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Guidance on Dust Control & Health Surveillance in Bakeries

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Excellent document published by the Federation of Bakers in August 2020. This guidance addresses one of the more significant OH risks in the industry; respiratory exposure to flour and other ingredient dusts. Since its last revision in 2008 the well-known guide has been updated and reissued as a PDF download available from the FoB’s website…

SHAPA Practical Guidance for Suppliers and Operators of Solid Handling Equipment for Potentially Explosive Dusts

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Excellent guide from SHAPA – dealing with responsibilities placed upon manufacturers and suppliers of machinery and equipment for use in explosive atmospheres.  Additional sections deal with responsibilities placed upon owners and operators of such equipment and the responsibilities and actions arising from the use of such machines existing before July 2003 and to their purchase…

SHAPA ATEX Technical Paper (updated)

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SHAPA Practical Guidance for Suppliers and Operators of Solid Handling Equipment for Potentially Explosive Dusts. Taken from the foreword: It is the policy of the SHAPA technical committee to systematically review the technical papers & presentations listed in the “Technical Advise” section of its website. The following Practical Guidance for Suppliers and Operators of Solid…

HSE Guides “Woodworking”

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HSE have produced in 2017 a series of guides on controlling dust from woodworking processes.  These guides can be accessed and downloaded by following these links:- WD0 “Advice for Managers” WD1 “Bandsaws” WD2 “Circular Bench Saws” WD3 “Cross-Cut Saws” WD4 “Vertical Spindle Moulders” WD5 “Overhead & CNC Routers” WD7 “Sanding Machines (Hand Held)” WD10 “Wall…

Largest Problems Facing the Combustible Dust Community – Views of 27 Experts

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This US-based knowledge website is dedicated to the issues surrounding Combustible/Explosive Dusts. In the opening words of the website they offer the following excellent summary:- “One of the biggest issues in dust explosion and fire prevention is lack of information transfer in the community. This can lead to increased risk of industrial disasters worldwide, lack…

HSE Guide MR1 “Mixing 2 Pack Paint Containing Isocyanate”

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This HSE Guide/Information sheet will help employers, the self-employed and franchisees to comply with the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (CoSHH), as amended, to control exposure to Isocyanates and protect workers’ health. This sheet describes good practice using General Ventilation. It covers the points you need to follow to reduce exposure to…

HSE Prevention of dust explosions in the food industry

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1. Introduction 1.1 Explosions and fires within the food industry from combustible materials are a known hazard and they can have devastating and irreversible effects. This information sheet concentrates solely on the fire and explosion hazards encountered in the food industries from dusty and powdered substances. 1.2 General guidance on the prevention of fires and…

Explosion Venting Data and Modeling Literature Review

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Taken from the documents summary: This report provides a literature review and an analysis of key aspects of dust explosion and gas explosion venting. The review includes test data, theoretical models, and vent area equations in the NFPA 68 and EN14491 explosion vent standards. Comparisons are made between the vent areas used in large-scale experiments…

Dust Explosion Scenario Paper

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Abstract taken from the paper: Abstract The new CCPS book, entitled Guidelines for Safe Handling of Powders and Bulk Solids, discusses several different types of accident scenarios, including scenarios that can lead to a combustible dust explosion. The dust explosion scenarios are divided into the following three categories: Explosions within Process Equipment, Explosion Propagation into…