Keep Combustible Dusts Under Control

Keeping dust to a minimum is much more than good housekeeping – it's a matter of worker safety and environmental health.

By J. Stanton McGroarty, CMfgE, CMRP, senior technical editor for our sister publication Plant Services

Government agencies in the United States have played a significant part in the dissemination of dust collection equipment. “In terms of air quality, OSHA wants clean air inside for the employees, and EPA wants clean air outside for the public,” says Patrick Ostrenga, a retired 34-year veteran of OSHA and founder of Occupational Safety and Health Auditing, Compliance Assistance Services ( An important safety issue driving dust collection is the danger of fire and explosion from some kinds of dust.

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