In the U.S., the main body developing the design standards of kilns, furnaces and ovens is the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), through NFPA 86 Standard for Ovens and Furnaces. But the ceramic industry has misconceptions about NFPA 86, and no wonder.
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Ceramic manufacturers should take steps to ensure their facilities meet safety guidelines for industrial control panels.
August 1, 2016
“Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace” (NFPA70E) was recently updated by the National Fire Protection Association (NPFA). It primarily addresses fire and explosion hazards caused by arc flash in electrical equipment. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to eliminate these events, thereby mitigating risk to facilities and—most importantly—injury to humans.
A number of processing steps in ceramic manufacturing result in the emission of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) such as acid gases (e.g., hydrofluoric acid, HF; and hydrochloric acid, HCl) that are released in the high-temperature firing steps of the manufacturing process.