Dust Hazards

Most solid materials that can be ignited can form an explosive dust cloud if the particle size of the solid is small enough. Special attention should be pay to identification of accumulation of dust and powders in plants and to specified safe operating procedures for handling powders and dusts.

Unknown Aspects of Metal Dust Explosions

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
Dust explosions hazards have been addressed in a number of standards and guidelines aiming at supporting industry to work safely (including NFPA 61,...

Chemical Explosion Isolation For Small Contained Vessels

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 1, 2014
Particle size reduction equipment are used in many branches of the process industries, such as food, chemical, pharmaceutical and energy. According...

Lessons Learned From Fire in Air Supply Ducts

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
May 1, 2013
ABSTRACT Submitted for consideration to the 47 th LPS on Oct 31, 2012 Title: Lessons Learned from Fire in Air Supply Ducts Primary author: Al Waller...

Assessing the Hazard of Marginally Explosible Dusts

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
With the current focus on combustible dust hazards in industry, an increasing number of dusts are being tested by facilities to determine their...

Explosibility of Nano-Sized Metal Powders

AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 30, 2013
Industrial accidents in the metal processing industries are not uncommon. Some of these accidents are in the form of dust explosions or flash fires...

Fire From Iron

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Although the potential consequences of combustible dust explosions are becoming more widely known, the potential consequences of combustible dust...

Tutorial on Combustible Dust

Global Congress on Process Safety
Apr 3, 2012
Recent catastrophic dust explosions, the combustible dust National Emphasis Program (NEP), and OSHA proposed rulemaking, have increased awareness of...

Ignition of Dust Layers by Mechanical Sparks

Global Congress on Process Safety
Mar 14, 2011
Dust explosions represent a considerable safety risk in process industry. Statistical records of dust explosions show that 32.7 % of these explosions...

Dust Explosions

AIChE Webinar
Jun 24, 2009
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to...

Dust Explosion Control

eLearning (online) Course
CSB has made recommendations that should help prevent dust explosions, and this certificate is based on these recommendations.

Combustible Dust Hazards: Dust Explosions

Instructor-led (classroom) Course
This course covers the knowledge and tools necessary to examine your workplace for the hazards, assess protection needs, and to respond efficiently...

Guidelines for Safe Handling of Powders and Bulk Solids

November, 2004
Powders and bulk solids, handled widely in the chemical, pharmaceutical, agriculture, smelting, and other industries present unique fire, explosion, and toxicity hazards. Indeed, substances which are practically inert in consolidated form may become quite hazardous when converted to powders and...

Managing Dust Explosion Hazards

Vahid Ebadat
Companies that handle powders or other particulate solids need to be aware of the potential for fire and explosions, and follow industry best practices, codes and standards to manage the risk.

Is Your Dust Collection System An Explosion Hazard?

Vahid Ebadat
The prevalence of dust explosions in dust collection units may be due to the fact that the hazards posed by the powders handled are not fully understood or that explosion preventive and protective control measures are insufficient or absent. This...

Addressing the Hazards of Data Omission from MSDSs

James C. Mulligan
If certain chemicals lack physical hazards data, suppliers must be proactive to keep workers safe. Here’s how to determine dust flammability and reactivity data for inclusion on MSDSs.

Addressing Combustible Dust Hazards

Back To Basics
Judy Perry, Michelle Murphy, Molly R. Myers
Facilities that handle or generate dusts are at risk for explosions and flash fires. Follow this approach to understand and mitigate your combustible dust hazards.
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