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

JHAs, JSAs, PHAs, DHAs... All Things Safety Hazard and Process Safety

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 08.16.16

The August issue of Safety + Health Magazine includes an informative piece "Job Hazard Analysis/Job Safety Analysis: Procedure Goes By Various Names But Reaps Many Benefits, Proponents Say". Since our work in the process chemical and nuclear safety engineering industries includes Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) and Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA), the look at Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) and Job Safety Analysis (JSA) is obviously, akin. To throw another acronym in the mix - Process Safety Management (PSM) should be included in this important list of tools.fauske-16-42_1.jpg

What do all these tools do? Identify, prevent and mitigate possible accidents and injury. Whether the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) is the National Safety Council (NSC), Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), ASTM, European Committee for Standardization (EN, REACH) etc., the most important step for all, is a process.  

  • From beginning to end, every worker entering a lab, a workshop, a plant should have a procedure.  
  • Every test and task should have a procedure.
  • This does not need to be an extensive load of paperwork.  In fact, it should be simple and clear.  It should be reviewed in writing as well as visually and verbally. 
  • Every procedure needs a set review time - a week, a month, a year.  This is vital.  
  • Every procedure should involve the worker'(s') direct input and feedback. 

Being in the unique position as an engineering lab that conducts testing specifically for runaway reactions and severe accident prevention worldwide, you can imagine there are quite a few among us who thrive on considering all possible worst case scenarios for every situation. Temperature, materials, air quality, vacuums and other elemental considerations, liquids, gases, vapors, human behavior, possible equipment behaviors and movements, even anticipation of the unknown (say, a customer or co-worker enters your lab or work area unexpectedly - do they need safety goggles or gear? Have they contaminated the area or a procedure?)

Speaking of someone walking into your work area - let others from your organization routinely in as part of your procedures.  If you bring coworkers in from other departments in the form of a team building activity/tour you accomplish a couple of things:

1)  Provides fresh eyes on routines and behaviors ("Hey, that flooring looks slippery, do you ever get spills there?)
2)  Includes, motivates and educates personnel in the team approach to safety and your company's altruistic safety goals.  
3)  Reinforces existing procedures.

If you are diligent and document, you will most likely cover all AHJs concerns.  This becomes the norm, the lifestyle and the meaning of your work.  

For more information regarding PHAs, PSM, DHAs and more, please contact me at, 630-887-5213.

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