Webinars

DEKRA offers both complimentary public and company-requested private webinars. Contact us to request a quote for telecommute/remote training via our webinar platform.

Register for one or all of our complimentary process safety webinars below.

Top 10 Rules for Process Safety

When: Weds., April 15, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

In this complimentary webinar, we will discuss how the improvement of process safety performance must be a recurring discussion in organizations. Industries are still experiencing severe process safety incidents globally due to catastrophic events involving the release/loss of containment of highly hazardous materials that have resulted in large-scale health and environmental consequences.

This webinar is targeted to process safety professionals to give you a new perspective on a series of 10 essential rules that should be considered to better manage process safety at various levels of your organization.

Completing Your First Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)

When: Weds., April 29, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

Dust explosions pose serious and widespread hazards in process industries such as pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, agriculture and aerospace. Events involving dust explosions can result in injuries or fatalities, plant shutdown, and sometimes destruction of the facility.

Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) is an important element needed in any dust handling safety program. A DHA helps identify a basis of safety to prevent combustible dust fires and explosions. Additionally, some Authorities Having Jurisdiction expect a DHA to be performed in accordance to recently published National Fire Protection Association standards. NFPA 652, Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, requires a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) to be completed for in-scope facilities by September 7, 2020. NFPA 61, Standard on the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities, sets the DHA deadline for in-scope facilities for January 1, 2022.

This webinar will provide those conducting their first DHA with a better understanding of what is needed to cover the basics of a DHA from the explanation on dust combustibility characteristics (Kst, Minimum Explosible Concentration, Minimum Ignition Energy, Minimum Ignition Temperature) important to a DHA, processing equipment (dryers; dust collection systems; hammer mills and belt conveyors), and the appropriate methods of ensuring operator safety.

NFPA 30 (2021): Practical Viewpoints to Ensure Flammable Liquid Safety

When: Weds., May 6, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

This presentation will overview the fundamental principles required to establish a basis of safety for proper handling and storage of liquids. Changes proposed for the 2021 edition of NFPA 30 will be highlighted, along with discussing their implications to flammable and combustible liquid safety practices. Practical tips for the Process Safety Professional to navigate the many older versions of NFPA 30 that are adopted into present regulatory requirements will also be shared.

The educational objectives of this presentation include:

  • Learn to identify hazards associated flammable and combustible liquids.
  • Be able to apply practical strategies for establishing a Basis of Safety for operations involving flammable and combustible liquids.
  • Become aware of common and practical methods for safe storage and handling of flammable liquids.
  • Understand how to navigate through Flammable Liquid Code Requirements presented by legacy and modern versions of NFPA 30.
  • Identify and understand key changes made to the 2021 edition of NFPA 30.

An Overview of Emergency Relief System Design Using DIERS Methodology

When: Weds., June 10, 2020 at 2:00 pm EDT.

The emergency relief system (ERS) design of a vessel is an important safeguard that provides protection against various overpressure scenarios. A common overpressure scenario is a runaway reaction which can be caused by an upset condition for a reactive chemical operation. The Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS) has identified accepted methodologies to characterize two-phase flow venting for reactive chemical systems where runaway reactions can occur.

This webinar will review the relevant codes, standards and design practices that are applicable for ERS design. Equipment used for ERS design will be reviewed with advantages and limitations for each. Concepts such as low-phi factor calorimetry data, system types and effluent handling considerations will be covered. More detailed information will be provided regarding using low phi factor calorimetry to evaluate the 3 types of systems: vapor, hybrid and gassy. This webinar is intended to provide an overview of ERS design and relevant DIERS methodology for reactive chemical systems.

Classification of Hazardous Materials for Transport: UN/DOT Requirements and How It Impacts Your Organization

When: Weds., July 15, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT.

In today’s global economy goods and materials are shipped all over the world via various modes of transportation. Proper classification of hazardous materials is important to prevent potentially catastrophic incidents and to ensure the safety of those knowingly or unknowingly traveling alongside those materials. The United Nations’ Global Harmonized System provides a way to easily classify many different types of hazards and the UN/DOT enforces these classifications by requiring proper documentation, packaging, and external labeling to ensure clear hazard communication and safe transportation. Failure to adhere to these requirements can result in significant fines.

This webinar will summarize UN/DOT requirements for the classification of hazardous materials, the differences between hazard classes, how they might impact shipping requirements, and the test methods that can be employed to prove whether a material is considered hazardous for transportation.

Navigating Industry Specific Standards for Combustible Dust

When: Weds., Sept. 9, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT

NFPA 652 (2019), Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust, serves as an overarching standard covering all combustible dusts, and creates a consistent set of fundamental requirements that can be applied to any industry or material. NFPA 652 then directs users to the industry- or commodity-specific standards and defines a hierarchy between it and the more specific standards. The references and hierarchy can create confusion about what requirements exist and what options are available, based on the type of operation(s) employed at a facility.

The most commonly used industry- and commodity-specific standards include NFPA 61 (Prevention of Fires & Dust Explosions in Agricultural & Food Processing Facilities), NFPA 484 (Standard for Combustible Metals), NFPA 654 (Prevention of Fire & Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, & Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids), NFPA 655 (Prevention of Sulfur Fires & Explosions), and NFPA 664 (Prevention of Fires & Explosions in Wood Processing & Woodworking Facilities).

The purpose of this webinar is to guide safety practitioners in how to effectively and efficiently apply the appropriate industry and commodity standards to the specific combustible dust challenges at your facility. The presentation will also provide case study examples that demonstrate how to navigate between the NFPA combustible dust standards to most effectively manage your hazards.

Contain the Tiger: Accounting for All Energy from Reactive Chemicals in Process Design

When: Weds., Oct. 14, 2020 at 2:00pm EDT.

Chemical manufacturing processes rely on intended chemical reactions to create desired products. During this process, energy from both intended and unintended sources can be generated, and needs to be safely accommodated through process design and safety systems. This webinar will identify test methods for characterizing the energy produced by chemical reactions and review process design strategies including inherently safer design options. Several types of chemistries will be reviewed using methods contained in the Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) book Guidelines for Chemical Reactivity Evaluation and Application to Process Design.

A case study will be reviewed to illustrate the concept and application of these critical process design elements for reactive chemical systems, focusing on the proper use of kinetic parameters, thermal stability data, and heat transfer requirements to develop an appropriate Basis of Safety for the reactive system design.

The following learning objectives will be achieved during this webinar:

  • Introduce a practical approach for Reactive Energy Hazard Evaluation.
  • Overview a disciplined approach for reviewing test data to identify potential energetic scenarios.
  • Understand critical elements of process design for reactive chemical systems.