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Is your facility at risk for combustible dust? (Part 2)

Combustible dust is an often-unknown hazard in industrial facilities. This is because many people are unaware of what common combustible dust is and how dangerous it can be.

In part one of OBG's webinar series on combustible dust in industrial facilities, specialty chemicals expert Reid Todd, PE provided an overview on combustible dust and related hazards. Now in part two, Reid delves deeper into NFPA 652 (the Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust). Topics include an overview of legislation as it pertains to combustible dust, such as the current state of a general OSHA industry standard, as well as an in-depth overview of NFPA 652 and how it provides basic principles and minimum requirements to manage fire and explosion hazards of combustible dusts.

Learn more in the OBG webinar: Combustible Dust – Understanding NFPA 652, moderated by OBG’s Andrew CasaSanta and presented by Reid Todd, PE on November 14, 2018.

Combustible Dust

Combustible dusts are fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air in certain conditions. These dusts are present in nearly every manufacturing and industrial processing facility around the world—from advanced manufacturing to food processing and metalworking. And where there is potential for combustible dust, there is potential for an explosion that could cause serious damage to your facility and your people.

By understanding the risks of this hazard and the associated regulations, including codes and standards from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), International Code Council (ICC), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the risks can be minimized.

About Reid Todd, PE: An expert in specialty chemicals, Reid has more than nine years of experience designing and managing multi-million-dollar projects. His technical expertise includes material and heat balances, process flow diagrams, piping and instrument diagrams, and process and utility equipment specifications, as well as process development and process start-ups. Reid can be contacted at: Reid.Todd@obg.com.