Laws and Regulations Woodworking Industries

Combustible dust regulations - ATEX and NFPA - for improved workplace safety

Almost all workplaces in the world, new and existing, must comply with the regulations set out in the ATEX directives or NFPA standards for combustible dust. Employers are required to evaluate and classify their working environments to determine the risks. Additionally, process and production equipment must meet the regulations concerning technical and legal standards. A mandatory EU Equipment Directive applies to all machines put on the European market, stipulating the manufacturer’s responsibilities regarding ignition prevention and the minimization of explosion effects.

 Nederman offers dust extraction systems fulfilling the ATEX and NFPA demands

  • The strength of the filter to withstand a deflagration with proper safety devices has been verified
  • ATEX and NFPA compliance is ensured by means of explosion relief doors or panels
  • The risk of an explosion spreading can be prevented by installing safety equipment such as rotary valves, back pressure flaps, etc
  • Fans are ATEX certified for handling potentially combustible dust
       

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