Combustible Dust

extremely hazardous material remediation

Incidents with combustible dust explosion occur far more often than you would expect. And these aren’t tiny explosions. They are often huge, causing considerable destruction, injury, and even death.

Most common with grain & animal feed storage. Products like flour, starch, sugar, tobacco, plastics, wood, paper, pulp, rubber, pesticides, and more have flammable qualities if stored in the wrong environment.

The best solution is preventative maintenance not allowing dust to accumulate at all! However, if it is too late for that, Contact EMS! We know exactly how to help you recover from combustible dust mishaps or help with preventative cleaning.


The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made it known it’s cracking down on facilities where combustible dust accumulation poses a threat to life and property.

Hazardous Locations:

  • OSHA Class I: Petroleum Refineries, Dry-Cleaning Plants, Spray Finishing Zones, Utility Gas Plants, and related
  • OSHA Class II: Grain Elevators, Flour & Feed Mills, Plastics Manufacturing, Fireworks, Coal Plants, and related
  • OSHA Class III: Textile Mills, Cotton Gins, Seed Mills, Wood Mills, and related
  • Combustible Dust Mitigation
  • Safe Disposal of Manufacturing Byproducts
  • Explosion-Proof Dissipation of Static-Prone Materials
  • Protection against Potential & Unrecognized Combustible Dust Situations

The truth is, any material – even that which doesn’t burn in bigger pieces – can burn and burn rapidly if it’s reduced to a fine particulate form: a dust. Suspend high enough concentrations of that dust in the air, introduce just the right conditions, and that dust could even become explosive.

Three elements are necessary for a fire:

  1. Combustible dust (the fuel),
  2. An ignition source (heat), and
  3. Oxygen (an oxidizer).

Add two more elements, and you have the makings of an explosion:

  1. A sufficient quantity of dust dispersed in high enough concentrations, and
  2. Dust cloud containment in a relatively confined space.

Rest assured, we use intrinsically safe vacuums and follow all OSHA guidelines for preventing or mitigating the effects of combustible dust fire and explosion.

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Combustible Dust Remediation


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According to OSHA’s Safety & Health Website, Combustible Dust, Combustible Material, even some materials normally considered non-combustible can burn rapidly when in a finely divided state or dust.

If this dust becomes airborne at the right concentration, it can become explosive!

Such incidents have killed multiple and injured hundreds of US workers over the past few decades.

If you suspect the presence of combustible dust in your facility, contact EMS immediately and we can help you create and action plan to remediate.

OSHA identifies over 130 products or materials with the potential for explosions!

Included are many agricultural products’ dust, carbonaceous dust, chemical dust, metal dust, plastic dust, and more.

OSHA’s website has published a downloadable .PDF with complete detailed information on their regulations. Click the following link to view the document:
Combustible Dust: Does your company or firm process any of these products or materials in powdered form?

Combustible materials are extremely dangerous, remediation technical and tricky.  

EMS’ expert staff is NFPA 654 Certified and ready to assist in returning your facility back to a safe working environment.  Our certifications accepted throughout Indiana, Michigan & Ohio.

Call EMS Today and we will jump right to creating a game plan to eliminate your problem!

Every facility and dust are different, requiring an action plan to safely remove the dust from your facility. This requires an estimator to come out and provide you with a free consultation and estimate. Hiring EMS’s NFPA 654 Certified Team to handle the job, is the safest and most thorough experts in the region.

The best part! The initial consultation with EMS is Free! Our estimator, with over 10 years’ experience, will come to your location and treat you like part of the family!

Set up a consultation today!

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