A manual titled A Scientific Review of Dust Collection is available from Scientific Dust Collectors. The 80-page publication includes a complete chapter on fires, explosions and other hazards. According to the company, dust collector specifications must include provisions for ignition source control, if an explosion hazard exists. Specifications can involve using special electrical equipment, grounding of the filtering media and spark arrestor features. Spontaneous combustion is another source of ignition, caused by a chemical reaction, and is usually corrected by seeding with inert material. The manual is said to help in the assessment and treatment of explosion risks.
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