Normal dust collection is going to occur and will not affect the performance of the JHBL or most other high bay fixtures. Periodic cleanings should be a part of any facility’s maintenance program. However, we must be careful in telling customers that our products will operate normally in dirty environments especially if the customer is using words like, “Textile”, “Mill” or “Bins”. Some of these environments have particulate dust that is extremely flammable with low ignition points and can be ignited simply by coming into contact with elevated temperatures.
Examples of materials that can be combustible dust hazards:
· Agricultural products such as egg whites, powdered milk, corn starch, sugar, flour, grain, potato, rice, etc.
Metals such as aluminum, bronze, magnesium, zinc, etc.
Chemical dusts such as coal, Sulfur, etc.
Fixtures sold into these environments must be rated for hazardous environments and are completely different fixtures from our normal high bay offerings. Ryan Loggins is the VSM for Hazardous Products and can recommend products based on customers’ needs.
Attached is a document provided by OSHA that will help you identify combustible dust when talking with a customer. Ask specific questions regarding the dust/dirt they are concerned with because the customer may not have a clue if their environments require hazardous rated fixtures or not.