What’s At Stake

A combustible dust is any fine material that can catch fire and explode when mixed with air. The force from combustible dust explosions can cause multiple deaths, horrific injuries, and massive destruction of property.


Any combustible material can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. Combustible dusts can come from: sugar, spice, starch, and flour; grain, feed, and tobacco; plastics and rubber; wood, paper, and pulp; pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, and metals.


Combustible dust presents a serious workplace hazard. You can help prevent a catastrophic explosion by helping to identify potentially hazardous processes and work areas and following safe work practices and housekeeping policies.

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