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

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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

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

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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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Recent Posts

Why Authentic Nuclear, Chemical & Industrial Safety Communications Matters

Posted by The Fauske Team on 09.15.15

9-11 and lots of emotion and vulnerability hit us again on Friday. I was just finishing up a jam packed professional conference in Accident ManagementBoston with authors, speakers and comics Brené Brown, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Jonah Peretti, Aziz Ansari and Amy Shumer. I was a little concerned about flying home and looking out the window from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at the Boston World Trade Center while thinking that my next work blog was going to be a little more touchy feely than our usual expertise in nuclear and chemical process safety engineering and testing

This conference was attended by 15,000 creative marketing professionals from 70 countries and one surprising desire/theme was emanating from all participants and speakers  - as well as supporting data from Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google - the collective need for organic authenticity, or vulnerability in communications. Making a difference in the world matters to all of us and the only way to do this is to put yourself, warts and all, out there. In love, family, work and play. Shed that protective layer of sarcasm, that critical inner voice, that past disappointment.

Data now shows that "Inbound" marketing or communications (value driven or organically meaningful) vs traditional "outbound" methods (let me sell you what I've got) allows us to educate, build a relationship and connect.  You may or may not buy what I'm selling and that's ok.  Instead, you may be an advocate, an admirer or just a friend.  Perfectly great. Same should especially go for those of us in the safety industries.  You respect the information shared and not "sold" by professionals you aspire to be like, colleagues you respect, leaders, etc. LinkedIn provides one of the ideal locations to meet and discuss trends and information we find in Groups.  

So much is borne out of sharing.  There is a plethora of informative articles and blogs created out of failed experiments, severe accident lessons, triumphs, regulations, new trends, and so on.  Process, plant, chemical, industrial plant safety - every area involving runaway reactions, structural engineering, obsolesence, flammability, explosibility, hazards of any kind in the workplace - are reported best from the folks in the field. Insight from real folks in the trenches are what we crave, need and have to have to survive, learn and grow. Save that slick marketing piece as a parting piece if the customer asks for it.  Instead, make sure your actual engineers, field testers and certified experts are communicating their real experiences. 

Here's a couple of examples of this:

"Improving Communications Safety in Industrial Plants" from Industrial Fire World

"On the Wild Side at U.S. Nuclear Power Plants" from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission

And, an example from one of our own experts writing from his experience which became a 3-part series: 

Close Encounters of the AHJ Kind: Combustible Dust and the Authority Having Jurisdiction, P1

Sleeping With The Enemy: Combustible Dust and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), P2

 Do You Know THAT Guy?: Combustible Dust and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), P3

In the inspiring words of author Brene Brown, "Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path."

Tapping into our collective solemness on 9-11 shines the light on how important being our authentic selves is - not only wise for our own well being but is a responsibility for contributing our best to society. Find your joy and share your gifts. (Social media is a great tool for this in many ways.) This is how society grows - through our authentic, yes, vulnerable selves. Keep it real, folks.

By the way, the event aligned itself with the Malala Fund. Take your daughters, friends, yourself and go see the movie about this amazing and empowering young lady. http://www.malala.org. Here's the trailer to it :https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cug1-eTOVSk

For more information or to chat with us at Fauske & Associates, LLC, world leaders in nuclear and chemicla process safety, visit www.fauske.com, email afauske@fauske.com call AnnMarie at 630-887-5213

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