Don’t let combustible dust wreak havoc on your facility and operations – take advantage of new NFPA training and other relevant resources

NFPA has released a new three-part NFPA 652 Combustible Dust (2019) Online Training Series to help different professionals understand, access, and address potential industrial hazards onsite at their facilities.

The new learning solution is based on the latest edition of NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dust (2019). NFPA 652 requires a dust hazard analysis (DHA) to be completed in existing processes and compartments where combustible dust may be present and calls for the DHA to be reviewed and updated every five years.

Both new and seasoned professionals charged with overseeing manufacturing operations in mining, power generation, wood products, automotive, metalworking, agriculture, food production, and other sectors will find value in the new educational series. The objective of the training is to inform those responsible for safety in industrial settings about different forms of dust, preventative maintenance, and facility compliance. 

Three separate one-hour courses - Combustible Dust Safety Awareness, Combustible Dust Hazard Evaluation, and Combustible Dust Controls and Safeguards have been developed. Newer engineers, designers, plant process workers and operators, distributors, investigators, facilities managers, insurers, and code enforcers will benefit from the first course; while more seasoned engineers, designers, health and safety leaders, loss control/facility risk/safety specialists, facilities managers, insurers, inspectors, and code enforcers will value the second and third training courses. Those that finish the training and score at least 70% on final assessment exams, will earn .1 continuing education units (CEUs) for each learning hour.

The staff liaison for NFPA 652, Fire Protection Engineer Alex Ing, recently appeared on Dr. Chris Cloney’s Dust Safety Science podcast to discuss the standard and important safety benchmarks. Cloney will return the favor, when he conducts a session on combustible dust during the Keeping Hazardous Environments Safe conference on October 5 as part of the yearlong NFPA 125th Anniversary Conference Series.

The Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA, also released a Variables Impacting the Probability and Severity of Dust explosions in Dust Collectors report about nine months ago so that practitioners are making concerted efforts to monitor dust collectors where fires and explosions potentially could take place.

Interested in learning more about combustible dust? NFPA has you covered.

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Cathy Longley
Communications Manager, informing stakeholders about NFPA thought leadership, subject matter expertise, resources, initiatives & research.

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