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Functional safety

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 From www.hazardexonthenet.net Functional safety in process applications Author : Roger Highton, Eaton MTL 16 March 2021 In this article, Roger Highton, Product Line Manager at Eaton for MTL Process Connectivity Products, provides some insights into designing for functional safety in hazardous applications. (Click here to view article in digital edition) Safety is a key consideration in the design and specification of equipment for use in any industrial application. In environments where potentially flammable gasses and dust are constantly present, it is particularly important to understand how to design out risk as far as possible. The way we consider safety and respond to risk has changed over time, influenced in no small part by incidents like Buncefield. While there are clear regulations which require compliance, there is also recognition that functional safety – a ‘best practice’ approach which considers how safety is managed as a whole – can be most effective in re

NFPA 652 Compliance

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From ISHN Industrial Safety and Hygiene News: Avoid dust-ups with OSHA over NFPA 652 Compliance March 22, 2021 Megan E. Baroni , Christopher Y. Eddy , Peter Knight , and Jonathan H. Schaefer KEYWORDS Combustible dust / dust protection / hazards Order Reprints For more than a decade, OSHA has placed an emphasis on combustible dust hazards, which have resulted in numerous deadly incidents over the years. While no OSHA standard directly addresses combustible dust, this has not hindered OSHA enforcement. Instead, OSHA has relied on the General Duty Clause and reference to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards when citing employers for combustible dust hazards.   What is combustible dust? OSHA defines combustible dust as “a combustible particulate solid that presents a fire or deflagration hazard whe

Anatomy of a Baghouse

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Mitigating Dust Disasters in Grain, Seed and Feed Handling

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From Camfil Air Polution Control: Mitigating Dust Disasters in Grain, Seed and Feed Handling Home / Blog / Combustible Dust / Mitigating Dust Disasters in Grain, Seed and Feed Handling Nov 17, 2020 Combustible Dust Dust Safety Handling and milling grain, seed and feed are occupational hazards that expose workers to many serious and life-threate

Defining combustible dusts: does particle size matter?

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From our friends at Canadian Biomass Magazine: https://www.canadianbiomassmagazine.ca/defining-combustible-dusts-does-particle-size-matter/  Defining combustible dusts: does particle size matter? January 18, 2021 By Eric Brideau In a processing or manufacturing facility that handles wood or agricultural materials, there can be solid particulates and dusts with varying particle size distributions that exist throughout the process, some of which may be combustible dusts that are explosible in dust cloud form. But what exactly is a combustible dust, and how can you determine if combustible dust hazards exist in your facility? Conditions for explosions First, it’s critical to understand the conditions that can cause combustible dust explosions. Many wood and agricultural materials are not easily burned in their raw form but may be explosible in dry particulate or dust form. Thi

Safety Check: Wood Dust Rules Need to Be on Your Radar Screen

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*A good article on combustible dust from PalletEnterprise.com , and Jary Winstead* Safety Check: Wood Dust Rules Need to Be on Your Radar Screen Wood Dust: Safety expert, Jary Winstead explores specific policies and considerations for pallet lumber and pallet facilities related to wood dust. From respiratory hazards to combustible dust issues, these insights can help you ensure safety and compliance. By Jary Winstead Date Posted: 6/5/2019 Wood Dust Safety expert explores specific policies and considerations for pallet lumber and pallet facilities related to wood dust. These insights can help you ensure safety and compliance. The hazards of dust accumulation in the workplace have been a safety and health concern for many years. There have been many production facility explosions and fires that were directly related to dust accumulation, causing serious injuries and loss of life, not to mention property losses. With recent citations from the Occupational Safety and Hea