Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion & reactivity hazards

Flammable Gas & Vapor Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify explosion hazards for vapor and gas mixtures

Chemical Reactivity Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify reactive chemical hazards, including the possibility of material incompatibility, instability, and runaway chemical reactions

DIERS Methodology

Design emergency pressure relief systems to mitigate the consequences of unwanted chemical reactivity and account for two-phase flow using the right tools and methods

Deflagrations (Dust/Vapor/Gas)

Properly size pressure relief vents to protect your processes from dust, vapor, and gas explosions

Effluent Handling

Pressure relief sizing is just the first step and it is critical to safety handle the effluent discharge from an overpressure event

Thermal Stability

Safe storage or processing requires an understanding of the possible hazards associated with sensitivity to variations in temperature


Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents


Model transport of airborne virus aerosols to guide safe operations and ventilation upgrades


Model transport of contamination for source term and leak path factor analysis

Fire Analysis

Model transport of heat and smoke for fire analysis

Flammable or Toxic Gas

transport of flammable or toxic gas during a process upset

OSS consulting, adiabatic & reaction calorimetry and consulting

Onsite safety studies can help identify explosibility and chemical reaction hazards so that appropriate testing, simulations, or calculations are identified to support safe scale up

Mechanical, Piping, and Electrical

Engineering and testing to support safe plant operations and develop solutions to problems in heat transfer, fluid flow, electric power systems

Battery Safety

Testing to support safe design of batteries and electrical power backup facilities particularly to satisfy UL9540a ed.4

Hydrogen Safety

Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen

Spent Fuel

Safety analysis for packaging, transport, and storage of spent nuclear fuel

Decommissioning, Decontamination and Remediation (DD&R)

Safety analysis to underpin decommissioning process at facilities which have produced or used radioactive nuclear materials

Laboratory Testing & Software Capabilities

Bespoke testing and modeling services to validate analysis of DD&R processes

Nuclear Overview

Our Nuclear Services Group is recognized for comprehensive evaluations to help commercial nuclear power plants operate efficiently and stay compliant.

Severe Accident Analysis and Risk Assessment

Expert analysis of possible risk and consequences from nuclear plant accidents

Thermal Hydraulics

Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

Environmental Qualification (EQ) and Equipment Survivability (ES)

Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

Laboratory Testing & Software Capabilities

Testing and modeling services to support resolution of emergent safety issues at a power plant

Adiabatic safety calorimeters (ARSST and VSP2)

Low thermal inertial adiabatic calorimeters specially designed to provide directly scalable data that are critical to safe process design

Other Lab Equipment (DSC/ARC supplies, CPA, C80, Super Stirrer)

Products and equipment for the process safety or process development laboratory


Software for emergency relief system design to ensure safe processing of reactive chemicals, including consideration of two-phase flow and runaway chemical reactions


Facility modeling software mechanistically tracks transport of heat, gasses, vapors, and aerosols for safety analysis of multi-room facilities


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With over 40 years of industry expertise, we have a wealth of process safety knowledge to share.

Recent Posts

Are you "Cook Booking"? A Questioning Attitude Checklist

Posted by The Fauske Team on 05.02.16

In your company's Human Performance bag of tricks, there must be something that reminds each employee that he or she has a role and responsibility in error prevention, right?  One of the ways we like to drive that message home is by encouraging all to keep a questioning AND receptive attitude. 

"Cook-booking" of procedures (or, mindless compliance) and over-reliance on rules of thumb tend to promote an unthinking response to perceived simple problems and will eventually lead to rule-based errors.

A healthy questioning attitude will help improve recognition of actual or possible mistakes. Questioning_Att_-_0316..jpg

1. Before you start a test...

- Is there a better method to run the test?
- Is there a test appropriate for this type of test?
- Is the sample attached to the test specimen correctly?
- What are the expected results?
- If the sample or equipment breaks, will they create safety hazards and how then will we proceed?
- Are all safety concerns acknowledged?

2. If something unfamiliar occurs...

- Is it safe to be near the equipment/sample after a failure?
- If safe, are the results still valid?
- If not, how can we prevent or deal with this situation in the future?
- If the results are still valid, should we run it again anyway?
- If it is not safe, do we need to shut off the equipment or evacuate the area?
- How do we make the area safe?
- What went wrong?

3. When the definition of success is uncertain...

- What do the results actually mean in context of the use of the test sample?
- What factors could change the results of the tests?
- Which are the most important to the success of the test?

4. During the test review meetings...

- Are the results what were expected?
- If not, what could have caused the unexpected results?
- Did we learn a better way to perform the test or analyze the results?

As leaders in chemical process safety, nuclear plant safety as well as industrial plant, we stay vigilant in all things related to our own staff's safety as well as our customers.  Feel free to post the attached visual if it helps you and your team stay on track.  For more like this, visit our site's list of HuP (Human Performance) Tools. For more help, please call 630-323-8750

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