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Monday, July 27, 2015

Introducing the NFPA 652 Combustible Dust Standard

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NFPA Introduces NFPA 652 Combustible Dust Standard

July 27, 2015


Every year, destructive and deadly dust-related fires and explosions affect a wide range of industries around the world. In the United States alone, 50 combustible dust accidents occurred between 2008
and 2012. To manage the dust-related fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards in industries that use dust collection and handling equipment, or have processes that may generate combustible dust, the  National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) introduces the first-time NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust.


This important new Standard serves a wide variety of industries including chemical, wood  processing, metals, and agricultural.


In addition to providing new general requirements for managing combustible dust fire and explosion hazards, NFPA 652 directs users to NFPA's appropriate industry- or commodity-specific standards, such as NFPA 61: Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities; NFPA 484: Combustible Metals; NFPA 654: Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids; and NFPA 664: Prevention of Fires and Explosions in Wood Processing and Woodworking Facilities.


NFPA 652 puts all stakeholders on the same page with regard to dusts and their attendant hazards. Chapters include:

•    Definitions

•    General Requirements

•    Hazard Identification

•    Performance-Based Design Option

•    Process Hazards Analysis

•    Hazard Management: Mitigation and Prevention


Developed by experts in fire and explosion safety around combustible dust, first-time NFPA 652 gives installers, contractors, engineers, facility managers, code enforcers, inspectors, and  environmental health and safety (EHS) personnel a single go-to source for the information necessary to safely handle combustible dust in any industry, anywhere around the globe. (Softbound,  approximately 69 pages, 2016)

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Monday, July 6, 2015

2015 Guide to Chemical Industry

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ACC Publishes 2015 Guide to Chemical Industry


The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has issued its 2015
edition of the Guide to the Business of Chemistry, a detailed economic
profile of the chemistry industry and its contributions to the U.S. and
world economies.

American chemistry is the global leader in production, providing over
fifteen percent of the world’s chemicals and representing 14 percent of
all U.S. exports. It is also one of America’s largest manufacturing
industries, an $801 billion enterprise providing 804,000 high-paying
jobs. For every one chemistry industry job, 6.3 others are generated in
other sectors of the economy, including construction, transportation,
and agriculture, totaling nearly six million chemistry-dependent jobs.

“The business of chemistry is the building block for everything around
us,” said the publication’s lead author, ACC chief economist Kevin
Swift. “Supporting nearly 25 percent of the U.S. GDP, the business of
American chemistry is vital to continued economic expansion, job
creation, and the return of a strong domestic manufacturing sector.”

“At the midway point in 2015, the business of chemistry is poised for
growth,” Swift continued. “Ongoing recovery of end-use markets,
sustained competitiveness, and the return of global economic growth will
lift demand for American chemistry for several years and in the
long-term the industry will grow faster than the overall economy.”

Prepared annually by ACC’s Economics and Statistics Department, The
Guide to the Business of Chemistry divides the $801 billion business
into more than thirty categories of production, ranging from inorganic
chemicals to plastic resins; from adhesives and sealants to oilfield
chemicals; and from fertilizers to pharmaceuticals and consumer
products. Within each segment the report highlights distinct
characteristics, including growth dynamics, markets, new developments,
and other issues affecting each sector.

Individual sections of the guide cover a variety of topics in detail,
including financial performance, U.S. and global trade, innovation,
capital investment, employment, environmental, health and safety
statistics, energy, and distribution. Charts and graphs help illustrate
data and provide comparisons for the past 10 years.


The Guide to the Business of Chemistry is available to ACC members for $285 and non-members for $385.


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