Many dusts are combustible. When fine dust particles catch fire while they’re suspended in the air, known as deflagration, fire can spread rapidly and sometimes leads to an explosion.
Industry sectors such wood pellet manufacturers need to recognize and control risks in order to prevent a devastating workplace incident.
The following is a list of resources to help mitigate the risks of combustible dust in your workplace.
BCFSC Combustible Dust Safety
Combustible Dust Audit
Aon Reed Stenhouse
Wood Dust in Sawmills: Preventing and Mitigating the Effects of Fire and Explosions - Aon Safety Bulletin
Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
National Fire Protection Association
NFPA 664: Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities National Fire Protection Association
Technical Safety BC
US Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
Wood Fibre Storage