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
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Fauske & Associates fulfills the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017 in the field of Testing

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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

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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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Safety Training to Prevent Severe Accidents - The Next Generation

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 06.23.16
In the June 2016 issue of, Editor in Chief Mark Rosenweig writes an informative piece, "Achieve Better Safety Training: New Interactive videos put participants in the midst of an event". The article focuses on safety training to prevent incident/accident hindsight bias.
IChemE Safety Center (ISC) in Melbourne, Australia is among the first to tackle effective safety training by using real case scenario video whereby trainees have to make decisions in actual situations.  
Per Rosenweig's interview of ISC Director Trish Kerin, “'Once the context is set, the events that led up to the incident start to unfold. At suitable points in the story, the audience are given a chance to make a pivotal decision… the facilitator then discusses the audience decision before restarting the video to see what decision was made by the people involved in the real event. Each case study typically has three decisions to be made. Interestingly, the participants often make the same decisions that were made in the real event. This can be a very eye-opening experience for the participants,'
The ISC hopes that engaging the audience in the incident in this way will lead to better retention of the lessons learned."
Especially, if done in tandem with a complete facility/plant safety hazard assessment per all Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and relevant regulatory agencies such as Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA), National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), National Emphasis Program (NEP), European Standards (EN) and, so on.  
For privacy reasons, we cannot reveal many of our customers real case scenarios - and, quite often, we are brought in to prevent accidents/recurring accidents in the first place.  If videos simulations can encourage true reaction, discussion and "emotion" in the moment, then actions can be observed and modified.  The appeal is also in that it can especially engage the kinesthetic/tactile learner versus just the auditory or visual in the form of a lecture.
Writes Rosenweig per Kerin: "'The ISC launch includes three case studies: “A Tank Farm,” “A Gas Plant” and “A Coal Mine.” Each one costs £250 (about $365) and consists of a series of short videos totaling 35–40 minutes as well as facilitation notes, all on a USB memory stick. The ISC opted for videos to ensure consistent presentation of material and foster reuse of the training tool. The package is designed for companies to use internally without having to bring in outside specialists.
Each case study has key learning points that are relevant regardless of the industry you work in. For example, ‘A Coal Mine’ focuses on engineering decision-making and risk assessment, whereas ‘A Gas Plant’ focuses on operational decision-making,” Kerin notes. “The videos take the time to explain how the facilities work, so no pre-knowledge is necessary.'”
Way to go. Look forward to further incorporating our existing computer modeling and prevention probabilities methodologies with real case video scenarios. 
For more information regarding PHAs, DHAs, PSMs, Seismic/Structural Walkdowns and severe accident prevention programs and testing, contact Zach Hachmeister, Director of Business & Services at 630-887-5223 or  

Topics: Combustible Dust, Process Safety, Reactive Chemicals, Nuclear


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