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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • New Innovation in Static Grounding
    an electrostatic ignition hazard present a health and safety risk, it can cause significant disruption to business operations, in some cases leading to site closures, and result in negative publicity for the company that has suffered from the consequences of a fire or explosion caused by static electricity.
  • Pulp and Paper: Understanding Combustible Dust Risks (Part 2)
    Manufacturing 9 million tons of pulp annually, U.S. pulp, paper and paperboard mills produce large amounts of dust that settle on equipment and facility structure surfaces (see OSHA's Safety & Health Topics). Combustible dust is any finely divided solid material that is 420 microns or smaller
  • Improved System Performance and Dependability
    , consulting engineering companies and the internal engineering department had been unable to resolve the problem. Any solution was complicated by the explosion proof requirements of the application and heightened safety concerns due to the inherent danger of the manufacturing process.
  • Grain Mills: Combustible Dust Housekeeping (Part 3)
    The potential for explosions to occur from dust collections made of flour, sugar, cinnamon or grain particles, for example, poses a significant risk to employee safety, facility maintenance and food purity. Traditional plant maintenance methods like sweeping and blowing down with compressed air
  • Solving Bulk Bag Dusting Problems
    The most common problem with unloading bulk bags is dusting. Frequently, bulk bag discharging operations are a dusty mess. At best, this results in a housekeeping problem. More importantly, product loss and quality control issues can arise. And, the worst case is a safety issue when dealing
  • Focus on Thermal Spray
    The potential for fire and explosion is very real when dealing with Thermal Spray and dust collectors. It is imperative that Farr APC be contacted for proper explosion venting and other safety concerns. Explosion vents, sprinkler kits, flame retardant cartridges and possibly spark traps all need

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