New Regulatory Standards and Practical Solutions for Combustible Dust Control:
A Comprehensive Review


Wednesday, August 24th from 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM 



Session Code: MFG21

Location: B308 (located in Building B - Level 3)

Presented by:
Integrated Environmental Solutions, Inc. (IES)

Speakers: Brad Carr, President: Integrated Environmental Solutions, Inc. (IES)


The risks from fugitive combustible dust for paper processors continue to remain high.  Fugitive dust accumulates, forming a combustible cloud that results in explosions that destroy facilities and/or kill employees.    Many of these are unnecessary tragedies, the result of lack of knowledge of or lack of compliance to safety regulations.  

The purpose of this presentation is to fill that knowledge gap for wood processors.  Brad Carr’s goal is to equip managers and owners in the paper industry with the information they need to know from the recently issued NFPA 652, the newest set of regulatory standards on combustible dust developed by the National Fire Protection Association, as well as an overview of the practical options available to control dust.   The salient issue is to determine the newest ways to remain in compliance with the new standards – continuously.  

The presentation will provide the following:

• An overview of the specific NFPA 652 and NEC standards that must be followed to prevent combustible dust explosions.   The good, the bad, and the ugly will be identified and evaluated for practical application in papermaking plants.  This includes NFPA 652 and NFPA 499.

•  What’s more, The National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) and NFPA 499 Standards on Hazardous Locations will be highlighted.  These mean essentially a zero-tolerance approach to dust buildup, but the nuances must be understood also.

• A review of practical solutions to control dust that are smart, efficient and affordable to maintain those standards and to keep their employees safe.  This includes managed as well as engineered approaches.  The costs, strengths, weaknesses and applications of each solution will be analyzed for best practices.  


About Brad Carr: Brad Carr has a passion for providing the best engineering solution to a business problem. He founded SonicAire®/IES in 2004 because he had innovated a new way for plant owners and managers to keep their facilities free from the problems with fugitive combustible dust and fiber. He has worked closely with clients as they’ve worked to comply with OSHA to deal with these complexities. His clients include Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, Cintas, General Mills, PlumCreek and Kimberly Clarke.

Carr has also authored articles on safety issues with combustible dust for magazines in a broad spectrum of industries, including Timber Processing, American Laundry News, Recycling Today, Pallet Central and a series in Industrial Safety and Health News (ISHN). He has also been a key speaker on controlling combustible dust at trade events in a wide range of industries, most recently the National Safety Council Congress & Expo.  


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