Food manufacturers know all too well that sugar and spice aren’t all that nice when it comes to combustible dust. Processing potentially explosive materials such as flour and grains, many food plants are considered high-risk for a combustible dust accident and related OSHA fines. For this reason, Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums has launched combustibledustprevention.com, a website that specifically addresses the issues of combustible dust and food safety hazards in the food industry.
Through video, fact sheets, application photos and links to sites like OSHA’s NEP on Combustible Dust, the new website gives manufacturers access to pertinent information regarding combustible dust, fire/explosion prevention and other food safety hazards.
“Even though the industrial sector is now very aware of the risks of combustible dust, they still have many questions,” said Paul Miller, Vice President and General Manager of Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums. “Many manufacturers still aren’t sure if the material in their plants is considered explosive or if their equipment meets OSHA recommendations. Our new website strives to answer some of those questions as they relate to maintenance procedures and explosion-proof vacuums, providing a one-stop site for food manufacturers looking to learn more about combustible dust and food safety hazards.”
For more information, visit combustibledustprevention.com.
OSHA estimates that 30,000 U.S. facilities are at risk for major explosive dust detonations – across all industries. So, the threat of an industrial explosion in your facility is very real.
In addition to OSHA combustible dust regulations, food safety hazards — allergens, insects, rodents, harmful bacteria — cause more than 76 million cases of foodborne illness in the U.S. each year. Food contamination causes recalls that cost food manufacturers hundreds of millions of dollars.
But there are steps you can take right now to protect your people and your facility from explosive dust and food safety hazards. That’s why OSHA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends – and in some cases require – manufacturers to use properly-equipped industrial vacuum cleaners. As part of a regular plant maintenance program, OSHA recommends that food manufacturers who process combustible materials like flour, cinnamon or sugar, use a certified explosion-proof or dust ignition-proof vacuum. And, industrial HEPA vacuums are recommended as part of Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures.