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What are some of the safety "events" that you would reccomend attending?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Jason Burzynski Nov 6, 2009.

Dust Explosion Characterization and Hazard Assessment (Part 2)
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Started this discussion. Last reply by John Astad Jul 10, 2009.


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Where do you live (city, state, country)?
Burr Ridge, IL, U.S.
What industry do you work in?
Nuclear and Chemical Process Safety
What is your job title?
Marketing Administrator
What company do you work for or associate with?
Fauske & Associates, LLC (FAI)
If Other above, please explain.
Consulting Services
•Decommissioning & Decontamination
•Emergency Relief System Design
•Emergency Response
•Equipment Qualification
•Litigation Support
•MAAP Training & Support
•Plant Support
•Probabilistic Risk Assessment
•Product Training & Seminars
•Reverse Engineering
•Third Party Review
•Waste Technology

Contract Testing
•Accelerated Rate Calorimetry
•Adiabatic Calorimetry
•Air Intrusion
•Debris Intrusion
•Dust Explosivity
•Isothermal Calorimetry (TAM)
•Reaction Calorimetry
•Scaled Testing
•Thermal Aging
Fauske & Associates, LLC is the world leader in nuclear and chemical process safety. In 1980, FAI assumed early leadership roles in the acclaimed DIERS program for AIChE and the IDCOR program for the nuclear power industries. These activities led to state-of-the-art methodology and laboratory tools for characterizing chemical systems and computer models for analyzing severe accidents in commercial nuclear power plants that are being used worldwide. Recognized worldwide for phenomenological modeling, related to the prevention and accommodation of chemical and nuclear power accidents, FAI also provides advanced training and research in physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, computer science and other fields. FAI is committed to accepting responsibility for the resolution of technical problems and has established an excellent record of completing projects on time and within budget.

Leading corporations turn to FAI to solve industrial problems recognizing the integrity of a firm willing to accept responsibility for the results of its work up to and through industrial application. FAI is ISO-9001 and TickIT certified. FAI became a wholly owned, independently operated subsidiary of Westinghouse Electric Co. in 1986.

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FAI Process Safety Newsletter

IN THIS NEWSLETTER: • Evaluating Electrostatic Dust Hazards •A Simple and Cost Effective Method for Determination of the Self-accelerating Decomposition Temperature (SADT): Part II - Solids or Viscous Liquids •Copolymerization of Monomers with Different Copolymerization Parameters •FAI Supporting Education: Interview with David Mody, Queen’s University… Continue

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 8:57am

Calorimetry Testing

Accelerating Rate Calorimetry

The ARC provides thermal hazard evaluation of products, reaction mixtures and intermediates. The experimental results are used for reactor and pilot plant safety analysis. It determines the relationship between time, temperature, and pressure for exothermic reactions. Thermal and pressure hazard parameters related to ARC data include:

• Heat generation rates

• Onset temperature

• Decomposition temperature of the… Continue

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 12:29pm

The Next Step in Accommodating Major Chemical Accidents by Hans K. Fauske


Infrequent, but major chemical accidents can be attributed to explosive, (i.e., catastrophic vessel failures) as well as non-explosive, (i.e., discharge through relief systems, pipe breaks, etc.) releases of toxic and flammable materials. Explosive releases can result from overpressure or overtemperature. The frequency of loss of pressure control as a result of inadequate vent size designs can be significantly reduced by adopting the methodology recently completed by the… Continue

Posted on October 13, 2009 at 2:42pm


Dust explosions are a serious hazard in industries nationwide. They lead to the loss of production, plant/facility destruction and personnel injury or fatality.

In 2005, the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board issued a report stating that between 1980 and 2005, at least 281 deadly combustible dust incidents (fires and explosions) occurred in the U.S., killing 119 people and injuring 718 others while extensively damaging or destroying facilities. Congressional hearings… Continue

Posted on August 5, 2009 at 11:00am

FAI releases the Summer 2009 edition of Process Safety News

Laboratory Testing and Consulting for Process Safety Management
To read the newsletter follow the attached link. Process Safety News

Posted on July 29, 2009 at 4:00pm

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At 3:29am on July 10, 2009, Brent Armstrong said…
Hey Ashley,

Thanks for the request. Just wanna take the time out to officially thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertees here in our Combustible Dust Hazard awares group.

Looking forward to reading more of your inputs. Keep the helpful information coming.

At 3:25am on July 10, 2009, John Miley said…
Ashley, welcome to the Safety Community. I hope you will find the Safety Community to be a tremendous resource to meet your goals. If you have the time, we would benefit from your knowledge and experience with Forum discussion(s).
At 6:40pm on July 7, 2009, Jay D. Rohman said…
Ashley, welcome to the Combustible Dust Hazard Awareness, Chemical, and the Workplace Safety groups!
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