Coal dust suppression and control cannot be achieved through the application of any single product or system, regardless of manufacturers’ claims. Coal dust suppression is achieved through a holistic approach combining administrative controls, technology, fundamental engineering and plain common sense.
Combustible dust management is becoming more critical each day as external pressures from government agencies attempt to enforce coal dust regulations that even they may not fully understand at this time. This type of pressure leads to predatory sales practices from vendors, often overpromising and under delivering on solutions to meet newly enforced regulations. Coal dust suppression solutions must be driven from within the organization, even if external facilitation is necessary. It is imperative that plant management sets and policies policy to ensure continuity within the dust management program.