A 1-Day Workshop

Course Design and Objectives

The new NFPA 652 will be coming into effect very shortly with certain mandatory requirements for the management of the fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards posed by combustible dusts. Although this standard provides some flexibility in approaches for ensuring the safety of the occupants, facility, processes, and equipment, some of the requirements must be complied with retroactively.

With over 25 years of experience in conducting thousands of dust hazard assessment and control studies for our clients around the world, we have designed this one-day workshop to help you better understand the applicability of this new standard and make the compliance with its requirements manageable and practical.

Who Should Participate

Personnel involved with plant operations including management, engineering, maintenance, and process safety management and auditing activities, where combustible dust is being generated, processed, or handled. These types of facilities include the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, food, plastic & rubber, metals, textiles, wood, pulp & paper, and agrochemicals.

This workshop will provide management and supervisors with the insight necessary to identify those indicators with the equipment, operations, processes, and activities that could lead to dust explosions and then help them with the steps that they can consider to not only ensure compliance but to go beyond compliance to a true safety commitment.

CEUs: 0.6

Learning Objectives

  • Determine if a dust flash fire or explosion hazard exists within your facility;
  • Compliance requirements of NFPA 652;
  • Identify the gaps in the dust hazard management systems
  • Identify gaps in your facility’s dust fire and explosion prevention and protection requirements;
  • How to investigate the validity of any laboratory data that you might already have to support the NFPA 652 compliance requirements;
  • Identify any gaps that might exist in the required laboratory data;
  • Identify the dust sample(s) that need to be tested and the necessary laboratory tests;
  • Conduct a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA);
  • Identify practical measures for not only ensuring compliance but going beyond compliance.

Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Conditions required for dust flash fires and explosions
    • NFPA 652 applicability
    • Relationship between this new NFPA 652 and the existing Industry/commodity-specific NFPA standards such as NFPA 61, NFPA 484, NFPA 654, NFPA 655, NFPA 664
    • Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Requirements for the design, construction, maintenance, and management system of equipment and processes
    • Protection of occupants not in the immediate proximity of the ignition
    • Prevention of serious injury from flash fires and explosions
    • Ensuring the ongoing production/operation capability
  • Retroactive Requirements
    • Determination
    • Options/flexibility
  • Requirements for Appropriate Combustibility/Explosibility Data
    • Sample selection and preparation
    • Combustibility/explosibility
    • Characterization of ignition sensitivity and explosion severity
    • Use of historical facility data
  • Requirement Options for Ensuring Safety of the occupants, facility, processes, and equipment
    • Prescriptive approach, Including:
      • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)
      • Documented risk assessment
      • Written management systems and procedures
    • A performance-based design approach
  • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)
    • Definition
    • Compliance deadline
    • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) vs. Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) requirements of the OSHA regulation
    • Qualification of person conducting DHA
    • DHA Review and update frequency period
  • Risk Assessment to Determine the Level of Design and Features for:
    • The building and equipment
    • Housekeeping and dust control
    • Ignition source control
    • Explosion prevention and protection
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Fire protection
  • Written Management Systems for Operating Safe Operation of the Facility and Equipment, Including:
    • Operating Procedures, Practices, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Training and Hazard Awareness
    • Emergency Planning and Response
    • Incident Investigation
    • Management of Change
  • Performance-Based Alternative Designs
    • Qualification of person Performance-Based Design
    • Documentation

Course Evaluation Sheet


Wed, Mar 29,2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $595 Register
Wed, Sep 13,2017 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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