NFPA 652 - STANDARD ON FUNDAMENTALS OF COMBUSTIBLE DUST

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COURSE DESIGN AND OBJECTIVES

NFPA 652 (2019), Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, has become a Recognized and Generally Accepted Good Engineering Practice (RAGAGEP) that apply the basic principles for identifying and managing fire and explosion hazards arising from operations using combustible dusts and particular solids.

Our popular NFPA 652 Class overviews the following topics needed to comply with the requirements of this important standard:

  • Understanding the Fundamentals of a Combustible Dust Explosion & Flash Fire Event
  • Determining Combustibility & Explosibility Hazards through Appropriate Testing Data
  • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)
  • Prevention & Mitigation of Identified Hazards
  • Training and Competence Development
  • Safety Management Systems

With the incorporation of NFPA 652 requirements into the International Fire Code (2018), many facilities are now facing new requirements to conduct DHAs, and ensuring that their facilities have appropriate Occupancy Classification for combustible dust operations. Our pragmatic approach to addressing these issues will help demystify the emerging combustible dust requirements contained in the Building and Fire code.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE

Personnel involved with plant operations including management, engineering, maintenance, and process safety management and auditing activities, where combustible dust is being generated, processed, or handled. These types of facilities include the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, food, plastic & rubber, metals, textiles, wood, pulp & paper, and agrochemicals.

This workshop will provide management and supervisors with the insight necessary to identify those indicators with the equipment, operations, processes, and activities that could lead to dust explosions and then help them with the steps that they can consider to not only ensure compliance but to go beyond compliance to a true safety commitment.

CEUs: 0.6

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Determine if a dust flash fire or explosion hazard exists within your facility;
  • Compliance requirements of NFPA 652;
  • Identify the gaps in the dust hazard management systems
  • Identify gaps in your facility's dust fire and explosion prevention and protection requirements;
  • How to investigate the validity of any laboratory data that you might already have to support the NFPA 652 compliance requirements;
  • Identify any gaps that might exist in the required laboratory data;
  • Identify the dust sample(s) that need to be tested and the necessary laboratory tests;
  • Conduct a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA);
  • Identify practical measures for not only ensuring compliance but going beyond compliance.

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction
    • Conditions required for dust flash fires and explosions
    • NFPA 652 applicability
    • Relationship between this new NFPA 652 and the existing Industry/commodity-specific NFPA standards such as NFPA 61, NFPA 484, NFPA 654, NFPA 655, NFPA 664
    • Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
  • Requirements for the design, construction, maintenance, and management system of equipment and processes
    • Protection of occupants not in the immediate proximity of the ignition
    • Prevention of serious injury from flash fires and explosions
    • Ensuring the ongoing production/operation capability
  • Retroactive Requirements
    • Determination
    • Options/flexibility
  • Requirements for Appropriate Combustibility/Explosibility Data
    • Sample selection and preparation
    • Combustibility/explosibility
    • Characterization of ignition sensitivity and explosion severity
    • Use of historical facility data
  • Requirement Options for Ensuring Safety of the occupants, facility, processes, and equipment
    • Prescriptive approach, Including:
      • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)
      • Documented risk assessment
      • Written management systems and procedures
    • A performance-based design approach
  • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)
    • Definition
    • Compliance deadline
    • Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) vs. Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) requirements of the OSHA regulation
    • Qualification of person conducting DHA
    • DHA Review and update frequency period
  • Risk Assessment to Determine the Level of Design and Features for:
    • The building and equipment
    • Housekeeping and dust control
    • Ignition source control
    • Explosion prevention and protection
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Fire protection
  • Written Management Systems for Operating Safe Operation of the Facility and Equipment, Including:
    • Operating Procedures, Practices, Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance
    • Training and Hazard Awareness
    • Emergency Planning and Response
    • Incident Investigation
    • Management of Change
  • Performance-Based Alternative Designs
    • Qualification of person Performance-Based Design
    • Documentation

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October 17, 2018Midland, MI$595
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