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NFPA 654 - COMBUSTIBLE DUST CONSULTING
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are both aggressively
emphasizing combustible dust safety throughout the United States.
The Hilgeman Group offers combustible dust hazard analysis, program
development, employee training and operational guidance to ensure
the safety of employees and the facility.
Between 1980 and 2008, combustible dust was responsible for 348
explosions, 793 injuries, and 133 deaths. It is a hazard that goes
overlooked in many facilities due to the fact that it is not fully
understood. Dust can become fuel for fires and explosions when it
accumulates to dangerous levels. Combustible dust comes from many
sources, such as sugar, flour, feed, plastics, wood, rubber,
furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, dyes, coal, and
metals, and therefore poses a risk across a number of different
industry sectors throughout the United States.
The safety engineers at The Hilgeman Group are available to conduct
a hazard analysis at your facility to determine the location and
severity of combustible dust hazards. Our team can also assist with
developing combustible dust policies, safety programs, aid in
training and implementation of the program, and provide
recommendations for the design and selection of explosion prevention
and protection equipment (when warranted).
During the hazard analysis, The Hilgeman Group’s safety engineers
will examine the combustible dust handling and generating processes
at a facility. MSDS’s will be examined to determine the
explosibility of a material and material sampling may take place if
necessary. The hazard analysis report will include locations and
severities of hazards and provide recommendations designed to lower
the risk associated with combustible dust. NFPA 654 – Dust Screening
Analysis (ASTM 1226-2010) testing is a critical part of our hazard
Combustible Dust Safety Program
The Hilgeman Group can develop a facility-specific Combustible Dust
Safety Program that will be an all-inclusive safety plan addressing
combustible dust hazards. It will outline policies and procedures
used to help ensure employee safety. Elements of the plan include
drawings illustrating the locations of dust hazards, housekeeping
standards, training schedule, emergency response, inspection forms
and recommendations for improving facility safety.
Training and Implementation
The Hilgeman Group prides itself on providing world-class
Combustible Dust Training Program for management and employees. The
training helps personnel to understand the hazards involved with
their jobs and their responsibilities to ensure the safety of
themselves and fellow employees. The training is “site specific” to
address the unique hazards present at the facility.
The Hilgeman Group is available to assist in the implementation of
the Combustible Dust Safety Program, work with personnel so they
understand their roles in combustible dust safety, and help them
complete the checklists and inspection forms that are part of the
program. Our safety engineers are also available for periodic audits
to ensure the plans are being followed.
Contact us at your convenience to discuss
any concerns you might have with regards to combustible dust!