May 16

Northcentral Technical College

Workplace combustible dust related fires and explosions occur with alarming regularity throughout the global grain, mining, manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors. Historically, many of these non-consequential incidents have escalated into catastrophic events. Subsequently, this educational seminar will provide stakeholders with the basic knowledge and skills in minimizing the probability of occurrence and severity of consequence of future combustible dust related incidents. This training will assist stakeholders in developing a comprehensive dust control and ignition management program in minimizing combustible dust related incidents from occurring. Prevention of future incidents begins with a robust hazard prevention and mitigation framework consisting of a facility risk assessment, written combustible dust program and hazard communication. Key aspects of the seminar are identifying, evaluating and controlling combustible dust hazards in addition to providing guidance in conducting facility inspections and risk assessments. Facility owners and managers concerns in reducing the probability of a catastrophic secondary explosion include good housekeeping, employee training, maintenance and management of ignition sources. The combustible dust seminar will discuss the importance of these topics in conjunction to referencing best industry practices from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) combustible dust standards. Best industry practices include engineering controls for deflagration suppression, deflagration isolation, and explosion venting in the mitigation of combustible dust explosions.