Focus Article - Dust Explosions in the Food Industry

The risk of explosion in food processing plants may go dangerously undetected. Understandably, the problem is virtually unknown outside the chemical industry, but even within the industry it doesn’t typically get the attention it deserves. This is a precarious state of affairs, since the overwhelming majority of powders in the food industry can form dust clouds that are prone to explosion under the right conditions. While these conditions occur less frequently in processing buildings, dust clouds regularly form during bin filling, powder conveying, or dust collection.