In a food processing facility, there are some hazards that can be easily spotted with the human eye: a color-coded tool in the wrong portion of the plant, a visibly-soiled food
contact surface, a leaking/corroded hose, etc. However, there are a plethora of hidden and sometimes even invisible threats looming. One potentially fatal threat in food facilities that may linger out of sight is DUST.
Food product materials were responsible for a whopping 44.3% of fires and explosions. These numbers easily overshadow other materials like metal, coal, paper, plastic, carbon, etc (24.1% is represented by the next most present material: wood products).
What’s even more troubling is that it’s not easy to pin down just one or two culprits when examining materials in a food manufacturing plant. Instead, all materials need to be thought about holistically. As OSHA describes, “Any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, under certain conditions, it can become explosible. Even materials that do not burn in larger pieces (such as aluminum or iron), given the proper conditions, can be explosible in dust form.”
Nelson-Jameson works closely with Delfin Industrial Vacuums to anticipate and meet customer needs when it comes to dust concerns. Our partnership allows us to combine a wide range of highly engineered dust mitigation equipment with the most tenured technical experts known in the food market. By creating this partnership, Nelson-Jameson and Delfin are able to reduce your risk while suggesting certified solutions in compliance with NFPA guidelines and OSHA requirements for TOTAL DUST MITIGATION.
Our Product Specialists are eager to discuss free consultations and product options—helping you take one step closer to eliminating your risk. Contact us today!