Additions to NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in the Agricultural and Food Processing Industries
David E. Kaelin, Sr., Senior Process Safety Specialist
Facilities that process grains, flour, sugar, starch and other agricultural commodities must consider the requirements of NFPA 61, Standard for the Prevention of Fires and Dust Explosions in Agricultural and Food Processing Facilities as a part of good engineering practices. The most recent edition of NFPA 61 has been modified to include important risk management practices described in the recently issued NFPA 652, Standard on the Fundamentals of Combustible Dusts. Those wishing to apply NFPA 61 need to collect physical property data on the powders and dusts processed and analyze the dust explosion hazard for all operations and activities where an explosion exposure may occur. Documentation should be created of the property data, hazard analysis and those management systems in place to control dust fire and explosion risks.