How to Handle Potentially Explosive Dusts Properly to Reduce Explosion Risk
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
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.
As a district manager for Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum Division, Scott Boersma has visited many industrial facilities that are at risk for combustible dust fires or explosions. He has developed first-hand knowledge of the challenges and concerns manufacturers face as they attempt to decrease their risk, keep their employees safe and meet government guidelines. Boersma was awarded Nilfisk's District Manager of the Year award in 2011.
Ashok Dastidar, Ph.d.,MBA
Vice President, Dust & Flammability Testing and Consulting Services
Dr. Ashok Ghose Dastidar specializes in Chemical Process Hazards Analysis, Flammable Dusts, Liquids & Vapors Explosion and Combustion Hazards Analysis and Testing and Electrostatic Hazards Analysis. He has extensive technical experience performing tests and analyzing data.
Sales Engineering Manager
Industrial Explosion Protection Group, Fenwal Explosion Protection
Burke Desautels is the Sales Engineering Manager, Industrial Explosion Protection Group, Fenwal Explosion Protection and has worked for Fenwal exclusively in the Industrial Explosion Protection group for over 18 years. Desautels has had numerous positions with Fenwal during that time including: Application Engineer, New Product Development Manager, Product Manager, Product Engineer Supervisor, Regional Sales Manager, and Sales Engineering Manager. Desautels has seen thousands of combustible dust applications in various manufacturing environments and all combustible dust protection techniques. He is well versed in the NFPA codes as they apply to combustible dusts as well as the design of NFPA 69 suppression and isolation systems and NFPA 68 Explosion Vent design.
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 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.
Nilfisk Industrial Vacuum Division, also known as Nilfisk-Advance America, Inc., is one of the largest providers of cleaning equipment in North America. Equipped with exceptionally efficient filtration systems and user-friendly features, the company's vacuums play a critical role in thousands of manufacturing facilities and industrial processes across North America. Nilfisk Industrial Vacuums has solved a variety of cleaning challenges, including combatting combustible dust to meet OSHA and NFPA standards with certified explosion-proof vacuums. For more information, visit www.explosionsproof-vacuums.com or www.nilfiskindustrialvacuums.com.