Dust Control - How to Identify & Manage Explosion Hazards

Many plants process solids and so must contend with dust. Depending upon its composition, dust can present both environmental and safety concerns. This discussion will examine the various regulations and standards that target dust and dust collection systems and explore how to handle potentially explosive dusts to reduce the risk of explosion and fire. Panelists will review the conditions that are required for dust explosions to occur and present approaches to identify and manage dust cloud explosion hazards.


   Guy Colonna, NFPA
   Division Manager

Guy Colonna is the Division Manager, managing the Industrial and Chemical Engineering department for the National Fire Protection Association. He has been with NFPA for 24 years and holds engineering degrees from the US Coast Guard Academy and Stanford University. He is also a registered professional engineer in chemical engineering in Massachusetts. His responsibilities at NFPA include management of the Marine Chemist Training and Certification Program and NFPA activities dealing with marine fire protection. He also serves as Staff Liaison to committees dealing with safeguards at dust hazard process locations, explosives, industrial fire brigades, explosion protection systems including venting of deflagrations, and pyrotechnics and special effects.
   Roy Sweeney
   Camfil Farr APC

Roy Sweeney joined Camfil Farr APC in 2005 and currently serves as the southeast regional manager, where he is responsible for building and supporting the company’s network of representatives and distributors. Sweeney has 30+ years’ experience in the dust collection industry, working as an application engineer, sales engineer, product manager and sales manager for dust collection manufacturing and representative companies. He holds a B.S. degree in biology from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. Sweeney is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and the International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA).
   Daniel Willis

Daniel Willis is Fike’s National Sales Manager for Industrial Protection Products. He is responsible for sales and business development for all pressure relief and explosion protection products within the U.S. market.

Daniel has over 30 years experience in the overpressure protection industry, including nearly 11 years as a sales manager for Fike Corporation. During that time, Fike has become a leader in both the rupture disc and explosion protection industries. Daniel has tremendous knowledge of the markets we serve, the changing codes and regulations and the promotion of Fike’s representative and distribution networks



Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control (APC) manufactures industrial dust collectors designed to provide safe air for safe work environments worldwide. All products, including filter cartridges, are manufactured in ISO 9001 certified facilities. We offer complete technical and engineering support, a combustible dust compliance program, a network of trained distributors, a network of company-operated regional offices for customer assistance, and a fully equipped dust testing laboratory. We also lead the industry in green and sustainable initiatives - from the manufacturing techniques employed, to the clean-air benefits of our equipment, to environmentally friendly features of key products. We are part of Camfil Farr, the largest air filter manufacturer in the world.

Fike is a globally recognized supplier of products and services that protect people and critical assets from dangers such as fire, explosion and over-pressurization. With over 65 years of experience and a team of engineers, application specialists and combustion researchers, Fike understands the complexities of plant processes, relevant code compliance and continued operation. The culmination of this expertise is Fike's complete line of explosion protection products - technology designed to help you achieve your safety goals and keep you in compliance with the quickly changing explosion protection codes, standards and regulations.