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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Recent Posts

Weighing In On Balancing Knowledge And Action To Combat Dust Hazards

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 11.05.18

By Sara Peters, Customer Specialist, Fauske & Associates, LLC

Combustible Dust ControlRecently, the US Chemical and Safety Board’s (CSB) revealed that their investigation into the May 2017 explosion at Didion Milling Company in Cambria Wisconsin exposed an industry wide issue that underscores multiple recent dust related incidents. It revealed what seems to be a wide spread disparity in understanding among workers in dust producing facilities regarding the hazards of combustible dust as well as when/how much dust in a facility is perceived to be a problem. In light of the understanding gap and the ongoing incidence of such tragic events, the CSB issued a call to action to explore this further.

This call to action asks those impacted by dust including companies, workers, regulators, safety experts, etc. to answer some basic questions addressing matters related to how much dust respondents consider too much/unsafe. Are dust hazards effectively communicated across organizations? Are workers provided adequate guidance for prioritizing competing/conflicting standards regarding combustible dust control? How effective is communication regarding the hazards of combustible dust? All of this is information important to the evaluation of a facility’s safety procedures, but one key area that seems to have been overlooked for consideration is how risk factors into the equation.

Dr. Ashok Dastidar, Vice President, Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services states, “The questions that the CSB are asking offer insight into the misunderstandings and knowledge gaps regarding the dangers combustible dust poses. It’s important to remember, however, that a hazard is inherent to a material, but the risk related to that material has to do with the manner and environment in which it is used. An effective safety program needs to incorporate information addressing both.”

Dr. Dastidar reiterates the benefit of dust hazard analyses as required by NFPA 652 as an effective means to evaluate risks in a facility stating, “Understanding how we can create a stronger awareness regarding the hazards of dust will enhance our ability to educate those affected by it. But, following the proper steps to characterize dust and addressing the unique variables creating risk in each individual situation through a dust hazard analysis (DHA) should still be a first step in developing a process safety plan.”

The takeaway here should be that mitigating the possibility of a combustible dust event requires an effective mix of action combined with education and communication. This call to action is a worthy conversation starter but can only impact change if the lessons are used to implement a more mindful approach to combustible dust control.

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