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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What is a Facility Siting Assessment?

Posted by Fauske & Associates on 07.19.19

A site assessment can involve a number of cross discipline elements to assess the costs, risks and health of the occupants. The various elements focus on the identification of hazards, the characterization of those hazards and delivering a mitigation strategy.

Facility Siting Assessment TeamSiting Assessment Elements

  • Facility Siting
  • Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)
  • Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA)
  • Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)
  • Quantitative Risk Assessment (ALARP)
  • Security Strategy Review

Facility siting assessments engineering firms evaluate the potential damage that a workplace explosion, fire, or release of toxic chemical could cause to every occupied building in the work area. Many safety standards (including OSHA 19 29 CFR 1910.119) require that facility siting is addressed as part of the process hazard analysis.

Facility siting assessments are beneficial when:

  • Designing/Modifying Buildings/Unit Operations Layouts
  • Evaluating Location of Air-intake for HVAC Systems
  • Developing Risk Mitigation Strategies

A proper siting analysis considers the hazards that are specific to the identified workplace and evaluates the risk in the context of the environmental conditions of the existing or proposed work site. A key task is identifying credible worst case scenarios. These may include:

  • Dust Hazard / Explosion Analysis
  • Jet Fire Risk Analysis
  • General Fire Risk Analysis
  • Liquid Release to Vapor Cloud Analysis
  • Atmospheric Relief Dispersion Analysis
  • Combustible Gas Analysis in Rooms and Compartments
  • Asphyxiant Concentration
  • Pure Oxygen Release and Migration
  • Chemical Compatibility in the Event of Unintended Chemical Communication

Process Hazards Analysis (PHA)

A PHA is a systematic evaluation of the hazards involved in a process and is required for initiation of a process and for ongoing process operations. Process safety/nuclear safety engineering and testing lab offers a full range of PHA services using a variety of techniques including:

  • Hazard and Operability (HAZOP) Analysis
  • What-if Checklists
  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Quantitative Risk Assessments (such as layer of protection analysis)

Fire Risk Assessment (FRA)

Performing a quantitative fire/explosion hazard analyzes the facility’s vulnerabilities to fire by identifying, characterizing, and partitioning ignition sources as well as evaluating mitigation strategies and proposing potential recommendations.

Quantitative Risk Assessment (ALARP)

As Low As Reasonably Practicable (ALARP) is a decision-making logic that, when applied correctly in quantitative risk assessments, results in actions or designs balanced between benefit and cost or effort. The ALARP concept requires applying the notions of reasonability and practicability. It is difficult to clearly define what is reasonable and practicable, but simply put, the process of assessing the risks to be ALARP is an assessment of the safety benefits against the expense of implementing the option to determine if the level of risk is tolerable.

Facility Siting Assessment
The ALARP Principle - Balancing the Expenses and Benefits

Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)

A full service process safety engineering lab and testing service offers a wide range of DHA services to support a variety of industries including combustible dust testing, onsite assessments, OSHA and NFPA compliance assistance, audit preparation, training, ignition source evaluation and vent sizing calculations.

Security Strategy Review

Security strategy support from initial development to upgrades/reviews of target set analyses, vulnerability assessments, security system specifications and strategy reviews in order for facilities to protect critical infrastructure elements from adversary attacks in a cost effective manner provide key reviews.
Look for a process safety and nuclear safety engineering lab and testing service with extensive experience in evaluating, characterizing, and mitigating identified hazards. A legacy to support hazards analysis and the systems used to mitigate those hazards, starting with its inception as a leading member of the Design Institute for Emergency Relief Sizing (DIERS), part of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE). A comprehensive service offering includes the ability to evaluate both facility plans and existing facility locations for hazards, and is complemented by extensive laboratory testing suite and simulation/modelling capabilities. Staff should be well positioned to address a variety of different hazards across multiple industries.
If you are interested in reading more abut dust hazards analysis, check out our 3 step approach by clicking below. 
FAI's 3 Step Approach to DHA

Topics: Combustible Dust, Process Hazards Analysis, Testing


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