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Explosion Protection: Considerations for Combustible Dusts

By Clive Nixon, BS&B Systems |

Managing the risk from combustible dust explosions involves a number of strategies for preventing explosions, as well as isolating, venting and suppressing explosions if they occur. Complying with applicable NFPA standards is a pathway toward minimizing risk Combustible dust explosions present an ongoing risk to plants within the chemical process industries (CPI) that handle combustible powders or bulk solids. While dust explosions are not as common as fires, if an explosion occurs, the potential for extensive damage can be an order of magnitude higher. Managing dust explosion risks involves a number of strategies, including reducing the likelihood of an explosion through prevention activities, as well as implementing measures to isolate, vent and suppress explosions if they do occur. Safety measures established by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA; Washington, D.C.; www.osha.gov), through the OSHA Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program, provide a good basis for combustible dust safety. The program recommends following practices in applicable National Fire Protection Association (NFPA; Quincy, Mass.; www.nfpa.org) standards. This article presents an overview of NFPA standards…
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