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Combustible Dust Standard Gets a Facelift

By Joy LePree |

While NFPA 652 creates a general set of requirements for mitigating explosion hazards, equipment providers improve offerings to assist with compliance The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA; Washington, D.C.; www.nfpa.prg) recently released the first edition of NFPA 652 Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, which provides the general requirements for the mitigation of fire and explosion hazards associated with combustible dust particulate solids across all industries and processes. What’s unique about this iteration is that it cross-references existing NFPA combustible dust standards for additional requirements related to specific industries and equipment. “This standard really calls together the intent of all the other NFPA standards into one document,” says member of NFPA 68 & 69 Committees Geof Brazier, who is chairman with BS&B Pressure Safety Management, LLC (Tulsa, Okla.; www.bsbsystems.com). “It’s a great starting point for someone tackling explosion issues because it shows, very clearly, the safety strategies and options available for different kinds of process equipment.” In addition, a number of new requirements were introduced that were not previously found in existing industry- or equipment-specific…
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