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Plastics Industry: General Housekeeping with Industrial Vacuum Cleaners

The plastics industry employs over 1.1 million workers in the United States. OSHA has identified occupational hazards such as silicosis (finely ground crystalline silica is a material used as a functional filler in plastics manufacturing) and slips and falls caused by...

Pulp and Paper: Understanding Combustible Dust Risks (Part 2)

Manufacturing 9 million tons of pulp annually, U.S. pulp, paper and paperboard mills produce large amounts of dust that settle on equipment and facility structure surfaces (see OSHA’s Safety & Health Topics). Combustible dust is any finely divided solid...

What’s new with Combustible Dust?

Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums has been watching and posting about the Combustible Dust issue since 2008. FIVE years! But, there has been plenty to say. Combustible Dust standards, events and unfortunate fires are happening every day. Below, we’ve compiled a list of...

Grain Mills: Combustible Dust Housekeeping (Part 3)

The potential for explosions to occur from dust collections made of flour, sugar, cinnamon or grain particles, for example, poses a significant risk to employee safety, facility maintenance and food purity. Traditional plant maintenance methods like sweeping and...

Grain Mills: Preventative Maintenance and Dust Control (Part 1)

Every week, we see news about grain mills with dust control and maintenance issues. Simply by the nature of their processes, grain mills have difficulty keeping a clean and safe environment. This series of blog posts will review solutions for general maintenance, oil...
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