Chemical Processing, in partnership with Camfil Farr, Chilworth and Fike, offered a comprehensive discussion on dust control.
Many plants process solids and so must contend with dust. Depending upon its composition, dust can present both environmental and safety concerns. This discussion examined the various regulations and standards that target dust and dust-collection systems and explore how to handle potentially explosive dusts to reduce the risk of explosion and fire.
Dr Vahid Ebadat
Ph.D., M.Inst.P, MIEE, C.Eng., C.Phys.
The CEO of Chilworth Technology, Inc. He has worked extensively as a process and operational hazards consultant for the chemical, pharmaceutical and food industries. Dr. Ebadat is a regular speaker at training courses on gas and vapor flammability, dust explosions, and controlling electrostatic hazards. He is a member of NFPA 77 Technical Committee on Static Electricity, NFPA 654 Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particular Solids and ASTM E27 Committee on Hazard Potential of Chemicals. Dr. Ebadat's research has culminated in the publication of numerous technical papers and articles.
Guy Colonna, NFPA
Guy Colonna is the Division Manager, managing the Industrial and Chemical Engineering department for the National Fire Protection Association.
He has been with NFPA for 24 years and holds engineering degrees from the US Coast Guard Academy and Stanford University. He is also a registered professional engineer in chemical engineering in Massachusetts.
His responsibilities at NFPA include management of the Marine Chemist Training and Certification Program and NFPA activities dealing with marine fire protection. He also serves as Staff Liaison to committees dealing with safeguards at dust hazard process locations, explosives, industrial fire brigades, explosion protection systems including venting of deflagrations, and pyrotechnics and special effects.
He developed and instructs NFPA's confined space safety training courses offered to both the maritime and general industry. He has previously served as the Executive Secretary to the Industrial Fire Protection Section of the NFPA. He has served on Department of Transportation and Department of Labor-OSHA advisory committees representing NFPA.
Before starting work with NFPA, Guy served as an officer in the US Coast Guard. His assignments include service aboard ship, in research and development and in the Coast Guard's Eighth District (Gulf Coast). He developed a service-wide confined space safety program and an occupational safety and health program for Coast Guard marine safety personnel in the Eighth District.
He is the author of technical papers and presentations on confined space safe practices, hot work safe practices, chemical hazard identification and classification, combustible dusts fire and explosion hazard protection, and pyrotechnics and special effects.
He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, and Society of Fire Protection Engineers.
Camfil Farr APC
Roy Sweeney joined Camfil Farr APC in 2005 and currently serves as the southeast regional manager, where he is responsible for building and supporting the company’s network of representatives and distributors. Sweeney has 30+ years’ experience in the dust collection industry, working as an application engineer, sales engineer, product manager and sales manager for dust collection manufacturing and representative companies. He holds a B.S. degree in biology from Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. Sweeney is a member of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) and the International Thermal Spray Association (ITSA).
Bob Korn, Fike
Bob Korn is the Director , Explosion Protection U.S. Sales & Marketing for Fike Corporation in Blue Springs, Missouri. Bob received his Bachelor of Science degrees in Business and Engineering from the University of Nebraska and has spent the last 10 years with Fike Corporation. Fike is a global leader in safety and industrial protection, including a complete line of explosion protection solutions.
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Original Air Date: July 21, 2011