Hughes has a team of engineering professionals who can help with combustible dust explosion hazards. Over the past few years, under the OSHA National Emphasis Program (NEP), OSHA has quadrupled their inspections of facilities that represent dust explosion hazards. Hughes has been assisting clients in preemptively assessing their facilities for compliance issues and helping them to ensure that they are adequately managing dust explosion related issues.
We also provide engineering support for clients facing OSHA violations. We have extensive experience in evaluating dust hazards and performing process hazard analyses for facilities dealing with the challenges of combustible dusts. These challenges include the prevention of dust explosions, operation of dust collection systems, and development of electrical classification diagrams. We typically perform process hazards analyses in accordance with NFPA 654 “Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids.” Our services also address facilities containing wood processing, woodworking, food and agricultural products, and combustible metal dust facilities.