Our Solutions: Combustible dust services

First-Step Assessment

In the First-Step Assessment, we go on-site to conduct a high-level assessment of operations. Our experienced engineer will walk through the operations and talk to employees managing and handling combustible dust. We will provide a list of samples to take, tests to conduct, and the first tasks to complete toward compliance, as needed. The engineer will spend 4-6 hours on-site reviewing operations and talking to employees. The learnings from the first step assessment will provide input to a dust hazard analysis.

For complex facilities handling various combustible dusts in multiple unit operations, knowing where to begin can be the toughest part.

This high-level review provides a roadmap to compliance with current recognized and generally accepted good engineering practice (RAGAGEP) for facilities handling combustible dust (NFPA 652). The current RAGAGEP outlines four ongoing activities for managing hazards:

  1. Determine the combustibility and explosibility hazards of materials
  2. Identify and assess fire, flash fire, and explosion hazards
  3. Manage the identified hazards
  4. Communicate the hazards to affected personnel

The Sigma-HSE Advantage

Our expert consultants apply a practical strategy that draws on our decades of plant experience and in-depth understanding of published industry norms to perform a first-step assessment of combustible dust hazards at your facility.

If you find yourself asking, ‘Do I need a first-step assessment for combustible dust hazards at my facility?’, connect with us today. One of our subject matter experts will guide you through any preliminary questions you may have.

For businesses in the EU or UK, or for those wishing to comply with DSEAR/ATEX Directives, please click here to find out more on our dedicated DSEAR/ATEX pages.

Ensure safety & regulatory compliance through an First-Step Assessment

The first-step assessment is an important aspect in keeping people, the environment, and business safe from risks relating to fire and explosions. Learn more about how we can assist you today 

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