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  • Minimize Dust Explosion Hazards
    The most important preventive measure, say safety experts, is awareness of the hazards of handling solids, powders, and dusts they generate. Excipients, actives, sugars, and other organic powders don't scream 'flammable' at the end-user in the same way as ether or hydrogen do. For example
  • Minimize Dust Explosion Hazards
    On January 29, 2003, a massive explosion rocked the West Pharmaceutical facility in Kinston, N.C. The blast killed six plant workers, injured dozens more, cost the economically depressed town more than two hundred jobs, and destroyed millions of dollars worth of property. Such was the devastation
  • When the Dust Settles: A Tutorial on Explosion-Proof Vacuums(.pdf)
    Ever since finely ground motes of sugar caused a tragic explosion at a sugar factory in Savannah, GA, killing 14, combustible dust has been wavering as a national headline. The tragedy sparked serious finger pointing, and brought to light a catastrophic issue that was hiding in the shadows
  • Preventing a Disaster: A Tutorial on Explosion Proof Vacuums (.doc)
    In February of 2008, a sugar plant near Savannah, Georgia suffered the ultimate tragedy. Fourteen employees were killed and 40 injured when finely ground motes of sugar dust ignited, setting off a violent blast. If the fatalities and a tarnished reputation weren't enough, the Occupational Safety
  • EIP Solution in Coal Mine Safety Monitoring (.pdf)
    Coal has always been the main source of energy in China. There are more than 100, 000 coal mines around the country, and hundreds of thousands workers engage in coal production. However, due to poor technology and lack of safety measurements, accidents often take place, such as gas explosion, roof
  • Review of Sensor Technologies Used in Personal Safety Instruments
    The widespread use of personal safety instruments for the protection of hazardous gases has spurred much interest as well as confusion about the sensing technologies behind the scenes. Gas detection and monitoring systems are used as safety devices to alert workers of the potential danger
  • Safety-First is Critical for Fluid Transfer in Chemical Tank Redesign
    ), textile spirits, heptane, 142 solvent and hexane, Callahan needed highly reliable transfer pumps with high suction lift capabilities and explosion-proof motors. To meet both their safety and performance needs, Callahan selected Blackmer GX2.5B series sliding vane pumps. "Because of the volatility
  • Hazardous Atmospheres: Intrinsic Safety
    In the last edition of 20/20 Insights we covered the use of explosion proof construction to prevent a source of ignition from coming in contact with a room full of fuel and air. Strong enclosures with threaded or flanged covers can confine explosive forces within themselves and cool the escaping
  • Pumping Dangerous Chemicals
    This article looks at the history and role of pumps in chemical safety, covering key considerations when selecting a pump to handle acids, solvents and caustics, and describes the advantages of a pump which could have prevented the Barton explosion.
  • FIRED UP: Combustible Dust Raises Explosive Issues (.doc)
    By now, most manufacturers are familiar with the story of combustible dust. They've read about it in the newspaper, 'Googled' it online, watched it on CBS's 60 Minutes special , or received a letter from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration informing them their facility is considered

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