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811 E. 5th Street
Ferdinand, IN 47532

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NFPA 654 - COMBUSTIBLE DUST CONSULTING

buildingThe 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).

Hazard Analysis
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 analysis protocol.

bookCombustible 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!

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