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Practical Controls for Electrostatic Spark Hazards

Vahid Ebadat  (CEO, Stonehouse)

Location: Room 3

Date: Tuesday, October 6

Time: 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Track: Track C: Dust Collection & Safety

Vault Recording: TBD

An electrostatic ignition source is a discharge (or “spark”) that results from the generation and accumulation of electrostatic charges. Electrostatic charges may be generated whenever any two materials come into contact with each other and then separate (as occurs frequently throughout bulk solids handling and powder processing systems). If this hazard is not mitigated, a spark can result, which can lead to a flash fire or an explosion. Attend this session to better understand the nature of electrostatic ignition hazards and the practical measures available to mitigate or eliminate them. Understanding electrostatic spark hazards is critical to protecting your people, facility, and business against potentially catastrophic explosions.
Topics covered include:

  • An overview of the requirements of NFPA 77, Recommended Practice on Static Electricity.
  • How electrostatic charge is generated in industrial environments
  • How to identify electrostatic hazards that can trigger industrial fires and explosions
  • Choosing methods to evaluate and control electrostatic charge, and reduce or eliminate flash fire and explosion hazards