Focus Article - Investigating Combustible Dust Fires and Explosions

The NFPA 652 Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust requires that fire and explosion incidents be investigated and documented to include findings and recommendations. The standard also requires that a system be established to address and resolve the findings and recommendations and that this information be reviewed with affected personnel.
It is incumbent upon the owner/operator of the facility to perform a safe and systematic investigation of the event and prepare a thorough report that addresses the cause and origin and follow-up actions to prevent future occurances. This focus article will provide valuable information with regard to conduct of the investigation and development of the follow-up report.