Food Industry

FAI offers comprehensive services for characterizing, preventing and mitigating fires and explosions due to combustible dust. 
Food Processing

Testing Support

  • Develop a cost effective test strategy to characterize material handled at a food manufacturing facility
  • Perform dust explosion testing to determine moisture content, particle size, explosion severity, sensitivity to ignition and minimum explosion concentration

Hazard Assessment

  • Conduct an on-site dust hazard assessment based on applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.
  • Facilitate a process hazard analysis (PHA) to address fire and explosion hazards for their facility with a focus on combustible dust hazards.

Risk Assessment

  • Prioritize high risk scenarios and worked with the customer to develop appropriate and cost effective protection strategies.

Safety Program Improvement

  • Recommend improvements to existing programs for housekeeping, electrical area classification, management of change (MOC), preventative maintenance and training. 

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