FLAMMABLE HAZARDS - LIQUIDS, VAPORS, MISTS, COMBUSTIBLE DUSTS - HOW TO IDENTIFY AND CONTROL THEM AND HOW TO SPECIFY EQUIPMENT FOR HAZARDOUS AREAS (3-DAY)

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COURSE DESIGN AND OBJECTIVES

This course is designed to enable engineers and process safety personnel who are involved with chemical processes and operations to identify the hazards associated with flammable gases, vapors, and mists, and combustible dusts and give the knowledge and insight on how to protect against them.

Every operation involving flammable and combustible substances - including gases, liquids, and bulk solids and powders - requires a Basis of Safety to minimize the potential fire and explosion risk. Several of these Bases of Safety involve controlling various elements of the Fire Triangle: (1) fuel; (2) oxidant; and (3) ignition source and Combustible Dust Pentagon: (1) fuel; (2) confined; (3) dispersed; (4) oxidant; and (5) ignition source. When none of the elements of the Fire Triangle or combustible dust pentagon can be controlled with certainty, the risk of fire and explosion will persist and Explosion Protection must be considered. Even when one or more of the elements of the Fire Triangle or Combustible Dust Pentagon can be controlled, the consequences of a fire or explosion may be so great as to warrant the use of Explosion Suppression to minimize the risk.

This 3-day course focuses on the flammable liquids, vapors and mists and combustible dusts, their associated hazardous properties that cause fires and explosions, and how to control the risks. The course will also discuss all the various types of ignition sources for flammable and combustible materials. This course presents the techniques available for both preventing flash fires and explosions and protecting people and plant from their effects. It presents a systematic approach to flash fire and explosion hazard assessment directed towards obtaining a basis of safety for a process and how to specify both the HAC and equipment for the process.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Personnel (e.g., management, technical, operations and maintenance) involved with process safety, EH&S, process design, operations and maintenance from the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, oil and gas, food, plastic & rubber, metals, textiles, wood & paper and agrochemicals who desire a more in depth understanding of most flammable chemical hazards.

CEUs: 1.8

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

NOTE: These three days will build on one another - so it is mandatory to attend all three days. Upon completion of the course, participants will gain a practical understanding of the following:

  • Identify Flammable materials - liquids, vapors, mists and combustible dusts
  • Associated properties of flammable materials that create the hazards
  • Gain knowledge of the rules and regulations that govern flammable materials
  • Be able to identify the 13 types of potential ignition sources
  • Gain understanding of electrostatics and how static charge can be ignition source
  • Serious consequences of flash fires and explosions from hazardous materials
  • Conditions under which fires and explosions can occur
  • How to store and handle flammable and combustible materials
  • How to develop a Basis of Safety for associated hazardous processes and equipment
  • How to identify and classify hazardous areas where flammable and stored, utilized and processed
  • The regulatory requirements of codes and standards for the classification of hazardous areas
  • How to specify equipment for hazardous processes
  • Precautions for prevention and protection of people and plant from effects of an explosion
  • Electrostatic hazards that can trigger industrial fires and explosions, and will have an awareness of how to control electrostatic charge in order to reduce or eliminate such risks
  • Role of laboratory data and how to interpret test data

COURSE OUTLINE

Day 1 - Flammable Gases, Vapors and Mists & Electrostatics

  • Introduction to Flammable Atmospheres
  • Flammability of Vapors, Gases and Mists
  • Conditions Affecting Flammability Properties
  • Introduction to Electrostatics
  • Types of Electrostatic Discharges
  • Factors Affecting Electrostatics
  • Electrostatic Hazards Evaluation
  • Tests to Evaluate Electrostatic Characteristics of Liquids
  • Establishing a Basis of Safety for Flammable Liquids, Vapors and Mists

Day 2 - Combustible Dusts & Associated Electrostatics

  • Introduction
  • Dust Hazard Codes & Standards
  • Combustibility Assessment Using Standardized Laboratory Testing
  • Conditions Affecting Combustibility
  • Dust Explosion Hazard Control (Basis of Safety)
  • Explosion Protection Techniques
  • Types of Electrostatic Discharges
  • Electrostatic Hazards Evaluation
  • Tests to Evaluate Electrostatic Characteristics of Powders
  • Establishing a Basis of Safety for Combustible Dusts

Day 3 - Hazardous Area Classification (HAC) & Equipment

  • Introduction
  • Establishing a Basis of Safety
  • Methodology for Hazardous Area Classification
  • Assessment of Non-Electrical Equipment and Components Intended for Use in Ignitable Atmospheres
  • Selection of the Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Areas

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October 15-17, 2018Las Vegas, NV$1,795
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