Industrial explosions present serious risk to any company that manufactures or handles combustible dusts and vapors, including chemical manufacturing facilities.  An ignition of a dust or vapor cloud in process equipment can not only destroy the primary vessel, but also propagate to interconnected equipment and into the plant, causing secondary explosions with devastating results. This presentation will discuss how explosions initiate and propagate, the types of processes and process equipment most commonly exposed to deflagrations, electrostatic ignition threat and control, and the various methods of deflagration protection that can be employed to protect chemical processing facilities against explosions, including explosion suppression, venting and isolation.

 What you will learn from attending this webinar:

  • OSHA and NFPA explosion protection requirements
  • Static ignition risks and control
  • Deflagration protection options
  • Application of deflagration protection for chemical industry explosion risks


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Burke Desautels
Vice President
IEP Technologies

Burke Desautels is the vice president of aftermarket engineering for IEP Technologies, Marlborough, Mass.,  Burke has over 20 years of experience in explosion protection, having held a number of key technical positions within IEP Technologies.  He is currently responsible for deflagration protection system design and field service engineering.  He has conducted many combustible dust and vapor application reviews, as well as having investigated numerous industrial explosion incidents.  He is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Handling and Conveying of Dusts, Vapors and Gases which includes NFPA 654, 664 and 91.  He holds a BS Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Nichols College.



Mike O'Brien
Head of Sales & Marketing
Newson Gale

Mike O’Brien is head of sales and marketing for Newson Gale’s static grounding and bonding equipment. His primary duties are the market research and specification of new product solutions, bringing new products to market and leading the execution of product marketing programs for Newson Gale’s Earth-Rite®, Bond-Rite® and Cen-Stat® range of static grounding equipment. He has written numerous published articles on the subject of static electricity and its relevance to the HAZLOC industries.

Mike holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Limerick, an MBA from the Bradford School of Management and is a Chartered Marketer.

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