Combustible dust hazard analysis is common practice in some industries. A wide number of products can be a combustible dust. The accidental ignition of combustible dust can result in explosions that in some cases, can destroy an entire facility. A bulk dust sample is collected and sent to an accredited laboratory for testing. Basically, the dust is tested to see if it is combustible at all (a Go/NoGo test) and if it is combustible, a second test is performed to see specifically how combustible the dust is. Based on the results, the appropriate precautions can be taken to prevent a combustible dust explosion.

A sample of the dust is collected and analyzed to determine”

a) if it is combustible

b) at what concentration an explosion will happen

c) at what temperature an explosion will happen

d) how strong an explosion is produced.