Dust Explosion Case: Lessons Learned & Risk Reduction Strategies - NFPA 652 in practice

Dust explosions pose significant risks to industries handling combustible particulate materials, presenting catastrophic consequences in terms of loss of life, property, and environmental damage. This presentation aims to explore the science behind dust explosions, drawing insights from a real dust explosion case study, and highlighting key lessons learned to improve industrial safety measures, with particular reference to NFPA A 652 Standard on Combustible Dust.

The presentation will commence with an introduction to the fundamental principles of dust explosions, emphasizing the critical elements that contribute to their occurrence, such as dust cloud concentration, particle size, and ignition sources. 

Next, the presentation will delve into a selected real dust explosion case study, which will be analyzed to identify the root causes and contributing factors leading to the incident. The case study will be a real-life event from the recent past, illustrating the potential consequences of inadequate safety measures and negligence. 

The core focus of the presentation will be on the lessons extracted from the dust explosion case study and how these are interpreted in NFPA 652 Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.  These lessons will cover a range of topics, including dust hazard analysis, risk management, facility design, engineering controls, preventative maintenance, and emergency response protocols. 

The presentation will conclude with an exploration of best practices and preventative strategies to mitigate dust explosion hazards. Utilizing insights gained, the presenter will offer practical recommendations and guidelines that industries can implement to enhance safety standards and minimize the likelihood of dust explosions.

By implementing recommended preventive and protection strategies such as those prescribed in NFPA 652, industries can aspire to create safer working environments and effectively prevent future dust explosion tragedies.

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand how dust explosions propagate and escalate, making them a latent threat across various industries.
  2. Grasp the severity and complexity of dust explosion hazards in a practical scenario.
  3. Enhance knowledge of dust explosions by combining scientific concepts with real-life applications.
  4. Understand in overview the requirements of NFPA 652 for the management of combustible dust fire and explosion hazards, and the “Dust Hazard Assessment (DHA)” requirement that targets explosible dust issues. 

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: October 12, 2023
: 2:00PM ET - 1:00PM CT - 11:00AM PT


Senior Process Safety Specialist, Stonehouse Process Safety
Steven Luzik has over 40 years of experience in fire and explosion hazards, including dust explosions, gas/vapor explosions, and fire and explosion protection strategies. He is a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) with the National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI). He has conducted on-site process safety assessments and audits at hundreds of industrial facilities and frequently provides training in the combustible dust and flammable gas and vapor arena. He has also investigated numerous high-profile fire and explosion incidents internationally and provided expert witness services in the arena of process safety, incident investigations and OSHA inspections at client sites.  For more information, call: 609-455-0001, email: [email protected], Web: www.stonehousesafety.com


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Nilfisk helps industrial manufacturers meet their cleaning requirements and challenges with an extensive range of certified, high-performance, HEPA filter industrial vacuum cleaners. The company’s vacuums are equipped with industry-specific features, efficient filtration systems, and a wide range of accessories including overhead cleaning of dust and debris on overhead pipes. Nilfisk also offers floor scrubbers and sweepers and high pressure washers. www.nilfisk.us

EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides Combustible Dust Testing & Dust Characterization services.  Our labs also provide Indoor Air Quality, Microbiological and Environmental Testing. www.emsl.com

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