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  • Extracting Combustible Dusts at the Source

    August 15, 2019

    Closing the barn door when the horse has bolted is widely held to be pointless, with the only option being to chase after and catch the horse. The same is true of industrial dust suppression: we can devise a plan B but there’s no substitute for catching it before it escapes. Rather than...

  • Dust Explosion and Fire Reported at Pennsylvania Plant

    August 8, 2019

    Fire crews responded to the Vixen Hall production facility in Elverson, PA on Wednesday after sawdust exploded and a fire ignited in the facility’s baghouse, local news reports said. The blast occurred inside the facility, which produces gazebos, decks, and shutters, at about 1:30 p.m....

  • Dust Eyed as Cause of Explosion, Fire at Oregon Sawmill

    August 5, 2019

    Officials said wood dust may have fueled an explosion and a two-alarm fire Friday afternoon at the Timber Products sawmill in White City, OR, a number of local news organizations reported. Five fire engines responded to the site. Upon arrival, firefighters discovered flames inside of a wood chip...

  • Hallam-ICS to Host Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) Webinar

    August 1, 2019

    Engineering firm Hallam-ICS is offering free, 30-minute webinar, “5 Benefits of Completing a Dust Hazard Analysis” on August 15 to assist facility operators in complying with the requirements of NFPA 652: Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust. Many already know...

  • Upgraded Silo Protection System

    July 24, 2019

    Two years after introducing the Shield silo protection system, silo pressure safety experts Hycontrol Ltd launches Shield Lite SPS, which protects powder storage silos from the dangers caused by excessive pressure during tanker deliveries. Utilizing purpose-designed pressure monitoring and control...

  • Two Dead after Being Trapped in Grain Storage Tank

    July 22, 2019

    Two workers died after being trapped inside a grain storage tank at The Andersons facility in South Toledo, OH Friday morning. Joshua Stone, 29, of Rossford, and James Heilman, 56, and a third man of Perrysburg were reportedly inside the storage tank breaking up compacted grain. The silo contained...

  • Dust and Fumes: The Most Dangerous Culprits in Industry

    July 19, 2019

    Two types of hazard are associated with dust and fumes: those that are easily anticipated and those that are rather more obscure but nonetheless hazardous. Unfortunately, the list of dangers we didn't anticipate shows no sign of getting shorter. We continue to be surprised by dust explosions we...

  • How to Use Dust Explosion Test Data to Ensure Facility Safety

    June 26, 2019

    “My powder has a Kst of 257 bar.m/s, a minimum ignition energy (MIE) of 3mJ and a bulk powder volume resistivity of 5X1015 ohm.m; do I have a problem?” As a contract process safety test laboratory, we have noticed more and more companies measuring the flash-fire and explosion...

  • OSHA Fines Chemical Manufacturer for Exposing Workers to Toxic Gas

    June 19, 2019

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Croda Inc. after a chemical release at the New Castle, DE manufacturing plant exposed workers to ethylene oxide. The company faces $262,548 in penalties. OSHA initiated an inspection after the exposure...

  • What You Need to Know about Flammable and Combustible Dust Safety

    June 17, 2019

    Brian Richardson, technical departments manager, Camfil Air Pollution Control, will present a free 60-minute webinar “What You Need to Know about Flammable and Combustible Dust Safety” on Thursday, June 20 at 2pm EDT/11am WDT. In this webinar, Richardson will discuss how to recognize...