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

Recent Posts

How Maintenance Management Affects Process Safety Management

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 10.01.19

By Guest Blogger Bryan Christiansen

process safety managementFor an operation that deals with hazardous substances, the requirement to maintain proper Process Safety Management can be a heavy load. The PSM program forces the business to adhere to specific system practices. But these procedures instill sound business practices that improve the operation on more fronts than just safety. Risk reductions result in cost avoidance, but good operating methods improve efficiency and reduce downtime.

An effective PSM program involves the entire operation. As such, maintenance is key component of a PSM program. The maintenance team should be involved in any major PSM activity.

Among the practices that a PSM program drives are mechanical integrity, management of change process, pre-startup safety review, and incident investigation. These components require leadership or at least heavy involvement from the maintenance side. A strong maintenance management system must be in place for a proper PSM program.

Mechanical Integrity

As Mechanical Integrity (MI) is a required portion of PSM, programs have been in place for decades. The careful process of inspection and testing of critical process equipment has been worthwhile for many operations.

An MI program is enhanced heavily by an effective Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). This allows the business to keep its records up to date and maintain detailed information about its assets. As the business does not want to lose the history of its equipment and maintenance procedures, the CMMS can provide a great solution.

Of course, there can be a fine line to an MI program. You do not want your maintenance staff spending all their time testing the drinking fountain pipes, for example. The pressure to do more maintenance activities with less is always an issue for a maintenance manager.

This is where programs like Maintenance Optimization Modeling come in. This process develops a model of the process and its components. Using the model, an operation can optimize the maintenance schedule and spare parts for its critical equipment.

Pressure Management Systems

One of the most important parts of an MI system in a pressurized operating environment is the relief valve. This critical component is the “last line of defense” against rupture or explosion in many processes. Accordingly, it is vital to maintain them properly. It is also of considerable importance to utilize proper design parameters. To help with this process there are software solutions available.

MOC Participation

Management of Change (MOC) is a fundamental element of PSM. It is important to gather all stakeholders in each MOC meeting – this includes the the maintenance team. In voicing their opinions and concerns about the change, maintenance staff help to keep their jobs safer and easier. They also tend to present a more long-term approach in thinking, as they are the ones dealing with aging equipment every day. Longer term tactics help to drive future value to the operation.

Pre-Startup Safety Review

A Pre-Startup Safety Review (PSSR) acts as a final checklist ensuring proper safety of equipment before startup after a major change. It often is the last step on the MOC practice, and once more maintenance plays a vital role in this process. Following the appropriate steps and documenting them becomes a part of the forthcoming operation.


As incident investigation is another requirement of PSM, proper investigations will need to be conducted after any incidents. Again, the maintenance team will have to be involved with any equipment failures. The CMMS can also play a large role when digging up equipment records. A valuable investigation concludes with incident root cause determination. Subsequently when the root cause is corrected, the maintenance system often comes into play in either adding procedures or changing equipment. When root causes are corrected, the business often improves through more reliable operations.


Process Safety Management is not only an effective means of keeping workers safe, it also instills good business practices for an industrial operation. Maintenance management is key to a proper PSM program and helps to drive additional value out of the system.


Bryan Christiansen is the founder and CEO at Limble CMMS. Limble is a modern, easy to use mobile CMMS software that takes the stress and chaos out of maintenance by helping managers organize, automate, and streamline their maintenance operations.



Topics: Process Safety


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