7 Industrial Elements That Cause Dust Explosions

There were more than 82 dust-related fires or explosions over the last decade, according to OSHA.

Organic, metallic and some nonmetal inorganic materials can cause a combustible dust explosion. Some materials, such as powdered metals or flour, are intentionally created to become powder, while other materials like synthetic fibers and paper, unintentionally generate dust.

Once all elements for the Dust Explosion Pentagon are present, a combustible dust explosion can occur. It is important to know when and where an explosion may occur in order to prevent a dust explosion. There is no singular place where combustible dust explosions happen. The extensive damage can prevent experts from determining the starting location of the deflagration.

The main types of dust can be categorized into seven groups: Wood, Grain, Synthetics, Coat/Peat, Metals, Paper and Other.


OSHA created a detailed list with a variety of materials and products that are at risk for a combustible dust explosion. Those resources include:

Contact Carolina Filters today for a combustible dust audit! See what potential dust hazards are lurking in your facility. Let the combustible dust removal experts at Carolina Filters determine the safest, most effective way to prevent a dust explosion before it’s too late.


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