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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Process Safety Newsletter

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

Recent Posts

Compliance, Proactivity and Leadership in Plant Safety

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 04.17.18

Recently, I came across an interesting article and model offered in "Solving the Right Problems: A Simple Model to Take Your Organization Beyond Compliance" featured in The Synergist. Author Matt Adams provides an excellent "EHSQ Maturity Curve" visual model where organizations or operations proceed along an upward trajectory from Compliance, to Proactivity to Leadership. 

Problem SolvingEnvironmental, health and safety, and quality (EHSQ) professionals and other plant safety and facility operations professionals can benefit from a guideline to organize, prioritize and focus on the tasks needed to take them beyond compliance into a "way of life" or cultural and procedural norm.

Adams points out that when it comes to determining whether to solve a problem now or later, it can be made more easily when a process is in place. In the first Compliance Stage, an understanding of governing organizations is defined - from OSHA and EPA, to local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) as well as any and all tracking methodologies. Identifying any blind spots or roadblocks to compliance is key whether personnel, procedural or resource driven. Also, consider different tactics in varying locations to achieve goals - not everything can be done in the same order across facilities. Metrics including lagging indicators provide important information.

Finally, Adams aptly states, "the culture formed in the Compliance stage is the foundation of the rest of your EHSQ program. If your organization has individual sites or groups that haven't accepted the importance of compliance, focus all resources on mitigation of those risks before spending time and money trailblazing at other facilities or within other departments."

The Proactivity Stage is the second and focuses on systems to maintain compliance. With this firmly under control, the organization in this stage can focus on staying ahead of potential hazards, keeping management buy-in sharp and fully engaging employees. This may include incentive programs to keep efforts active.

The final stage is Leadership. Benchmarking is an art form from organization to organization, site to site. Staying current but consistent can be tricky but finding that cutting edge or tech savvy metric to suit will go a long way. As Adams says, "in the Leadership stage, operations are pushing the boundaries of accepted practices and innovating within their EHSQ programs."

Continuous change will always be part of an organization and effect it's facility's safety. By considering this model, the living breathing organism that is a work place stays well fed, groomed, safe and agile.

Process Hazards Assesments (PHAs), Dust Hazard Assessments (DHAs) and overall Process Safety Management (PSM) plans can be helpful tools in all of these three stages. Just some of the available tools in an arsenal for your organization's plant safety or facility safety needs. If you have any questions or would like to discuss, please contact us at, 630-323-8750.

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