Combustible Dust Testing

Laboratory testing to quantify dust explosion and reactivity hazards

Safety Data Sheets

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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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Recent Posts

Operational Discipline: Minimizing Human Error

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 01.21.20



A recent article in Chemical Processing written by James A. Klein of ABSG Consulting Inc. describes the concept of operational discipline (OD) and how it relates to the performance of employees and the procedures in the workplace. Organizations can institute operational discipline programs which help reduce incidents caused by human error and lead to a more productive working environment.

The key takeaway when it comes to the idea of operational discipline—and critical to process safety management—is that each individual must have a commitment to following procedure correctly in every instance of work throughout the day, or more simply put, everyone doing things the right way every time. Although this may sound like an unachievable goal, due to people naturally wanting to find shortcuts or easier ways to carry out tasks, operational discipline programs can help bring an organization closer to perfect performance.

There are always going to be factors that are beyond control. Despite this, an organization can implement operational discipline programs and take the right steps to improve the things that are controllable, such as minimizing risk and improving the procedures taking place on a day to day basis.

Anticipation of human error is something that can vastly reduce the number of accidents and increase overall productivity in a facility. The author lists some of the causes of human error as being human fallibility, complacency, training issues, familiarity with the work being done, and lack of risk recognition - all of which can be found in the workplace to some degree. The implementation of operational discipline programs and practices can help facilities to be mindful of these things in order to help reduce them.

Operational discipline is something that only works if every member in the organization is on board, actively contributing to the betterment of the processes and safety in the workplace.

Klein writes that "A program must focus on both organizational and personal OD". The development of a program that is going to affect all employees must contain things that are both enforceable at the organizational level but include things that the individual employee is mindful of and can monitor themselves.

As a guide, there is a provided list of concepts for both organizations and individuals that can help generate an operational discipline strategy. At the organizational level, there is mention of a leadership focus and employee engagement. These factors are things that will become a part of the organization’s culture over time and will influence the behavior of every employee in the workplace. On a more personal level, there is a focus on employee knowledge and commitment which requires the individual to put forth the effort in order to be successful, but if the culture surrounding the employee supports this kind of effort then it is more likely that the employee will put forth the effort.

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