December 2022

Plant Safety and Environment

Combustible dust hazards overview

There has been a significant increase in the use of biomass as alternative energy or green fuel in the last two decades.

Parsons, P., Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants Inc.

There has been a significant increase in the use of biomass as alternative energy or green fuel in the last two decades. Biomass comes in many forms and is most commonly used for industrial applications like the fabrication of wood chips or wood pellets for fuel. Wood chips and wood flour are also used to produce chipboard, medium density fiberboard and laminate flooring. The production of these biomass products requires milling, pressing, grinding and other processing techniques that produce fine particulates. In certain configurations, such particulates can present a fire or explosion hazard and must be handled appropriately to prevent catastrophic loss. The U.S. Occupational Safety and H

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