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Electrostatic Precipitator

Definition - What does Electrostatic Precipitator mean?

An electrostatic precipitator is a device that removes suspended dust particles from an exhaust or gas by using a high-voltage electrostatic charge to electrically charge the dust particles. Particles are collected on charged plates, which attract the charged dust particles. This device is used with large industrial machines to control emissions by removing particles from the exhaust of the machine. Typical precipitators can extract as much as 99.9% of dust particles from a gas stream.

Safeopedia explains Electrostatic Precipitator

Electrostatic precipitators, generally, are used for large operations where the cost of use does not outweigh the benefit. There many alternative filtration systems that are effective at removing particles in a work enironment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides standards or regulations for the safe operation of electrostatic precipitators in a work environment. There are a variety of different designs for specific purposes, which must be designed according to federal regulations.

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