ATEX-Combustible Dust Explosions and Fires

Combustible Dust Fires & Explosions

Benediktbeuern, (PresseBox) - Welcome to the debut of the Combustible Dust-ATEX topic page on the Bulk-Blog. The complex issue of combustible dust related explosions and fires generated from combustible particulate solids in the manufacturing process is a global problem that can be minimized through administrative preventive measures in addition to mitigative engineering best practices. Global trading partners spanning the globe have their own unique regulatory framework in the prevention and mitigation of combustible dust incidents.

The Combustible Dust Policy Institute located in Santa Fe, Texas is actively seeking solutions through in-depth research of incidents and interviews with stakeholders where combustible dust explosions and fires have recently occurred in the process technology and manufacturing sectors. Locally in the United States a comprehensive combustible dust regulatory framework is absent in the protection of the workforce or workplace.

A question arises of whether the federal government in the United States should regulate the manufacturing sector or can the States at the local jurisdictional level with the adopted fire codes provide sufficient health and safety protection in regards to combustible dust? On the other side of the Atlantic, the European Union ATEX Directives have provided a unique framework with some interesting aspects that need to be reviewed by all global trade associations, health and safety professionals and governmental policy-makers. No sense in reinventing the wheel if stable progress is already working elsewhere.

Future posts will attempt to cover a myriad of topics concerning combustible dust and hopefully incite an engaging response from Bulk-Blog visitors. Last week Xavier de Gea, Director of LPG Prevención y Protección de Explosiones brought to my attention the 4th INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY CONFERENCES (Jornada De Seguridad Industrial ATEX) to be held in Barcelona Spain 22nd-23rd October 2008 during Expoquimia 2008. A full day of topics on SAFE HANDLING OF SOLID COMBUSTIBLES will include:

- Update on explosion prevention and protection technologies
- Risk analysis of Solid combustibles
- Explosion protection reclosing devices

The conference seminars will also provide stakeholders in the coal handling electric utility generation industries with additional information on coal grinding in the light of the new ATEX directive, state of the art fabric filters design applying new ATEX directives, and self combustion parameters on coal and biomass in addition to many other topics. Maybe in the future, conference topics will include combustible dust topics from the chemical, wood, paper, plastic, food, or metal manufacturing sectors?

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to hearing from all the global visitors in the comment section.

John Astad
Combustible Dust Policy Institute

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