What We Do

We make industrial operations and processes SAFER.

Our experts identify hazards, evaluate risks, propose practical solutions, and support and verify implementation of safety measures.

We deliver tailored, quality-assured laboratory test data - cost effectively.

We train, coach, and mentor.

We support YOU as your trusted partner: preventing explosions, fires and toxic release

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Scientific Method

Scientific Method

Systematic observation and experiment, analysis, solution, verification

Knowledge

Knowledge

Acclaimed expertise through applied research, standards making, diverse and extensive consulting

Experience

Experience

Numerous diverse projects - small and large - across all industrial sectors world-wide

Practical

Practical

Tested real-world solutions that comply with pertinent codes and standards

Trusted Advisor

Trusted Advisor

Your immediate and long-term interests at the heart of our work, we do what we say

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Cases in the News

Perhaps one of the best ways to learn about process safety is to study the experiences of others. We are bringing to you our narrative on some process safety incidents that have been in news.

Coal Dust Cloud Explosion in Silo

Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: Silo explosions are not uncommon. Over the years there have been many explosions in silos for combustible powders ranging from agricultural products, to various chemicals, and in this particular case, coal. Often the finer particles (dust) remain in suspension in the silo headspace, with a concentration that exceeds the minimum required to form an explosible dust cloud.

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Flammable Vapor Fire & Explosion – OSHA Investigating

Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: Highly flammable chemicals are in widespread use in many process industries.  For as long as these materials have been in use they have been the fuel for numerous fires and explosions with a devastating loss of life, injuries, and environmental and property damage.

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Dust Cloud Flash Fire at Festival

Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia. In recent years the festival has spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colors.

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Magnesium Dust
Explosion

Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: There are a number of reasons why metal dust explosions are particularly hazardous. First, dust cloud explosion temperatures and pressures for most organic materials are limited to about 2,300oC and 9 barg respectively. In contrast, explosion temperatures and pressures for most metals can reach around 3,500oC and 12 barg, and some metals such as magnesium can react with the nitrogen in air, generating even higher values.

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Powdered Milk Dust Cloud Explosion

Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: Spray driers, in general, have been the source of many dust fires and explosions over the years, yet it is a surprise to many people that many materials like milk powder will give rise to an explosion hazard when dispersed in the air.

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Grain Fire at Malt Facility

Stonehouse Process Safety commentary: The humble screw conveyor is staple equipment for moving bulk product from A to B. Use it well and wisely and you have plant that not only will move grain or powdered materials through your facility, but it can also be designed…

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News & Events

Keeping you up to date with our latest news and events.

Combustible Dust Hazards: Assessment, Prevention, and Protection
29 August 2018
Combustible Dust Hazards: Assessment, Prevention, and Protection
March 13th 2019 Including the Requirements of NFPA 652

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Fire and Explosion Hazards
28 August 2018
Fire and Explosion Hazards
March 15th 2019 How to identify and control them in your process

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Electrostatic Hazards
27 August 2018
Electrostatic Hazards in Processing Industry
March 14th 2019 The Nature of the Problem and Practical Measures for its Control

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We are a team of like-minded process safety specialists with a passion for what we do – making industry safer.

Our mission is to find PRACTICAL solutions to technically challenging process safety issues; we provide our clients with the best-in-class, most pertinent expertise – supported by state-of-the-art laboratories. We partner with our clients to reach practical and efficient solutions – in the simplest, most transparent way possible.

We achieve our goal by engaging engineers and scientists drawn from the worlds of industry, consulting and academia who are recognized for their expertise in identifying and solving process safety issues. Many are nationally or internationally recognized experts in their fields.

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Self-Heating Hazards of Powders
16 November 2018
Self-Heating Hazards of Powders

“In simple terms, when the rate of heat generation exceeds the rate of...

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Key Changes in the 2019
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Key Changes in the 2019 Edition of NFPA 652

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Combustible Dust Hazards in The Food Processing Industry

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