Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion and reactivity hazards

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Gas and Vapor

Laboratory testing to quantify explosion hazards for vapor and gas mixtures

Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations
Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen
Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Thermal Stability

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

Adiabatic Calorimetry
Data demonstrate the consequences of process upsets, such as failed equipment or improper procedures, and guide mitigation strategies including Emergency Relief System (ERS) design
Reaction Calorimetry
Data yield heat and gas removal requirements to control the desired process chemistry
Battery Safety

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

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Cable Testing
Evaluate electrical cables to demonstrate reliability and identify defects or degradation
Equipment Qualification (EQ)
Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions
Water Hammer
Analysis and testing to identify and prevent unwanted hydraulic pressure transients in process piping
Acoustic Vibration
Identify and eliminate potential sources of unwanted vibration in piping and structural systems
Gas & Air Intrusion
Analysis and testing to identify and prevent intrusion of gas or air in piping systems
ISO/IEC 17025:2017

Fauske & Associates fulfills the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in the field of Testing

ISO 9001:2015
Fauske & Associates fulfills the requirements of ISO 9001:2015
Dust Hazards Analysis
Evaluate your process to identify combustible dust hazards and perform dust explosion testing
On-Site Risk Management
On-site safety studies can help identify explosibility and chemical reaction hazards so that appropriate testing, simulations, or calculations are identified to support safe scale up
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 safely handle the effluent discharge from an overpressure event

FATE™ & Facility Modeling

FATE (Facility Flow, Aerosol, Thermal, and Explosion) is a flexible, fast-running code developed and maintained by Fauske and Associates under an ASME NQA-1 compliant QA program.

Mechanical, Piping, and Electrical
Engineering and testing to support safe plant operations and develop solutions to problems in heat transfer, fluid, flow, and electric power systems
Hydrogen Safety
Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen
Thermal Hydraulics
Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions
Nuclear Safety
Our Nuclear Services Group is recognized for comprehensive evaluations to help commercial nuclear power plants operate efficiently and stay compliant
Radioactive Waste
Safety analysis to underpin decomissioning process at facilities which have produced or used radioactive nuclear materials
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 and Parts for the DSC/ARC/ARSST/VSP2 Calorimeters

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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Beyond Zero Injuries and The Sticky Note

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 11.19.19

Scientist in safety gearIn a recent issue of Safety & Health Magazine from the National Safety Council, author and speaker Bill Sims Jr. penned "Beyond Zero Injuries".

In the article, Sims shares a story to illustrate how he differs from most experts who consider "Zero Injuries" the impervious goal of all work place safety programs. After one doubter challenged Sims he shared, " The BP Horizon rig ran for seven years with zero injuries and handed out safety awards one morning. That night, 11 men would die and CNN would report 390 maintenance items were neglected for repair on that rig. So how well did zero injuries work for BP?"

The point is made that zero at-risk behaviors are the goal - "from the management system and the workers in an interdependent culture where safety is never second to profits," states Sims. "Until leaders understand that there is a level of safety beyond zero, they will be stuck on the dreaded 'hockey stick plateau' in their safety performance".

Group Safety Meeting Using Sticky NotesHe suggests every six-month safety meetings should include a pile of sticky notes. Ask employees "What's the next serious injury we will have? Where will it occur? What time of day?" Employees should then put their sticky notes on a wall grouped in clusters by where and when the injury will occur. "By finding the biggest clusters of sticky notes - that's probably where you next serious injury will occur," concludes Sims.

I might add the "three-thoughts" rule. This is what I call the ability to think about someone three times over a short period of time and suddenly the phone rings... or, you know you need to call and check on that person - because inevitability, something's up. How many times do we perform an activity at work, whether its conducting a test, walking a certain path or carrying a piece of equipment and something occurs to us to make it better, or safer? If its more than once, say something. If its 3 times, say it loud!

Knockout TankIn the business of nuclear and chemical process safety engineering and testing, we constantly examine conditions and variables, setting and patterns - often, we advise and remind customers that with each variable change, your safety test has to change, too. Fine particulates in a combustible dust, for example, may test differently by batch and particle size. In sizing pressure relief devices for reactive chemicals, knockout tanks may not be sized correctly to accommodate effluent handling. Quantifying reaction rates and the resulting flow regime from an upset scenario is the first step. Then, relief devices and piping can be sized. Here, knockout tanks (used to separate liquid from vapor in a two-phase relief situation) are important and we notice that customers often use inadequately sized tanks for upset conditions - either by habit, assumptions or equipment limitation. (A knockout tank that is the same size as a reactor or storage tank is often incapable of effectively serving its purpose. As a rule of thumb for reactive upset scenarios, knockout tanks typically need to be 2 to 4 times the volume of the process vessel that is expected to relieve into it.) These are just some examples.

So, would you put sticky notes on your daily "habits", assumptions or equipment that cause you to pause 3 times in a short period? How would that look? Place sticky notes on your office or lab door as it occurs – a place of prominence for you and others? Write up a weekly summary or share in your weekly meeting?

As process safety engineers, we believe sticky note exercises in a group every six months is a great idea for many organizations. Frequency depending on variables such as staff and equipment changes can be increased.

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