Guy Colonna

What's new with combustible dusts?

Blog Post created by Guy Colonna Employee on Oct 1, 2015

In case you missed it - NFPA 652 has been issued by the Standards Council during its meeting in August.  The new standard on fundamentals of combustible dusts can be viewed as a read-only, free access document by going to the document information page and registering if you don't already have access.  To help you with your understanding of this new standard and its development and how it is intended to work with the existing commodity-specific NFPA combustible dust standards, I have included links to a number of helpful resources from this year's C&E - the recording from the educational session in Chicago that I presented (in case you couldn't be in the audience) along with the slides from the presentation.  I believe these will help as you begin to review NFPA 652 and see how to apply it to your facility, in your inspections or surveys, or in working with clients as a consulting engineer or explosion protection/prevention equipment supplier/installer.  And, that's not all - the commodity-specific dust standards remain active as three of them have completed the second draft stage (NFPA 61, 654 and 664) and following the correlating committee meeting at the end of October, the second draft reports will be posted on the respective document information pages.  These three documents are in the Annual 2016 revision cycle, so completion is targeted for summer 2016.  Combustible metals, NFPA 484, is beginning its process with first draft development; they will be in the Annual 2018 cycle for completing the next edition of NFPA 484.  If you are looking for additional resources on the NFPA combustible dust standards, NFPA will be presenting a Live Online session on combustible dusts with Susan Bershad, NFPA Senior Engineer and Staff Liaison for all the NFPA combustible dust project standards.  The webinar format presentation will be December 3 starting at 11:00 am EST.  For more details, check out the NFPA home page at the training and professional development site, or come back to NFPA Xchange.