Most facilities that are handling/producing combustible dusts are now familiar with the term “Dust Hazard Analysis” or “DHA” and understand that it comes from a standard issued by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nfpa.org. The most referred to standard is NFPA 652 – Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. This is the overarching standard that applies to all facilities and serves as a starting point for the commodity-specific dust standards (e.g., 61 for agricultural and food, 664 for wood products, 484 for metals, 654 for general processing). The requirement for all facilities handling and/or generating combustible dusts to conduct a DHA originated from the 2016 edition of NFPA 652. The 2019 edition of this standard did change the deadline for existing operations to have the DHA completed was updated to September 7, 2020 and several of the commodity specific standards made the same updates. However, the 2020 edition of NFPA 61: Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities set a different deadline. The deadline for existing food and agricultural facilities to have their DHAs completed is January 1, 2022.

Why would NFPA 61 use a different deadline? This is the only commodity standard that changed the deadline. All other industries kept the September 7, 2020 date. The reason for this deadline comes down to cost and time constraints:

  • There are more affected food and agricultural facilities under common ownership than in the other standards;
  • The cost and time to have the DHAs completed for all applicable facilities under one company is greater; and,
  • The cost for implementing the recommendations for all applicable facilities under one company is greater.

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Join CTI for our upcoming webinar presentations:

  • October 20, 2020: Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountability of Machine Guarding
    Sponsor/Event: VPPPA Region IV 2020 Safety & Health Excellence Virtual Conference
    Speaker: Adam Haroz, EIT
    More Info: http://www.regionivvppconference.com/)
  • November 11, 2020: Combustible Dust Basics, Standards, and Requirements and DHA Methodologies
    Sponsor/Event: Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers (ARPM) Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Summit
    Speaker: Adam Haroz, EIT
    More Info: https://arpminc.com/ehs/)
  • November 19, 2020: Completing Multisite DHAs Across Many Locations in Food and Grain Industries
    Sponsor/Event: Dust Safety Science
    Speaker: Jeff Davis, PE
    More Info: https://dustsafetyacademy.com

Title: Combustible Dust Hazards & NFPA Compliance for Storage Tanks
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CST
Duration: 1.5 hours
Register: https://go.cstindustries.com/l/797123/2020-09-11/2zgrc

CTI has teamed up with the Fike Corporation and CST to co-host an educational webinar to discuss Real World Insight From a Team of Industry Experts on Dust Testing Analysis and Recommendations for Deflagration Venting and Suppression.  The webinar will cover:

  • Combustible Dust Hazard Analyses & NFPA Standards
  • Combustible Dust Deflagration Mitigation & NFPA Compliance
  • Dust Hazards for Storage Systems Design Criteria & NFPA Influence

Course: Combustible Dust Standards
Date/Time: Monday, Sept. 14th; 1-2 pm EST
Cost: Free
Registration: Enter your name, title and email address upon logging into webinar (Link below)
Speaker Information: Adam Haroz, EIT, Conversion Technology Inc.
Host: COCHMM, www.cochmm.org

The Central Ohio Chapter of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers is hosting a Health and Safety Webinar on September 14, 2020. The webinar will be held from 1pm-2pm.

The presenter will review the definition and possible origins of combustible dusts, applicable regulatory and consensus standards and typical steps taken to identify and mitigate combustible dust hazards.

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Combustible Dust Hazards and NFPA Compliance for Storage Equipment — Real World Insight from Team of Industry Experts on Dust Testing, Analysis and Recommendations for Deflagration Venting and Suppression

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
12:00 p.m. (Noon) – 1:30 p.m. ET
This is a FREE webinar.

REGISTER HERE

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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), nfpa.org, 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 both the NFPA 61 Technical Committee for Agricultural Dust and the NFPA 664 Technical Committee for Wood and Cellulosic Materials Processing and has worked with several of the other committees. All of these standards have updated in 2018 and 2019, and CTI is here to help our clients understand what that will mean for them.

Continue reading “Changes to NFPA Combustible Dust Standards”

Come see Jeff Davis, PE present at the International Biomass Conference (Feb. 3-5) in Nashville, TN. He will be presenting “Changes to NFPA Standards for Fire and Explosion Protection” at the workshop on Monday February 3rd and as part of a panel in the general session on Tuesday February 4th.

For more information: http://biomassconference.com/ema/DisplayPage.aspx?pageId=Agenda_Biomass_Conference___Expo#iqiuwy