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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Electrical Safety and Combustible Dust

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 04.10.18

A February '18 article in Plant Services highlighted the results of a survey regarding electrical safety in plants. "Electrical Safety Survey Results: Is your plant a safe plant? " is a study of 200 readers of the magazine. Nearly a third (29%) of those

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surveyed were either plant managers or maintenance managers. The survey asked questions about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), incidents, safety technologies, and other safety issues.

Interestingly, two of the questions in the survey directly related to combustible dust – namely, whether there was an effective dust mitigation plan and if there was sufficient grounding and bonding. Almost 27.1% saw dust mitigation as a medium to high risk, and 22.2% of respondents saw ineffective grounding as a medium to high risk.

“Faulty electrical, or electrical equipment not rated for the production environment, and static electricity are major ignition sources for dust cloud deflagrations and explosions," states Dr. Ashok Dastidar, PhD, MBA and Vice President of Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services - Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI). "Avoiding or mitigating these ignition sources will go a long way in reducing the risk of a catastrophic explosion. Our FAI On-Site Services team can identify these issues at your current (or proposed) facility and then help you strategize remedial administrative and engineered controls.”

Electrical Work at PlantFauske and Associates, LLC's On-Site Services team has performed 100’s of on-site assessments to address issues related to bonding, grounding and dust mitigation by performing Dust Hazard Assessments (DHAs) as well as Process Hazards Assessments (PHAs) - key tools in any Process Safety Management (PSM) plan. We also train professionals around the US through our two-day combustible dust training course, which helps professionals of all levels identify process risks and develop solutions.

More than 63% of respondents said they outsource testing. Basic tests for understanding whether your dusts are combustible, for example, are very low-cost and can rule out concerns related to explosion hazards. Many plant concerns can be tested in a managed budget approach. The key to managing potential risks is a regularly scheduled program of review and testing, regardless of your choice to handle your facility's safety needs internally or externally. NFPA 652 requires that any facility with a combustible dust perform a Dust Hazard Assessment (or DHA) at regular intervals to address potential risks arising from process or material changes. Ignoring possible risks or implement a plant safety plan including a regular schedule leads to long term problems and potentially hazardous operating conditions.

We encourage you to read the full survey. If you have questions about combustible dust, electrical hazards, DHAs, PHAs, PSMs or other facility safety concerns, please don’t hesitate to email us at or call us 630-323-8750.

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Topics: Combustible Dust, Process Safety, Nuclear


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