Dust Explosion Hazards Course

Training Period: 2 Days

Fee: USD 1,250

Dust explosions still occur on a regular basis in the process industry causing injuries, fatalities, property damage, business interruption, and environmental pollution. This is in spite of the wealth and knowledge available to prevent the accident and to reduce the consequences to a minimum.


In this two-day advanced course on dust and powder explosion hazards, you will learn all aspects of dust explosion hazards. The emphasis of this course is dust properties, explosion modeling, preventive measures, ignition sources, protective measures, process hazard analysis, legislation, and case studies. It enables the attendees to better understand dust hazards, to be able to recognize potentially serious events and to implement effective safeguards against the incident.



The objective of this course is to provide attendees with knowledge on the following topics:


  • Dust explosion hazards in the facilities, past accident and international legislation
  • Properties of flammable dust that are important to assess hazards
  • Dust explosion preventive and protection measures
  • How to assess the workplace dust explosion hazards
  • How to evaluate the consequence of dust explosion and the protection needs
  • Participation in the demonstration of small scale dust explosion



The course is aimed for people who work in chemical, pharmaceutical, food processing, automotive manufacturing, mining and other industries where dust explosion hazards exist.


  • Production supervisors and plant managers
  • Process and safety engineers
  • Chemical engineers
  • Mechanical and maintenance engineers
  • Safety consultants
  • Regulatory body professionals



In general, no special prerequisites are required. However, knowledge in process safety and experience in plant operation will be helpful.



Day 1

09:00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Opening

Why is dust a problem? Statistics on dust explosions: equipment involved, ignition sources, dust types.

09:45 Dust Explosion Accidents

Examples of accidents: Bremer Rolandmühle (Germany, 1979), Jahn Foundry (the US, 1999), West Pharmaceutical (the US, 2003), Imperial Sugar (the US, 2008), Zhongrong Metal Production Kunshan (China, 2014), Bosley Wood Flour Mills (the UK, 2015), etc.

10:15 Dust Explosion Basics and Characteristics

Combustion mechanisms, explosion properties, and test methods, influence factors.

10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Ignition Sources

Mechanical sparks, hot surfaces, static electricity, hot work.

12:00 Lessons Learned: Legislation and Standards

International standards and legislation.

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Preventive Measures 1: Introduction

Inerting, avoidance of ignition sources, housekeeping, hazardous area classification.

14:30 Preventive Measures 2: How to Perform Hazardous Area Classification

Guidance, important factors to consider, examples.

15:15 Coffee break
15:30 Preventive Measures 3: Avoidance of Ignition Sources

Demands for electric and mechanical equipment.

16:15 Preventive Measures 4: Housekeeping

Legislation and industry best practice.

17:00 End of Day 1


Day 2

08:00 Coffee
08:30 Protective Measures 1: Introduction

Principles of explosion venting, suppression, isolation, and containment.

09:20 Protective Measures 2: Dust Explosion Venting Design

How to calculate vent sizes, practical examples of dust handling equipment, vent panels, recoil forces external effects, vent ducts, examples of poor design.

10:15 Coffee break
10:30 Protective Measures 3: Dust Explosion Suppression Design

Design of explosion suppression. Important factors detection, dust reactivity, vessel parameters, and hardware properties. Examples of dust handling equipment.

11:00 Protective Measures 4: Dust Explosion Isolation

Design features regarding the use of slam-shut valves, extinguishing barriers, diverters, rotary valves, explosion flap valves.

11:30 Lunch
12:30 Dust Explosion Process Hazard Analysis

How to perform a sound dust explosion hazard analysis. Examples of dust handling equipment, how to comply with legislation and standards.

14:00 Dust Explosion Modelling

Using CFD to describe explosion propagation and protection measures for complex dust handling equipment geometry. Examples of design and accident investigation.

15:00 Q&A Session
15:30 Small-Scale Dust Explosion Demonstration
16:15 End of Day 2

The enhanced competency on dust explosion of the attending staff will provide organizations with in-house professional knowledge in dust explosion hazard identification and incident prevention.



Attendees will acquire the following skills.


  • Identifying dust explosion hazard
  • Evaluating the existing protection in the facility
  • Applying good practice in explosion accident prevention and protection in the daily work


Attendees will receive a competence certificate by Gexcon at the end of the course.




Due to the current travel restrictions worldwide, present Dust Explosion Hazards Course training has been suspended until further notice. Currently, Dust Explosion Hazards Course training is provided online and on-demand. Please contact info@gexcon.com for more details.

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