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Episode No. 40 Combustible Dust: The Threat to First Responders

Date:  December 19, 2008

Notes: John Astad and Justin Clift on Combustible Dust Hazards that are unknowingly present when emergency responders respond to combustible dust related fires and explosion in the manufacturing, non-manufacturing, utility sectors. In the past, fire-fighter fatalities and injuries have occurred when responding to these incidents. These occurrences could have been prevented if responders understood the hidden and unknown dangers of combustible dust found throughout the diverse multitude of manufacturing facilities. Currently a situational awareness is lacking nationwide that combustible dust also poses a potential explosive atmosphere in the same light as flammable gases, vapors, and mists. Instead of vapor cloud or BLEVE explosions that occur in the refining sector there are deflagrations and dust explosions in the manufacturing sector. According to OSHA, “any combustible material (and some materials normally considered noncombustible) can burn rapidly when in a finely divided form. If such a dust is suspended in air in the right concentration, it can become explosive. The force from such an explosion can cause employee deaths, injuries, and destruction of entire buildings.

John Astad, a resident of Galveston County Texas, is Director and Research Analyst of the Combustible Dust Policy Institute. John also works in the oil and gas industry as a Loading Master-PIC coordinating marine transfer operations of refined petroleum products between marine vessels and the marine terminal in the petroleum refinery sector. Prior to working shore side, John sailed for six years on tanker ships, ocean-going barges, and offshore supply vessels on coastal routes as a deck officer and able-bodied seaman.

Combining experience in marine transportation, in 2006 John developed a marine intelligence vessel tracking service utilizing Geographical Information System (GIS) technology in conjunction with a Google Mash-Up which maritime managers utilize in managing their resources in conjunction with vessel arrivals.

John also tracks and researches combustible dust related fires and explosions at the Combustible Dust Policy Institute in determining the probability and severity of occurrence of incidents The results of this business intelligence data can be utilized by a myriad of stakeholders in the public and private sectors in developing cost effective strategies in assessing risk concerning combustible dust hazards in the workplace.

John’s formal educational background includes earning B.S. Business and Public Administration from the University of Houston-Clear Lake in 2002 with a major in Environmental Management.

Justin Clift is the Industrial Market Specialist with Hazard Control Technologies (HCT) in Fayetteville, GA. Justin is a 2005 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Arts and Sciences. Currently, Justin provides consulting services and training courses on both the Piercing Rod and PRB Coal Awareness on behalf of HCT, as well as providing other solutions for fire protection in the utility industry. He also has first hand experience in extinguishing coal fires across the country as part of HCT’s Emergency Response Team. Justin is also a guest speaker at the Combustible Dust Hazard Workshop at IFSS 2009 where he will be speaking on Combustible Dust Fire Suppression and Neutralization.

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