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  • CSB to Release Report on Fatal Explosion, Fire

    July 10, 2014

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) will hold a meeting July 16 to release its findings on an explosion and fire that killed three employees in December 2010 as they worked with a metallic dust at the AL Solutions titanium plant in New Cumberland, WV. An independent federal agency that...

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  • Grain Drying, Safety Management, Material Handling Courses

    July 8, 2014

    Registration is open for three courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University Distance Education Program. GEAPS 524: Grain Drying, GEAPS 540: Safety Management for Grain Facilities and GEAPS 552: Materials Handling III run September 2-October 3....

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  • Man Killed Unloading Grain into Silo

    July 7, 2014

    A Tennessee man was killed July 2 while unloading grain into a silo, after his tanker truck’s boom came into contact with power lines, according to media reports. Billy Dougherty, 63, of Kingsport, TN, was killed in the accident that occurred on a farm located in McMinn County, about 60...

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  • Explosion Isolation Flap Valve Is NFPA Compliant

    July 2, 2014

    The Interceptor-FV explosion isolation valve is an NFPA-compliant device that is designed to provide a passive explosion isolation solution for dust collectors. During normal operating conditions, the Interceptor explosion isolation flap valve is mechanically retained in the open position. This...

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  • Explosion, Spark, and Flame-Front Isolation

    June 27, 2014

    Protecting processes from the risks of combustible dust explosions per NFPA standards usually requires isolation of interconnected enclosures and conveying to contain an explosion. This is certainly true with dust collection processes. The REMBE Exkop system provides safe, economic, and easy...

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  • Secure Cloud-Based Industrial Monitoring Solution

    June 26, 2014

    It is well known that transporting certain dry dusty materials can create explosive atmospheres. Five conditions, known as the “Dust Explosion Pentagon”, have to exist in order for the explosive state to occur. First, there needs to be a high concentration of dust (fuel), followed by an...

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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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