Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) February 15, 2009
Last week John Bresland, Chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, released an important message concerning dust explosion hazards. Pointing out that February 4, 2009 marked the first anniversary of the Imperial Sugar explosion in Georgia that resulted in 14 deaths and 38 injuries. He used this occasion to emphasize the need for more action. While Chairman Bresland's purpose was to encourage businesses and regulators to do more to prevent dust explosions and related fires, he also pointed out that of 8 catastrophic dust explosions that have occurred since 1995, all but one occurred during the winter months, and of those 4 occurred in February. This is important information, but it should not be misinterpreted.
CV Technology and CSB agree that during the winter months the relative humidity is lower and dry conditions do result in combustible dust being more easily dispersed in a cloud that if ignited could result in more severe explosions. The chance for static discharge is also much greater in dry weather. At the same time, it is important to understand that weather conditions are only one of many factors that influence the potential hazard for dust explosions and related fires. Most significantly, Chairman Bresland said "I call on industry to take this hazard seriously, during the winter months and throughout the year."
David Cvetas, President of CV Technology, international leader in dust explosion protection, prevention, and mitigation says his company fully understands and endorses Chairman Bresland's call to action. "The message from John Bresland is extremely important and should be widely distributed. This is a serious industry problem and the threat of dust explosion, as we've seen, is very real throughout the year. The Chairman's message brings an important awareness to the public - The drier months provide conditions that are more susceptible to explosion then 'normal'. " Cvetas states that his company continually addresses the dry condition risk factor along with all others both by performing comprehensive risk analyses and by providing explosion protection systems designed for worst case conditions.In his message, Chairman Bresland states "NFPA fire codes contain a wealth of knowledge on how to prevent dust explosions. But too often, companies are unaware of the danger and they fail to implement these longstanding safety practices. All four of the dust explosions that the CSB investigated likely would not have happened if the companies had followed NFPA recommendations." Which is clear enough, additionally he continues to urge OSHA to develop their own standard , "I urge the incoming leadership at OSHA to act upon the CSB's recommendations from 2006 to develop a comprehensive regulatory standard for combustible dust."
With that, Cvetas concludes, "Every company that processes dry bulk and powder goods should be evaluated for their explosion risk. Conditions vary greatly from facility to facility, and providing explosion prevention measures that meet or exceed the thresholds of the current standards are challenging. Our dust consulting professionals evaluate all conditions unique to each business in order to provide a tailored, year round, explosion prevention solution."
CV Technology urges professionals and companies that process materials prone to dust explosion to hear the U.S. Chemical Safety Board message in full. You can do so from their corporate website : http://www.cvtechnology.com
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