Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion & reactivity hazards

Flammable Gas & Vapor Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify explosion hazards for vapor and gas mixtures

Chemical Reactivity Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify reactive chemical hazards, including the possibility of material incompatibility, instability, and runaway chemical reactions

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 safety handle the effluent discharge from an overpressure event

Thermal Stability

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

UN-DOT

Classification of hazardous materials subject to shipping and storage regulations

Safety Data Sheets

Develop critical safety data for inclusion in SDS documents

Biological

Model transport of airborne virus aerosols to guide safe operations and ventilation upgrades

Radioactive

Model transport of contamination for source term and leak path factor analysis

Fire Analysis

Model transport of heat and smoke for fire analysis

Flammable or Toxic Gas

transport of flammable or toxic gas during a process upset

OSS consulting, adiabatic & reaction calorimetry and consulting

Onsite safety studies can help identify explosibility and chemical reaction hazards so that appropriate testing, simulations, or calculations are identified to support safe scale up

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Engineering and testing to support safe plant operations and develop solutions to problems in heat transfer, fluid flow, electric power systems

Battery Safety

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

Hydrogen Safety

Testing and consulting on the explosion risks associated with devices and processes which use or produce hydrogen

Spent Fuel

Safety analysis for packaging, transport, and storage of spent nuclear fuel

Decommissioning, Decontamination and Remediation (DD&R)

Safety analysis to underpin decommissioning process at facilities which have produced or used radioactive nuclear materials

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Bespoke testing and modeling services to validate analysis of DD&R processes

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Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

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Testing and analysis to ensure that critical equipment will operate under adverse environmental conditions

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Testing and modeling services to support resolution of emergent safety issues at a power plant

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

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Products and equipment for the process safety or process development laboratory

FERST

Software for emergency relief system design to ensure safe processing of reactive chemicals, including consideration of two-phase flow and runaway chemical reactions

FATE

Facility modeling software mechanistically tracks transport of heat, gasses, vapors, and aerosols for safety analysis of multi-room facilities

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New Approach to DHAs: 7 Steps to Tackling Combustible Dust

Posted by The Fauske Team on 04.25.19

You've been tasked with overseeing potential dust hazards at your plant and/or you need to be ready for Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and/or you have the unusual task of CONVINCING your leadership team or purchasing department that dust hazards testing is not only necessary, but vital to facility safety as well as their bottom line.

Clearing dustWhat if you could provide a thoughtful way to tackle this task while beginning small (financially) and evaluating larger scale needs, if necessary? 

Here's a new, innovative approach to getting your dusty ducks in a row. Utilize an independent engineering and testing lab to facilitate:

  1. Training /teaching/ facilitating your team to perform DHA’s
  2. A turnkey approach with corrective actions detailed to close gaps identified by team consensus
  3. A core team to develop and complete a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) with corrective actions with the help of a trained facilitator
  4. Working as a team to assess your Combustible Dust processes using a "What if/Checklist" approach
  5. Completing documentation provided at end of visit for insurance or regulatory audits assembled in an organized structure
  6. This training and process, which is cost and time effective and scalable to any size company
  7. Processes which align directly with NFPA standards - providing clear references to NFPA standards 

Engineers in mechanical factory reading instructionsBenefits

Turnkey process with management closeout and a deliverable document at the end of the visit:

  • Involves the plant staff (ownership of process by the plant)
  • Educates/trains staff of facility in the basics of dust hazards, how risk assessment tools are used and what to look for
  • Provides practical approach to identifying dust hazards
  • Raises the awareness level of dust hazards
  • Puts easy to use tools in hands of your staff to further assess additional areas of combustible dust risks at your facility
  • Provides actionable corrective actions with assigned responsibilities and target dates
  • Team agrees upon corrective action items
  • Completes a full DHA, organized with supporting documentation at the end of the visit
  • Provides more personnel buy-in and is both timely and cost effective over traditional DHA processes
  • Prevents lengthy delays receiving and reading through reports
  • Provides easy to read report outlining process, gaps, and corrective actions
  • Yields actionable corrective items required to be NFPA compliant

Remind your leadership that per NFPA 652, the owner/operator of the facility is responsible for:

  1. Characterizing combustible materials
  2. Identifying hazards and risks of combustible dust
  3. Mitigating those hazards
  4. Communicating hazards to the workforce

manufacturing processes notebookAny modifications to an existing process with costs that exceed 25% of the original installation costs requires a DHA. All existing facilities handling combustible dust must have a DHA completed (Deadline is September 2020).

Remember, too, that simple Go/No-Go tests are inexpensive and a way to get the ball rolling. The sooner your DHA program becomes part of your company's DNA, the more prepared you will be to meet regulations with the added benefit of education and inclusion.  

Fauske & Associates, LLC recently developed a case study on a combustible dust explosion at a processing plant. We break down our approach to risk based inspection that was implemented to mitigate future hazards. Download the case study by clicking below.


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Topics: Combustible dust, NFPA 652, nuclear

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