In manufacturing environments that create finely ground air particulates, fugitive dust is a serious safety hazard, strictly regulated by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards.

Low-Cost Solution to Fugitive Dust

Fugitive dust is created when production processes grind solids into particles, fibers, chips, chunks, or flakes that, in certain conditions, can cause a fire or even explosions. Fugitive dust, also known as combustible dust, has been closely regulated by OSHA and the NFPA for many years.

Combustible dust can accumulate rapidly in rafters and on top of any equipment or high surface, creating a serious safety and regulatory concern for facility owners. The BahnsonAire fan has helped many leading manufacturers maintain compliance with fugitive dust standards and promote safe working conditions.

By blowing dust to collection systems or floors to be swept, the BahnsonAire fan provides constant cleaning to ceilings, overhead beams, lights, ducts, pipes, and other hard-to-reach areas where dust typically accumulates— all without pausing production or interrupting normal operation, which saves significant time and money.

Regulatory Compliance

Use of the BahnsonAire fan can be part of your plan to stay in compliance with these regulations:

NFPA regulations

  • 655 – Standard for Prevention of Sulphur Fires and Explosions
  • 654 – Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids
  • 652 - Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust
  • 484 – Standard for Combustible Metals
  • 61 – Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities

OSHA Regulations

  • 29 CFR 1910.22
  • 29 CFR 1910.38
  • 29 CFR 1910.94
  • CFR 1910.107

Promoting Employee Wellbeing 

Fighting fugitive dust also helps improve overall air quality providing employees a healthier and more comfortable working environment. And, improved employee comfort has the added benefit of potentially improving overall productivity.

To find out how the BahnsonAire fan can help you improve plant safety, contact us today.


Tenant Build-Out Project Spotlight

Tenant Build-Out Project Highlight

When a large law firm needed to expand and modernize its offices, they called on Gibson Electric for a complete package of electrical contracting services.

During the project, we installed a complete structured-cable system, the highlight of which was a data center build-out and riser providing high-speed interconnectivity to the rest of the office suites.

The facility’s two floors worth of data center space features:

  • Separate and dedicated electrical service and distribution systems
  • Emergency generator
  • Uninterrupted power supply (UPS)
  • N+1 power support

Throughout the entirety of the project, Gibson Electric maintained our client’s strict move-in schedule. The remaining 25-floor build-out included:

  • Two complete high-end conference centers
  • State-of-the-art conferencing ambiance controls
  • Comprehensive electrical installation
    • Voice/data structured systems
    • Life safety systems
    • Lighting fixtures
    • Electrical receptacles