Course Description

Combustible Dust Hazards: Assessment, Prevention and Protection

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Course ID 2828

In-Person Course

Who Should Attend?
This one-day course will benefit staff with an interest in process safety, EH&S, process design, and operations including plant management, technical staff, supervisors and maintenance personnel.

It is especially relevant to those who work in the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, bulk and fine chemicals, food, plastics, metals, textiles, paper, lumber, agrochemicals, dyes and paints.

Course Description
Dust explosions occur in a wide range of industrial sectors and often lead to injury, lost production and sometime fatalities. Powders form explosible dust clouds when the particle size is small, moisture content is low, and the concentration of dust in the atmosphere falls between certain critical limits. Such conditions are routinely found inside the material handling/processing equipment, which is where explosions frequently begin - but most damage and injury result when the explosion forces break free of the process plant.

Measures can be taken to reduce the likelihood of dust explosion occurring in your process plant and a variety of safeguarding measures are available to control explosion forces if a dust explosion does occur. But in all cases, it is critical to be able to answer the question, ‘why is my plant safe’, which introduces the concept of ‘Basis of Safety’ – i.e. the identification of a clear reason why plant can safely operate without risk to people, equipment and the business. A central backbone to the course is the work of The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), which has recognized the common threads through all its existing dust-hazard-related standards and sought to consolidate the best general practices for all combustible solids, irrespective of industry and powder/dust type, in the new NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.

This intensive, one-day course will demonstrate the practical techniques available for both preventing dust explosions and protecting people and facilities from their effects based on the requirements of NFPA 652. It employs a systematic approach to dust explosion hazard assessment directed towards obtaining a ‘Basis of Safety’ for a process.

Course Director
Vahid Ebadat, Ph.D., M.Ins.Phys., MIET, C.Phys., CEO of Stonehouse Process Safety, Inc.

Vahid Ebadat has worked extensively as a process and operational safety consultant for the processing industries including chemical, pharmaceutical, food, wood, pulp & paper, and metal. Dr. Ebadat is a regular speaker at training courses on gas and vapor flammability, dust explosions, and controlling electrostatic hazards. He has been a member of NFPA 77 Technical Committee on Static Electricity, NFPA 654 Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particular Solids and ASTM E27 Committee on Hazard Potential of Chemicals. Dr. Ebadat’s research has culminated in the publication of numerous technical papers and articles.

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