Dust Explosion

Originally delivered Jun 24, 2009
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Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent CSB recommendations, OSHA has introduced a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) and has greatly increased enforcement efforts. In this presentation, Dr. Timothy Myers provides the background on dust explosions, the elements required to cause them, and the types of materials that can fuel them. He reviews the current status of dust explosion regulations and consensus standards in the United States. He presents statistics of OSHA enforcement issues, including descriptions of the most frequently issued citations. He summarizes NFPA standards for the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions, including primary prevention methods.


Timothy Myers

Dr. Timothy Myers is an engineering consultant who assists clients in assessing combustible dust hazards in their facilities and developing mitigation methods.  

He is a member of several ASTM and NFPA committees responsible for standards related to assessing combustible dust and preventing and mitigating combustible dust fires and explosions. Dr. Myers has investigated catastrophic dust explosions that have occurred throughout the world. 

He has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California and is a licensed engineer in multiple states...Read more

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