Combustible Dust: From Sparks to Fires to Explosions Identifying Precursors to Catastrophic Events

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This webinar occurred on:  July 10, 2013

Since the 2009 introduction of OSHA’s proposed combustible dust rulemaking following the 2008 Imperial Sugar Refinery catastrophic dust explosion, a regulation has not been finalized. In the interim, Congress has acted with the February 2013 reintroduction of a proposed combustible dust bill, “Worker Protection Against Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires Act (H.R. 691),” which directs OSHA to immediately publish an interim combustible dust regulation.

A problem arises in both the proposed OSHA combustible dust rulemaking process and reintroduced combustible dust bill in that neither acknowledges the multitude of “near miss” combustible dust related fires, precursors to catastrophic dust explosions and flash fires. In 2013 a preliminary analysis by the Combustible Dust Policy Institute (CDPI) of National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) 2011 data provided by the National Fire Data Center at the U.S. Fire Administration indicated over 500 combustible dust related incidents.

The majority of these incidents are “near miss” fires in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors with dust, item first ignited. 

This webinar will provide valuable information on how partnering with the nation’s fire service assists facility owners, managers, and OHS professionals in identifying combustible dust hazards, preventing incidents, and reducing liability. The presenters will discuss the fire service’s response to the prevalence of repeatable “near miss” combustible dust-related fires occurring throughout U.S. industry. 

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Richard Keyworth, CFPS, has more than 40 years of experience in fire protection, fire prevention, and fire/explosion investigation. He spent more than three decades with the Elk Grove Village (Ill.) Fire Department, serving in many capacities. He is the author of the book "FIRES...Accidental or Arson?" and numerous technical articles for trade publications. 

Jeffrey C. Nichols, Managing Partner, Industrial Fire Prevention LLC, has successfully applied process protection systems to help protect production and personnel in the process industries in North America since 1979. He is a member of the NFPA 664 Technical Committee. He has been instrumental in protecting many types of processes, including drying, milling, grinding, shredding, pulverizing, separating, sanding, pressing, pelletizing, extruding, storage, conveying, and dust collection systems, in diverse industries.

John Astad, Combustible Dust Policy Institute, Director/Process Safety Analyst located in Santa Fe, Texas, researches global combustible dust-related fires and explosions occurring in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, and industrial sectors. He is dedicated to educating stakeholders on the prevention and mitigation of future incidents. His incident data was utilized in the OSHA Combustible Dust Advanced Noticed of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) in conjunction with CSB incident data


GreCon, Inc.
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Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums, a division of Nilfisk-Advance, Inc.
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Fauske Associates, LLC
Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI) is a world leader in the areas of dust/explosivity/combustibility and flammability.  FAI has been in the testing, engineering and consulting business for more than 32 years.  We offer a wide range of services related to characterizing, preventing and mitigating combustible dust explosions and fire hazards.  Additionally, we are ISO/IEC 17025, ISO 9001 and TickIT certified, and operate at the highest level of integrity to ensure that all of our tests are performed to current standards on state of the art approved apparatus by trained technicians., 877-FAUSKE1.

Duration: 1 Hour