The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is an organization tasked with developing and maintaining fire protection and life safety standards in the United States and worldwide. In addition to subjects such as sprinkler design, flammable liquid storage, and emergency exit requirements, NFPA has standards that deal specifically with combustible dust; a topic that CTI has been focused on for over a decade.  There are several NFPA Standards that address combustible dust: NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, is the overarching standard that applies to all facilities, and there are also several commodity-specific dust standards (e.g. 61 for agricultural and food, 664 for wood products, 484 for metals). CTI is a principal member of the NFPA 61 Technical Committee for Agricultural Dust and has worked with several of the other committees. All of these standards are changing, and CTI is here to help our clients understand what that will mean for them. Continue reading “Changes to Combustible Dust Standards”

Tue, Jun 11, 2019 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Explosive Dust NFPA Safety Standard Is Coming; Are Employers Ready?

Combustible dust poses one of the highest safety risks in business. A catastrophic explosion can destroy a company and simply abating combustible dust violations after an OSHA inspection can approach $1 million or more. Industries, such as food processing, wood, chemical, plastics, and metals are regularly affected. If you have baghouses, vacuums or dust collectors, you may be affected. The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) standard 652 is an effort to produce a consistent approach to combustible dust compliance. While the NFPA standard is not a government regulation, employers are scrambling to complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) and abate hazards by September 7, 2020.

National authority, Brian Edwards will provide experience-tested descriptions of common employer challenges and practical approaches. Howard Mavity will also lead discussion of legal issues and highlight how an expert and counsel effectively collaborate. We’ll discuss how the expert sifts through the multiple applicable consensus standards, and state and local ordinances to come up with the best approach; often less costly than first anticipated, as well as how to approach the crucial Dust Hazard Analysis.

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Building on its 30+ year legacy as a leading environmental and safety engineering firm, CTI (Conversion Technology Inc.) is proud to announce we will co-host an educational seminar on the ever-growing topic of combustible dust hazards with CST Industries, IEP Technologies, and The Tennant Company. Continue reading “Four Industry Leading Companies Co-Host an Educational Seminar on Combustible Dust Hazards”

It’s a beautiful morning in Phoenix, AZ, where we will soon begin the second draft meeting for NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities. I will be working with the other members of the Technical Committee to address topics such as Dust Hazard Analysis, spray dryer safety, and the ultimate organization of the standard that is set to come out towards the end of this year.

Norcross, GA – Building on its 30+ year legacy as a leading environmental and safety engineering firm, CTI (Conversion Technology, Inc.) announces a new and exciting strategic partnership with industrial safety solutions manufacturer, Fike and the world’s leading bolted steel tank, silo and aluminum dome manufacturer, CST Industries.

CTI’s partnership with Fike and CST will provide the ultimate comprehensive dust explosion solutions for compliance with the new regulation for Combustible Dust, NFPA 652. The regulation covers a wide range of types of combustible dust used in many application areas across just about all the major industrial and agricultural markets. Continue reading “CTI, Fike and CST Join Forces to Address Combustible Dust and NFPA 652 Regulations”

Title: Practical Solutions to Combustible Dust Compliance
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Time: 01:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1622114293951139331

Combustible dust poses one of the highest safety risks to a surprising variety of industries; some do not realize that their processes and materials generate combustible dust and could trigger a deadly explosion or even costly six-figure OSHA fines. Some studies have claimed that the average cost of abating combustible dust violations after an inspection is approaching $1 million. Industries, such as food, wood, chemical, plastics, and metals are regularly affected, but if you have baghouses and dust collectors, you may be affected as well. Continue reading “Free Webinar: Practical Solutions to Combustible Dust Compliance”

Identifying and Managing the Hazards of Combustible Dust

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
Register: https://goo.gl/b7M87K
Sponsored by: Vac-U-Max
Hosted by: OH & S Online

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. Continue reading “Free Webinar on Combustible Dust”

Over the past several decades, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have been expanding and enforcing regulations and standards designed to lessen the potential for disasters in facilities that handle combustible dusts. Any facility that processes or handles combustible solids or dusts, such as food products, wood, plastics, and metals should take preventative measures in identifying and managing the potential fire and explosion hazards present during normal operations at an industrial facility. A catastrophic incident of a facility failing to properly identify and mitigate the hazards associated with handling combustible dust is the explosion at the Imperial Sugar factory in east Georgia back in 2008. This combustible dust explosion killed 13 people and injured 40 more. This accident was entirely avoidable. Continue reading “Combustible Dust Regulation Updates”