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November CMM: Combustible Dust Cleaning

December 17, 2009
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The November issue of Cleaning & Maintenance Management® magazine is now available online, featuring Jon Barrett''s "Combustible Dust Cleaning" article.
Barrett states that combustible dust, also known as explosive dust, cleaning is a required preventative maintenance program in manufacturing and production facilities to prevent safety hazards, possible fires and explosions.
He notes that combustible dust cleaning should be performed by a certified and trained cleaning company.
Barrett adds that broom sweeping and compressed air is not a viable means of cleaning combustible dust, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 654 Standard.
According to Barrett, facility owners should ask the vendor they hire to provide a liability insurance and workers'' compensation certificate.
Jon Barrett is the business development specialist with Interior Maintenance Company Inc., located in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He is: NFPA and Fire Protection Research Foundation trained for Explosive Dust Cleaning; Chilworth Technology Group trained for Dust Explosion Inspection; an Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) technician; and American Bio-Recovery Association (ABRA) certified technician in several categories. Jon is also an International Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning (IKECA)-Professional Exhaust Cleaning technician. He can be reached at or by phone at 267-886-7903.
Click here to view the digital version of November and other 2009 issues.
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