Through our relationships with our appropriate equipment partners we can advise you on the most appropriate machine for your environment.
COMBUSTIBLE DUST HAZARDS
WHAT’S THE RISK
Many environments have to contend with the risk of a combustible dust explosion, some examples of industries where this can be a potential hazard include:
Food Manufacturing Sites
Agricultural Plants, such as seed plants
Chemical Manufacturing Sites (eg plastic)
Saw Mills/Carpentry Workshops
Recycling Plants (eg paper, plastics etc)
Power Stations (ie Coal-fuelled)
Combustible dust risk environments are extremely hazardous, and if not managed effectively, can result in a dust explosion.
HOW CAN A COMBUSTIBLE DUST EXPLOSION OCCUR
A dust explosion can occur when fine particles are dispersed and become suspended in the air within an enclosed location.
The Combustible Dust Pentagon explains how, the addition of two elements to the traditional Fire Triangle (Ignition, Oxygen, Fuel), can result in an explosion of combustible matter.
The two new elements that form the Combustible Dust Pentagon are:
Dispersion of the dust particles in the right concentration
Confinement of the dust cloud
These elements are created when the fuel, in this case combustible dust, is spread out as a dust cloud within a confined area, such as in an industrial area or a manufacturing plant or a warehouse.
The Combustible Dust Pentagon works in the same way as the conventional Fire Triangle – take away one element and the risk can be mitigated.
MITIGATING THE RISK WITH ATEX CERTIFIED EQUIPMENT
What is ATEX?
ATEX Equipment, also known as “Atmosphères Explosibles” ensures the protection against the occurrence of an explosion in an environment where dust or flammable gas is present. R&S have an acute understanding of ATEX EEC compliant products through relationships with some of the leading manufacturers of these specialist cleaning appliances, in addition, all of our Service Engineers are ATEX trained, meaning that we can fully calibrate your machinery to ensure ATEX compliance.