Purdue Offers Courses on Dust Explosion Prevention
this summer on the prevention of grain dust combustion and explosions
for workers at grain handling facilities.
Funded by a grant from the US Department of Labor's Occupational
Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the sessions will focus on
handling and unloading grain, engineering controls, and industrial
hazards. Participants will also observe a demonstration of a grain dust
explosion. Those who successfully complete the workshops are awarded a
"On average, there are 10 grain dust explosions every year in the
United States, causing damage, injury, and death," said Kingsley
Ambrose, assistant professor in Purdue's department of agricultural and
biological engineering. "Our goal is to raise awareness of the perils of
grain dust explosion and reduce this number."
Ambrose is a co-presenter of the workshops with Chad Martin, a
specialist from Purdue Extention. The workshops are intended for
individuals, but customized training sessions through Purdue Extention
are available for large grain handling facilities and businesses.
"Our participants will be able to identify active steps to mitigate
immediate threats, improve their knowledge of dust reduction methods,
and better understand the combustion and explosion potential of dust,"
The workshops take place:
June 22, 3-8 pm EDT, Northeast-Purdue Agricultural Center, 4821 E. 400 S, Columbia City, IN
June 27, 1-5 pm EDT, Southern Indiana Purdue Agricultural Center, 11371 E. Purdue Farm Road, Dobois, IN
Aug. 17, 1-5 pm CDT, Jasper County Fair Fairgrounds, 2671 W. Clark St., Rensselaer, IN