We’ve talked a lot about the dangers of grain dust explosions. Dust from corn and wheat stored in dry environments like a silo and exposed to an ignition source can combust, and with disastrous and often fatal results. At the Dust in Case blog, we want to make sure all of our readers are aware of the dangers, but also offer some advice on how to safely remove grain dust from an environment with an explosion proof vacuum that’s made to perform the task safely.
Here are a few things to remember when selecting a vacuum for the removal of dust from food and grain:
- Certified explosion-proof vacuums are necessary to safely collect combustible dust
- Make sure your vacuum is OSHA compliant and rated for continuous duty
- Try to get a vacuum that can be serviced nationwide to keep it in the best possible working condition
- Select a vacuum appropriate for indoor use (under 8 cubic feet)
- By choosing a vacuum with compression cast composite housing, you will decrease the likeliness of your vacuum denting, breaking or rusting
- Make sure your vacuum is chemically neutral and static dissipating to eliminate sparks and static discharge
- Purchase a vacuum with a lifetime warranty
- Select filters that have a proven history, like the industry-leading MicroClean filter (99% efficient at .5 microns).
- Select a vacuum with a large dustpan that can be easily dumped without dust re-entering the workplace
By following these points, you will end up with an explosion-proof vacuum perfect for the removal of food and grain dust. If you have any questions or your own tips about selecting a vacuum for grain dust removal, let us know in the comments section below!