Identifying and Managing the Hazards of Combustible Dust
Combustible dust poses a hazard to numerous industries, such as food, wood, chemical, plastics, and metals. Dust fires and explosions are relatively rare, but when they occur, they can be catastrophic. The first step to ensure safe operations involving combustible dust is to conduct a dust hazard analysis. This webinar will provide viewers with a guide to identifying combustible dust hazards in manufacturing facilities. The topics will include developing a dust sampling plan, principles of dust clouds and ignitable atmospheres, and mechanics of dust flash fires and explosions. The webinar will then cover how to analyze processes and buildings to determine where dust fire and explosion hazards exists by evaluating normal and abnormal operating conditions, potential ignition sources, and existing safeguards in place.
To ensure the safe operation of facilities handling combustible dust, a balanced mix of engineering and administrative controls are required. This webinar will provide information on the safeguards used to mitigate the hazards associated with combustible dust and how to determine what is appropriate for your facility. Administrative controls such as housekeeping, inspection and maintenance, training, and management of change will be discussed. Also, engineer controls such as dust collection, building design and layout, explosion protection and isolation, and ignition source controls will be described.
Brian Edwards, PE – Director of Engineering
Conversion Technology, Inc.
Brian has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Georgia Tech, and he is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 15 years of experience as a consultant to industry. As a member of the National Fire Protection Association, he is a Principal member on the committee for NFPA 61, the standard for dust fire and explosion prevention in the agricultural and food processing industries, and he has worked with the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust technical committee on NFPA 652 and the Wood and Cellulosic Materials Processing technical committee on NFPA 664.
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