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Course Description

This course is 12 learning hours inclusive of 12 hours of live sessions. It is recommended that students spend no additional hours over the two-week period on this course.


Dust explosions are one of the major preventable losses of life and property in industry today. Many installed systems are either old or non compliant to today's standards, are recent installations without the necessary explosion prevention features or poorly maintained resulting in questionable reliability of the installed safety features. This seminar is intended to cover all aspects of dust explosion prevention including NFPA and OSHA code requirements as well as recommended proven engineering practices which control the collection, transport, storage and disposal of explosive dusts. 

This is a Training course for the identification of explosion risk and the necessary prevention in the wood processing and wood manufacturing sectors. The principals covered can be applied to any combustible dust including coal, sulfur or process chemicals. This course will be covered over 4 days of 3-hour sessions. There will be a 20min break at the mid point of each 3 hour session. Course will be offered on 2 consecutive days over a 2 week period. Dust Explosion prevention is essential to the safe operation when processing combustible dust. The course builds on the NFPA requirements for facility and operator safety. Any facility either public or private owned is required to adhere to the requirements of the NFPA fire and explosion standards.

Course Outline

  • The course is delivered in 6 steps for the prevention of explosion.

  • Day 1 (3 hours)  Step 1: How to determine if you have an explosion risk and how severe. Step 2: What provincial, national or state codes apply. Generally follows the requirements of the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).

  • Day 2 (3 hours) Step 3: overview of effective methods for dusty control at the source. Step 4: Dust Collection methods.

  • Day 3 (3 hours) Step 5.Explosion and fire prevention requirements for dust collection and duct collection systems. Step 6: Requirements for on-going testing and inspection.

  • Day 4 (3 hours) How to complete Compliance documentation to demonstrate that all requirements of steps 1 through 6 are complete. Overview of dust collection design common errors and how to correct them.

What You Will Learn

  • How to identify dust explosion risks
  • What tools and resources are available to make facilities safer
  • Importance of ongoing inspection and testing to ensure safety systems are operating as intended
  • Awareness of key equipment design and operating parameters to meet the dust explosion protection challenges.

Recommended For

  • Employed as a health and safety professional at a manufacturing or teaching facility
  • Engineers and operations responsible for Public safety
  • Engineers, operations, maintenance and managers responsible for plant safety capital projects and/or existing systems.
  • Divisional managers seeking a better understanding of identifying explosion risks
  • Insurance companies seeking a better understanding of identifying explosion risk factors
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