Course Description

Electrostatic Hazards: Assess, Control and Mitigate Risks

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Course ID 2829

In-Person Course

Who Should Attend?
This intensive, one day course will benefit professionals in management, technical, operations and maintenance that are involved with process safety, EH&S, process design, operations and maintenance.

Personnel working within the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, oil and gas, food, plastic & rubber, metals, textiles, wood & paper and agrochemicals who desire a more in depth and practical understanding of electrostatic hazards will find this training extremely worthwhile.

Course Description
Many processes and operations in a chemical plant involve handling and processing of liquids and powders, most of which could under certain conditions be flammable. Flammable gas, vapor, and dust cloud atmospheres can be ignited if a sufficiently energetic ignition source is present. One potential ignition source that, in many cases could be an inherent part of the process/operation is an electrostatic discharge. Electrostatic discharges result from the generation and accumulation of electrostatic charges. Electrostatic charge generation most commonly occurs whenever two materials, liquids and/or solids, make and then break contact with each other. The accumulation of the electrostatic charge can result in the creation of electrostatic discharges.

This accredited, one-day training will present how electrostatic hazards can be systematically assessed and explains the measures that can be taken to control static and thus mitigate the risk of flash fires and explosions. Discussions and demonstrations will include how and where electrostatic charge is generated, how to analyze static problems, and how to apply effective solutions. Practical static control techniques will be illustrated by examining case histories of explosion incidents investigated by the course instructor.

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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