Cleaning cyclones is often difficult. Traditional cyclones are tall with long sloping hoppers. Access to them is often limited due to the geometry of the cyclone. Large cyclones require confined space entry and special hardware once inside to clean the sides. Smaller units can be disassembled, but they require you to disconnect the cyclone from connected ductwork and valves for disassembly.
OSHA Special Procedures Requirement
OSHA requires companies to have special procedures for “confined space entry”. Equipment that is large enough for an employee to enter fully and is not designed for continuous occupancy and has limited or restricted means of entry or exit is considered confined space. If a person has to go inside, they often require a “permit to enter”. This could include having a dedicated person outside. While if the worker only needs to reach inside, the requirements may not require as stringent precaution or possibly even a permit.
Horizontal Cyclones – Removable Backplate
However, horizontal cyclones (as manufactured by Aerodyne Environmental) have a removable backplate. This allows access to the cyclone internals without disassembly and disconnecting of the cyclone. Small and medium size units also allow access without having to fully go inside the cyclone. Many units are small enough that normal humans can’t even fully enter. So full confined space entry procedure may not be required. The company’s confined space entry policy should be review to see what is required.
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