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Explosion/Fire Protection

Many types of industries generate combustible or flammable dust during fabrication processes. It's important for these facilities to adhere to industrial safety standards, particularly OSHA fire prevention requirements. Pollution Control Systems offers several different ancillary OSHA compliant fire protection products and NFPA compliant explosion protection items to protect facilities and employees.

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Effective Industrial Explosion and Fire Prevention Systems

Certain chemicals and materials can form explosive or flammable dust throughout fabrication in many industries such as:

  • Woodworking
  • Metalworking
  • Welding
  • Laser and plasma cutting
  • Powder coating
  • Abrasive blasting
  • Food Processing
  • Grain/Agriculture
  • Plastics

In the event of a fire or explosion, employees could sustain severe injuries or even death in extreme cases, while equipment is at risk of experiencing irreparable damages, resulting in potentially extraordinary costs on employee compensation and equipment replacement. If an explosion or fire is weak, it could still spreads throughout facilities, putting workers and machinery in danger. Explosions could even result in the permanent shutdown of facilities depending on the severity of damages.

Fires without explosions should also be prevented through the use of OSHA-compliant equipment. OSHA categorizes the different types of industrial fires into five main classes:

  • Class A – fires caused by ordinary combustible materials that leave ash such as trash, plastic, paper, cloth, and wood
  • Class B – fires that flammable liquids and gases such as oil, gasoline, and propane are capable of starting
  • Class C – fires started via energized electrical components
  • Class D – fires involving metals ending with "um," including beryllium, sodium, titanium, magnesium, and aluminum
  • Class K – fires started through the burning of animal or cooking oils or fats, typically during deep-frying processes

Effective fire protection systems can successfully prevent Class A, B, C, D, and K fires, subsequently protecting facilities from hazardous fires.

OSHA requires facilities to implement sufficient fire prevention systems that meet the needs of each type of application. To supplement other fire protection systems that fire protection contractors provide, Pollution Control Systems offers several heavy-duty OSHA fire protection products that can help make sure that facilities adhere to the organization's standards. You can use these to improve the effectiveness of other dust collection equipment that we offer.

State-of-the-Art Fire and Explosion Protection Equipment

Pollution Control Systems' systems are entirely customizable based on your application's specific requirements. The equipment we carry includes:

  • Active chemical suppression explosion mitigation
  • ATEX and NFPA compliant inline dampers
  • Direct and indirect release fire protection systems
  • Explosion vents
  • Inline spark arrestors
  • NFPA rated air locks
  • NFPA rated isolated drum discharge
  • Passive explosion protection

We can help you determine which equipment is appropriate to use in your facility to protect you from the various types of OSHA-recognized fire and combustion hazards. Through the implementation of one or more pieces of our OSHA fire protection products, along with other dust collectors in our inventory, you can protect from potential fire and explosion hazards at all times throughout fabrication operations.

Our dust collectors and ancillary fire prevention products aren't the only safety measures your facility should include. Make sure you consult your local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) for approval on all protection systems to meet OSHA and NFPA standards. However, our equipment is designed to help significantly reduce combustion and fire risks, and providing mitigation equipment to protect your facility and employees in the event of an incident.