What is Combustible Dust
Combustible dust is a particle that can explode in the air under the wrong conditions. A combustible dust explosion can be disastrous and cause severe injuries or death. It is imperative that these hazards be detected, and controls implemented to avoid serious consequences. Combustible dust can consist of flammable particles including but not limited to:
- Wood Dust
Why is FR clothing essential protection in a combustible dust event?
Flame Resistant (FR) and Arc-Rated (AR) garments can be the difference between going to the hospital with debilitating injuries and going home with only minor injuries or burns. FR clothing keeps industrial employees safe and helps to ensure their future wellbeing and employability.
What does the standard say about FR clothing for combustible dust hazards?
NFPA 652 is The Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. It provides the general requirements for managing combustible dust fire or explosion hazards. The standard states that when FR clothing is required, it must comply with the requirements of NFPA 2112 and be selected, procured, inspected, worn, and maintained in accordance with NFPA 2113.
NFPA 652 Information
Some requirements include:
- N 126.96.36.199* An assessment of workplace hazards shall be conducted as described in NFPA® 2113.
- N 188.8.131.52 When the assessment in 184.108.40.206 has determined that flame-resistant garments are needed, personnel shall be provided with and wear flame-resistant garments.
- N 220.127.116.11* When flame-resistant clothing is required for protecting personnel from flash fires, it shall comply with the requirements of NFPA® 2112.
- N 18.104.22.168 Flame-resistant garments shall be selected, procured, inspected, worn and maintained in accordance with NFPA® 2113.
- N 22.214.171.124* The employer shall implement a policy regarding care, cleaning and maintenance for flame-resistant garments.
- N 126.96.36.199* When required by 188.8.131.52, flame-resistant or non-melting undergarments shall be used.
- N 184.108.40.206* When determined by 220.127.116.11 that flame-resistant garments are needed, only flame-resistant outerwear shall be worn over flame-resistant daily wear.