Dust Clouds, Liquids & Gases, Static Electricity, Electrical Sparks, Mechanical Sparks, …

Explosions – Learn all about them!

Brand New Training Courses in Process Safety from Stonehouse. Virtual, broadcast live and direct to your PC in two 3-hour segments.

At Stonehouse, we’ve been helping hundreds of businesses with their process safety consulting and testing needs. We’ve built decades of cumulative knowledge, and experience – and (we believe) a unique insight into industry’s process safety problems and solutions. Everything from dust explosions and static electricity through to hazardous area classification and process safety management. Now it’s time to let you benefit directly from this, through a new suite of live virtual training courses, complete with video footage, solution methodologies, and case studies – and even a subject knowledge tests for those who want to evidence their learnings.

Here are the brand-new training courses we have on offer. We are excited about our new look and refreshed training courses, and we hope you can join us on-line in September for all our virtual and live, bite-sized training events!

The Courses:

Exploding Dusts

You’ve heard it all. NFPA652, Dust Hazards Analysis, DHA, the brand new, game changing NFPA 660 even? You’ve even been and got a consultant in to do the necessary DHA. But do you want to know what to do next? Are you struggling to apply the DHA recommendations in a practical and cost-effective way? Or perhaps you are even wondering how you will arrange the mandatory revalidation and update of your DHA?

In our new live, bite-sized, virtual training course we are ready to guide you to all the answers. We’ll give you all the basics, tell you about your dust explosion lab results, and what they mean and will lead you to the next steps in your dust fire/ explosion control journey from first-time DHA through to revalidation, including preventing explosions and all the plant protection methods available. For more information and to register, click here

NFPA 652, Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA) and what you need to do

Understand the requirements of NFPA standards on combustible dusts and learn what you need to do to become (and remain) compliant.

Background

National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) 652: ‘Standard on Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts’ addresses the general requirements for the management of combustible dust fire and explosion hazards. This standard, along with a number of other industry or commodity-specific standards, provides the basis for dust explosion prevention and protection in industry in North America.  Yet these standards need to be applied and interpreted for real plant and at every facility that processes combustible dusts; not always an easy task! They are also changing (NFPA 660)!

This course sets out to provide you with the understanding and the tools you need to move your company towards compliance with NFPA dust explosion standards and industry best industry practice, taking you from dust explosion basics through to preparation and implementation of the “Dust Hazard Analysis” (DHA).

Course content

The course will cover:

  • The fundamentals of dust fires and explosions and how they arise in industrial processes
  • Case histories to bring the theory to life
  • Video material to enhance participants understanding of the hazard
  • Dust explosion laboratory tests and how to use the results
  • Dust Hazard identification and assessment techniques
  • Explosion prevention techniques, including control of hazardous dust accumulations and dust cloud formations, housekeeping, and ignition source management,
  • Explosion protection techniques, including explosion relief venting, explosion suppression and explosion isolation – and how they are used in practice
  • Preparation and content of the Dust Hazards Analysis (DHA)
  • Risk management and communication of the hazards
  • Questions and Answer sessions
  • Subject knowledge test (available on request)

Learning Objectives

  1. Understand the requirements of NFPA standards for the management of combustible dust fire and explosion hazards and what’s involved in the preparation of a “Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)” that targets explosible dust issues.
  2. Understand how dust explosion hazards are identified and can be mitigated with appropriate explosion prevention and protection techniques.
  3. Understand the key changes that have been made to 2019 Edition of NFPA 652 and the changes that are planned to NFPA combustible dust standards.
  4. Understand the written management programs that are required for the safe operation of your facility and equipment

Course Duration

The duration of this virtual course will be six (6) hours and will be presented in two 3-hour segments on two consecutive days.

Dates: October 18th & 19th, 2022 – 1:00pm-4:00pm EDT

PRICING:

  • 1 Course = $595.00
  • 2 Courses = $1,095.00
  • 3 Courses = $1,395.00
  • 4 Courses = $1,595.00

DELIVERY: MS Teams

*A Stonehouse representative will contact you for payment arrangements and confirmation.

Explosions

Gases, vapors, aerosols, fibers, dusts and more. We all know they can (and do) explode uncontrollably in industry threatening life, community, and business integrity. Yet, explosions and flash fires can be prevented and controlled…. if you have the knowledge, experience and sometimes ingenuity. Our ‘Explosions’ course is your key to a safer plant – and peace of mind.

Our bitesize course takes you from understanding to hazards analysis, to explosion prevention and protection techniques and through to compliance with standards and guidelines. And we do this with copious doses of video and case study material built up from years of practical experiences. For more information and to register, click here

Preventing Flash Fire and Explosion Hazards in Industrial Processes

Introduction

Every year, flash fires and explosions in industrial settings result in fatalities, injuries, environmental damage and have serious community and economic impact. These flash fires and explosions involve the flammable or combustible liquids and powders that are integral to most industrial processes; yet with understanding and application of good Process Safety practices, many of these flash fires and explosions can be prevented.

This course has been designed to show how both flash fire and explosion hazards arise in manufacturing processes, how they can be systematically identified and assessed, and how the most appropriate basis of safety can be selected and applied in practice.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • The basics of flammability from ignition source energy to ignition properties of flammable atmospheres
  • How to identify locations where flammable atmospheres could be present;
  • Identification of potential ignition sources that could be present under normal and foreseeable abnormal conditions, including electrostatic ignition sources
  • Practical measures to prevent flash fires and explosions and how to protect against their heat & pressure effects
  • Codes and Standards for managing flammable gas, vapor, and dust cloud flash fire and explosion hazards.
  • Questions and Answer sessions
  • Subject knowledge test (available on request)

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of this course participant will:

  1. Gain an understanding of different types of flammable atmosphere (dusts, gases, vapors, aerosols, fibers…) their characterization, and relevant chemical/ physical ignition properties
  2. Learn how to identify areas where flammable atmosphere may arise
  3. Learn how to evaluate and control the flammability hazards from gases, vapors and dust clouds in order to eliminate or reduce risk 

Course Duration

The duration of this virtual course will be six (6) hours and will be presented in two 3-hour segments on two consecutive days.

Dates: November 15th & 16th, 2022 – 1:00pm–4:00pm EST

PRICING:

  • 1 Course = $595.00
  • 2 Courses = $1,095.00
  • 3 Courses = $1,395.00
  • 4 Courses = $1,595.00

DELIVERY: MS Teams

*A Stonehouse representative will contact you for payment arrangements and confirmation.

Static Electricity

Static electricity is a devious subject. Fear not. We have it covered in this neat course designed for those who want to understand how static sparks arise in industry – and what to do to control this most elusive of ignition sources. We walk you through from the basics of the subject to help you understand where it all starts, we enthrall you with new video clips of the subject, filmed in our own labs and we lay out practical options available to control static electricity on your plant. For more information and to register, click here

Electrostatic Hazards in Industry

Understanding and preventing explosions and fires in industry caused by static electricity.

Background

Industrial facilities that handle flammable liquids, combustible powders, and/or aerosols are at risk of flash fire or explosion, caused by electrostatic discharges.  Yet not all industries carry the same risk – that risk being influenced by your type of processing operations and by the minimum ignition energy of the materials you handle. Some flammable or combustible materials are very sensitive to ignition by static electricity (low Minimum Ignition Energy) and some types of electrostatic discharge can carry more energy than others.

This course sets out to help you understand static electricity and then how to identify and control this challenging problem. We cover the basics of static electricity – how it is generated and how it can create discharges or sparks on plant.  We examine the different types of static discharge and their energy content and compare these to the ignition sensitivity of different flammable atmospheres (Minimum Ignition Energy). We then go on to describe tried and tested techniques that can be used to eliminate or at bring static electricity on plant under your control.

The course is based on the principles of NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on Static Electricity and is brought to life through study of case histories of real industrial explosions caused by static electricity. We also make use of photographs to illustrate the teaching points and use videos from our media library to show electrostatics in action.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • The basics of static electricity and how it is generated in industrial processes
  • The nature of different types of static discharge and the importance of Minimum Ignition Energy of flammable & combustible atmospheres
  • Example ‘case histories’ to illustrate how static has caused industrial explosions
  • How to identify electrostatic hazards on process plant, including identification of ‘early warning signs’
  • Methods available to control and eliminate electrostatic hazards
  • Questions and Answer sessions
  • Subject knowledge test (available on request)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Attendees will learn how electrostatic charge is generated in industrial environments
  2. Attendees will learn how to recognize those electrostatic hazards that can trigger industrial fires and explosions
  3. Attendees will learn how to evaluate and control electrostatic charge in order to reduce or eliminate flash fire and explosion hazards

Course Duration

The duration of this virtual course will be six (6) hours and will be presented in two 3-hour segments on two consecutive days.

Dates: December 6th & 7th, 2022 – 1:00pm–4:00pm EST

PRICING:

  • 1 Course = $595.00
  • 2 Courses = $1,095.00
  • 3 Courses = $1,395.00
  • 4 Courses = $1,595.00

DELIVERY: MS Teams

*A Stonehouse representative will contact you for payment arrangements and confirmation.

Hazardous Area Classification

You’ve got flammable atmospheres at your facility. You’ve got electrical equipment at your facility. Better make sure the two never meet – or else make sure that if they do, the electrics cannot cause a fire or explosion. Knowing where your flammable atmospheres are (classifying hazardous areas) is a fundamental requirement of good process safety – important enough to have its own NFPA standards.

In our bitesize hazardous area classification course, we aim to have you understanding the requirements of the standards, explain good industrial practice and point you in the right direction to ensure your plant is same from the fire and explosion hazards presented by electrical equipment. For more information and to register, click here

Hazardous Area Classification (HAC)

Practical Approach to Use of Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations; the Nature of flammable atmospheres, Purpose of HAC, and Methodology of Classification

Background

A key concern in facilities working with flammable gases, liquids, powders, fibers, and flyings is the risk of initiation of a flash fire or explosion caused by arcs, sparks, and hot surfaced from electrical equipment installed or introduced to the facility.

When electrical equipment is installed in locations which could contain flammable or combustible substances there is as risk that the electrical equipment could introduce a source of ignition. This could arise from electrical arcing and/or from high temperatures generated by the equipment; it could be present under normal and/or abnormal operating conditions of plant.

To manage these hazards, it is essential to establish and understand the characteristics of all of the hazardous materials used at the site, to define their locations and potential sources of leaks, and to determine the extent of the Hazardous Area associated with each. To manage and control these hazards, hazardous material locations are be classified according to applicable industry codes and standards. Such Area Classifications are used in the selection and installation of suitable electrical equipment, wiring devices, wiring methods, and mechanical equipment that prevent the ignition of flammable or explosible mixtures.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • The purpose and methodology of Electrical Hazardous Area Classification
  • How to identify and classify locations where flammable atmospheres could be present under normal and foreseeable abnormal conditions, hazardous locations
  • Codes and Standards for Electrical Hazardous Area Classification including NFPA 497 ‘Classification of Flammable Liquids, Gases, or Vapors and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas’, and NFPA 499 ‘Recommended Practice for the Classification of Combustible Dusts and of Hazardous (Classified) Locations for Electrical Installations in Chemical Process Areas’, and NFPA 70, ‘National Electrical Code’.
  • Questions and Answer sessions
  • Subject knowledge test (available on request)

 Learning Outcomes

After completion of the course the attendees will:

  1. How current legislation and its requirements affects Electrical Area Classification.
  2. Gain an understanding of how to perform electrical area classification for areas containing flammable atmosphere.
  3. Learn how to select and specify appropriate (electrical) equipment for Classified Locations.

Course Duration

The duration of this virtual course will be six (6) hours and will be presented in two 3-hour segments on two consecutive days.

Dates: December 13th & 14th, 2022 – 1:00pm-4:00pm EST

PRICING:

  • 1 Course = $595.00
  • 2 Courses = $1,095.00
  • 3 Courses = $1,395.00
  • 4 Courses = $1,595.00

DELIVERY: MS Teams

*A Stonehouse representative will contact you for payment arrangements and confirmation.