Many plants process solids and so must contend with dust. Depending upon its composition, dust can present both environmental and safety concerns. This discussion 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.
Guy Colonna, NFPA
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.
He developed and instructs NFPA's confined space safety training courses offered to both the maritime and general industry. He has previously served as the Executive Secretary to the Industrial Fire Protection Section of the NFPA. He has served on Department of Transportation and Department of Labor-OSHA advisory committees representing NFPA.
Before starting work with NFPA, Guy served as an officer in the US Coast Guard. His assignments include service aboard ship, in research and development and in the Coast Guard's Eighth District (Gulf Coast). He developed a service-wide confined space safety program and an occupational safety and health program for Coast Guard marine safety personnel in the Eighth District.
He is the author of technical papers and presentations on confined space safe practices, hot work safe practices, chemical hazard identification and classification, combustible dusts fire and explosion hazard protection, and pyrotechnics and special effects.
He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, and Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Randy Davis is the General Manager of United Technologies Corporation Fire & Security (UTCFS) Global Explosion Protection Division. The explosion protection division includes Fenwal Explosion Protection, Kidde Brand- und Explosionsschutz, INCOM Explosionsschutz and Kidde Products Explosion Explosion Protection. Randy has over 24 years experience in Industrial Explosion Protection. He has held many positions within the Fenwal Explosion/Fire Protection group, including Field Engineer, Systems Design Engineer, Sales Manager, Business Development Manager and Director. Randy has a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He is a guest lecturer for the University of Wisconsin Fire and Explosion Protection Seminars and for the Chemetron Fire/Explosion Protection Training Seminars. He is a member of the Technical Committees for National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 68/69 “Explosion Protection Systems” and for NFPA 664 "Wood Processing Facilities".
Manager, Dust Testing Operations Fauske & Associates, LLC
Mr. Hachmeister is responsible for managing the dust testing operations for Fauske & Associates, LLC. He works with clients to develop personalized testing protocols. He is also highly involved in on-site dust assessments.
These assessments utilize NFPA, OSHA and other standards for both safety and explosivity concerns.
He has worked with major flavor and pigment producing companies to address internal safety concerns. He specializes in providing personalized technical expertise.
Fauske & Associates, LLC
Fauske & Associates, LLC is the world leader in nuclear and chemical process safety. Celebrating 30+ years as a one-stop process safety shop, we specialize in dust explosivity, flammability and thermal hazards testing and consulting.
FENWAL Explosion Protection Company Profile
Fenwal® Explosion Protection developed and installed the first explosion suppression system over 50 years ago and is a global leader in explosion protection for industries handling combustible dust and vapors. Fenwal offers a full line of explosion protection solutions including material testing, explosion suppression, explosion venting, flameless venting and explosion isolation (active and passive). Fenwal protects personnel and critical processes from dust explosion hazards while helping our customers meet standards and regulations such as the OSHA Combustible Dust Directive and NFPA 654. With a staff of more than 25 application and field engineers, Fenwal is uniquely qualified to provide solutions to any of your explosion protection needs.