The US Chemical Safety Board (CSB) collected data from 105 dust explosion from 2006 through 2017. The CSB did not review all the incidents from that timeframe. The CSB data was then categorized into several broad industry types.

Figure 1: CSB Dust Explosion chart
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The CSB chart shows that combustible dust explosions occur across many industries and operations. While the chemical industry has a small fraction of the explosions studied, solids handling can be anywhere in the product flow from raw material receiving to the final product.

Dust Explosions – Don’t ignore this hazard!

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