Assessing and Managing Combustible Dust Hazards Webinar Series

Assessing and Managing Combustible Dust Hazards
A GMA SEF Webinar Series

In this series of GMA Science and Education Foundation webinars, you will learn about the hazards of combustible dust and the regulations applicable to your business, how to conduct a dust hazard analysis and how to mitigate the effects of combustible dust. 

  • Part 1: Introduction to combustible dust safety

    Thursday, March 31, 2016
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    Combustible dust is a hazard present in numerous industries, such as food (e.g., sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed), grain, wood, pesticides, dyes and metals (e.g., aluminum, chromium, zinc). Dust fires and explosions are relatively rare, but when they occur they can be catastrophic. This webinar will provide viewers an introduction into the hazards associated with combustible dust and the regulatory standards that apply to industry.  The topics that will be covered include the definition of combustible dust, the hazards associated with combustible dust, and case studies of historical combustible dust incidents. The webinar will also provide a description of current regulations and standards in the United States and offer a glimpse into the regulatory changes planned in the next year.

    Specific topics covered:

    • Definition of combustible dust
    • The hazards of combustible dust
    • Current regulations and standards applicable to manufacturers 
    • Future regulations and standards​

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  • Part 2: Conducting a Dust Hazard Analysis

    Thursday April 28, 2016
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    The first step to ensure safe operations involving combustible dust is to conduct a dust hazard analysis. Combustible dust is a serious hazard in a number of industries including food (e.g., sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed), grain, wood, pesticides, dyes and metals (e.g., aluminum, chromium, zinc). This webinar will provide viewers with a guide to identifying combustible dust hazards in manufacturing facilities. The topics that will be covered include developing a dust sampling plan, laboratory test methods, principles of dust clouds and ignitable atmospheres, and mechanics of dust flash fires and explosions. The webinar will then cover how to analyze processes and buildings to determine where dust fire and explosion hazards exists by evaluating normal and abnormal operating conditions, potential ignition sources, and existing safeguards in place. Finally, the webinar will provide guidance on how to estimate the likelihood and severity of dust fires and explosions in order to prepare a risk matrix.

    Specific topics covered:

    • Developing a sampling plan and safely collecting representative samples.
    • Laboratory analysis methods and uses.
    • Analyzing processes handling and generating dust.
    • Determining building areas where dust hazards exist.
    • Predicting upset conditions.
    • Identifying ignition sources.
    • Determining likelihood and severity of dust fires and explosions.
    • Developing a Risk Matrix

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  • Part 3: Managing Combustible Dust Hazards

    Thursday, May 19, 2016
    1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST

    In order to ensure the safe operation of facilities handling combustible dust (e.g., sugar, spice, starch flour, feed, wood, grain, pesticides), a balanced mix of engineering and administrative controls are required. This webinar will provide information on the safeguards used to mitigate the hazards associated with combustible dust and how to determine what is appropriate for your facility.  Administrative controls such as housekeeping, inspection and maintenance, training, and management of change will be discussed.  Also, engineer controls such as building design and layout, explosion protection and isolation, and ignition source controls will be described. 

    Specific topics covered:

    • Housekeeping guidelines
    • Ignition source control
    • Explosion protection and isolation
    • Building design
    • Inspections and maintenance
    • Personal protective equipment
    • Training requirements
    • Management of change

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GMA Member/SEF Donor Rate

Series Pass - $300, Individual Webinars - $125 each

Non-GMA Member Rate

Series Pass - $375, Individual Webinars - $150 each

Government/Academia

Series Pass - $125, Individual Webinars - $50 each

 

Questions?

Akhila Vasan
SEF Fellow and Project Manager
(202) 637-4810

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