Explosion Proof Vacuum
As an industrial vacuum cleaner provider, we understand the importance of a safe manufacturing environment.
There are many types of combustible dust and explosion proof vacuum cleaners but the fact is not all of them work.
Occupational Safety and Health departments require facilities to keep the work areas clean to reduce the risk of fire and/or explosion. In 2008, the Organizational Health and Safety Agency (OSHA) initiated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on combustible dust. This widespread program provided guidelines for the prevention and control of combustible dust in manufacturing facilities.
Explosive atmospheres can be caused by flammable gases, mists or vapors or by combustible dusts. If there is enough of the substance, mixed with air, then all it needs is a source of ignition to cause an explosion. “explosion-proof” vacuums are constructed with non-sparking metals (stainless steel, aluminum, brass, etc…) and are equipped with totally enclosed electrical components so there is no source of ignition that can cause a spark, fire and/or explosion.
These imposters can still create arcs, sparks or heat that can cause ignition of the exterior atmosphere and overheating that can ignite dust blanketing the vacuum.