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How to Select the Right Dust Control for your Fertilizer Facility

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Be sure to keep five key components in mind.

During the entire fertilizer manufacturing process, including storage and bagging, fertilizer faces many threats that can impact its effectiveness and shelf-life.  One of the most dangerous problems is fertilizer dust.  Fertilizer dust can create health risks for facility workers, increase a facility’s potential for combustion fires, and lead to compromised product.  In short, without a fertilizer dust control solution in place, fertilizer dust can have substantial, long-term negative impacts for your facility.  Fertilizer dust control is a guaranteed way to protect product, mitigate risk, and protect your company’s bottom line.  It’s a smart and necessary investment for any facility.

Dust Collection or Dust Suppression: Which Approach Is Right for Your Facility?

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The pros and cons of each fertilizer dust control method

In 2012, a study published in the journal Environmental Technology examined the impacts of fertilizer contamination from a phosphate plant on the east Mediterranean coast.  Due to local wind conditions, fertilizer dust spread across untreated areas, leading to soil pollution and creating potential hazards for groundwater sources and plant life (Kassier, Lartiges, and Ouaini, 2012)[1].  This is just one example of what can happen when facilities fail to institute proper fertilizer dust control procedures.  Not only can dust control help prevent harmful environmental effects, but it can also reduce hazards for workers and equipment.

Dust-Related Challenges Facing the Fertilizer Industry and How to Address Them

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Fertilizer dust control, facility hygiene, and reduction of transfer points can make a significant difference.

The fertilizer industry, which grosses $139 billion annually (The Fertilizer Institute, 2015)[1], faces a lot of modern challenges, from sustainability and regulatory hurdles to general worker safety.  But perhaps the industry’s biggest challenge is dust.  Dust-related problems can have a detrimental impact on worker health, product effectiveness, explosion risk, and the environment.  Finding a solution is critical for any fertilizer facility that wants to produce the best product and run a sound operation.

Dust Regulations Every Fertilizer Processor Should Know

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Fertilizer dust control can save product and keep workers safe

Fertilizer manufacturers ultimately want to produce the best possible product – fertilizer with high production yields, high material integrity and quality, and strong marketability. But the manufacturing process leads to other concerns and challenges. Manufacturers must also reduce explosion potential in their facilities and reduce their workers’ exposure to toxins, which means pristine facility hygiene. All of these goals can be achieved through fertilizer dust control.