When it comes time to purchase or upgrade a baghouse dust collector for your operation, consider the following factors to help ensure you get exactly what you need.
If the filter on your dust collector clogs quickly – it collects as much dust and debris as you find in the drum – it’s likely there’s an air leak somewhere below the cyclone.
In this the second of two parts, Will Sampson talks with wood dust fire prevention expert Jeffrey C. Nichols about how spark detection technology actually works to put out fires or explosions before they happen. Will shares his own thoughts on the apparent or imagined conflict in woodworking between safety and production eficiency.
By David Biggs
Excess dust creates the potential for fires and explosions.
By Dan Braiman
OSHA defines combustible dust as “fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in the air, in certain conditions.” For a combustible dust explosion to occur, five factors must be present: fuel (combustible dust), ignition (heat or spark), oxygen (air), dispersion (dust suspension) and confinement. Removal of any one element will eliminate the possibility of occurrence. The following is a list of some of the agencies and organizations involved in monitoring dust hazards in the woodshop.
Simple steps can protect your shop from suffering a disaster from common woodworking risks.
By Chris Crucitt
An infographic with tips on how workers can protect themselves from respirable silica dust. OSHA set new limits on silica dust for engineered stone countertop fabricators earlier this year.
A brief look at some of the topics trending in the wood products industry and their legislative impact.
Acute, long-term exposure to wood dust led to the death of a 55-year-old finish sander at a Montana cabinet shop, OSHA says. A recent inspection also found 21 serious safety that exposed workers to respiratory hazards, fire, explosion, and amputation. Oak Creations faces a $50,000 fine.