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  • Explosion proof and intrinsic safety 101

    Portions of the standard Spill Buster system operate in various “classified” flammable or explosive vapor zones or areas as defined in the US under the NEC codes. The location of the equipment on the site must be designed properly; or the equipment must be enclosed in appropriate enclosures, to prevent ignition of these vapors should the failure of a component occur. Since this is ...


    By Clean Earth Technology, Inc.

  • EU ministers adopt action plan enhancing explosives safety

    The EU Council has adopted the EU Action Plan on Enhancing the Security of Explosives. The Action Plan is based on the Commission's Communication of 6 November 2007 on enhancing the security of explosives and has been adopted following intensive negotiations between the Member States and the Commission. Vice-President Jacques Barrot thanked the Council Presidency, which showed strong commitment ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Fatal Wood Dust Explosion the Focus of BC Safety Authority Report

    It was just over one year ago when a wood dust explosion took the lives of two mill workers and injured twenty others in Burns Lake, British Columbia.  The explosion and fire also destroyed the sawmill facility. In response, the B.C. Safety Authority (BCSA) released a recommendations report about the incident last month.  The report makes nine recommendations to improve the ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Dual Sawmill Explosions Raise Safety Concerns over Combustible Dusts

    2012 has been a challenging year for the wood processing industry across North America.  There have already been two sawmill explosions and fires in Canada that have resulted in dozens of injuries and killed four workers.  The suspected culprit in both cases was combustible dust.    According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), “In ...


    By IAQ Services Inc.

  • Introducing BREEZE VASDIP to Compute Explosive Safety and Physical Security Parameters

    Today it is our pleasure to introduce to you the new and improved BREEZE VASDIP application which calculates vulnerability parameters for use in BREEZE ExDAM HExDAM and VExDAM, making it an excellent companion product to these modules for explosion modelers.  BREEZE VASDIP calculates the damage or injury level produced by a ...

  • Explosive-laden Calif. home to be destroyed

    Neighbors gasped when authorities showed them photos of the inside of the Southern California ranch-style home: Crates of grenades, mason jars of white, explosive powder and jugs of volatile chemicals that are normally the domain of suicide bombers. Prosecutors say Serbian-born George Jakubec quietly packed the home with the largest amount of homemade explosives ever found in one location in the ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • ExxonMobil fined $566K following probe into refinery explosion

    The California agency that investigates workplace accidents has cited and fined ExxonMobil more than $560,000 for workplace safety and health violations following a probe into February's explosion at a Los Angeles-area refinery. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said Thursday that 18 of the 19 citations are classified as serious because the violations could potentially ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA Issues Order to Army to Address Abandoned Explosives

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an order to the U.S. Department of the Army to address 15 million pounds of abandoned explosives and propellant stored on the grounds of Camp Minden in Minden, LA. The site, in Northwestern Louisiana, has been owned and operated by the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana Military Department since 2005. A private company under contract ...

  • Explosion Proof Refrigerators and Freezers from Kirsch

    There are many “spark free” refrigerators and fridges on the market, but something that is truly “explosion proof” is difficult to find. Camlab have teamed up with Kirsch Medical Gmbh to offer a new range of both fridges and freezers that are just that; Explosion Proof. LABEX®- Refrigerators Interiors are free of any ignition ...


    By Camlab Limited

  • OSHA seeks $250,000 in fines for explosion at manufacturing plant

    OSHA has cited two New Hampshire companies for alleged violations of workplace safety standards following a Jan. 23 explosion at a manufacturing plant in Nashua. Combined penalties against the two employers total $257,500. The explosion occurred at Worthen Industries Inc. when flammable vapors ignited while workers were installing a new motor on a vessel used in the plant's manufacturing process. ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • An explosion proof Noise Dosemeter updated for 2007

    Cirrus Research plc announces the introduction of the new version of the CR:110AIS doseBadge Personal Noise Dosemeter, which has ATEX, EEx, IECEx, MSHA and SABS Intrinsic Safety Approval for use in Hazardous zones. The new version of the CR:110AIS has been updated to add a range of new measurement functions, has new software along with a new charging station. Ideal for complying with both ...


    By Cirrus Research plc

  • Phoenix Industrial Dust Explosion Sends Workers to the Hospital

    Last month, two workers were rushed to a Phoenix hospital after suffering second and third degree burns following a combustible dust fire at their place of employment.  The explosion occurred while the employees were cleaning a loft area of the business that had accumulated significant wood dust.   Combustible dust explosions happen all too often in the work environment and they can ...


    By Clark Seif Clark Inc.

  • Toxic Gas Monitoring in Response to Tianjin, China Explosions

    GrayWolf’s portable AdvancedSense toxic gas monitoring instruments were utilized in response to the tragic August 12th explosions in Tianjin, China. Evaluation of the resultant pollutant plumes have been critical for residents in the local vicinity. Datalogging various parameters with these instruments (including TVOCs, and many specific gases) has now been supplemented with additional ...


    By GrayWolf Sensing Solutions

  • Possible Combustible Dust Explosion Kills Two at Sawmill

    Last week, a sawmill in Prince George, British Columbia exploded and caught on fire.  The explosion was heard blocks away from the disaster and some residents thought there had been an earthquake.   The explosion and fire killed two workers and injured over 20 others.  Some of the injured have been admitted to local hospitals suffering from burns and other related injuries. ...

  • Pentagon Fights Wisconsin Water Standards for Toxic Explosive

    MERRIMAC, Wisconsin, September 28, 2007 (ENS) - The Pentagon intends to challenge the state of Wisconsin's intention to regulate all forms of the explosive dinitrotoluene, DNT, Army officials announced on Monday. Wisconsin is the first state in the nation to establish health-based guidelines for the military toxic that has contaminated groundwater and dozens of private wells near ...

  • Using lasers to detect explosives and hazardous waste

    A soldier in a humvee aims a portable device at an abandoned car 50 meters away (more than 150 feet). Pressing a button, a laser in the device fires. She reads a screen, and beckons her patrol to move away quickly. In a lab, a technician is inserting a fragment of a toy into a sample case, inserting it into a machine, and pressing a button. He inserts one fragment after another—each test takes ...

  • Wilmington, Delaware, manufacturer exposes workers to potentially explosive combustible dust, other safety and health hazards

    Employer's name: The investigation was conducted at Franklin Fibre-Lamitex Corp., doing business as Franklin Fibre. The precision parts manufacturer is located at 903 East 13th Street in Wilmington, Delaware. Date citations issued and what prompted inspection: On July 14, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued one ...

  • NRDC Report: U.S. Nuclear Safety Regulators Ignore Severe Accident Hydrogen Explosion Risks Despite Fukushima Tragedy

    Three years after hydrogen explosions wreaked havoc in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is still not adequately protecting American nuclear reactors from the risk of similar hydrogen blasts in a severe accident, according to a new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). As ...

  • Refinery explosion victims remembered five years later

    A moment of silence is planned today to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the explosion at a BP refinery in Texas City, Texas that killed 15 people and injured about 200 others. A number of events are planned today to mark the moment that a series of explosions leveled nearby office trailers in what was one of the worst refinery disasters ever. OSHA wants to fine BP $87 million for the ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • New international conformity mark for explosive environments

    The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has launched a new mark of conformity for equipment used in explosive (Ex) environments.  Termed the Ex Mark, the safety mark was developed by IECEx, the Commission’s Scheme for Certification to Standards Relating to Equipment for Use in Explosive Atmospheres. The Ex Mark will be granted by approved IECEx certification bodies (ExCBs) for use on ...

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