June 22, 2009
Dr. Timothy Myers, Senior Managing Engineer in Exponent's Thermal Sciences practice in Natick, MA, will present a webinar entitled "Dust Explosions" on Wednesday, June 23rd. The webinar is sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).
Catastrophic dust explosions in 2003 and 2008 have placed an increased emphasis on the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions. In response to these incidents and subsequent CSB recommendations, OSHA has introduced a Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program (NEP) and has greatly increased enforcement efforts. In this presentation, Dr. Myers will provide the background on dust explosions, the elements required to cause them, and the types of materials that can fuel them. He will review the current status of dust explosion regulations and consensus standards in the United States. He will present statistics of OSHA enforcement issues, including descriptions of the most frequently issued citations. He will summarize NFPA standards for the prevention and mitigation of dust explosions, including primary prevention methods.
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