Monday, October 19, 2009

Minimizing the Severity of Consequence

Early morning fire and explosion at Pinal Energy ethanol plant. This is an excellent example of NFPA combustible dust standards best engineering practices minimizing the severity of consequence of combustible dust related fires and explosions. In reality, combustible dust explosions cannot be totally prevented, only the probability of occurrence reduced and the severity of consequence minimized.

1 comment:

Jeffrey C. Nichols said...

John, Excellent analysis, we can certainly reduce probablity and severity by utilizing best engineering practices, but may never be be able to totally prevent these type events in process industries. A point many apparently do not recognize.


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