Equipment or spaces such as ducts, dust collectors, vessels, and processing equipment that contain combustible dust should be designed in a manner to prevent leaks to minimize the escape of dust into work areas. Any dust that settles on workplace surfaces should be removed through a routinely implemented housekeeping program. Areas or equipment potentially subject to explosions, including the dust collection system, should also be designed to relieve pressure in a safe manner, or be provided with proper suppression, explosion prevention systems, or an oxygen-deficient atmosphere. In addition to these steps, requesting a dust hazard analysis and having the necessary protection systems in place are fundamental steps to mitigate dust explosions or fires.