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  • Report Says West Fertilizer Explosion Injured 262

    June 25, 2014

    A total of 262 people were injured by the fire and subsequent explosion that broke out on April 17, 2013 at the West Fertilizer Co. plant in West, TX, according to an official report issued by McLennan County’s health department and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The...

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  • Process Safety Roundtable Series Concludes

    June 25, 2014

    ChemStewards, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) flagship environmental, health, safety and security (EHS&S) program, recently concluded its successful 2014 Regional Roundtable series. The Roundtables are an opportunity for EHS&S professionals in the chemical...

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  • Combustible Dust Basics: How to Collect a Sample and What Does a Go/No-Go Test Mean?

    June 24, 2014

    We’ve been writing a lot recently on the basics of combustible dust. Makes sense, after all, what safety professional knows exactly how much of their particular dust, in their particular facility under a certain set of circumstances is ok? And, if you don’t yet have a dust collection...

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  • Combustible Grain Dust Prevention Workshop

    June 24, 2014

    Kansas State University will offer a combustible grain dust prevention workshop, teaching advanced mitigation methods on July 31, 2014 from 1-4pm at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Free of charge, the workshop will follow a safety conference co-sponsored by the National Grain...

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  • Chemical Facility Authorization Inspection Insight

    June 17, 2014

    A webinar hosted by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) gave participants the opportunity to hear directly from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about how to best prepare for a chemical facility Authorization Inspection.   In his presentation, the...

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  • NFPA 69-2014 Compliant Passive Explosion Isolation Valve Released

    June 13, 2014

    Fenwal-IEP Technologies has released the ProFlapPlusIII passive isolation valve that is fully compliant with the new NFPA 69-2014 dust accumulation monitoring, flap blade-locking, and process shut down requirements. The ProFlapPlusIII is a passive isolation valve that self-closes by the pressure...

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  • Man Critically Burned in Magnesium Plant Explosion

    June 5, 2014

    The Salt Lake Tribune reported that a man in his 40s was critically burned in an explosion at U.S. Magnesium in Toole County, Utah, June 4. Medical personnel at the plant, which is located near the southwest shore of the Great Salt Lake, called Tooele County dispatchers, who sent a helicopter...

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  • Biofuel Plant Explosions Cause Evacuations

    May 29, 2014

    Nearly 1200 residents of a rural New Mexico county were briefly evacuated after a series of explosions and a large fire erupted at Rio Valley Biofuels’ facility in Anthony, about 20 miles north of El Paso, TX, on May 27. Crews responded to calls about the blasts shortly after 10am. After...

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  • Interview with Head of Projects and Expansion Department at REMBE

    May 19, 2014

    In addition to providing his insights as part of the keynote panel on combustible dust, Dr.-Ing Johannes Lotterman, head of projects and expansion with REMBE GmbH, later demonstrated mini explosions on the show floor. This is a behind-the-scenes interview with Lottermann, who talks about the...

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  • BS&B Enhances Rupture Disk Devices

    May 14, 2014

    BS&B Safety Systems LLC and its Custom Engineered Products Div. announce new product innovations to its Sta-Kul lineup of rupture disk devices. These innovations have resulted from investments in manufacturing of custom assembly products that permanently combine a rupture disk with a holder...

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