Management of sugar dust in the sugar industry


Sugar dust poses significant risks in the sugar industry, threatening workers' safety and health as well as the potential for explosions and fires. The combustibility of sugar dust arises from its small, lightweight particles that disperse easily and ignite readily. Effective management strategies are essential to ensuring a safe work environment and preventing accidents. This perspective article provides an overview of sugar dust management in the global sugar industry. Various methods are employed to collect and manage sugar dust, including dust collectors, air handling systems, and proper housekeeping procedures. Advancements like electrostatic precipitators, high-efficiency particulate air filters, and self-cleaning dust collection systems show promise for future management. Utilizing both artificial intelligence and nanotechnology can also contribute to minimizing the concentrations of sugar dust in facilities. Stringent regulations and guidelines exist to control dust explosions in the industry. Implementation of robust safety measures and training programs significantly curbs the economic and environmental toll of sugar dust explosions. The paper concludes with recommendations to address sugar dust challenges, including enhanced regulation, investment in technology and research, and improved collaboration among industry stakeholders. These measures will mitigate hazards, ensure worker well-being, and safeguard the sugar industry's operations.

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Dust monitoring, Industrial dust, Nanotechnology, Sugar industry safety, Ventilation systems
Iwuozor, K.O., Ojeyemi, T., Emenike, E.C., Umeh, C.T., Egbemhenghe, A., Ayoku, B.D., Ogunsanya, T.I., Ogunniyi, S., Ighalo, J.O., & Adeniyi, A.G.. 2024. Management of sugar dust in the sugar industry. Heliyon, 10(1).