What is combustible dust, and how does it lead to dust explosions?
Combustible dust, also known as explosive dust, is a by-product created from manufacturing processes that involve combustible raw materials. These materials include wood, light metals, several kinds of chemicals, but also agricultural products such as grain, spices, and tobacco. While practically invisible to the human eye, combustible dust particles are a deadly hazard in many workplaces and industries. Certain conditions can cause the dust to become explosive, potentially killing or injuring workers, and destroying machinery or even entire facilities.