A 1-Day Workshop or Part of 5-Day Package

Course Design and Objectives

This course will demonstrate the techniques available for both preventing dust explosions and protecting people and facilities from their effects. It employs a systematic approach to dust explosion hazard assessment directed towards obtaining a Basis of Safety for a process.

Who Should Attend

Personnel (e.g., management, technical, operations and maintenance) involved with process safety, EH&S, process design, operations and maintenance from 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 understanding of dust explosion hazards.

CEUs: 0.6 for standalone course or 3.0 for 5-day package

You Will Learn

  • How to analyze various conditions under which dust explosions can occur
  • How to compare the techniques to prevent dust explosions
  • How to apply suitable measures for protection of people and facilities from the effects of an explosion
  • The role of Codes and Standards in evaluating risks
  • How to choose methods to estimate dust hazard properties

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Basic Theory and Definitions
    • History of Dust Explosions
    • Conditions for a Dust Explosion
  • Dust Hazard Codes & Standards
    • OSHA’s & EPA’s “General Duty” clauses
    • OSHA Instructions on Combustible Dust – National Emphasis Program
    • U.S. and International Fire, Mechanical & Building Codes
    • NFPA and other Recommended Practices
    • How Codes and Standards Apply to Your Facility and Workplace: Case Study
  • Combustibility Assessment Using Standardized Laboratory Testing
    • Ignition Sensitivity
    • Explosion Severity
    • Thermal Instability
    • Hands-on Demonstration of Various Types of Dust Tests in the Laboratory
  • Conditions Affecting Combustibility
    • Oxidant
    • Temperature
    • Physical Characteristics
    • Moisture
  • Dust Explosion Hazard Control (Basis of Safety)
    • Avoiding Flammable Concentrations
    • Avoiding Ignition Sources
    • Avoiding Oxidant
    • A Problem-Solving Workshop to Evaluate the Explosion Hazard of Dust Handling Equipment
  • Explosion Protection Techniques
    • Pressure Relief Venting
    • Suppression
    • Containment
    • Isolation

Video Presentation
Case Studies
Q&A/Group Discussion
Course Evaluation Feedback Form


Mon, May 8 - Fri, May 12, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $2,375 Register
Mon, Oct 16 - Fri, Oct 20, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $2,375 Register


Tue, May 9, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $595 Register
Tue, Oct 17, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $595 Register

IACETChilworth Technology, Inc. has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, Virginia 20190, 703-234-4065.

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