by Veronica Zuccarello
In industrial environments, equipment is subjected to harsh conditions, and are frequently placed in hazardous environments with various levels of risk. Among these risks are explosions, perhaps one of the most devastating workplace accidents that can occur. To prevent accidents before they happen, Bunting equips our metal detectors with a variety of safety features, including an ATEX Explosion Proof Rating.
Explosive Consequences: The Danger of Combustible Dust
An explosion is one of the most dangerous accidents that can occur within a work environment. When certain combinations of air, gas, and dust mix together, they create an explosion hazard and can have devastating consequences. Explosions can cause catastrophic damages, ranging from injuries of workers and damage to equipment to employee deaths and complete destruction of buildings. According to OSHA, “The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) identified 281 combustible dust incidents between 1980 and 2005 that led to the deaths of 119 workers, injured 718, and extensively damaged numerous industrial facilities.”
Bunting Metal Detectors: Protection against Explosions in All Industries
Within the powder and bulk industries, explosions caused by combustible dust in particular are a very serious concern. Combustible dust can be produced in any workplace environment, and is created during material transport, processing, and handling. It may also be created by actions including the abrasive blasting, mixing, sifting, and screening of dry materials, in addition to any processing of wet materials that can result in dried residue building up. While combustible dust can present a hazard in any environment, it is especially common in agriculture, plastics, metal powder processing, food, and woodworking industries.
There are several steps to protect your employees, equipment, product, and facility from explosions. One way is to make sure that all of your equipment is up to date and meets safety guidelines, such as having explosion proof ratings. All of Bunting’s 07 and 05 Metal Detection Units, including popular models of metal detectors such as the meTRON™, pTRON™, and QuickTRON™, offer an ATEX Explosion Proof Rating to comply with industry safety standards. With Bunting metal detection equipment, you don’t have to choose between the highest standard of metal detection and meeting the tightest safety standards—Bunting delivers both.
At Bunting, we make sure our metal detectors are constantly up to date and compliant with industry safety standards. By offering exceptional metal detection equipment, we seek to help you increase the overall safety of your facility and help you to deliver your customers high quality product that is free of contaminants. To learn more about our extensive range of metal detection equipment, our commitment to preventing explosions, and our overall commitment to industry safety, Contact Bunting today.