Explosions and fires from combustible materials are a known hazard and can give rise to serious injury – perhaps even fatality – as well having as the potential to cause extensive plant and buildings damage and substantial loss of production.
Legislation introduced in 2002 – the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (DSEAR) – rationalised workplace assessment for fire and explosion hazard identification, and methods of prevention or mitigation. DSEAR requires all workplaces where substances that could give rise to fire or explosion are handled or stored must be fully assessed and protected.
This course gives an introduction to the subject and the simple measures that can be taken to reduce the hazard of a dust explosion. It includes a brief overview of current legislation and the safety precautions required to demonstrate compliance and provide a safe working environment for employees.
•UK dust explosion statistics
•What is an explosion?
•Standard explosion tests
•Generic vs. actual test data
•Hazardous area zoning – 20, 21 and 22
•Fundamentals of DSEAR risk assessment
•Explosion prevention and protection methods