FSX Recommended Saftey Equipment


Diesel Soot and Ash are known byproducts of diesel exhaust. These by products have been determined to be a health hazard, and the requirements surrounding worker safety vary between Federal, State, and local regulatory bodies. As a minimum the same precautions should be taken while cleaning DPFs that are taken when working on any other part of the exhaust system. Consult your local emissions authority for more information.

Primary Hazards to Employees when handling DPF are:

  1. Breathing Particulate Matter (PM)
  2. Absorption of PM through the skin
  3. Eye hazards
  4. Lifting and dropping hazards
  5. Hearing hazards

Personal Protective Equipment

Personal Protective Equipment FSX strongly recommends wearing personal protective equipment when working with DPF. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) includes (but is not limited to):
  1. Breathing mask or respirator
  2. Nitril gloves
  3. Eye protection
  4. Hearing protection
  5. Dust suit
  6. Steel toed boots

Shop Equipment recommendations

While every shop is unique, all share some common characteristics and risks. Equipping your shop with the proper tools and equipment in the long run makes the cleaning of your DPFs a more effiicient process, improves worker safety, and allows you to process more DPFs in a given space while maintaining the highest processing quality. Below are some of the items you may wish to consider to make your shop as productive, safe, and efficienFSX SootSuckert as possible.

  1. High quality dust collection system -The proper dust collection system will not only efficiently gather the cleaning byproducts, but will also prevent material from entering the dust collector exhaust stream and discharging it outside or back into the shop. FSX dust collectors, such as the SootSucker 2, has been designed to handle the flow of particulate coming out of the FSX TrapBlaster. Special focus was concentrated on maximizing the life of the internal paper filters, lowering your consumables cost and exposure to Particulate Matter (PM).

  2. Overhead cranes or jib booms with an electric hoist and FSX TrapTongs -
    FSX TrapTongsThis solution can behuge improvement to your operation in a number of ways. DPFs are heavy - some wieghing over 70 lbs. Using a crane or jib boom with a winch and TrapTongs prevents injuries, protects your TrapBurner kiln, and protects your customer filters from inadvertent damage during handling.

    Roll cart

  3. Roll carts - There are several varieties of rolling carts available to help make handling your DPFs easier. While it may seem trivial and un-needed, one broken flange on a customer DPF can make the cost of a simple cart a stronger consideration. Here at FSX we use one that has a hydraulic scissor table that allows easier lifting of particularly heavy filters.

  4. Conveyors - In particularly large DPF cleaning operations where multiple cleaning machines cover a large area, some customers utilize conveyor or roller-rack systems to efficiently move DPFs from storage areas to fork lift pallet jack(and between) the cleaning machines.

  5. Forklifts / pallet jacks - While a rolling cart is helpful in many instances, DPF are frequently shipped and/or stored within the cleaning facility on freight pallets. Having a forklift or a pallet jack handy can make life in the cleaning center a lot easier to manage.

As with all safety recommendations, consult your local authorities for additional requirements.