Combustible dust explosions represent a significant hazard that can exist without anyone being aware of the presence of dangerous dust levels. Performing a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA) can give you peace of mind by fully evaluating the threat to your facility based on compliance with the intent of applicable national codes and standards. More importantly, we can ensure that combustible dust hazards are appropriately identified with a plan in place to support mitigation.

Are you in compliance? BakerRisk participates in industry committees and forums dedicated to proactively identify industry needs and develop innovative approaches to address dust hazards.

Our experts can perform the following services to evaluate your hazards and ensure compliance:
  • NFPA 652 Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA)

    NFPA 652 requires that a DHA be performed for industrial sites using or producing combustible dusts.

  • Industry Specific NFPA Standard Compliance Audit

    Audit a facility against the prescriptive elements of applicable industry-specific NFPA standard (i.e., NFPA 61, NFPA 484, NFPA 654, NFPA 655, or NFPA 664) and provide consulting advice on the approaches needed to meet the standard’s requirements (i.e., housekeeping, choice and design of dust collection and explosion protection systems, etc.). These audits would normally be performed as part of a DHA.

  • Performance-Based DHA

    Through performance-based (risk) assessment, determine the necessity of implementing safeguards to meet corporate risk tolerance criteria and provide risk-ranking of compliance gaps to cost effectively maximize risk reduction. BakerRisk employs What-IF/HAZOP/LOPA or other similar approaches developed through our application of established PSM related work practices to provide maximum benefit to our clients.

  • Incident Investigation

    Assist with gathering complete, accurate, and objective incident data to perform a cause and origin investigation, and provide litigation support as needed. (See our Incident Investigations service page for additional details)

  • Combustible Dust Explosibility Testing

    Facilitate testing of the explosibility characteristics of particulate material and provide recommendations on which combustible dust tests to conduct, how to interpret test results, and what the results mean to the facility owner.

Testimonial from Perth County Ingredients (PCI) President

"PCI values the expertise the BakerRisk consultants brought to the assessment. In addition, their professionalism dealing with PCI and MoL was exemplary. We would not hesitate to use BakerRisk again in the future and would highly recommend their services to others."

- President, Perth County Ingredients

Related Services

Quantitative Risk Assessment

Our QRA studies go beyond simple risk quantification to provide results that drive practical and effective risk reduction solutions.

Read More

Process Hazard Analysis (PHA)/HAZOP/LOPA

BakerRisk facilitators provide unparalleled industry experience and a unique, holistic approach to risk management during the PHA process.

Read More

Related Resources

Next Step

Changes in Facility Siting Standards: API 752, 753, & 756

In industries where the daily risks of potentially catastrophic events, such as vapor cloud explosions, are a constant concern, there’s no room for compromise – inherently safer design principles, effective hazard identifications and analyses, and adherence to up-to-date industry standards aren’t just important, they’re essential. Since its establishment in 1919, the American Petroleum Institute (API)…